Japanese Festival

Labor Day Weekend
September 3-5

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Japanese Festival, a three-day cultural adventure right here at the Garden. Experience the thunderous pounding rhythms of the taiko drums, the all-new thrilling samurai sword performance and more! 

For 40 years, the Missouri Botanical Garden has produced the annual Japanese Festival in conjunction with the Japanese Activities Committee, a coalition of several Japanese-American organizations that provide art, dance, food and entertainment for thousands of visitors each year.

View festival event schedule
Download festival program

Purchase Japanese Festival Tickets


Saturday* & Sunday,
September 3 & 4
10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Grounds open at 9 a.m.
and remain open until 10 p.m. for candlelight walks.

Monday (Labor Day),
September 5

10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*Due to festival scheduling, there will be no Saturday morning walking hours on Saturday, September 3.


$15 Admission (ages 13 & older)
$5 Children (ages 3–12)
$5 Garden members (free for member children 3–12) 

Regular admission rates also apply for the Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden.

Please note: trams do not operate during Japanese Festival.


Sponsorship provided by: 
The Boeing Company
Nidec Motor Corporation
Novus International, Inc.
Members Get More!

Become a Garden member or renew your existing membership on-site at Japanese Festival and receive free admission to the event!

Stop by the Membership tent at the Garden's entrance to learn more.
Become a Japanese Festival Volunteer!

Japanese Festival wouldn't be possible without the help of dozens of volunteers working in various capacities throughout the weekend.

Learn how you can help! 


Free, secure parking is available at the Garden's Ridgway Visitor Center and at several nearby lots (download a parking map). Public parking is also available along Tower Grove Avenue.

Please respect our neighbors and refrain from parking on neighborhood residential streets
Weather Updates

In case of rain, updates will be posted throughout the Labor Day weekend via Twitter (@mobotgarden).
"Green" Your Visit

Support sustainability efforts at Japanese Festival by following a few simple tips.