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Labor Day Weekend
August 30 to September 1, 2014

Celebrating the history, culture, and people of Japan, the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the largest and oldest festivals of its kind in the United States.

Since 1977, 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.

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Saturday* & Sunday,
August 30 & 31
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 1

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

*Due to festival scheduling, there will be no Saturday morning walking hours on August 30.


$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 Garden.

Please note: trams do not operate during Japanese Festival.


Sponsorship provided by:
Nidec Motor Corporation
Novus International, Inc.

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).
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