Japanese Festival

Labor Day Weekend
August 31-September 2, 2019

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.


Saturday* & Sunday,
August 31-September 1
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 2

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

*Due to festival scheduling, there will be no Saturday morning walking hours on Saturday, August 31.


$16 Admission (ages 13 & older)
$5 Children (ages 3–12)
$8 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.


Apply to be a vendor at Japanese Festival. 

Vendor application form

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!