Don't miss another event!
Sign up for our newsletter.
Currently at capacity. No tickets available. Please check back later for further information.
Labor Day Weekend
September 4–6, 2021
Saturday and Sunday | 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Monday | 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Grounds open at 9 a.m. and then remain open until 10 p.m. for candlelight walks on Saturday and Sunday
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 Garden has proudly hosted this unique event at one of the largest Japanese gardens in North America. A fruitful collaboration with several local Japanese-American organizations provides authentic Japanese music, art, dance, food, and entertainment for thousands of visitors each year.
Sign up for event updates!
Novus International, Inc.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Missouri
Nidec Motor Corporation
Bon Odori Dancing
Bonsai and Ikebana Display
Japanese Garden Walking Tours
Koinobori: Koi Windsock Display
Okashi Fashion and Cosplay Show
Opening Ceremony/Taiko Drums
St. Louis Okinawa Eisa
St. Louis Osuwa Taiko
Teahouse Island Tours
The Way of Tea Demonstration—Chanoyu
Zen and Japanese Culture
Festival Schedule and Program App
NO DOWNLOAD REQUIRED
View the program and schedule of activities instantly on the Japanese Festival web app using a web browser on a desktop, smartphone, or tablet.
Scroll or click on the 'phone' just like a web page.
Download to view a PDDF of the program and schedule of activities.
Health and Safety
Trash cans will be limited to the area near the Temporary Visitor Center in outdoor dining area only. No sorting of trash. Please take all refuse out with you when you leave.
Limited trash and recycling
Increased frequency and intensity of cleaning and disinfecting all high-touch surfaces (such as handrails, signage, seats, and benches) following CDC and EPA guidelines. Hours of operation have been reduced to include nightly and weekly deep cleaning.
Please follow appropriate social distancing restrictions of six feet or more from anyone not in your traveling party.
Additional hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the Garden, including all point-of-sale locations and strategically around Garden grounds.
Visitors displaying any of the following symptoms before visiting should stay home, including coughing, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. Refunds and exchanges during this period will be honored without penalty.
All staff working on Garden grounds will be screened prior to each shift. Employees will be required to complete a health screening questionnaire followed by a temperature check prior to the start of each shift. Only those staff who pass both the health screening questionnaire and temperature check will be allowed to enter the Garden and report for work.
Staff health screening
Plexiglass at the sales counters to protect staff and visitors. Cashless payments/No signature required for credit card transactions.
Masks on entry and exit | Masks indoors | 6 feet separation
Required for all visitors 5 years of age and older indoors
Recommended: Masks Outdoors
Required: Protective Face Coverings
The Garden wouldn't be the Garden without our Members, Donors and Volunteers.