When kids think of Japan, they may remember scenes from The Karate Kid or Mulan, but there is a more traditional side of the culture to be explored at the Japanese Garden Fall Festival. The cultural celebration is a bi-annual event that showcases the Japanese Garden at arguably its most beautiful time of year and features Japanese art, dance, music, and more.

While the Japanese Gardens typically have a serene and contemplative feel, during the festival the heritage of Japan comes alive with immersive sights and sounds that excite young visitors. Amidst a backdrop of fiery red Japanese maples, energetic martial artists perform their craft while Taiko drummers can be heard booming powerfully in the background. To illustrate the more delicate side of the culture, dancers wearing intricately embroidered kimonos perform traditional fan dances, as well as invite members of the audience to join in learning some of the movements. A festival favorite is the ongoing tea ceremony that highlights the regimented preparation and presentation of Japanese tea.

Don't miss the activities throughout the garden offering kids and parents the chance to explore the culture with hands-on crafts and take home projects.

  • Japanese Storytelling Theatre
  • Kimono dress up
  • Japanese swordsmanship
  • Temporary Tattoos
  • Learn to fold an origami hat or animal
  • Have your name written in Japanese characters
  • Learn to write a haiku
  • Paint a fish craft to take home

Details: Japanese Garden Fall Festival is held November 2 from 10am-5pm and November 3 from 11am-5pm at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children, ages 4-12. Children 3 and under are free.

Japanese Gardens in the Fall