matsuri

Talk about cross-cultural promotion of one of the year’s more festive natural occurrences – namely the longest day of the year. But that’s exactly what the Kimbell Art Museum has in mind when it hosts Matsuri! A Samurai Celebration on, that’s right, June 21st, when Fort Worth will be bathed (weather cooperating, naturally) in the most amount of daylight it will experience all year. The Kimbell Art Museum is dovetailing its day-long marking of the summer solstice with its currently running exhibition, Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection.

“Matsuri” means “festival” in Japanese so it is highly appropriate that the festivities will commence with what is the traditional parade of the mikoshi shrine, donated by Fort Worth’s sister city, Nagaoka, Japan. Patrons to the Kimbell on this longest day of the year can then fill up the day with everything from face painting, fan making, tai chi instruction, demonstrations in various martial arts, anime family films, along with the ever-popular “selfie” photo booth. Once evening settles in, the music will too, as everything from taiko drummers to two A-list local musical acts -- singer-songwriter, Sarah Jaffe, who calls Denton home, and Air Review, a Dallas-based rock band of a more indie persuasion – will hit the stage in shows put on in tandem with KXT 91.7 FM.

Each of these activities, along with an extra Kimbell-offered bonus, admission to its current Samurai armor exhibition, are completely free to the attending public.

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Details: Matsuri! A Samurai Celebration on Saturday, June 21 from 1 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard in Fort Worth. For added comfort while attending the outdoor events, blankets are encouraged. Food trucks and other beverage options will be available on the museum grounds. As such, no outside food or beverage is allowed into the festival. Free parking at the museum. Discounts via Fort Worth Bike Sharing will also be offered during the festival. For more information, contact the museum at 817-332-8451 or www.kimbellart.org.