When: Sept. 5-6, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Mon., Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 2015
Since 1977 the Missouri Botanical Garden (4344 Shaw Boulevard; 314-777-5100 or www.mobot.org) has hosted one of the largest Japanese Festivals in the United States. This annual event celebrates Japan's cultural and artistic heritage through art, music and dance. There are martial-arts demonstrations, separate kimono and cosplay fashion shows, displays of bonsai and ikebana floral arrangements and, of course, the Taiko drummers. Guided walking tours of the Japanese Garden and Tea House Island — a gift from our sister city Suwa — are offered daily. This year's Japanese Festival is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday (September 5 to 7). Admission is $5 to $15.