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Destination Asia Festival

Sumo wrestlers

Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7, 2016
Arbor Court and Meadow Lake Areas near the Visitor Center
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Live Music & Performances 

Dawn Redwood Stage (Arbor Court)
Saturday and Sunday:
10:00 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. - Kerry Leung, traditional Chinese music performed by a "one-man band"
10:45 a.m. - Chicago Koto Group, traditional Japanese ensemble music
11:45 a.m. - Seven Star Lion Dance Group, experience a Chinese Lion dance performance
1:30 p.m. - Akshay Music Academy, traditional Indian ensemble music
2:00 p.m. - Friends of the Gamelan, gamelan music from Indonesian island of Java
3:30 p.m. - Chicago Gayageum, traditional Korean stringed instrument performance

Golden Gingko Stage (Meadow Lake)
Saturday and Sunday:
10:00 a.m. - Malaysian Silat (Saturday only), Malaysian martial arts performance
12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. - Tsukasa Taiko Drummers, traditional Japanese taiko drumming
1:00 p.m. - Illinois Shaolin Kung Fu, Kung Fu and Tai Chi performance
2:00 p.m. - USA Sumo, live sumo wrestling, a 1,500-year-old Japanese traditional sport

Peking Lilac Stage (P1 Picnic Area)
Saturday and Sunday:
11:00 a.m. - Bollywood Rhythms (Sunday only), enjoy a bollywood dance performance
12:00 p.m. - Piyesta Pinoy, Filipino music and dance performance
1:00 p.m. - Archarya Performing Arts Academy, Indian dance performance
2:15 p.m. - Global Pungmul Institute, Korean drumming and dance performance
3:00 p.m. - Thai Cultural Arts Institute, traditional dances from Thailand
3:45 p.m. - Indonesian Cultural Troupe (Sunday only), traditional music and dance from Indonesia


Games, Activities, and Educational Offerings

Frost Hill
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Learn to play Cricket, a popular sport in Asia similar to baseball
11:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m. Aviana Aerial Yoga, experience yoga elevated into a tree

Meadow Lake Point

10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Vendor Expo, shop Asian goods
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Origami Participation, fold paper into beautiful creations
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Elegant Henna Tattoo, try some traditional henna

Meadow Lake Lawn
10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Badminton Open Play, enjoy a popular-in-Asia sport


Botanical Activities

Meadow Lake Point
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Ikebana Floral Demonstration, the art of Japanese floral arranging

Meadow Lake Lawn
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Asian Educational Offerings, learn about the many classes offered and watch demonstrations

West Lawn
11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Bonsai Demonstrations, learn more about the care of Bonsai trees

Sycamore Room
10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Prairie State Bonsai Society Show, discover the many varieties of trees or plants that can be dwarfed to an artistic shape by special methods of growing, prunning, and training; vote for best in show

Asian Tree Collections
Explore our collections from China, Japan, and Korea and enjoy the beautiful plants native to Asia.


Experience more!

The Art of Bonsai: Attend this beautiful show and discover the many varieties of trees or plants that can be dwarfed to an artistic shape by special methods of growing, pruning, and training. Vote for your favorite bonsai display to help select best in show. Techniques for creating bonsai will be demonstrated by members of the Prairie State Bonsai Society. Bonsai and bonsai supplies will also be available for purchase. LEARN MORE

Explore Asian Tree Collections: Take a hike to our collections from China, Japan, and Korea and enjoy the beautiful plants native to Asia. Stop by the Destination Asia Discovery Cart located in Arbor Court to take a virtual tour of our trees from China, Japan, and Korea.  Pick an object from the cart and hear a story about one of the trees in our Asian Collections.  Each journey is unique based on the item picked. Explorers can also walk out to our tree collections to meet the tree whose story you heard.  Learn more about our Asian Collections at The Morton Arboretum.

Dig Deeper and Register for Classes: Enroll in a bonsai workshop Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7. For a full list of available workshops and to register, please click here.

Indulge in Asian Cuisine: From food trucks and vendors to the Ginkgo Restaurant, there are Asian inspired menu options available. PDF icon Download the Sweet Station Chinese Menu here.



Join us for a trip around Asia with our third annual Destination Asia Festival on August 6 and 7, 2016.

No need for an overseas trip! Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food, sports, games, and art, all within walking distance of our collections of trees from China, Japan, and Korea. Want to see what it's like? View pictures from Destination Asia Festival 2015.


Arts programs at The Morton Arboretum are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Illinois Arts Council Agency

This event is FREE with Arboretum admission.