Destination Asia Festival

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Schedule and Location

Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5, 2018
Friday, opening evening: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Visitor Center & vicinity

Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food, and more. 10 different countries are represented with live performances, join us for a fun-filled weekend that will transport you across the globe.  

2018 Performer and Activity Schedule

Please note that performance times may change prior to festival date

Friday, August 3 

Kick off our fifth annual Destination Asia festival with a formal ceremony, engaging performances, culinary delights, and a breathtaking Japanese lantern display on Meadow Lake--Toro Nagashi. Lanterns are on sale now! LEARN MORE

6:00 PM                      Welcome and brief talk about The Morton Arboretum's collaborations with Asian countries by Head of Collections and Curator, Matt Lobdell and Director of Center for Tree Science, Chuck Cannon, PhD.
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM      Prairie State Bonsai Society Show
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM      Lantern Decorating, for pre-purchased lanterns (if available, lanterns will be for sale as well)
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM      Origami Folding with Marilyn Schweitzer
6:15 PM                        Chinese YoYo by Ryan Shi
6:30 PM                        Japanese music by Chicago Koto Group
6:30 PM                       Sumo Wrestling by USA Sumo
7:00 PM                       Chinese Lion Dance by Seven Star Lion
7:15 PM                       Korean Drumming by Global Pungmol Institute
7:30 PM                       Asian fusion music by Hanatua Duo
7:45 PM                       Taiko Drumming and Shubu-kai dance performance by Asian Improv aRts Midwest
8:00 PM                       Toro Nagashi Lantern Display

Saturday, August 4

Enjoy performances and activities all day during our fifth annual Destination Asia Festival with 4 stages, a vendor expo, food trucks and Asian cuisine, martial arts, and more!

10:00 AM                      Japanese music  by Chicago Koto Group
10:00AM - 4:00 PM     Origami Folding by Marilyn Schweitzer
10:00AM - 4:00 PM     Henna Tattoos by Neelam Akhand  
10:00AM - 4:00 PM     Prairie State Bonsai Society Show
10:00AM - 4:00 PM     Chinese Yo Yo by Ryan Shi
10:30 AM                      Mongolian Morin khuur and throat singing by The American Mongolian Association
10:30 AM                      Japanese Story telling by Anne Shimojima
10:30 AM                     Art of Bonsai Demonstration by Prairie State Bonsai Society
11:00 AM                     Asian fusion music by Hanauta Duo
11:00 AM                     Tinikling Philippine folk dance
11:00 AM                     Korean Drumming by Global Pungmol Insitute
11:00 AM                     Indian Dance Performance by Acharya Performing Arts Academy
11:30 AM                     Korean Music by Chicago Gayageum
11:30 AM                     Chinese Lion Dance by Seven Star Lion
11:30 AM                     Japanese Kyudo Archery  by Fuko Kyudojo
NOON – 4:00 PM       Learn about our Asian Collections at the Morton Arboretum Activity Area
NOON                          Sumo Wrestling by USA Sumo
NOON                          Japanese Shubu-kai dance performance by Asian Improv aRts Midwest
NOON                         Qigong Martial Arts Class by 7 Stars Martial Arts
NOON                         Piyesta Pinoy  Philippine Performance
NOON                         Art of Bonsai Demonstration by Prairie State Bonsai Society
12:30 PM                    Chinese Music by Kerry Leung
12:30 PM                     Japanese Taiko Drumming by Asian Improv aRts Midwest
12:30 PM                     Malaysian Silat martial arts by US Gayong Federation
12:30 PM                     Japanese Story telling by Anne Shimojima
1:00 PM                       Indian Musical Performance by Akshaya Music Academy
1:00 PM                       Japanese Awa Odori Dance by Miko-ren Group
1:00 PM                      Kung Fu Performance by Illinois Shaolin Kung Fu School
1:00 PM                      Traditional Indonesian Performance by Indonesian Cultural Troupe
1:00 PM                      Sumi-E Big Brush Painting by Patricia Larkin Green
1:30 PM                      Bollywood Dance Party by Mandala South Asia Performing Arts
2:00 PM                      Asia Folk Music by Shobana
2:00 PM                      Sumo Wrestling by USA Sumo
2:00 PM                      Japanese shin kendo swordsmanship demonstration
2:00 PM                      Sumi-E Big Brush Painting by Hiroyuki
2:00 PM                      Thai dance by Thai Cultural Arts Institute
2:30 PM                      Japanese Story telling by Anne Shimojima
2:30 PM                     Japanese Kyudo Archery by Fuko Kyudojo
2:30 PM                     Japanese Shubu-kai dance performance by Asian Improv aRts Midwest
3:00 PM                     Japanese Taiko Drumming by Asian Improv aRts Midwest
3:00 PM                     Friends of the Gamelan Indonesian gamelan music
3:00 PM                     Qigong Martial Arts Class by 7 Stars Martial Arts
3:00 PM                     Cambodian dance performance by Cambodian Association of Illinois

Sunday, August 5

10:00 AM                      Japanese music  by Chicago Koto Group
10:00AM - 4:00 PM     Origami Folding by Marilyn Schweitzer
10:00AM - 4:00 PM     Henna Tattoos by Neelam Akhand 
10:00AM - 4:00 PM     Prairie State Bonsai Society Show
10:00AM - 4:00 PM     Chinese Yo Yo by Ryan Shi
10:00AM - 4:00 PM     Learn to play Cricket with  Midwest Cricket League
10:30 AM                      Mongolian Morin khuur and throat singing by The American Mongolian Association
10:30 AM                      Japanese Story telling by Anne Shimojima
10:30 AM                     Art of Bonsai Demonstration by Prairie State Bonsai Society
11:00 AM                     Asian fusion music by Hanauta Duo 11:00 AM Global Pungmol Insitute Korean Drumming
11:00 AM                     Chicago Balinese Gamelan Music and Dance Performance from Bali
11:00 AM                     Indian Dance Performance by Acharya Performing Arts Academy
11:30 AM                     Korean Music by Chicago Gayageum
11:30 AM                     Japanese Kyudo Archery  by Fuko Kyudojo
NOON – 4:00 PM       Learn about our Asian Collections at the Morton Arboretum Activity Area
NOON                          Sumo Wrestling by USA Sumo
NOON                          Japanese Shubu-kai dance performance by Asian Improv aRts Midwest
NOON                         Qigong Martial Arts Class by 7 Stars Martial Arts
NOON                         Piyesta Pinoy  Philippine Performance
NOON                         Art of Bonsai Demonstration by Prairie State Bonsai Society
12:30 PM                     Japanese Taiko Drumming by Asian Improv aRts Midwest
12:30 PM                     Malaysian Silat martial arts by US Gayong Federation
12:30 PM                     Japanese Story telling by Anne Shimojima
1:00 PM                       Indian Musical Performance by Akshaya Music Academy
1:00 PM                       Kung Fu Performance by Illinois Shaolin Kung Fu School
1:30 PM                       Bollywood Dance Party by Mandala South Asia Performing Arts
2:00 PM                      Asia Folk Music by Shobana
2:00 PM                      Chinese Music by Kerry Leung
2:00 PM                      Sumo Wrestling by USA Sumo
2:00 PM                      Japanese shin kendo swordsmanship demonstration
2:00 PM                      Thai dance by Thai Cultural Arts Institute
2:30 PM                      Japanese Story telling by Anne Shimojima
2:30 PM                     Japanese Kyudo Archery by Fuko Kyudojo
2:30 PM                     Japanese Shubu-kai dance performance by Asian Improv aRts Midwest
3:00 PM                     Japanese Taiko Drumming by Asian Improv aRts Midwest
3:00 PM                     Friends of the Gamelan Indonesian gamelan music
3:00 PM                     Qigong Martial Arts Class by 7 Stars Martial Arts

Prairie State Bonsai Society

Marvel at beautiful bonsai trees and vote for your favorite during the show Friday- Sunday during our Destination Asia Festival. Learn more about caring for bonsai during the Art of Bonsai demonstrations. Want more bonsai? Sign up for a classes Learn More

Asian Collections at The Morton Arboretum

Did you know The Morton Arboretum has a vast Tree and Shrub collection from Asian countries? Explore our tree collections from China, Japan, and Korea and learn about the important conservation efforts we are working on.

 

Check out images from the 2017 event on our Facebook page.

Fees and Admission

The 5th Annual Destination Asia Festival is included with Arboretum admission.

Be a part of the opening ceremony! For $10, members and nonmembers can purchase a lantern to be used in the Toro Nagashi on Friday, August 3 at 8:15 pm. Arrive early that evening to decorate your lantern to commemorate a loved one or express a wish for the future! 

 

BY PHONE: 630-725-2066, Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours

ONLINE:   BUY LANTERNS NOW

Sorry, lanterns cannot be returned to you after the lantern float is completed.