Matsuri is the Japanese word for festival. Our Matsuri is much like many summer festivals in Japan---full of artists’ performances and demonstrations of cultural practices, great local food and drink, fun for kids, vendors with kimonos, tea bowls and other Asian inspired goods, and much, much more. As is traditional, we’ll finish the night with a bang and a fireworks show over Japan House.
Matsuri will be held on the grounds of the University Arboretum and Japan House, just southeast of the intersection of South Lincoln and Florida Avenues. Most Matsuri events will take place in large tents between the ponds and the Hartley Gardens, although tea ceremonies and bonsai will be located at Japan House itself.
All artist performances and demonstrations are free. You must purchase food and drink tickets to pay our vendors and some activities (such as yukata and cosplay dressing, tea ceremony, etc will have small fees.
Parking is available first come, first serve at University lots in the area such as south of Japan House, Vet Med and F23 on Florida Avenue. There are also spaces along Lincoln Avenue. Check the campus parking map for more info.
If you're looking to catch a bus, visit the MTD website for routes and schedules. The Raven bus comes to Japan House but other bus routes can bring you close by as well. For those needing assistance, golf carts will be transporting people from the above parking lots to the festival site in the University Arboretum.
We ask that you do not bring outside food and drink but instead enjoy what our vendors are providing. We also ask that you leave your pets at home.