Autumn and Japanese Ambience Festival
For an entire weekend, the garden grounds are alive with merriment as guests celebrate the joys of autumn and experience the Japanese culture first-hand. Most activities are free with garden admission or membership. Take in the crisp fall air, enjoy the bold and brilliant shades of yellow, orange, red and brown in trees and shrubs and participate in a multitude of autumn-themed activities, ranging from hayrack rides to an antique tractor display. The Omaha Sister Cities Association helps host the Autumn and Japanese Ambience Festival, with a variety of activities to celebrate the Japanese culture. Japanese Ambience also celebrates the anniversary of the gift of the Japanese Sunpu Castle Gate at Lauritzen Gardens by Shizuoka, Japan, Omaha's first Sister City. Enjoy activities like calligraphy, koinobori, food tastings and more. Performances will include martial arts demonstrations, taiko drumming and traditional Japanese music and dance. Paid activities will help fund the construction of phases II and III of the future Japanese garden at Lauritzen Gardens. 2014 activities will include (check back as more activities will be added): Fall chrysanthemum show Hayrack rides through the garden Live alpacas Antique tractor and farm equipment display Make-and-take your own autumn corsage Children's crafts and activities Scarecrow making Learn the art of gourd-crafting and purchase decorated gourds from Avant Gourde (Carson, IA) Guided garden strolls Kettle corn and other harvest treats for sale Ikebana display by Ikebana International Omaha #60 Bonsai display by the Nebraska Bonsai Society Traditional Japanese dance and music performances Martial arts demonstrations A variety of fun activities presented by the Omaha Sister Cities Association Learn how to say common words in Japanese and look for their translations in the garden. Take a 50-minute, narrated tram tour of the garden for $3 Live music by Trubadury (Omaha, NE)- performing Czech and German favorites from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday on the festival garden patio.
100 Bancroft Street, Omaha, NE 68108