Tanabata is a Japanese cultural event focused on the legend of Orihime, the weaver princess, and Hikoboshi, a herder. The two are in love, but separated by the Milky Way and can meet only once a year during the summer.
During this one-day festival on July 23, art and nature lovers alike will love exploring the Japanese-style garden at the Hillwood Museum & Gardens. Japanese paintings, jewelry, textiles, and more will be on display in the "Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945" exhibition. A storyteller on site will also bring to life the Tanabata legend as she weaves stories through song, visual arts, and words. Have kids? They will enjoy the music performed by Washington Toho Koto Society. If they want to be part of the art, be sure to stop by to make paper ornaments or try calligraphy writing.
Tickets for this event are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students, and $5 for children ages 6 – 18. Kids ages 6 and under are free.