Come all bonsai-fans and bonsai-curious to be wowed and inspired at Pacific Bonsai Museum’s fourth BonsaiFEST! Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 (Mother’s Day weekend) at Pacific Bonsai Museum. See hundreds of beautiful bonsai in an enchanting, woodsy setting. BonsaiFEST! weekend, at the height of spring blooms, is a spectacular and refreshing time of year to visit the Museum and delight in community.
**Events listed below occur from 10 am to 4 pm, both Saturday and Sunday unless otherwise noted.**
Azalea, wisteria, and other lovely flowering bonsai likely to be at ‘peak-bloom.’
Opening weekend debut of Pacific Bonsai Museum’s 2023 special exhibition, Avant-garden, showcasing bonsai artists pushing the botanic and artistic boundaries of bonsai like you’ve never seen before.
The Puget Sound Bonsai Association (PSBA) Spring Show Aisles of diverse bonsai created by PSBA members. Also returning this year is PSBA’s remarkable mame (“ma-may”) exhibition — a collection of the tiniest bonsai around.
Watch, learn, and share:
Live bonsai-making demonstrations — see how the bonsai are created and talk to bonsai artists about their craft; demonstrations will start at 10 am and 1 pm each day and will continue for up to three hours.
Docent-led tours of the collection — ask questions and share insights; Tours start at 12 pm and 1 pm and last approximately 45 minutes, both days; Meet at the Conservatory. No prior sign-up is required.
Take an independent audio tour of the collection with your smartphone; currently offered in both English and Chinese (Mandarin).
Shop, eat, drink, and play:
Buy bonsai and bonsai merch from Robert Cho’s Asia Pacific Gardening and from Pacific Bonsai Museum’s pop-up shop featuring pins, stickers, books, cards, gifts, and more for the nature-lover.
Fun food and beverages from Yummy Catch and The Village Perk.
Art Station for kids and families; free bonsai coloring sheets and easy bonsai learning activities available.
Complimentary bespoke poetry writing by Alexandria Manalo; Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 from 10 am to 2 pm.
Free parking is available across from the Museum at the Garden Parking Lot; wheelchair-accessible parking and passenger drop-off/pick-up is available at the Museum entrance.
Admission is free. There is a $12 suggested donation for those who are able to support the Museum.