Events

Destination Asia Festival

Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food, and trees.

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Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food, and more. Join us for a fun-filled weekend that will transport you across the globe.

On Saturday, September 25th, enjoy diverse cultural performances and demonstrations, various shopping and art vendors and local food trucks.

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 with which the Arboretum participates.

This event is included in Arboretum admission.  Please reserve a timed-entry member pass or guest ticket before arriving. General admission is limited due to capacity restrictions; reserve your tickets before they are sold out.

Entry times must be selected when purchasing tickets. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Performance Schedule

Dawn Redwood Stage
9:00 a.m. – Asian Folk Music, Shobana
10:00 a.m. – Classical Asian fusion music, Hanauta Trio
11:00 a.m. – Cambodian Mahori Ensemble, Crossing Borders Music
12:00 p.m. – Indian musical performance, Akshaya Music Academy
1:00 p.m. – Indonesian Gamelan music, Friends of the Gamelan
2:00 p.m. – Traditional Bali music and dance, Chicago Balinese Gamelan
3:00 p.m. – Thai dance performance, Thai Cultural Institute of IL

Golden Ginkgo Stage
9:30 a.m. – Traditional Philippine performance, Piyesta Pinoy
10:30 a.m. – Taiko Japanese Drumming, Tsukasa Taiko
11:30 a.m. – Shubukai Dancing, Asian Improv aRts Midwest
12:30 p.m. – Kung Fu Performance, Illinois Shaolin Kung Fu School
1:30 p.m. – Japanese Martial Arts and Archery, Chicago Keikokai Meifu Shinkage Ryu
2:30 p.m. – Japanese Shinkendo Swordsmanship demonstration, Trevis Cane

Peking Lilac Stage
9:00 a.m. – Chinese Music, Kerry Leung
10:00 a.m. – Hindustani Musical Duet, Rajeswari McKearn
11:00 a.m. – Indian musical performance, RAMETI Group
12:00 p.m. – Japanese Ensemble Music, Chicago Koto Group
1:00 p.m. – Indian dance, Acharya Performing Arts Academy
2:00 p.m. – Mongolian Morin khuur and throat singing, The American Mongolian Association
3:00 p.m. – Bollywood dance party, Mandala South Asia Performing Arts

Accessibility

The Destination Asia Festival takes place along the paved walking paths of the Visitor Center area, Meadow Lake and the Conifer trail. These paths are accessible for wheelchairs and walkers but does include a few hills. The stages will be stationed on the grass of these walking trails.

View the Accessibility Guide for more detailed information.

Food Trucks
Serving from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Yum Dum Food Truck
Chicago Lunch Box Food Truck

Arbor Court Concessions
Serving from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pork and Shrimp Egg Rolls with Sweet and Sour sauce
Vegetable Potstickers with Thai Chili sauce
Vegetable Samosas
Chicken Tikka Masala with Basmati Rice
Sake
Sapporo
Chai Tea

Ginkgo Restaurant
Serving from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Korean Stir Fry
Assorted Sushi Rolls with Soy Sauce, Fresh Ginger and Wasabi
Poke Bowls
Sake
Sapporo

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