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Current Events and Programs

Some arboretum programs require advance registration. Please refer to each program description for details. Click here for current registration procedures for all programs.

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Full Moon Hike

Note: Full Moon Hikes are now managed by the Friends of the National Arboretum. To check availability of tickets and register, click here..


Exhibit: Autumn Bonsai: Falling into Winter
November 4 – 12 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum

Enjoy bonsai in their autumn colors before the leaves fall away to reveal their bare winter silhouettes. See red maples, yellow ginkgos, and fruited trees in the Museum’s permanent collection pavilions. The Exhibits Gallery features formal displays with select trees during their peak fall colors. Free.


Aki Matsuri Autumn Festival: Bonsai and Beyond
November 4, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
All Lectures, Tours, and Activities Free Except for the Evening Otsukimi Moon Viewing

Special Bonsai Lecture and Demonstration
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Bonsai Master Andy Smith will first tell us about his work in collecting bonsai in the wild and then style a limber pine that he recently collected in Wyoming on stage in the Auditorium.

Ikebana Demonstration
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Watch ikebana artist Jane Redman create a Japanese flower arrangement that highlights the autumn season.

Kusamono Lecture and Demonstration
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Join Kusamono Master Young Choe for an enchanting look at kusamono—small herbaceous plants in pots that are often displayed with bonsai—and learn how to make one yourself.

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Walking tour of the Japanese Woodland section of the Asian Collections
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Walking tour of Japanese maples with Arboretum Director Dr. Richard T. Olsen
11:30 am to 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Behind-the-scenes tour of temporary home for Japanese Koi

Cultural Activities
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm             Taiko drumming
1:15 pm to 1:30 pm               Kagura dance performed by Kuniko Kanawa
1:30 pm to 2:00 pm               Narrated kimono fashion show by WDC Kimono Club
2:30 pm to 3:00 pm               Taiko drumming

Ikebana and Seven Grasses of Autumn on display throughout the day

Book Signings
Three authors present newly released books based on the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum’s collection.

Food and Vendors
Buy Japanese food and drink from vendors and enjoy a taste of Japan on the terrace; purchase a plant you can style into a bonsai or kusamono.

Special Evening Event—Otsukimi Moon Viewing hosted by the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Celebrate this traditional event in the meadow with Japanese food, drink, music, and haiku writing.  Fee: $25, Children 15 and under free ($15 FONA, NBF, or JASWDC members) Registration required.  



FONA/NBF refers to members of the Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA) or the National Bonsai Foundation (NBF), who receive a discount on many programs. For membership information for FONA, call 202-544-8733 or see their website at For information on NBF, call 202-396-3510 or see

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