Japanese American National Museum
Events Calendar

Series: Family Festivals

All programs are free for Museum members and free with general admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.

Reservations are recommended for most programs (RSVPs not needed for Family Festivals). Some programs may have separate reservation contacts. Please check program description. Please RSVP at least 48 hours in advance by emailing or calling 213.625.0414. Please indicate the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the total in your party.

For all classes, workshops, and food tours, pre-payment is required to hold your space. Please call 213.625.0414 or purchase tickets online using the links below. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.


Saturday, May 9, 2015
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturdays: Meaningful May



May is a month of many celebrations. Join us as we commemorate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and the final month of Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty.

*Admission to all activities and to Common Ground: The Heart of Community is FREE ALL DAY. Admission to the special exhibition, Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, requires a separate purchase. All Hello! Admissions are based on timed entry; obtaining tickets in advance is strongly recommended.



  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Create a special Mother’s Day card.

  • Memorial Day Messages: Write a heartfelt message to or about a veteran on our Wall of Appreciation.

  • Flower Arrangement: Create a miniature ikebana-inspired flower arrangement in honor of Mother’s Day.

  • Hello Kitty Crafts: Celebrate Hello Kitty while she’s still here at our temporary tattoo and paper doll stations.


    11:30 a.m.: Join JANM volunteers who also happen to be veterans and hear their unique stories on a special Memorial Day Family Tour through Common Ground: The Heart of Community.

    12 p.m.: Take in an energetic taiko drumming performance by Los Angeles Matsuri Taiko.

    1 p.m.: Enjoy a Bollywood-style dance performance and learn about Indian folk dance traditions with the Bellytwins.

    1 p.m.–4 p.m.: Say goodbye to Hello Kitty in person, and take home a souvenir photo with her, courtesy of Nerdbot Photobooth.

    2 p.m.: Join an exciting K-Pop Dance Workshop with Aimee Lee Lucas.

    3:15 p.m.: Watch and participate in a lively dance performance that will incorporate traditions from Tahiti, Hawaii, and New Zealand. Presented by Island Inspirations.


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    Saturday, June 13, 2015
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Target Free Family Saturdays: Uniquely You



    In conjunction with the Mixed Remixed Festival, JANM’s day of family fun will celebrate everything that’s special about YOU!

    Please check back for schedule.


    Sponsored by

    Saturday, July 11, 2015
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    JANM Free Family Days: Okinawan Traditions


    In conjunction with the opening of Sugar/Islands: Finding Okinawa in Hawai‘i, join us for a day of crafts and activities celebrating Okinawan culture.

    Please check back for schedule.

    Saturday, August 15, 2015
    11:00 AM—5:00 PM

    Natsumatsuri Family Festival



    Join us for our annual summer celebration featuring Japanese and Japanese American performances, crafts, and activities.

    Please check back for more information.

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