Japanese American National Museum
Events Calendar

Series: Family Festivals

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

Reservations are recommended for most programs; you may use the links below. You may also RSVP by emailing or calling 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours in advance. Please indicate the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the number of people in your party. (RSVPs are not accepted for Family Festivals). For all ticketed events (classes, workshops, food tours, etc.), pre-payment is required to hold your space. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.


Saturday, December 12, 2015
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

JANM Free Family Days: Mele Kalikimaka



Celebrate the holidays island-style, as our friends at KoAloha Ukulele lead performances, workshops, craft activities, and other holiday-inspired fun.



  • Decorate a miniature paper palm tree.

  • Build a Hawaiian-style snowman.

  • Make a festive paper Japanese lantern at Ruthie’s Origami Corner.


    11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. / 1:30 p.m.–3 p.m.: Make holiday and island-themed postcards in woodblock printing workshops led by KoAloha Ukulele. Musicians Ryo and Ryan will be available to sign cards.

    11:15 a.m.–12 p.m. / 12:15 p.m.–1 p.m. / 1:15 p.m.–2 p.m. / 2:15 p.m.–3 p.m.: Bring your own ukulele for free lessons in basic playing techniques, presented by KoAloha Ukulele’s artist partners.

    11:30 a.m.–12 p.m. / 12 p.m.–12:30 p.m. / 1 p.m.–1:30 p.m. / 1:30 p.m.–2 p.m. / 2:30 p.m.–3 p.m. / 3 p.m.–3:30 p.m.: An exciting array of ukulele performances are scheduled throughout the day, featuring KoAloha Ukulele’s local and international artist partners.

    12 p.m.–3 p.m.: Have your photo taken with Asian American Santa in Nerdbot’s Hawaiian-style photo booth. A JANM holiday tradition!

    3:30 p.m.: Close out the day with a spectacular all-star jam finale featuring Kalyn Aolani, Ryo and Ryan, Mike Sullivan, and Torrance Ukulele Group.


    Supported by 
    Sunday, January 3, 2016
    11:00 AM—5:00 PM

    2016 Oshogatsu Family Festival - Year of the Monkey



    Welcome the Year of the Monkey with crafts, food, cultural activities, and performances!

  • Start your new year off right with a free bowl of lucky zaru soba (cold buckwheat noodles) courtesy of Kidding Around the Kitchen, while supplies last
  • See Shan the Candyman create amazing monkey candy sculptures, which will be raffled off throughout the day
  • Watch Kodama Taiko perform a traditional mochitsuki (Japanese rice pounding ritual)
  • Enjoy a lively shishimai (Japanese-style lion dance) with Kinnara Taiko
  • …and so much more!

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