Category : Events at Anderson Gardens

Photo Contest Announced

Anderson Japanese Gardens invites you to be a part of the 2015 Essence of Autumn Social Media photography contest. Winners will receive gift cards valued at up to $500! The contest begins October 1, 2015 and ends October 31, 2015 at midnight. Photo entries must have been taken at Anderson Japanese Gardens and shot by the entrant on or after October 1, 2015. You may enter as many photos as you like. Photographers and non-photographers are invited to visit […]

Japanese Summer Festival 2015

It’s right around the corner – Anderson Japanese Gardens’ annual Japanese Summer Festival is Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23. Join us for this two-day celebration of Japanese culture featuring unique performances and demonstrations of music, dance, arts, games and more. The festival will include Taiko drum performances, special performances by the street performer, Candyman, traditional tea ceremonies and a sake tasting. The gardens are open both days from 9am to 5pm, with activities taking place between 10am and […]

Guest Chef Dinner with Octane Interlounge Restaurant

On Saturday, October 15, Anderson Japanese Gardens welcomes local Chef Patrick Alberto of Octane Interlounge and Koval Distillery for a Guest Chef Dinner. Alberto’s creations will be served family style and paired with the spirits of Koval Distillery. Space is limited and reservations are required by Friday, November 7  The cost is $85 per person for Garden members, and $85 per person for non-members. Reservations can be made by calling 815-316-3306.

Ikebana and Chanoyu Tea Ceremony

Anderson Japanese Gardens will host a Japanese flower arranging (Ikebana) demonstration and gallery exhibit combined with a public demonstration of a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony (Chanoyu) on Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19. Ikebana demonstrations are led by the students of the Ikenobo Ikebana School in Chicago and Tea Ceremony sessions will be led by students of the late Professor Ikka Nakashima. Both will take place in the Visitor Center. Space is limited to 60 guests per demonstration and […]

Japanese Summer Festival

Join in the fun at our two-day cultural event featuring exhibits, traditional demonstrations and unique performances that appeal to all age groups. The Festival will be held during regular garden hours, Saturday 9am to 4pm and Sunday 10am to 4 pm. The Taiko drummers and Candyman, a traditional Japanese street performer, return for multiple performances on both days. Attending a Traditional Tea Ceremony is available for an additional fee; seating is limited and advance registration is required. Please call 815.316.3306 […]

The Pines to Perform on Tuesday Evening, August 12

Rising out of the prairies of the midwest, The Pines are one of the most distinct and powerful indie-rock/Americana groups to hit the national scene in years. The Pines have gathered a stunning line up of musical talent that has gained them a faithful and growing following. Coming to us from Minneapolis, a city that has launched many folk and rock acts from Bob Dylan to The Replacements to The Jayhawks, The Pines weave together many musical styles to create […]

Caroline Smith and Olivia Dvorak

Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps is an indie folk band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, with vocal influences ranging from Billie Holliday to Peter, Paul and Mary. Merging ’90s R&B and neo-soul with her indie-rock roots, Caroline Smith‘s new album, Half About Being a Woman, is a record about self-acceptance and growing into your own. With soaring vocals and catchy melodies at the heart of her songs, Caroline has gone back to the roots of ‘feel-good’ music. “I have to […]

Whiskey Farm / Rock & Roll Institute

Coming on  July 29 from Madison, Wisconsin, Whiskey Farm’s music is a blend of homegrown bluegrass and folk, creating a unique, pop-minded Americana sound. Tuesday’s music will feature songs from their new album, “From the Still”. You can give them a listen on their website. Admission for the Tuesday Evening in the Garden events starts at 5 pm. The opening act begins at 5:45 and the headline act goes on at 6:30. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students, […]

Lily & Madeleine and Hiroya Tsukamoto

Performing on Tuesday Evening, July 22, are sisters Lily & Madeleine – a folk pop duo from Indianapolis who have recently released a full length album and are now touring nationally. We are so lucky to welcome these very talented siblings to our Pavilion stage. Their music is primarily acoustic, accompanied by their lovely, haunting vocals. We also welcome guitarist and songwriter Hiroya Tsukamoto to the Gardens. Some of you might remember him as a performer at last year’s Opening […]

The Sills and Antony & the Tramps

On Tuesday evening this week, we welcome Antony & the Tramps to the Pavilion stage. Hailing from Chicago, the band went on their first national tour in 2011, gaining a fan base that goes far beyond the Windy City. Their music has been described as eclectic/electric/acoustic, “…swinging from gentle sunshine ditties to wild soaring epics, to dirty floor American gypsy.” This will be their third appearance at the Gardens. The opening act this Tuesday is The Sills, based in Madison. […]