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- Address: 2515 S 336th Street, Federal Way, WA 98001
- Dates: May 7, 2022 - May 8, 2022
- Recurrence: Recurring daily
- Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
- Price: Admission is free. There is a $12 suggested donation for those who are able to support the Museum.
- Website: Event Link
Blooming Bonsai and Festivities in the Forest: BonsaiFest! is Back
Whether it’s your first time ever seeing bonsai in person or you are a devoted bonsai practitioner, our third BonsaiFest! offers delights to everyone of all ages. We invite the public to join us Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 (Mother’s Day weekend) at Pacific Bonsai Museum to see hundreds of beautiful bonsai in an enchanting, woodsy setting. BonsaiFest! weekend, at the height of spring blooms, is a spectacular and refreshing time of year to visit the Museum.
- Azalea, wisteria, and other lovely flowering bonsai are likely to be at ‘peak bloom.’
- Opening Day for two special exhibitions -- Exquisite bonsai presented in ’A Gallery of Trees: Living Art of Pacific Bonsai Museum’ and a Retrospective exhibition featuring bonsai created by local bonsai master/author and former Pacific Bonsai Museum Curator, David De Groot.
- The Puget Sound Bonsai Association (PSBA) Spring Show -- Aisles of diverse bonsai created by PSBA members who present their Spring Show and ask the public to vote on their favorites.
Watch, learn, and share:
- Live bonsai demonstrations -- see how the bonsai are maintained and talk to bonsai artists about their craft; Saturday, 10am to 3pm and Sunday, 12pm to 4pm.
- Docent-led tours of the collection-- ask questions and share insights; Tours start at 12pm and 1pm and last ~45 minutes, both days; Meet at the Conservatory. No sign up required.
- Take an independent audio tour of the collection -- currently offered in Chinese (Mandarin); English and Japanese versions coming soon!
- Pacific Bonsai Museum Members Only: Save the Date! Saturday, May 7 at 3 pm Join us for an opening reception.
- Pacific Bonsai Museum Members Only: Curator’s Tour: Get the inside scoop on how our team achieves a five-year-long artistic process for each bonsai.
Anyone who wants an invite but is not a Member can Become a member and support the Museum!
Shop, eat, drink, and play:
- Pop up shopping -- bonsai, pots, bonsai books, gifts, and cards for the nature-lover.
- Fun food and beverage trucks with savory and sweet hand pies from 314 pie.
- Art Station for kids and families; free bonsai coloring sheets and easy bonsai learning activities available.
- Have a custom poem written for Mom by poet Alexandria Manolo, 10am to 2pm both Saturday and Sunday.
- Photobooth Experiences -- send someone a bonsai-beautiful e-greeting featuring your lovely likeness captured by our BonsaiFest! photographer (available Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, only, 11am to 3pm).
Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8, 10am to 4pm
The Pacific Bonsai Museum is located on the campus of the former Weyerhaeuser headquarters at 2515 S 336th Street, Federal Way, WA 98001. Visitors are advised to search ‘Pacific Bonsai Museum’ in google maps on their GPS-enabled devices to navigate to the Museum and should enter Weyerhaeuser Road from the East entry from Weyerhaeuser Way South.
Free parking is available across from the Museum at the Garden Parking Lot; wheelchair-accessible parking and passenger drop-off/pick-up is available at the Museum entrance.
Admission is free. There is a $12 suggested donation for those who are able to support the Museum.
Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 4 pm.
The Museum is closed: Every Monday as well as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
ABOUT PACIFIC BONSAI MUSEUM:
Pacific Bonsai Museum connects people to nature through the living art of bonsai. Forty to 60 of the Museum’s 150 bonsai are displayed at any given time in an outdoor fine art museum setting in the open air of a large forest in Federal Way, Washington. Pacific Bonsai Museum is one of only a handful of public bonsai collections in the world solely dedicated to bonsai and the only one in the United States. Offering contemporary exhibitions, docent-led group tours, education, workshops, and more. 50,000+ people from across the globe visit the museum each year, with visitorship growing as people discover this gem of the Pacific Northwest. Open six days a week, year-round; admission by donation. Learn more at http://www.pacificbonsaimuseum.org/.