Festival focuses on high-quality juried artwork in 11
categories. Plus live music, a silent auction, children's craft
tent and food booths.
Enjoy hands-on activities related to Japanese gardens and culture, and make a take-home project. Different projects and activities are featured each week, including raking miniature dry gardens, trying chopsticks and practicing calligraphy.
Event honors first responders and raise awareness and funds for the Gary Sinise Foundation. Attendees can experience the 9/11 Remembrance Rescue Project’s hands-on fire engine and Rescue 4. Other activities will include Police vs. Fire Foot Race out of the Gate, FireZone course for Kids, a chili cook-off and more.
Outdoor butterfly garden where visitors can immerse
themselves with hundreds of live tropical butterfly species from
around the world. A field guide is
available to help visitors identify dozens of species in the
exhibition. Visitors can also observe butterflies hatching through
a window into the pupa emergence room.
Festival features more than 130 juried artists from around
the world. Live music, great food and fun activities for kids,
including an art scavenger hunt.
The Model Railroad Garden delights visitors of all ages with the
sights and sounds of garden-scale trains traversing bridges and
trestles, past miniature scenes of America's best-loved landmarks
and beautiful gardens planted to scale.
Get close to nature and discover where food comes from with activities. Learn about plant parts, the life of a bee, different types of seeds, how to plant a rainbow garden, worm composting and more.
Explore the plants and animals in aquatic habitats. Use scientific tools to look at tiny critters living under water, find out what makes water plants different from land plants, and more. Activities vary from week to week.
Participate in crafts, demonstrations and farm-related activities. Activities change daily. Meet at the Heritage Center front desk. Free activities include: public milking demonstrations at 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; costumed interpreters from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Sundays; and storytelling at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Curious nature-loving kids can experience the outdoors through programs like Bird Homes, Stroll with your Senses, Wind Power, Bird Behavior Hike and What’s Under a Log? Children will learn how to use their powers of observation and understanding to relate to the natural world around them.