2020 Pasadena Festival of Tea

05/30/2020 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM PT


This event is being rescheduled. Please check back later. If you previously registered for the festival, your registration will automatically be held for the new date. However, if you prefer, we will be happy to send you a refund. To request a refund, or for any other questions or concerns, please email the garden at:

Fourth Annual Pasadena Festival of Tea

The garden’s most popular event of the year will be held at a later date. Participating tea purveyors will be there both Saturday and Sunday with their teas and tea accessories for sale. There will also be interesting talks by tea specialists, ceramic artist Julie Bagish and Japanese art historian Meher McArthur in the En Gallery.


Two Days!
Saturday and Sunday
May 30 and 31, 2020 (To be rescheduled)
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
$12.00 online / $15 at the gate
Fesival admission includes a tea tasting cup and shopping bag
MEMBERS are always admitted free for two--no registration. Tasting cups may be purchased for $2/ea upon arrival
Saturday: Tea Leaf Readings $10
11:00 / 11:30 / 12:30 / 1:00 p.m.
Sunday: Tea Ceremony Demonstrations $15
with Mikko Nakatomi in the Niko-an Teahouse
12:00 p.m. /1:00 p.m. / 2:00 p.m.
MEMBERS, please register to attend a Tea Leaf Reading or Tea Ceremony. Friend level members and above receive a 20% discount

Held in the Japanese garden on Arlington Drive and in the traditional Japanese teahouse, the festival will delight tea lovers and garden lovers alike.

Major local tea vendors will represent Indian, Chinese, Korean and Japanese tea traditions. Representatives from Denong Tea, Tea Habitat, Hankook Tea, Steep Tea, Ruby Lion and Boon Tea,  will share their knowledge of tea through Tea Samplings and Tea Talks. Special custom Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden tea tasting cups will be provided free with registration or ticket purchase upon arrival. They will also be available for sale at the garden. (Members will receive free admission to the festival and can pay $2 per cup at check-in.)

Saturday Talk
11:00:  “Personal Tasting, Bring Fine Tea into your Daily Life” with Thomas Shu from JT&T tea wholesalers
Sunday Talks
11am: “Journey into Pu-erh” with Jeffrey Mackintosh of Denong Tea
12pm: “Adventures in Tea and Ceramics” with ceramicist Julie Bagish
1pm: “The Tea Ceramics and Poetry of Otagaki Rengetsu” with art historian Meher McArthur


The garden's gift shop, Takara-ten, will be open with its collection of beautiful and interesting Japanese decorative items

Asian-inspired clothes by Citron will be for sale by Tai-Ling Wong

Stroll among camellias, azaleas and various other fragrant and sometimes drinkable plants as spring works its magic in the beautiful stroll garden. Originally designed in the late 30s by Kinzuchi Fujii, and recently restored by Takeo Uesugi, FAIA, the garden is on the National Register of Historic Places and is listed as a California Historical Landmark.



  • Registration closes the day before at 5pm but we will be accepting walk-ins as long as space allows
  • Children 12 and under receive free admission
  • The garden is wheelchair accessible but there are stairs to enter the teahouse
  • Sorry, no pets allowed

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