5/05: Pasadena Festival of Tea


Niko-an Teahouse at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, Pasadena: Image by Deanie Nyman

Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden presents “Pasadena Festival of Tea 2024” at the Japanese garden, 270 Arlington Drive, Pasadena, CA 91105, on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 5, 2024.

Tea events will be held at three sessions: 10:00 am,12:00 pm,  2:00 pm. Admissions are $20 per person. Children 12 and under are free

Registration is Required for Admission. REGISTER


The garden’s most popular event of the year is the Pasadena Festival of Tea. Participating tea purveyors will be with their teas and tea accessories for sale.

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

JT& Tea, Hankook Tea, Glenburn Tea, Bana Tea and Ienaga & Co., and Sencha will represent Japanese, Chinese, Korean and contemporary fermented and herbal tea traditions.

Every registered guest will receive a special a custom-made Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden tea tasting cup at check-in, and the tea specialists will offer samplings of their teas and share expert knowledge and advice.

Additional cups for children can be purchased for $2 each. Garden’s guests will also be joined by ceramic artist Julie Bagish, who will be selling her beautiful Japanese-style tea ceremony and other tea wares.

The garden’s gift shop, Takara-ten, will offer an array of antique and vintage items that make wonderful gifts, including a special pop-up sale of vintage kimonos, ceramics, dolls, and other Japanese treasures. Donors will receive a 10% off any purchase.

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 1930s 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.

Free parking at 355 W. State Street, Corner of S. Orange Grove Drive and W. State Street. It is a short walk north on Orange Grove to the garden on Arlington Drive.

For more information, contact the garden at info@japanesegardenpasadena.com