French drawing room at Hillwood


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Tanabata | The Japanese Star Festival

Due to severe weather warnings, we have regrettably cancelled all onsite activities for this program. We deeply apologize for the inconvenience.

In the spirit of the holiday, we are pleased to share a virtual livestream of the koto performance by the Washington Toho Koto Society at 7 p.m. this evening to registered participants. For more information, please check your emails or contact our visitor services team at or 202.686.5807.

Tanabata, the Japanese Star Festival, celebrates the legend of Orihime, the weaveJapanese-style garden hardstone path surrounded by red and green foliager princess, and Hikoboshi, the herder. These lovers, separated by the Milky Way, are allowed to meet just once a year on the seventh day of the seventh month.

Enjoy a summer evening relaxing in Hillwood’s spectacular gardens and take part in festive outdoor entertainment on Hillwood’s expansive Lunar Lawn:


5:30-7 p.m. | Explore Hillwood

7-8 p.m. | Concert by the Washington Toho Koto Society


  • Picnicking is welcome at this event. Please note our liquor license does not allow patrons to bring in outside alcohol.
  • Please bring your own picnic blankets or lawn chairs for seating on the lawn.
  • Food and drinks, including beer and wine, will be available from Merriweather To Go.


If inclement weather forces us to cancel outdoor activities, the koto concert will be livestreamed via Zoom at 7 p.m. All registered participants will receive notice if the program has moved to livestream by 3 p.m. on Friday, July 7.

Japan-America Society of Washington DC logo

The program highlights Hillwood’s Japanese-style garden and is presented in partnership with the Japan-America Society of Washington DC.

Japanese-style garden hardstone path and green conifers, family of three looking at waterfall
Japanese-style garden, tanzaku hanging on bamboo