Portland, OR. The iconic Portland Japanese Garden is planning a 55th Anniversary Gala. It’s the first-ever outdoor dining experience in the Garden’s beautiful new Cultural Village. Seating is limited so get your tickets now to be a part of this one-of-kind event. With the 2017 opening of the Cultural Village, the Portland Japanese Garden became one of the world’s most important Japanese cultural centers. This year, you can enjoy the most comprehensive arts, culture, and educational programs in the Garden’s history. Supporters invite you to attend their summer highlight: the celebratory Portland Japanese Garden gala evening under the stars on August 4th. Click HERE for more gala information.

The new Cultural Village, designed by world-renowned architect Kengo Kuma, will be all decked out for the 55th Anniversary Gala. (Photo Credit, Jeremy Bittermann)

From Portland Japanese Garden:

The proceeds from the Anniversary Gala will support the Garden’s artistic, cultural, and educational programming, which in 2018 explores the unique traditions and arts of Kyoto. We cannot think of a better tribute to Kyoto than to hold an elegant evening of dining and entertainment in the beautiful surroundings of the Portland Japanese Garden. Dining under the stars surrounded by the award-winning buildings of preeminent Japanese architect Kengo Kuma is an occasion not to be missed. We hope you will join us for this special night as one of our guests or table hosts. Proceeds will be raised through sponsorships and ticket sales alone, with no auction or special appeal component at the dinner. Please visit HERE to learn more about this much anticipated evening at the Garden.

To request an invitation or plan a table please contact Matthew Maas, Donor Relations Officer at [email protected]

55th Anniversary Gala Committee

Julie & Wayne Drinkward, Co-chairs

Deborah & Robert Zagunis, Co-chairs

Committee members: Gwyneth Gamble Booth, Sandy Chandler, Dede DeJager, Dean Dordevic, Katherine Frandsen, Gail Jubitz, Piper A. Park, Lucy Reynolds, Cathy Rudd, Rebecca Teasdale, Dorie Vollum


The Portland Japanese Garden is located in the west hills of Portland, Oregon, directly above the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park at 611 SW Kingston Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97205. 

Year-round, the Garden is served by TriMet bus #63 which connects to the MAX stations at the Oregon Zoo and Providence Park.

For those who don’t mind a walk, the frequent-service buses #15-NW 23rd and #20-Burnside both stop at NW 23rd & Burnside, which is about a one-mile walk up through Washington Park.

Or you can take the Red or Blue line MAX train to the Washington Park stop (aka, the Zoo) and then take a free Explore Washington Park shuttle to the Garden.

Hours: Summer Public Hours (March 12 – Sept. 30): ● Monday: Noon – 7 p.m. ● Tuesday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Winter Public Hours (Oct. 1 – March 11) ● Monday: Noon – 4 p.m. ● Tuesday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m

For more information about visiting the Portland Japanese Garden, here’s a link to the website: https://japanesegarden.org/