Botanical Garden to host international music and dance festival

The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks will host the 5th annual International Festival from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19.

During the event, guests can drop by to enjoy dance and musical performances on the garden’s Great Lawn. Papa Rap (Al Lopez) will be the event emcee.

The family-friendly festival is free with support from the Walmart Foundation, and is open to anyone. Tickets are not required, but capacity is limited so guests are encouraged to RSVP online in advance at

Guests will be required to wear face masks at the garden entrance, inside the building and Butterfly House and when social distancing is not possible, according to a news release. Free COVID-19 vaccines will also be available at the event.

From the garden:

This event is part of Welcoming Week, a series of events nationwide bringing together immigrants, refugees and native-born residents to raise awareness about the benefits and importance of welcoming everyone. The garden supports diversity and inclusion, and this festival is a wonderful opportunity to experience a wide variety of cultures in one place!

Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome, but pets are not allowed.