March 2018

2018 Cherry Blossom Festivals

Hanami at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo, Japan
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
©Yasufumi Nishi / JNTO

Hanami, which literally means “flower viewing,” is a popular spring pastime in Japan; but you do not need to travel to Japan to enjoy the beauty of Japanese cherry blossom trees. There are many festivals where you can enjoy flower viewing here as well!

See our list below for more information.

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival

📅 April 7-15
(Main Event: "Sakura Sunday" on April 15)
Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival

Over the course of a week, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, a project of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, celebrates both traditional and contemporary Japan with a variety of events, including demonstrations of martial arts, ikebana flower arranging, as well as live musical and dance performances.

The main event, Sakura Sunday is held at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park and features two stages of performers, arts & crafts, Little Akiba, tours of Shofuso, and much much more. Other major events include Japanese Culture Week, and the Cherry Blossom 5K.

Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival

📅 April 7-15
(Main Event: "Bloom Fest" on April 15)
Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival

Branch Brook Park is home to more than 4,000 cherry trees and Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the oldest and most popular cherry blossom festivals in our area.

The 2018 celebrations include the annual Cherry Blossom Challenge Bike Race, the Cherry Blossom 10K Run, as well as the Essex County Family Day, and will culminate with Bloomfest, a celebration of Japanese culture that includes children's activities, live music, and more.

JAA Sakura Matsuri at Flushing Meadows Corona Park

📅 April 21
JAA Sakura Matsuri at Flushing Meadows Corona Park

The annual Japanese American Association of New York’s Sakura Matsuri is held amidst the cherry blossom trees JAA NY donated to New York City in 2001. Visitors of all ages can enjoy performances of Japanese songs and dances, a martial arts exhibition, in addition to a tea ceremony demonstration and more.

Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival

📅 April 21
Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival with the East River and Manhattan in the background

The 2018 Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival will include Japanese tea ceremony, community picnics, music, dance, martial arts performances, and a Japanese cultural fair.

Cherry Blossom Festival at Randall's Island

📅 April 21
Cherry Blossom Festival at Randall's Island

The 2018 Randall’s Island Park Alliance's annual Cherry Blossom Festival features paper flower making, face painting, kite flying, yoyo balloon fishing, origami, kimono dress-ups, and much more.

The Hell Gate Bridge, an active railroad bridge built in 1916, and Urban Farm, an environmentally-sustainable garden and outdoor classroom, serve as backdrops to this popular festival.

Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

📅 April 28-29
Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The 2018 Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanic Garden offers over 60 events and performances celebrating traditional and contemporary Japanese culture.

The centerpiece of the Sakura Matsuri is the Cherry Esplanade, a broad field bordered by two allées of kanzan cherry trees. Brooklyn Botanic Garden planted its first cherry trees in 1921 along Cherry Walk, a gently meandering path to the east of Cherry Esplanade, and is currently home to more than 40 varieties of flowering cherries.

White Plains Cherry Blossom Festival

📅 April 29
White Plains Cherry Blossom Festival

The White Plains Cherry Blossom Festival is held in the grove of sakura trees in Turnure Park and hosted by the White Plains Recreation and Parks Department in collaboration with the Niji no Kai, Waseda University’s official international club, and ArtsWestchester.

Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival

📅 May 2-6
Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival

The Cherry Blossom Festival at the Japanese Garden of Buffalo in Delaware Park began in 2014. The festival promises a "Blizzard of Blossoms" in a city famous for its winter storms.

Cherry Blossom Festival at Mead Park (New Canaan), Japan Society of Fairfield County

📅 May 6

Featuring live music, dance performances, demonstrations, and activities for adults and children. The festival is sponsored by the the Japan Society of Fairfield County with support from the Consulate General of Japan.

Sakura Matsuri: Cherry Blossom Festival! at Stony Brook University

📅 May 6
Sakura Matsuri: Cherry Blossom Festival! at Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University’s Sakura Matsuri welcomes spring to Long Island with the sounds of taiko drums, beautiful cherry blossoms, and an array of Japanese cultural exhibits.

Activities include ikebana flower arrangement, tea workshops, manga drawing, origami paper folding, kimono dress-ups, and cosplay for all ages.

The 2nd Annual Eastchester Sakura Matsuri

📅 May 12

To be held at Eastchester Middle School on May 12 between 1:30 and 3:30 pm.

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