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Cherry Blossom Festival Wraps This Weekend

It's peak cherry blossom time! Enjoy this beautiful festival from April 1 — 9.

Spring has finally sprung, and there’s no better way to measure that than the blooming of Philadelphia’s beautiful cherry blossoms.

 

Just in time to say hello to the new season — and cast off the coats, hats, and gloves — the Japan American Society of Greater Philadelphia is presenting the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival from April 1 through April 9. Now celebrating its 20th year, the festival is nine days of family-friendly events throughout the city to celebrate Japanese culture and the blooms of the cherry blossoms.

 

Here’s a peek at the festival events happening to help you and your family get out and enjoy the warmth and beauty of the season.

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden


Shofuso, in Fairmount Park, will be open daily (Monday — Friday 10 am — 4 pm and Saturday and Sunday 11 am — 5 pm) during the Cherry Blossom Festival. The peak cherry bloom is predicted for the beginning of the festival, making it the ideal time to visit the traditional-style Japanese house and see the weeping tree over the pond and garden. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for children ages 3 — 17. Kids under 3 are free. 

Japanese Cultural Week


Japanese stories, games, and dress will be featured each day at Liberty Place in Center City at noon from April 3 — April 7. Free. 

Cherry Blossom 5K & 10K / Saturday, April 8 in Fairmount Park


Take a run (or a walk) beneath the trees on a 10K or 5K course through Fairmount Park’s historic Centennial District. All participants receive a race T-shirt, a gift certificate to Philadelphia Runner, and free admission to Shofuso. Registration is $20-35.

Sakura Sunday


An all-day outdoor festival closes out the week and celebrates all things Japanese, featuring live music, dance, martial arts, fashion, arts and crafts, karaoke, and more at the Horticultural Center in Fairmount Park April 9. Sakura Sunday is a chance to enjoy a cultural experience with the family among the beautiful cherry blossoms. Children 12 and under free; all other tickets are $15 each.

 

In partnership with the Cherry Blossom Festival, Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill will also hold two Saturdays of events (April 8 and April 15) and showcase more than 35 varieties of cherry trees in the arboretum. Traditional Japanese activities and guided cherry walks and garden tours, taiko drumming, samurai arts, tea demonstrations, and origami workshops will be featured throughout the two days. All festival events are free with regular admission to Morris Arboretum: $17 for adults $9 for children 3 — 17, and free for kids under 3.

 

The blooming cherry blossoms truly are one of the first signs of spring in Philadelphia. Get outside and enjoy! 

 

Photograph courtesy of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia. 

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