The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia
A spring celebration of the culture, craft and cuisine of Japan
April 11-17, 2016
Whether it’s enjoying the fragile pink blossoms of 1,000 cherry trees, taking in the pet parade or fashion show or honing your sushi-making skills, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia is the time to celebrate all things Japanese.
The centuries-old tradition of Sakura Matsuri, or Cherry Blossom Festival, takes place throughout Philadelphia with events that include ceremonial drumming, martial arts exhibitions, a traditional tea ceremony, sushi demonstrations, live music, a fashion show and more.
Admission to most events are free. “Sakura Sunday” concludes the festival, a day-long celebration of Japanese culture and cherry blossoms held in West Fairmount Park. Admission costs $10 per ticket, and children 12-years-old and under are free.
The Festival continues a legacy established in 1926 when the Japanese government donated cherry trees to Philadelphia in honor of the Sesquicentennial of American Independence.
Best Blooms Map and Peak Season Dates
Cherry blossoms are around for a notoriously brief time, so it’s best to get out and see them while you can.
In order to help you know the best time for cherry blossom viewing in Philly, we went straight to the source and asked the experts at the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden for the peak bloom dates this year.
This spring, Shofuso projects the peak dates to view cherry blossom blooms in Fairmount Park to be April 9-13, 2016. At Longwood Gardens, and other spots in the countryside, cherry blossoms are expected to peak during the final two weeks of March and the first two weeks of April.
Click the button below for the best places to see the blooming blossoms in Fairmount Park.
Cherry blossoms have deep significance in Japanese culture and are a traditional motif in art, literature and cuisine. As Japan’s national flower it is sometimes offered as a symbol of friendship to other nations. In traditional Japan, the time of ohanami, or viewing of the ephemeral cherry blossoms, was said to remind one of the paradoxically fleeting yet enduring nature of life.
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