The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia
Soon after the first whisper of spring arrives in Philadelphia, the multitude of cherry trees in the region bloom with gorgeous blushing cherry blossoms.
Celebrating the near forest of sakura (flowering Japanese cherry trees) in historic Fairmount Park, most of which were first planted in 1926 as a gift from the people of Japan, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia honors Philadelphia’s traditional and contemporary Japanese cultural connections.
From admiring the fragile pink blossoms of 1,000 cherry trees to participating in origami-making and sushi-making classes, the annual Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates all things Japanese and the delights of spring.
Begun in 1998, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia continues a legacy established in 1926, when the Japanese government donated 1,600 cherry trees to Philadelphia in honor of the Sesquicentennial of American Independence.
Cherry blossoms maintain deep significance in Japanese culture, prominently featured in traditional art, literature and cuisine. As Japan’s national flower, cherry blossoms often serve as a symbol of friendship to other nations.
This (mostly) free event honors the tradition of Sakura Matsuri in Philadelphia.
This (mostly) free event honors the centuries-old tradition of Sakura Matsuri throughout Philadelphia with events that include ceremonial drumming, a traditional tea ceremony, dancing, live music, a fashion show and more.
Each year, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival culminates with Sakura Sunday, the grand festival finale in Fairmount Park.
— Photo courtesy Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia
Each year, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival culminates with Sakura Sunday, the grand finale of events.
The fun-filled celebration features live music and dance performances, martial arts and tea ceremony demonstrations, a fashion show, cosplay showcase, sushi-making contest, pet parade and loads of delectable Japanese foods.
Tickets to Sakura Sunday include festival admission and a timed tour of the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden.
Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for stays through November 30, 2018 and get FREE hotel parking as well as free tickets to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, a $25 gift card to the must-visit Reading Terminal Market, free Philly-themed mini-golf at Franklin Square and a $10 Lyft credit.