CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

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Saturday, March 2,  11:oo a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

* Due to rain, all activities and performances will be held indoors. Seating provided.

Free with membership or general admission

With a short blooming season, many believe Cherry Blossoms symbolize the fleeting beauty of life. It is also the national flower of Japan. Join us for a “hanami” or Cherry Blossom viewing as you stroll or picnic in the Upper Meadow.  Travel to Japan through sight, taste and sound with picnic bento (lunch) boxes for sale by Okamoto Kitchen and live performances throughout the afternoon, including Taiko, Ukulele, and Traditional Japanese Dancing. Enjoy live demonstrations and workshops while celebrating the bloom of the Cherry Blossoms! 

Learn more…

What time do the doors open?2019-02-14T12:24:58-07:00

The Garden opens at 9:00 a.m. and the Cherry Blossom Festival begins at 11:00 a.m. ending at 4:00 p.m.

What should I bring?2019-02-14T12:27:05-07:00

Bring a picnic blanket, lawn chairs, and weather-appropriate gear (sunscreen, hats, and/or jackets). Bring your own picnic food and non-alcoholic beverages, too! We will have food, beer and wine options available for purchase as well. Please: no canopies, tents, glass or outside alcohol!

What can I do at the festival?2019-02-14T12:28:02-07:00

The festival is designed to celebrate the Cherry Blossom, the national flower of Japan. At this year’s festival you can expect food, beer and wine, picnicking, performances, guided tours, self-guided tours of the blossoms, crafts and activities for the kids, and enjoying the Garden.

What type of food will be there?2019-02-14T12:29:20-07:00
  • A concession stand with family-friendly quick bites, beer and wine
  • Okamoto Kitchen food truck
  • Tokyo Doggie Style food truck

You can bring your own picnic and non-alcoholic beverages as well!

Is there alcohol?2019-02-14T12:35:01-07:00

We will have beer and wine available for purchase throughout the event. No outside alcohol permitted.

Are there activities for the kids?2019-02-14T12:36:12-07:00

There is always something happening in the Garden for kids. At the festival there will be a kids’ craft booth provided by the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute. There is the Children’s Garden, and the whole family can participate in the Incredible Journey – a treasure hunt throughout the Garden!

Are there performances?2019-02-15T10:44:46-07:00

Yes, there will be entertainment and traditional performances throughout the day celebrating the Japanese culture.

Time Location Group Description
11:30 a.m. Upper Meadow Pergola Ms. Genie Nakano Tanka: Traditional Japanese Poetry
12:00 p.m. Upper Meadow Pergola Yuna & Tida (duo) An adventure-seeking duo serenading the world with the beautiful island sounds of Okinawa
1:00 p.m. Upper Meadow Pergola Chika’s Ukulele Ukulele with Chika & performers
1:30 p.m. Upper Meadow Pergola Chika’s Ukulele & Harriet’s Hula Hula with Harriet & performers, & Ukulele performers
2:00 p.m. Upper Meadow Pergola Yuujou Daiko Ensemble drummers promoting the cultural traditions of Japanese taiko drumming
3:00 p.m. Upper Meadow Pergola Southern California Naginata Federation A Japanese martial art demonstration with a performance of Rhythm Naginata
Is there a seating area?2019-02-14T12:44:43-07:00

There are benches throughout the Garden, and guests are invited to bring their own chairs and blankets for picnicking in the Garden to enjoy the performances and Hanami (which means “flower viewing” in Japanese).

Is parking free?2019-02-14T12:45:42-07:00

Free parking is available on-site all day and from 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the adjacent church parking lot. When you arrive parking lot attendants will help direct you.

How much does the Cherry Blossom Festival cost?2019-02-14T12:47:00-07:00

The festival is free with Garden admission or membership. Admission is as follows:

  • Foundation Members: FREE (bring your member ID for quicker entry)
  • Adults: $9
  • Seniors (62 and over): $6
  • Students (with ID): $6
  • Children (5 – 12): $4
  • Children (4 and under): FREE
Are the Cherry Blossoms blooming?2019-02-14T12:47:59-07:00

It’s not a guarantee that blossoms will peak during the festival. At the Garden the blossoming period ranges from February to late March, and each tree has a blossom period of only 7-10 days.

Special thanks

A special thanks to the Japanese Cultural Institute for sponsoring the craft portion of the Cherry Blossom Festival!