CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
March 2 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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!
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.
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!
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.
- 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!
We will have beer and wine available for purchase throughout the event. No outside alcohol permitted.
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!
Yes, there will be entertainment and traditional performances throughout the day celebrating the Japanese culture.
|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|
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).
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.
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
A special thanks to the Japanese Cultural Institute for sponsoring the craft portion of the Cherry Blossom Festival!