Known as the city’s rite of spring, this annual festival has over 60 events celebrating Japanese culture and the arrival of cherry blossoms (or “sakura”) to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. On Saturday and Sunday, April 30-May 1, taiko drumming, Japanese kabuki dance, martial arts shows, a tea ceremony and more will take over the 1910-built botanical garden. More than 200 cherry trees, planted after World War I, line the park’s famous Cherry Esplanade and Cherry Walk, one of the world’s top sakura-viewing sites outside of Japan. Want to see the blossoms and not necessarily the festival? Check out the Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s CherryWatch map, an up-to-date map showing the status of the blossoms.
For more information, visit the Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s Cherry Blossom Festival website.