Hanami is the Japanese name for cherry-blossom viewing, and the Japanese have long-established customs surrounding this tradition, including picnicking under the boughs of cherry trees and trapping fallen petals in cups of sake. Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s peerless collection of cherry trees—-the largest and most diverse outside Japan—-creates a canopy of blossoms in the spring worthy of celebration.
When is Cherry Blossom Season?
Cherry Blossom Season at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden starts in late March and lasts through late April. Since the season is impacted by the weather, BBG will be announcing the official start of the season when the first cherry blossoms bloom in their gardens!
Sakura Matsuri is a two-day festival of Japanese culture, arts, and performances for all ages in tribute to the Garden’s iconic collection of Japanese flowering cherry trees. There are over 60 different performances during the two-day festival.
Sakura Matsuri: The Annual Cherry Blossom Festival will take place at the end of April. Check the website for the most current dates.
Tips for the Cherry Blossom Festival
- All Cherry Blossom Festival events are free with Garden admission
- Free admission to the BBG on Saturday mornings does not apply during the Cherry Blossom Festival but does apply during the rest of Cherry Blossom Season
- You can purchase tickets in advance to avoid lines at the popular event
- This is probably BBG's most popular weekend, so be prepared for crowds
Official Website: www.bbg.org