Cherry Blossom Season at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden

You don't have to go to Washington, DC to enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms!

Cherry Blossom Festival, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
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Cherry Blossom Season at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens:

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.

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When is Cherry Blossom Season at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden?

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!

What is Sakura Matsuri (The Cherry Blossom Festival)?

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.

When is the Cherry Blossom Festival at BBG?

Sakura Matsuri: The Annual Cherry Blossom Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 30 - May 1, 2016 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tips for the Cherry Blossom Festival at BBG:

  • 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

Pictures: Photos of the Cherry Blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden

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