Philly’s pretty-in-pink cherry trees will soon burst with blossoms along streets and in parks throughout the city, arriving just in time for the annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, a celebration of Japanese culture and the country’s national flower.
- The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival runs April 1-9, 2017.
- Daily Japanese-inspired events will take place at venues citywide.
- The festival culminates with the annual performance-packed Sakura Sunday festival on April 9 in Fairmount Park.
This year, as long as Mother Nature cooperates, the beautiful blooms ought to be at their peak during the annual event. “We predict peak cherry tree bloom will take place from March 29 – April 4, timed to the beginning of the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival,” says Francheska Snyder, head gardener at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden.
As you take in the beautiful pink and white blooms, the Cherry Blossom Festival invites you to partake in nine days of Japanese-inspired events, ranging from sushi-making classes to drumming ceremonies to storytelling sessions, held at venues citywide.
The festival kicks off on April 1 with the reopening of the Shofusu Japanese House and Garden, welcoming visitors to explore its beautiful grounds as its spring season commences.
Over the course of the days that follow, culinary events, workshops, film screenings, performances and more will unfold that all promote Japanese culture.
Then, on April 9, the festival culminates with its annual signature event, Sakura Sunday. Held in Fairmount Park (one of the best spots in the city to see cherry blossoms), the daylong affair features live music, dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, fashion shows and more.
Mark your calendars now, as this is first of many spring festivals to come!