Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park is flooded with beautifully blooming cherry trees and pretty soon, it’ll be filled with live entertainment, delicious Japanese eats and spirited festival-goers, too.
The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival — Philadelphia’s annual fête of flowers and Japanese culture — concludes this Sunday, April 9 with Sakura Sunday, a day-long al fresco affair set to take over the grounds of Philadelphia’s Horticulture Center.
Sakura Sunday Fast Facts
- Sakura Sunday takes place April 9 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
- The festival unfolds outside Philadelphia’s Horticulture Center in West Fairmount Park.
- Look forward to live performances, a fashion show, a pet parade and more.
- Tickets are $15 per person (and free to children 12 years old and under).
A celebration of all things Japanese, Sakura Sunday includes a ton of activities, from live music and dance performances to martial arts and tea ceremony demonstrations to a fashion show, cosplay showcase, pet parade and more.
Read on to learn more about this not-to-be-missed spring festival in Philadelphia.
Food & Drink
Prepare for a sweet Sunday full of Japanese-inspired fun. First, be sure to show up hungry!
The festival includes the chance to score Japanese eats like curry bowls, takoyaki and gourmet chocolates that will be served up by vendors throughout the space.
Entertainment & Contests
Sakura Sunday always brings a heavy roster of activities and performances to enliven the parkland surrounding the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center and the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden.
To kick things off, a ceremonial sake barrel breaking will go down at 10 a.m., to be followed by a thunderous taiko drum and dance performance hitting the festival’s main stage at 10:45 a.m.
Other highlights unfolding throughout the day include the Prettiest Pet in Pink Parade contest for cats and dogs, an anime-filled cosplay showcase, a fashion show featuring Harajuku’s latest trends and performances from multiple J-pop bands.
Families can also enjoy hands-on activities such as martial arts demonstrations, origami and calligraphy workshops, sand art and crafting sessions and educational tea ceremonies, all of which will take place throughout the entirety of the festival.
Timed tours of Shofuso Japanese House and Garden — which are included with admission to the festival! — will be available throughout the day.
For a full listing of performance and activities, click here.
Admission to Sakura Sunday is $15 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the gate in cash, or — better yet! — early bird tickets are available online for $12.
Admission includes free transportation via shuttle buses running to and from 30th Street Station.
Sakura Sunday is rain or shine.
Getting There and Staying Over
Though nearby parking is available at the Mann Music Center for $10, the easiest way to arrive at Fairmount Park for the fest is probably via the free Sakura Sunday shuttle bus, which runs continuously between 30th Street Station and the festival beginning at 9 a.m. There is no set schedule, and the pick-up point is on the south side of Market Street (between 29th and 30th streets).
As you prepare your travel plans, why not consider staying over in the city for a night or two before the festival and enjoy a beautiful spring weekend out in Philadelphia? Check out visitphilly.com for deals on hotel stays and the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for a deal that’ll bring you awesome perks, including free parking at your hotel.
See you out there!