Cherries at a cherry festivalCherry Festivals and Cherry Blossom Festivals in 2017: Where, When and More to Find a Cherry Festivals and Cherry Blossom Festival Near You!

Looking for a Cherry Festivals and Cherry Blossom blossom festival or cherry fruit festival in March 2017? There is no other listing as complete and current as this list, just updated! Cherry Festivals and Cherry Blossom festivals are held through the United States, Canada, Britain, and Australia and much of the world. All the Cherry Festivals and Cherry Blossom festivals we can find are listed on this page! If you love Cherries, look for a festival near you below! And I'm looking for more Cherry Festivals and Cherry Blossom festivals! Please write me, if you know of any to add!  I update the dates as soon as the festivals publish their information, but you can always click on the links (usually the name of the festival) to see the current information on the festival's own website. 

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United States

California

  • Pasadena Cherry Blossom Festival - April (see their website for this year's date), 10 am to 6pm. Rose Bowl, Pasadena California. Events calendar. NOTE: Their website says "There are no current plans for a 2015 Cherry Blossom Festival". There is a parade, fashion show, entertainment, history, and cherry tree dedication ceremony. Farmers from the Leona Valley will offer young cherry trees, lilacs, and dried lavender as well as cherry blossom honey. There will also be a pavilion devoted to Asian medicine and wellness practices, a fashion show, and workshops on dollmaking and origami. Visitors can tour a Japanese village complete with garden, participate in a tea ceremony, and learn about koi fish. (UPDATED: January 27, 2015)
  • Leona Valley Cherry Parade and Festival - It is usually on the first Saturday in June;  (eg, June 3, 2017)
    8367 Elizabeth Lake Rd, Leona Valley, CA. Phone: 661-270-0771. Email: lviacherryfestival@yahoo.com. Admission is free. Celebrate the beautiful Cherry Trees and Blossoms of Leona Valley at the annual Cherry Parade and Festival. Plenty of food and craft vendors after the parade along with fun family activities like the popular Cherry Festival Pie Eating Contest!! Lots of fun for the whole family. This will be our 40th anniversary. We have over 20 u-pick cherry orchards, most of which are organic (a few are certified organic).  (ADDED: May 09, 2013) .
  • Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival - Late April - see their website for this years dates.
    Barnes Park, 350 S. McPherrin Avenue, Monterey Park, CA. Admission: Free. Planned and coordinated by community volunteers! See, hear, and taste a bit of the Japanese and Japanese American culture through a first-hand experience of watching traditional Japanese dancing, hearing the resounding beats of the taiko drums, observing the mastery and various skills of martial arts, participating in the ancient art of the tea ceremony, or buying hand-made crafts or food with an Asian flair. Also, games & crafts for children, and numerous cultural displays. PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE  DIRECTIONS & PARKING, HISTORY  PICTURES  PRESS SECTION
  • San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival - April - see their website for this years dates.. San Francisco, CA
    San Francisco's Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown provides two weekends of Japanese singing, dancing, martial arts demonstrations, food and a parade!
  • San Leandro Cherry Festival - late May or June - see their website for this years dates.
    San Leandro, CA.  Cherry Festival Information,  Cherry Pie Bake-Off
  • Cherry Festival - June - see the website for updates
    Stewart Park, 9th and Orange Street, Beaumont, California. Admission Thursday: $3.00, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: $5.00; Children 6-11 $2.00; Kids Under 5 FREE!  $1 CHERRY FESTIVAL DISCOUNT BY USING THE FREE CHERRY FESTIVAL PARKING AND BUS SHUTTLE!!!
  • See this page for harvest dates for each variety of cherry in California

Colorado

Georgia

  • International Cherry Blossom Festival - March, see their website for this years dates.
    Macon, Georgia. Events calendar. Macon has over 300,000 cherry trees. They were donated by William A. Fickling, a local realtor who discovered the first Yoshino cherry tree in his back yard in 1949. He propagated and gave the trees to his neighbors. Macon has been hosting a Cherry Blossom Festival since 1984. The festival includes a hot-air balloon rally, a marathon race, parades and amusement rides.
  • Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival - March, see their website for this years dates.
    Conyers, GA (metro Atlanta area) - Events calendar. The Festival offers three stages of continuous entertainment, over 300 booths consisting of arts and crafts vendors, various children's activities and civic and nonprofit organizations. The hours of the Festival are 10am-5pm daily. Directions: Avoid construction on Hwy 138 by using an alternate route. Click Here for Directions to the Festival Other useful links: Download the 2006 Vendor List; Download the 2006 Festival Guide; 2006 Entertainment Schedule. Admission is free, $5 parking fee. Featuring: Over 400 Booths, 300 Quality Arts & Crafts Vendors, International Food Court, Music, Children's Activities, Performers, Multi-Cultural Activities, Hi-Tech-Simulators, Virtual Reality Games, Cherry Trees and Tee Shirt sales and Eating Contests. This annual event is held at the Georgia International Horse Park. For more information, call 1-800-266-9377.

Hawaii

  • Cherry Blossom Festival - Honolulu, HI - January to March (many events) see their website for this years dates.
    Events calendar This annual festival is one of the longest running ethnic celebrations in the State of Hawaii and takes place in various locations, including shopping malls..

Idaho

  • Emmett Cherry Festival - Wednesday, June - see their website for this years dates.
    Emmett City Park, Emmett, ID. Enjoy Cherry Festival Parade, Great Cherry Bake-off, Cherry Pie Eating Contest, as well as carnival rides, food and entertainment.

Illinois

  • Washington Cherry Festival - 4 days in early June - see their website for this years dates.
    114 Washington Square, Washington, IL 61571. Phone: 309-444-9921. Fax: 309-444-9225.

Indiana

Allen County

Michigan

  • The National Cherry Festival - early July - see their website for this years dates.
    Traverse City, MI. Events calendar.  Celebrating 80 years with parades, competitive events, fun events, children's events, food, arts and crafts, car and truck show, and air show and new events including a feast of cherries and local wines and a world record attempt to host the world's largest cherry pancake breakfast

Nebraska

  • Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard Cherry Festival  - Cherry Festival, late June - see their website for this years dates.
    5995 G Road, Nebraska City, NE 68410. Phone: 402-873-5293. Email: eolson@arbordayfarm.org.  We're wild about cherries at Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard, particularly the tart Montmorency variety that makes the best fruit pies. This Saturday, savor the day picking cherries (while they last) and enjoying all things cherry: pie, ice cream, wine and cherrywood-smoked barbecue. Enter the pie eating contest at 2 pm or the pit-spitting contest from 1 to 3 pm. Also, live music and hay rides. Kimmel Orchard is one mile north of Arbor Day Farm.

New Jersey

  • Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival  - April - 11am to 5pm. see their website for this years dates.
    Phone: 973-268-3500, ext 4. and (973) 239-2485.The Essex County Park System has a historic cherry tree collection that now holds the largest variety of blossoms in the world. Visit Essex County Branch Brook Park this April to see our stunning display and enjoy the Festival we've planned just for you!  Enjoy a family day in the pink Park! A packed schedule of events includes Japanese cultural demonstrations, children's activities, live music, a crafter's marketplace, food, and more. FREE ADMISSION. Most activities take place around the Essex County Cherry Blossom Welcome Center. Formerly called "The Branch Brook Park Annual Cherry Blossom Festival". (UPDATED: March 02, 2010)

New York

  • Sakura Masuri (Cherry Blossom Festival)Brooklyn Botanic Garden Sakura Masuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) - Saturday, late April - see their website for this years dates.
    Brooklyn, NY. Events calendar Held in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where there are over 200 trees in bloom, the flowering cherries take center stage during this phenomenal weekend celebrating Japanese culture. Enjoy over 60 events and performances, including traditional music and dance, taiko drumming, ikebana flower arranging, cooking demonstrations, tea ceremonies, craft demonstrations, and workshops for both adults and children. New events include 60s-inspired Japanese pop grooves by famed musical sensations Gaijin a Go-Go, workshops in tofu making and calligraphy art, displays of geta shoes and other arts from Inuyama, and a kimono fashion show. New events especially for kids include book readings, puppet shows, CosPlay, and workshops in Japanese classical dance. (UPDATED: March 5, 2017, JBS)
  • Randall’s Island Park Cherry Blossom Festival Randall’s Island Park Cherry Blossom Festival - Always in early May; in 2017, May 6 from 12 pm to 4 pm
    11 Wards Meadow Loop, New York, NY 10035. Phone: (212) 860-1899. Fax: (212) 860-2486. Email: info@randallsisland.org. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Each spring RIPA’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival ushers in the warmer months, and gives visitors the opportunity to appreciate the Park’s spring beauty. Set along the backdrop of the Hell Gate Bridge and the Urban Farm, the Festival welcomes the Park’s cherry blossoms with live music, performances, games, exhibitions, face painting and more, inspired by Japanese culture. (UPDATED: March 5, 2017, JBS)
  • Roosevelt Island - Late April - see their website for this years dates.
    Cornell Tech Campus, Roosevelt Island, NY. For many years people from all over the world have come to Roosevelt Island to enjoy viewing our beautiful Cherry Trees. The festival attracts as many as 5,000 visitors from the New York metropolitan area, both Japanese-Americans and other area residents, who come for the blossoms, performances and to purchase food from vendors and picnic near the trees. The recent events in Japan and the Islands compassion for our Japanese community and the Japanese people have polarized us to respond. the Cherry Blossom Festival will feature traditional and modern Japanese musical performances, demonstrations of traditional Japanese martial arts, including Samurai Sword techniques, traditional Japanese dance and tea ceremony. All performances are free. This event is organized by the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA), but as of March, there is no announcement of the date of this year's festival, so follow the link to their website to look! (UPDATED: March 5, 2017, JBS)
  • Ryu Shu Kan’s Cherry Blossom Festival - Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 12 noon to 5 pm (rain or shine)
    Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, NY 11794. Phone: 516-457-8481. E-mail: director@ryushukan.com. Welcome Spring to Long Island the Japanese way with the exciting sounds of the Taiko Drums, the elegance of Japanese dance and music and a wondrous array of Japanese cultural exhibits and events for the entire family. This is the premier Japan culture event on Long Island. Beginning at 12 noon, the day is filled with exciting activities for children and adults. See below for details! Masayo Ishigure and her Koto ensemble, Junko Fisher -Okinawan Dance & Songs, Ichfujikai traditional Japanese Dance company and more will light up the stage and dazzle you with a variety of Japanese art, dance, and music. Daniel Nyohaku Soergel will perform on the Shakuhachi in the Bamboo Atrium and finish on stage in the theater with Ryu Shu Taiko -Drums of Japan. For a full list of performers, click here. And for a list of all demonstrators and exhibitors, click here. (UPDATED: March 5, 2017, JBS)
  • White Plains Cherry Blossom Festival - Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 11:30 am to 5 pm
    Turnure Park, 10 Lake St, White Plains, NY 10603. Email: wpcherryfes@gmail.com. ホワイトプレーンズ桜まつり Come enjoy a fun day at the park under the 100 beautiful cherry blossom trees! You can experience Japanese food, Japanese traditional and pop culture with games and events throughout the park joined with non-stop entertainment on the stage! Here is a partial list (see their Facebook page for the complete list):  Japanese Garden Exhibition by Takanashi Landscape Inc., Taiko Cafe by Sakura Taiko , Origami & Calligraphy Workshop by Japanese School & Japan Education Center , Kimono Demonstration by Japan Education Center , Amusement Rides by Niji no Kai , Cotton Candy Stand by Niji no Kai , Gift Shop by Taeko Okamoto and Friends , Goldfish Scooping by YMCA Tokyo Frost Valley , Yo-yo Fishing by Amnet N.Y. , Lion Dance Workshop by Steve Long , Sakura Gift Shop & Snacks by Tenshi No Ai , Face Paint by Hanayokoji , Puppet Shop by Katiepuppets , Mochi Tsuki Demonstration / 3PM~ by DAIDO White Plains. FOOD: Japanese Snacks, Refreshments, & etc, DAIDO White Plains , Sushi & Curry Rice・Take Sushi, Sunny Side , Okonomiyaki・Otafuku Foods , Pastries & Sweets・Parisienne Bakery. (UPDATED: March 5, 2017, JBS)

Pennsylvania

  • Philadelphia's Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival-  late March to April - see their website for this years dates.
    Events calendar. This year's two-week Festival - the biggest yet - offers many chances to explore the best of Japanese culture, from traditional customs and delicious cuisine to delicate craft and awe-inspiring performances. It starts with a black-tie gala featuring a traditional sake barrel-breaking ceremony. Next, follows traditional taiko drumming and dance, demonstrations of traditional Japanese crafts and martial arts, and kite-making workshops will all be undertaken with great gusto. The celebration concludes with the "Sushi Spectacular" featuring master sushi chefs from Japan.

Washington, D.C.

  • National Cherry Blossom Festival - late March to April - see their website for this years dates.
    This is the big festival of them all in the U.S. The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift to the city of Washington, DC of 3000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to enhance relations.

Washington State

  • Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival - see their website for this years dates.
    Seattle's Cherry Blossom Festival began when one thousand Cherry trees were sent by the Japanese government. The trees are planted along Lake Washington Boulevard and Seward Park. You can have your own O-hanami (flower viewing) and then join the crowd at the Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival.  The festival is held in mid April - Seattle Center in downtown Seattle, Washington. There's a lot for you to experience during these 3 Days: watch a Go tournament, visit arts & crafts booths, dine on traditional cuisine and see exhibits and performances. All Events are free and take place at the Center House and Flag Pavilion.

Canada

British Columbia

  • Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival - from the first week in March through mid April every year
    Phone: 604-681-9447. Email: info@vcbf.ca. The Cherry Blossom Viewing Picnic As a Spirit of Vancouver initiative, the Vancouver Board of Trade introduces Vancouver to the Japanese tradition of Hanami (blossom viewing with picnic celebration). The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Map (To be published March 2nd in the Vancouver Sun West Coast Life) identifying some of Vancouver's spectacular displays of cherry trees. Check our forecast for weekly updates with regards to peak bloom locations. Following our launch for the month of March you will be able to order a specially created picnic online: a Japanese Bento Box lunch by Hi-To Food/Fisheries or a West-Coast Picnic by Savory Coast. Story Time and Origami Workshop, Self-Guided Blossom Walks, Haiku The Vancouver Public Library hosts a haiku presentation, and a variety of special events including full-length tea-ceremonies (approx 35 min) in the garden's traditional tea house and in the Asian Centre Tea Gallery and a variety of musical performances.

Manitoba

Nova Scotia

Ontario

Saskatchewan

  • Bruno Cherry Festival - it's in late July or early to mid August (changes each year) in 2017 it is August 13th.
    650 Ursuline Avenue, Bruno, SK S0K 0S0. Phone: (306) 369-4109. Open: Saturday - Country Supper Saturday, July 24th, 2010 at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Join us for a day of prairie cherry summer-time fun!P All-day Sour Cherry U-Pick, Pancake Breakfast, hot food canteen, Cherry Sundaes (of course!), edu-sessions, local entertainment & fun for the whole family! Get in on the Bruno community cherry cheer!!Our event promises a fun-filled weekend of entertainment, music and great food. And every year we are educating more people about the delightful flavor of the dwarf sour cherry... Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Main Cherry Festival Tent at St. Therese Institute of Faith & Mission located on Main Street in Bruno Also a show and Shine car event (UPDATED: March 5, 2017, JBS) (ADDED: July 05, 2010, suggested by a visitor)

Britain (England, Scotland and Wales)

  • Alnwick Garden's Cherry Blossom Festival - 24 and 25 April 2010, from 10:00 to 16:00; see their website for dates in other years
    Denwick Lane, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1YU, Alnwick, UK. Phone: 01665 511350. Email: info@alnwickgarden.com. Directions: Click here for directions by road, rail and bus. The Alnwick Garden's Cherry Orchard is home to 350 Japanese Taihaku cherry trees, which each spring blossom with large white blooms known for their beauty. Welcome the blossom and the Northumbrian spring at the Cherry Blossom Festival. There'll be giant kites flying, and you can fly the kite you made in Easter holiday workshops. The Garden will be decorated with silk banners and paper lanterns made by visitors, and our Japanese guests will offer workshops origami and calligraphy, as well as an exhibition of Bonsai trees. At 2pm, join an enchanting parade to the Orchard for the symbolic rite of spring. (ADDED: April 16, 2010, Suggested by a visitor)

Australia

  • Cherry Blossom Festival at the Cowra Japanese Garden - held in September every year. see their website for this years dates..
    The Sakura Matsuri is a major event held annually in Cowra, in which many locals, Australian and International visitors have the opportunity to experience and learn traditional elements of the Japanese culture. This year's Sakura Matsuri incorporates some new and exciting changes designed to attract families and school-aged children. The emphasis is on involvement and education with workshops featuring traditional Japanese crafts such as Origami, Calligraphy, Ikebana and Bonsai held at various times from Wednesday to Friday.

    Saturday 30 September is Family Fun Day. For the all-day admission charge of just $15 per family you can enjoy a range of activities designed to entertain every age group. Children will be well catered for with the extremely popular Obstacle Course, Kids Corner plus giveaways from Streets and Coke. For the ‘children at heart' there are Sumo Wrestling Tournaments, Karate, Sword Demonstrations, Tea Ceremonies, Origami, Calligraphy, Ikebana, Kite Flying and Bonsai demonstrations.

    On Sunday 1 October the festival concludes with a Reconciliation Service and wreath-laying ceremony will be held at the Australian and Japanese War Cemeteries at 9.30. (NO CULTURAL ACTIVITIES ON SUNDAY)

    A selection of Japanese food (bento boxes and sushi rolls) is available at the Red Carp Restaurant, open daily 8.30 am to 5.00pm.

     


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