Sakura Matsuri: Cherry Blossom Festival

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Never mind the fact that it happens every year—New Yorkers still get cherry-blossom fever during Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s swoonworthy festival. The two-day fair marks the end of Hanami (the Japanese seasonal tradition of blossom appreciation) and includes a cosplay fashion show, bands playing traditional tunes, dance performances and, of course, all those pink-and-white petals.

Event phone: 718-623-7200
Event website: http://bbg.org/sakuramatsuri

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I finally got to Sakura Matsuri this year, while it was still sweater weather in early springtime, and I had a lovely time. The cherry blossoms were just beginning to bloom, so I didn't get to see the courtyard lined with the trees in full bloom, but there's a LOT more going on here than just the foliage. I had no idea Sakura Matsuri was a full-on cosplay festival. There's all sorts of cartoon and anime characters wandering the grounds, just beckoning you to take photos with them, plus yummy Japanese food and performances, like drumming and dancing. Definitely take a long walk around the Japanese garden lakeside.