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Before the jacaranda trees bloom and as the California poppies begin to flower, Los Angeles also greets the springtime with cherry blossom festival season. Between March and April, a handful of Southern California cities salute their Japanese roots as delicate pink flowers begin to dot the trees in parks and along city streets. Oddly enough, some of the cherry blossom festivals don’t actually feature any cherry trees—you’ll want to head to a botanical garden or Lake Balboa in Van Nuys (pictured above) to see those blossoming buds. But if you’re looking to step into spring, start with a visit to a cherry blossom festival, particularly the ones below.