Cherry blossom festivals in Los Angeles

Celebrate the arrival of spring with an afternoon at one of these cherry blossom festivals around Los Angeles
Photograph: Courtesy LA Parks
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Before the jacaranda trees bloom and the California poppies begin to flower, Los Angeles 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.

Cherry blossom festivals in Los Angeles

Descanso Gardens
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Cherry Blossom Month at Descanso Gardens

Witness the springtime bloom during this monthlong celebration of Japanese culture featuring origami demonstrations (Mar 3, 4,
10, 11 11am–3pm), a flower- arranging workshop (Mar 31 11am–1pm) and daily tours of the beautiful pink-flowering trees (Mon–Fri at 1pm; Sat, Sun at 11am, 1pm).

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge. 
Mar 1–31 9am–5pm; $9 (included with garden admission).

Cherry Blossom Festival in West Covina
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Cherry Blossom Festival in West Covina

Get a taste of Japanese culture at this East San Gabriel Valley celebration. Scope out an afternoon of dance and judo demonstrations while snacking on gyoza, chicken teriyaki and Spam musubi.

Plaza West Covina, 112 Plaza Dr, West Covina. Mar 17 noon-6pm; free.

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Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival
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Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival

Head to Huntington Beach’s blossoming cherry tree grove
for a festival stocked with food vendors as well as drum, dance and musical performances by ensembles from around Southern California.

Huntington Beach Central Park, 7111 Talbert Ave, Huntington Beach. Mar 18 10:30am-5:30pm; free.

Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival
Photograph: Courtesy City of Torrance

Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival

Spend an afternoon underneath the cherry blossoms as Polynesian dancers and Japanese folk musicians perform alongside origami workshops and an Akita pup meet-up at this annual Pan-Asian celebration.

Columbia Park, 4045 190th St, Torrance. Mar 25 11am-4pm; free.

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Cherry Blossom Festival in Monterey Park
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Cherry Blossom Festival in Monterey Park

While Monterey Park may be best known for its concentration of Chinese culture, the city honors its Japanese influences with this free fest featuring drums, martial arts, a tea ceremony and handmade crafts.

Barnes Park, 350 S McPherrin Ave, Monterey Park. Apr 21 11am–7pm, Apr 22 11am–6pm; free.

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Huntington Library
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