Cherry blossom festivals in Los Angeles
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).
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.
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.
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.
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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