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The Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival in NYC

Celebrate Japanese culture at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Sakura Matsuri, the annual cherry blossom festival in NYC

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Sakura Matsuri, one of Brooklyn's best spring festivals, is an annual celebration of Japanese culture. At the Cherry Blossom Festival, NYC-folk and out-of-towners can partake in a bunch of activities while being surrounded by blooming, pink-petal trees at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which beckons the beloved tradition as one of the best things to do outside in the city. Here’s everything you need to know in order to enjoy one of the most exciting NYC events in April.

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What is the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival?

Your feed is going to blow up with shots of this weekend-long bash that celebrates Japanese culture—so why miss out on the fun? To celebrate the end of Hanami (read: the season of Japanese flower porn), Brooklyn Botanic Garden unveils cherry blossoms at its picturesque peak for two glorious days. But that’s only part of the draw. There’s also a Japanese tea room, an art gallery and a mini flea market hawking loot such as mouthwatering Raaka chocolates, wall scrolls and silk wraps. Get ready for a jam-packed schedule of entertainment, which includes Taiko drummers, cosplay actors, samurai sword masters, J-rock bands, stand-up comics and dance parties. There’s also food and drink for sale, and if you’re lucky, the cherry blossom trees will be in full bloom.

Where is the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival?

Sakura Matsuri is held at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn). To get there on the subway, take the 2/3 train to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum.

When is the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival?

Sakura Matsuri is on Saturday, April 29, 2017, and Sunday, April 30, 2017. The event runs from 10am to 6pm each day.

How much is the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival?

A daily ticket costs $30 for adults, or $25 for students and seniors. Children under 12 are free.

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