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The Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival in NYC guide

The Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival—NYC's pink-petal mecca—celebrates Japanese culture in the springtime

Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Botanic Garden/Julie Markes

Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival NYC is one of the city’s prettiest spring festivals comprising the best and most beautiful elements of Japanese culture. At the Cherry Blossom Festival, NYC-folks and tourists can watch and take part in a bunch of activities while being surrounded by gorgeous, pink-petal trees at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. As one of the top Brooklyn attractions, the must-visit site hosts the beloved tradition every year, and the event is usually always bustling with visitors. Here’s everything you need to know in order to enjoy one of the most exciting and visually stunning NYC events in April.

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Photograph: Courtesy Julie Markes

What is the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival?

Your feed is going to blow up with photos of this always-crowded weekend bash celebrating Japanese culture and the beauty of nature. To honor 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. Taiko drummers, samurai-sword masters, J-rock bands and stand-up comics grace the festival’s two stages. You’ll also find a Japanese tearoom, an art gallery, and a mini flea market that hawks mouthwatering Raaka Chocolate, wall scrolls, silk wraps and a profusion of pretty flowers. We're keeping our fingers crossed that the cherry blossom trees will be in full bloom.

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Photograph: Courtesy Julie Markes

Where is the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival NYC?

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 NYC?

Sakura Matsuri is on Saturday, April 27, 2019, and Sunday, April 28, 2019. The event runs from 10am to 6pm each day.

How much is the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival NYC?

A daily ticket costs $30 for adults, or $25 for students and seniors. Children under 12 are free. Tickets become available starting in March. Get your tickets here

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Photograph: Courtesy Julie Markes

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