The Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival in NYC guide

The Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival—NYC's pink-petal mecca—celebrates Japanese culture and the beauty of nature

Photograph: Jena Cumbo

Sakura Matsuri (also known as New York’s Cherry Blossom Festival), is one of the city’s prettiest spring festivals highlighting the best of Japanese culture. At the Cherry Blossom Festival, NYC-folk and tourists enjoy 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 spot is home to the beloved tradition and is known as one of the best things to do outside in New York. 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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What is the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival?

Your feed is going to blow up with photos of this 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. 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. We're keeping our fingers crossed that the cherry blossom trees will be in full bloom.

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 28, 2018, and Sunday, April 29, 2018. 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.

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Mal N

I would never recommend this event. I went last year and it was a disaster. It's clear they completely oversell tickets and don't have the facilities to deal with the amount of people there. We waited 30 minutes in line for food and drink (couldn't see the front of the line) and moved about 15 feet. One couple told us they waited 75 minutes to get a drink alone. Are the cherry blossoms beautiful? Yes. But unless they've learned their lesson (seriously doubt it), I'd say steer clear.