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

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Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Soon pink petals will pop across the Brooklyn Botanic Garden just in time for the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival NYC, one of the city's most anticipated spring festivals that celebrates some fun and beautiful elements of Japanese culture.

The festival invites visitors to watch and take part in performances and spring-related activities as the gorgeous, pink-petal trees color the backdrop. The Brooklyn attraction hosts the tradition every year, attracting thousands of flower fans.

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?

The festival honors the end of Hanami (the season of Japanese "flower porn") by showcasing the garden's prime cherry blossom blooms across two days with live music by J-rock bands, performances by Taiko drummers and samurai sword masters, and a number of fun activities including a mini flea market, a Japanese tearoom and an art gallery.

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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 25, 2020, and Sunday, April 26, 2020. The event runs from 10am to 6pm each day.

How much is the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival NYC?

A daily ticket costs $40 for adults, or $35 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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