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People walking under cherry blossom at the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival
Photograph: Cumberland Council

Time Out says

Wander through fluffy cherry blossoms, eat Japanese street food and play Harajuku-style mini golf

Cherry blossom season will land in Sydney during winter, and with it, Auburn's beloved Cherry Blossom Festival, one of Sydney's most Instagrammable events. 

Running from August 19 to 27 in the Auburn Botanical Gardens, this fragrant festival is all about celebrating Japanese traditions, music, pop culture and food, with visitors able to wander through fields of fluffy pink sakura blossoms in a traditional Japanese garden. 

The program is brimming with activities; food; live music, dance and taiko drumming performances; plus workshops.

Some of the highlights include:

- The Japanese Food Village, featuring cherry blossom-themed food and drinks, ramen, a Japanese barbecue and Japanese deserts

- The Izakaya Cocktail Bar, where you can pull up a seat and enjoy a Japanese-inspired cocktail, mocktail, sake, beer or wine  


- Harajuku Mini Golf – a cute, 9-hole course that's open from 10am to 4pm each day 

- Ikebana demonstrations, where you can learn the art of Japanese flower arranging at 9.30am each day 

- Origami workshops, where you can learn to make birds, butterflies, flowers and more, at 10am each day

- Shiho Sparkle Hooper Workshops, which are Japanese-inspired hula hoop workshops

Tickets are now available to book, here. 

Tickets are free for all residents of the Cumberland area. Otherwise, adults will pay $15.30 to enter, and kids 5-16, as well as seniors, will pay $6.65 a head. 

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Maya Skidmore
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Maya Skidmore


Free - $10
Opening hours:
Daily, 9am-5pm
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