The annual Subaru Cherry Blossom festival is almost here and it is the perfect way to pay homage to the beautiful Japanese Sakura. Nothing quite signifies the sure arrival of Spring other than the pink and white colorful blooms of the Cherry Blossom. With several gorgeous places in Philadelphia to admire the Cherry Blossoms in full bloom, the annual festival specifically sets the stage for full admiration of nature’s gift.
Not only does the festival propel the Cherry Blossom to center stage, but it also celebrates the precious Japanese cultural connections in Philly. The festival takes place in historic Fairmount Park April 15th-16th, 2023 where Japanese Sakura trees are plentiful.
What To Expect
In addition to the viewing and admiration of the Japanese Sakura, festival-goers can also expect so much more. This year’s festival returns to a pre-pandemic itinerary. There will be a pop-up Japanese cultural center, beer garden, and marketplace. Moreover, the family-friendly festival will include not only a Kimono fashion show, live music, Japanese tea ceremonies, but also a “prettiest pet in pink” parade.
There’s plenty to do for a great weekend outdoors. Not to mention there will be Origami and Ikebana workshops to get creative and expressive.
The event is free to attend, however donations will be accepted. Those who choose to render a donation will automatically be entered into a raffle for a chance to win memorable keepsake prizes from the festival.
How It All Began
The first annual Subaru Cherry Blossom festival took place in Philadelphia in 1998. The festival continues the legacy established in 1926 when the Japanese government gifted 1600 Cherry Blossom trees to Philadelphia to celebrate the Sesquicentennial of American Independence.
In Japanese culture, the Cherry Blossom symbolizes a time of renewal and optimism. As Japan’s national flower, when gifted to other nations it represents a symbol of friendship.
A Festival To Enjoy
Indeed, the Subaru Cherry Blossom festival will be a colorful festival full of beauty and Spring vibes. You can find out more here. Bring the whole family and enjoy the season of Spring and the glory of the Japanese Sakura.
Where:Horticulture Center and Centennial Arboretum in West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia.