BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN – The cherry blossoms will be in peak bloom this weekend (April 28 & 29) and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden will be hosting Sakura Matsuri 2018, the popular annual festival where visitors can enjoy the flowering trees as well as nearly 60 performances, demonstrations, and exhibits celebrating Japanese culture.
The Garden’s vast Cherry Esplanade is home to 76 Prunus ‘Kanzan’ trees that overflow with white and pink blossoms each spring from late March/early April through mid-May. Along with more cherry/sakura trees found along its Cherry Walk and Japanese Hill and Pond Garden, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of the best places outside of Japan to see cherry blossoms.
Among the events planned for the weekend are dance and musical performances, taiko drumming, tea ceremonies, martial arts demonstrations, magic shows, dance parties, manga workshops, and the ninth annual Sakura Matsuri Cosplay Fashion Show—the “East Coast’s premier outdoor showcase of Cosplay’s finest.” Click here for Saturday’s schedule of events and here to see what’s planned for Sunday.
Learn more about Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s cherry blossoms at bbg.org.
Sakura Matsuri 2018, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Avenue, 455 Flatbush Avenue, 150 Eastern Parkway
Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, 10am to 6pm
Tickets $30 ($25 students/seniors), advance ticket purchase recommended