Did you know that the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is home to over 30 varieties of cherry trees? One of the best times to see them is during Sakura Matsuri – the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. This springtime event is held between April and May and features offers over 60 events and performances that celebrate Japanese culture. Whether you’re a local New Yorker or are just passing through, a trip to the Brooklyn Cherry Blossom Festival is a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. Here are some of the things you’ll see there.
Experience the Brooklyn Cherry Blossom Festival in NYC
History of Cherry Blossoms
Cherry blossom trees have played a significant role in Japanese culture for hundreds of years. They believe that the cherry blossom represents the fragility and beauty of life – it’s blooming flowers and short-lived season are a reminder that life is beautiful but also tragically short. Each year, hundreds of thousands of cherry trees bloom in Japan, inspiring festivals of food, drink, and music. Compared to cherry festivals in the U.S., these events in Japan are more profound and give people the chance to sit back and contemplate the impermanence of life.
Sakura Matsuri Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden hosts one of the most lavish celebrations of cherry blossoms in all of New York City. It’s held in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden (where over two dozen cherry trees are planted!) and includes cultural activities, musical performances, art, and much more. Kids can enjoy sword fighting, workshops, and a puzzle plaza, or admire the people dressed up in costumes. There’s also a Japanese tea room and a mini flea market with wall scrolls and silk wraps.
Attend the 2017 Festival
Just a few years ago, Brooklyn’s Sakura Matsuri was scheduled for the first weekend in May. The event is now held in April because the cherry trees are blooming earlier each year due to climate change. This year’s event will be on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, 2017, and runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. If you’re lucky, the cherry blossom trees will be in full bloom!
Spend a Weekend with At Home in Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Cherry Blossom Festival always draws huge crowds. That’s why we recommend planning your trip sooner rather than later! Our bed and breakfast is just ten minutes from the event and is the perfect place to stay this spring. Enjoy peace and quiet in our lovely Garden Room, or experience spectacular views from the King Room. Each accommodation comes with a delicious continental breakfast each morning. Click here to see what’s available and contact us today to make your reservations! We look forward to having you.
For more information on the best Brooklyn Botanic Garden events,
including the Chili Pepper Festival, Ghouls & Gourds, and Light in Winter, read our blog.
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