Celebrate cherry blossoms and the culture of Japan at the Sakura Matsuri cherry blossom festival this weekend, April 25/26 and at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It’s a two-day schedule of events including Taiko drumming, Ikebena flower arranging, wood block printing, dance performances, and hands-on workshops for the kids. The festival is rain or shine, so let’s hope for shine.
Sakura Matsuri is the annual cherry blossom festival celebrated both in Japan and in Brooklyn. More than 200 cherry trees line Cherry Walk and the Cherry Esplanade in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. When they are in full bloom each spring, it is a fairyland of pink blossoms and green grass.
Eight things you didn’t know about flowering cherry trees, from the BBG blog.
Tickets re $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students, children 13 and under are free. Check the BBG website for the full schedule and to purchase tickets – I recommend you buy tickets online and avoid the lines.
Take the subway, which stops at the entrance — IRT #2 or #3 to Eastern Parkway. And make time for the Brooklyn Museum. It’s right next door.