What is the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival?
A project of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual celebration not only of spring and beautiful blossoms, but of Japanese culture as well. The Cherry Blossom Festival takes its name and central inspiration from the fleeting beauty of the sakura, the Japanese name for cherry blossoms. The first blossoming cherry trees were planted in Fairmount Park in 1926, a gift to the City of Philadelphia by the people of Japan. Cherry blossoms are gorgeous flowers, a must see natural wonder calling everyone outdoors to welcome spring, and an annual inspiration to artists and photographers. Each year, over the course of nine days, the events of the Festival celebrate Philadelphia’s rich cultural connections with the art, music, food, natural beauty, and industry of Japan.
Sakura Sunday is a family friendly event, open to everyone. Guests are expected to respect each other, performers, event staff, volunteers, and JASGP staff. For our full code of conduct, click here.
Where is the Festival?
Festival events are held across Philadelphia, as well as in select suburbs. The festival’s culminating event, Sakura Sunday, is held at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center. In 2019, festival events will take place in West Fairmount Park, University City, Society Hill, The Main Line, and many more locations. Please visit our calendar for specific dates and locations.