The Sakura Weekend is a two-day event held at West Fairmount Park’s Horticulture Center & Centennial Arboretum, celebrating Japanese traditional and contemporary culture in Philadelphia. The event features live music, dance and taiko performances, arts and crafts, a vendor fair and much more. This is a family-friendly event open to everyone. Parking is available for $10 per vehicle at the Mann Center grounds (5201 Parkside Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131). Vehicles are not permitted to park at the Horticulture Center. Read our FAQs »
Admission to the Sakura Weekend is free!
However, you can “pay what you wish” to support our work in offering more accessible and inclusive programming. Donors will be entered into a raffle to win select prizes. Click here to enter the raffle »
Sakura Sunday Program
Tamagawa University’s Taiko & Dance Ensemble, renowned as one of the best taiko troupes in Japan, is returning this year as a centerpiece of Sakura Sunday’s program, which features traditional dances and drum performances throughout the day. Click here for performer bios »
10:30 AM Opening Ceremony: Tamagawa University Taiko and Dance Troupe with Keystone Japan Club Choir
11 AM Tamagawa University Taiko Drum and Dance Troupe
12 PM Rino Aise + 10tecomai Yosakoi
1 PM Masaru Koga
2 PM Tamagawa University Taiko Drum and Dance Troupe
3 PM Yoko Nakahashi Fellowship Ensemble
3:30 PM Swarthmore Taiko Ensemble
Inside the Horticulture Center:
Tea Ceremony Demonstrations
Ikebana (flower arrangement) Demonstrations
Kimono & Yukata Dressings
Origami (paper folding) Workshops
In the Park:
Subaru Sushi Samurai of the Year Contest (For registrations: email@example.com | 215-815-8266)
Prettiest Pet in Pink Parade (2 – 3 PM at the Sun Dial – Click here to register »)
Pop-up Beer Garden by Triple Bottom Brewing – just outside Shofuso’s walls!
Vendor Fair with Japanese food & wares. Click here for the list of vendors »
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