Sakura Weekend – Sunday

Sakura Weekend, the centerpiece program of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, is a two-day event held each year at the Horticulture Center and Centennial Arboretum in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park.

Celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture under the cherry blossom trees during this free and public, family-friendly event, featuring live music, dance performances, arts and crafts, a vendor fair, food trucks, a beer garden, and much more.

Sakura Weekend – Sunday
Sunday, April 14, 2024
Horticulture Center and Centennial Arboretum
Fairmount Park, Philadelphia / Google Maps >>

Admission to Sakura Weekend is not ticketed and is free and open to the public.

Vehicles are not permitted to park at the Horticulture Center, but paid parking is available nearby on the grounds of The Mann Center. For more information, please check out the Festival FAQ >>

Sakura Weekend – Map and Schedule

A list of participating vendors, artists, and sponsors and the 2024 Sakura Weekend map and program schedule is now available to download.

Download Festival Map and Schedule >>

Sakura Weekend – Sunday Program

Featured Performances

  • 10:30am — Keystone Japan Club
    Children’s song and dance performance
  • 11:00am — Opening Ceremony
    Remarks and acknowledgments by festival sponsors and partners
  • 11:35am — Tree Planting Ceremony (off-stage)
    Cherry blossom tree planting ceremony and remarks
  • 11:45am — Ebihara Rogen (off-stage)
    Calligraphy performance / Sponsored by Dennis Morikawa
  • 12:00pm — KyoDaiko
    Taiko performance / Sponsored by Bradley Edmister
  • 12:50pm — 10tecomai Yosakoi
    Dance performance / Sponsored by Ren Egawa
  • 1:40pm — Biwanko
    Children’s taiko peformance
  • 2:20pm — Chorus Group
    Vocal performance
  • 3:00pm — Swarthmore Taiko Ensemble
    Taiko performance / Sponsored by Dennis Morikawa

Featured Activities

  • Scheduled tea ceremony sittings with Urasenke Philadelphia / More Info >>
  • Ikebana workshops and demonstrations / More Info >>
  • Subaru Sushi Samurai of the Year Competition (12:00pm) / More Info >>
  • “Pretty in Pink” pet costume contest (2:00pm)
  • Pop-up beer garden with Philadelphia’s Triple Bottom Brewery
  • Vendor Fair with Japanese food and wares
  • And many more activities for the entire family, including:
    • Kamishibai storytelling (1:00pm)
    • Origami demonstrations
    • Sakura face-painting
    • Calligraphy station
    • Scavenger hunt
    • Japanese table games
    • Kimono / Yukata dressings

Sakura Saturday

For even more Sakura Weekend activities, check out the Saturday program schedule!

Sakura Weekend – Saturday Program >>

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