April 8 – 10, 2022, Horticulture Center in West Fairmount Park
2022 marks the limited return of in-person Cherry Blossom programming in West Fairmount Park that will celebrate both Japanese and American culture in a new format that better incorporates the local neighborhood of Parkside, West Philadelphia. Instead of a single-day festival, we will be presenting the Sakura Concert Series over three days on the weekend of April 8-10.
Free, NON-TICKETED and open to the public, this event will explore the intersections of Japanese and African American culture, from traditional to contemporary, through a range of musical performances by multi-ethnic Hip Hop, Jazz, and Percussion musicians. While the concerts themselves are not ticketed, food and drink will be available for purchase.
While the concerts are free, paid admission is required as usual to visit Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center. We HIGHLY recommend purchasing tickets for Shofuso in advance: click here to buy tickets.
Friday, April 8
- 7 PM – 10 PM Hip Hop show with DJ Oluwafemi (7PM), Red Mcfly (7:30PM), MC Tingbudong (8PM), FACE VALUE (jason chu + Alan Z, 8:40PM), G Yamazawa (9:20PM). Emcee Scott CHOPS Jung.
Saturday, April 9
TAIKO AND FUNK WITH CHERRY BLOSSOM LIGHT-UP
- 6 PM – 10 PM: Taiko and Funk music with Cherry Blossom Night Illumination starting at 7:30 PM. With Kenny Endo (6PM), DJ Oluwafemi (7:30PM), Badd Kitti (8:15PM), Omar’s Hat (9:15PM).
Sunday, April 10
- 11AM – 3PM: Dance and Taiko performances by KyoDaiko (11AM), NYC Yosakoi Kogyoku (11:45AM), danceLogic (12PM), Joe Small/ Swarthmore Taiko Ensemble (12:20PM), Acaraje (1PM), Casual Fifth (1:30PM), West Powelton Drummers (2PM), Yoko Nakahashi Fellowship Ensemble (2:30PM)
- 3PM – 5PM: Jazz and Reggae with Philadelphia Jazz Project’s PEACE ON EARTH concert (3PM), and the Brown Rice Family (4:10PM)
Philadelphia’s traveling beer garden returns for the 2022 Cherry Blossom Viewing! This temporary Pop-Up will be located outside the Fairmount Horticulture Center Arboretum (100 N. Horticultural Drive) starting on Saturday, April 2nd through on Sunday, April 10th. FCM Hospitality will present a full menu of food and drink favorites – plus new selections that contain a nod to the celebrated Cherry Blossoms, with a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free options. Credit cards are preferred.
PARKS POP-UP HOURS:
Friday, April 8: 4 PM – 11 PM; Saturday, April 9: 12 PM – 11 PM; Sunday, April 10: 12 PM – 9 PM.
- Parking is available near the Mann Music Center ($10 per car). Walk from the parking lot to the ENTRANCE C to enter the park.
- Vehicles are not permitted to park at the Horticulture Center.
- There will not be a shuttle bus running between the parking area and the Horticulture Center.
- Driving from the East:
- 76 West to Montgomery Drive Exit (341)
Turn left at light onto Montgomery Drive; follow signs to parking
- Driving from the West:
- 76 East to Montgomery Drive Exit (341)
Turn right onto Montgomery Drive; follow signs to parking
Drop off/Pick up at 4300 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia 19131
- Public Transportation: The Horticulture Center is accessible from SEPTA bus routes
38 (8 min walk if you get off at Belmont and Montgomery)
40 and 43 (16 min walk if you get off at Parkside and Belmont)
15 trolley (21 min walk if you get off at Gerard and 41)
- Walking and biking:
Visit GoPhillyGo for biking and walking directions. Bike racks at the Horticulture Center.
CHERRY BLOSSOM VIEWING MAP
In Japan, cherry blossoms are the ephemeral marker of spring’s arrival, appreciated and admired by picnicking under the cherry trees and walking through groves and alleles of the pink blossoms. JASGP planted 1000 cherry trees from 1998 to 2007 to augment the 1600 cherry trees gifted by the Japanese government to Philadelphia in 1926.
As in Japan, Philadelphians are invited to picnic among the sakura in bloom around Shofuso at the Horticulture Center and under many other cherry trees throughout the city. Look for pink and white flowers near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, along the Schuylkill River, in Fitler Square area near the Rosenbach Library and Museum, and on streets and parks throughout the Philadelphia region. Japanese artist Hiro Sakaguchi hand-painted a new map of Philadelphia Cherry Blossom Ohanami – helping visitors find Cherry Blossoms throughout Fairmount Park as well as other spots around the City of Philadelphia. Download the map here!
The Shofuso Cherry Blossom Festival of Philadelphia is presented by JASGP as part of the Re:imagining Recovery Project supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.