Frequently Asked Questions

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The mission of the JASGP Cherry Blossom Festival is to acknowledge the friendship, investment, and cultural exchanges between Japan & Philadelphia, and to build on these legacy cornerstones to explore new collaborations with people of all backgrounds as they experience a festival that celebrates the sounds, sights, and tastes of Japan… in Philadelphia!

When is the Festival happening in 2023?

The festival is taking place Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16 at the Horticulture Center and Centennial Arboretum in West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. The Sakura weekend will feature music performances, cultural activities, a vendor market and more. However, additional programming will be happening throughout April at different venues, including a film retrospective at Lightbox Film Center, cultural demonstrations and seminars.

Is the Festival free?

Access to the festival weekend on April 15-16 will be pay what you wish. Additional events happening throughout April may require registration and/or ticketed admission. Please note that tickets will be required as usual to visit Shofuso, and can be purchased up to three weeks in advance at japanphilly.org/shofuso.

Is the 10k/5k happening this year?

Yes, the 10k/5k run is planned for Saturday, April 8. Registration has not opened yet.

Is there food and/or alcohol to buy?

Yes, there will be plenty of options. Food vendors from our in-person market, and a beer garden will be at the Horticulture Center for the entire duration of the festival.

Can I bring food? Can I bring alcohol? 

We encourage attendees to bring their own food and pic-nic in Fairmount park under the cherry trees, for an authentic ohanami experience. Alcohol consumption is not permitted in West Fairmount Park outside of designated beer garden area.

Are pets allowed?

Dogs are permitted on a 6-foot leash on the grounds only.

Can I wear my cosplay costume? Will there be a Cosplay area this year? 

There will not be a Cosplay-dedicated area this year, but you are welcome to wear your cosplay costume. 

Is the festival happening rain or shine?

Yes, the event is happening rain or shine. There is no rain date.

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