Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival


Members of Samurai Sword Soul. 

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  • $15

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s collection of more than 200 Japanese flowering cherry trees—the most diverse array anywhere in the world outside Japan—inspires one of the city’s most anticipated weekend events: the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival.

Tens of thousands of visitors visit Sakura Matsuri every spring to experience the best of both traditional and contemporary Japanese arts and culture, including dance, martial arts, manga, costume play (“cosplay”), workshops, demonstrations and guided tours of the garden’s Japanese plant collections.

Among the more than 60 events and performances on the schedule for 2013 are a host of features, including a performance by taiko drummers, an all-female marching band, and a Puzzle Plaza where visitors can immerse themselves with Sudoku, kakuro, LaQ and the legendary game of Go.

Returning favorites include performances by martial artists Samurai Sword Soul, manga drawing with famed illustrator Misako Rocks, and several hands-on activities for kids to enjoy.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

900 Washington Avenue

(at President Street)

Brooklyn, NY 11225

(718) 623-7200

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Subway: B, Q to Prospect Park; 2, 3 to Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum; 4,5 to Franklin Avenue. Garden entrances on Eastern Parkway (between Underhill Avenue and Washington Street); on Flatbush Avenue (at Empire Boulevard); on Washington Avenue at President Street.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Founded in 1910, the garden spans 52 acres and contains more than 12,000 living plant varieties from all over the world. These are arranged in taxonomic displays as well as in formal and informal gardens.


Mon9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wed8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thu8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Fri8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sat10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sun10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Above hours are November 8-March 11 Closed Mondays (but open Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President's Day, 10 am to 4:30 pm)

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