Cherry Blossom Festival Returns to San Francisco

Last updated: June 2, 2017 

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is returning to San Francisco’s Japantown celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017. It is one of the largest cherry blossom festivals in the United States which draws over 200,000 attendees each year. More than 50 beautiful cherry trees can be explored near the Peace Plaza of the town.

Admission is free. Some events such as Sake Tasting and Film Festival will ask for separate ticket fees. There will be a plenty of food vendors offering delicious Japanese food such as takoyaki, unagi don (rice bowl with eel), udon, sushi and yakitori!!! A crowd favorite, the Food Area is located on Webster St. between Post and Sutter.

Here is the calendar of the festival:

April 8 (Sat) 10 am – 5 pm

Cultural performances, dance, music, tea ceremony (complete schedule) Peace Plaza Stage, Sakura 360 Stage, JCCCNC, Takeuchi Auditorium, etc.
Food Area & Sapporo Beer Garden Webster St. between Post and Shutter
Japanese Sake Tasting (11 am – 5 pm, admission $10 for ages 21+ only) Near Post St. and Webster St.
Arts & Crafts Area (11 am – 6 pm) Buchanan Mall

April 9 (Sun) 10 am – 5 pm

Cultural performances, dance, music, tea ceremony (complete schedule) Peace Plaza Stage, Sakura 360 Stage, JCCCNC, Takeuchi Auditorium, etc.
Food Area & Sapporo Beer Garden Webster St. between Post and Shutter
Japanese Sake Tasting (11 am – 5 pm, admission $10 for ages 21+ only) Near Post St. and Webster St.
Arts & Crafts Area (11 am – 6 pm) Buchanan Mall

April 15 (Sat) 10 am – 5 pm

Cultural performances, dance, music, tea ceremony (complete schedule) Peace Plaza Stage, Sakura 360 Stage, JCCCNC, Takeuchi Auditorium, etc.
Food Area & Sapporo Beer Garden Webster St. between Post and Shutter
Arts & Crafts Area (11 am – 6 pm) Buchanan Mall

April 16 (Sun) 11 am – 3:30 pm

Cultural performances, dance, music, tea ceremony (complete schedule) Peace Plaza Stage, Sakura 360 Stage, JCCCNC, Takeuchi Auditorium, etc.
Grand Parade (1 pm) Post St. and Buchanan St.
Food Area & Sapporo Beer Garden Webster St. between Post and Shutter
Arts & Crafts Area Buchanan Mall
San Francisco cherry blossom
Cherry Trees by Peace Plaza in SF Japantown (photo by kennejima via Flickr)

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