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Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s cherry blossom festival, Sakura Matsuri, one of the most anticipated spring events in New York City, returns on Saturday,...

Brooklyn Botanic Garden's cherry blossom festival, Sakura Matsuri, one of the most anticipated spring events in New York City, returns on Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28, 2019. The weekend-long festival celebrates Japanese culture with a rich programme of events. The festival is the highlight of the Garden's mesmerising hanami ("cherry blossom viewing") season.

Based on the Japanese tradition of appreciating the beauty and fleeting nature of cherry blossoms, hanami at Brooklyn Botanic Garden draws New Yorkers and visitors from around the world each spring to view the Garden's collection of over 200 flowering cherry trees, one of the most spectacular cherry blossom displays in North America.

Programming for Sakura Matsuri will be presented throughout the Garden, with music and dance performances on stages on Cherry Esplanade and in the newly reopened Plant Family Collection. Tea ceremonies, art demonstrations, activities for kids, and shopping and dining areas will be featured in pop-ups across the Garden, giving visitors the chance to explore new parts of BBG.

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