How to Have a Great Sakura Matsuri Festival: Tips & Rules
Sakura Matsuri days are the Garden’s busiest. Be prepared.
Skip the line!Buy your ticket in advance or become a member for exclusive access to express entrances. Note: There are no free hours, reciprocal admissions, or IDNYC membership processing on festival days.
Avoid peak attendance. Come early in the day or later in the afternoon.
No outside food or beverages. Exceptions are bottled water and baby bottles only. A substantial menu of food and drink will be available at stations throughout the Garden.
Help protect our plant collections. During the festival, some areas of the Garden are closed. Please do not pick flowers, climb trees, or walk in the planted beds. Folding chairs are not permitted.
Cosplayers take note: Real or realistic weapons, oversized props, or props made of hard materials (e.g., wood, Plexiglas, metal) will not be allowed inside the Garden. Security reserves the right to refuse admission of any potentially hazardous props.
Leave the wheels at home. Scooters and bikes are not permitted in the Garden, and bike racks located at each entrance fill up early. Due to festival crowds, avoid bringing a stroller.
Large bags and packages are subject to search by Security.
There is no 4/5 service to Franklin Avenue this weekend. In Brooklyn, take the 2/3 instead. If you are coming from Manhattan, switch to the 2/3 at Fulton St.
to Eastern Parkway—Brooklyn Museum station
to Prospect Park station (The B train does not run on weekends.)
Nearest bus services:
B45 to Washington Avenue
B48 to Eastern Parkway
10-minute walk from a Garden entrance:
B16 to Empire Boulevard
B41 or B69 to Brooklyn Public Library
B43 to Washington Avenue
B49 to Eastern Parkway
B65 to Classon Avenue
LIRR to Flatbush Avenue/Atlantic Avenue Station. Connect with 2, 3, 4, or 5 train or B41 bus.
Parking is very limited during Sakura Matsuri, April 29 and May 1, 2016. Please take public transportation if possible.
Attended parking (for a fee) is available at 900 Washington Avenue.
Parking lot opens at 6 a.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. on weekends. There is no overnight parking; monthly parking by arrangement.
Up to 1 hour
Up to 2 hours
Up to 3 hours
Up to 4 hours
Up to 5 hours
Maximum to closing
Up to 24 hours
First Saturday of the month: $15 prepaid ($6 after 5 p.m.) This rate is applicable only to attendees of First Saturday events at the Brooklyn Museum. The rate does not apply to attendees of Brooklyn Botanic Garden events ending at midnight or later.
Other special event rates may apply.
School buses (only when space permits): $25 for up to 12 hours; $50 for up to 24 hours.