Sakura Matsuri 2017


Saturday, April 29–Sunday, April 30, 2017 | 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Last Admission at 5:30 p.m.

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Advance ticket purchase required! Members always enter free.

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Sakura Matsuri offers over 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. The festival celebrates the Japanese cultural tradition of enjoying each moment of the cherry blossom season.

Cherries at Brooklyn Botanic Garden ›

How to Have a Great Festival: Tips & Rules

Sakura Matsuri days are the Garden’s busiest. Be prepared.

  1. Skip the line! Become a member for exclusive access to express entrances E, F. Ticket holders will only be admitted at the main gates (AC) and Rose Arc gate (D).
  2. A map of Sakura Matsuri entrances
  3. Take public transportation. Parking is very limited. Travel directions ›
  4. Avoid peak attendance. Come early in the day or later in the afternoon.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Large bags and packages are subject to search by Security.


Seniors (65 and over)
Students 12+ with ID
Children under 12; BBG Members

All events held rain or shine. Valid membership or advance ticket required for entrance. There are no free hours or reciprocal admissions on festival days.

Advance ticket purchase required! Members always enter free.

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Who enters free at members’ express entrances on festival days?

For Sakura Matsuri, free admission at members’ express entrances (E, Herb Garden and F, north Washington Avenue gates; see map below) is granted to the following:

  • Garden members with guests per their membership level—show valid membership card for admittance (check your expiration date!)
  • Corporate members plus children under 12—show corporate ID
  • Academic members plus children under 12 (ask at your school)—show school ID
  • BASE students and their families—show school ID
  • Cool Culture cardholders and their families—show program card
  • Urban Advantage students with coupons
  • Individuals with a valid single-visit pass (check your expiration date!)

For fast, free entry during Sakura Matsuri, individuals on the list above should use a designated members’ express entrance. Ticket holders will only be admitted at the main gates (AC) and Rose Arc gate (D).

A map of Sakura Matsuri entrances

The following admissions are not valid during Sakura Matsuri; individuals must purchase advance tickets or a Garden membership:

  • Reciprocal admission for members or staff of other public gardens or garden associations
  • Reciprocal admission for members of museum associations or staff of museums, including Brooklyn cultural institution employees
  • Promotional ticket discounts, including Art & Garden tickets
  • Tourist passes (New York Explorer Pass, New York Pass)


  • All visitors on April 29 and 30 must pay festival rates: There is no lower-priced admission to see just the Garden collections. To enjoy the Garden collections at standard admission rates, please plan to visit on an alternate date.
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden is no longer offering complimentary memberships to IDNYC cardholders. Visit to learn more about current IDNYC offerings.
  • No school group visits, photography/filming sessions, or weddings are booked on these dates.
  • Performers and vendors should enter at 990 Washington Avenue (B) and check in at the performers’ table to receive a wristband.
  • Members of the press on assignment should contact [email protected].
  • Elected officials should contact James Harris at 917-273-3185 or [email protected].

See Sakura Matsuri Photos and Videos ›

Support Provided by

Major Sponsor
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Friends of Japanese Collections & Programs at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Lead Sponsor, The Freeman Foundation

Major Sponsor, Japanese Chamber for Commerce and Industry

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