Sakura Matsuri 2017

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

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Plan your visit!

Sakura Matsuri, the annual cherry blossom festival at BBG, offers over 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. The festival marks the end of hanami, the Japanese cultural tradition of enjoying each moment of the cherry blossom season.

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Don't miss a day of cherry-blossom season!

Brooklyn Botanic Garden members get free admission to both days of Sakura Matsuri and much more.

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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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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. Note: There are no free hours or reciprocal admissions on festival days. Corporate and academic memberships and Cool Culture cards will be honored.
  2. Take public transportation. Parking is very limited. Travel directions ›
  3. Avoid peak attendance. Come early in the day or later in the afternoon.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Large bags and packages are subject to search by Security.

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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Upcoming Dates

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Sunday, April 30, 2017
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