Cherry Blossom Festivals

Cherry blossoms are a symbolic flower of the spring also known as a time of renewal. The cherry blossoms’ lives are very short; their beauty peaks around two weeks and then their blossoms begin to fall. In Japan, people like to have cherry blossom parties with their friends and family because it is believed that a cherry blossom makes people merry. Over the years, cherry trees have spread throughout the world including the United States. Here are some places you can enjoy the  cherry blossoms in southern and northern California:


  1. Descanso Gardens (beginning March 1st)

Kick off spring along guided Spring Bloom walks, music, and more. General admission is $9 (Students and seniors $6, children ages 5-12 $4). For more information visit


  1. East San Gabriel Valley (March 17th)

The cherry blossom festival will be held at Plaza West Covina from 12 noon to 6 PM. Admission is free and  there will be tons of food, dancing, games, crafts, and more! For more information visit


  1. Huntington Beach (March 18th)

This event is hosted by the Huntington Beach Sister City Association’s Cherry Blossom Festival committee and features Japanese dance, music, cultural exhibits, arts, crafts and games, as well as delicious Japanese food offerings! Admission is free. For more information visit and


  1. Torrance (March 25th)

From 11 am to 4 pm at Columbia Park, this festival includes performances from artists representing Asia (Japan, Philippines, India, and Korea). There will also be artists and crafters displaying and selling their work and activities like origami and face painting. Admission is free. For more information visit and


  1. Monterey Park (April 21st and 22nd)

This event is planned and coordinated by community volunteers and offers a place for guests to hear and taste both the Japanese and Japanese American culture. Activities include traditional Japanese dancing, taiko drums, martial arts, a tea ceremony, handmade crafts, and lots of food. There will also be games and crafts for children along with numerous cultural displays. For more information visit


  1. Northern California (April 14th-15th, 21st-22nd)

This festival is one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions and the biggest on the West coast. Each year, over 200,000 people attend! For more information visit and


  1. Hanami at Hakone

This event is presented by Netgear and is the viewing of cherry blossoms in the night, a popular event in Japan. Opening and closing day will be announced soon. For more information visit


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