The Northern California Cherry Blossom FestivalÂ® is one of CaliforniaÂ’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions. Each year, over 200,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community. Please join us and become a sponsor of this popular Japanese American community event. The event is free and open to the public. Vendors will be charging for their food goods and some retail products; and some specialized events will require a fee.
The Northern California Cherry Blossom FestivalÂ® is said to be the second largest festival outside of Washington, D.C. to celebrate the blooming of cherry blossoms; and held at one of three remaining Japantowns in the United States.
2017 Cherry Blossom Festival Schedule
Weekend 1: April 8th Â– 9th
Weekend 2: April 15th Â– 16th
April 16: Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Grand Parade
The Grand Parade begins at the Civic Center at 1pm, proceeding up Polk to Post Street and ending in Japantown at Post and Fillmore streets. A number of performers from Japan will also grace us with their presence. Japanese classical (Buyo) and folk dance (Minyo) groups representing the Bay Area will perform throughout the parade route like a myriad of floating butterflies.