(Credit: Randall E. Scott)
Celebrate the culture of Japan against a backdrop of gorgeous flowers at this year’s Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival . With a week of events held all over the city and suburbs, the ways to fete the sakura are seemingly endless. Here’s our guide to partaking in the festivities. –Chelsea Karnash
What: The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual celebration of Japanese culture, the start of spring and of course, the cherry blossom, or sakura. In fact, back in 1926, Philly was gifted with 1,600 flowering Japanese cherry trees, which now stand in Fairmount Park and remind visitors each spring of the ties between Philly and Japan.
With so many events, it’s hard to be at a loss for what to do during this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival. Here are some of the biggies.
Shops at Liberty Place
1625 Chestnut St
6 – 11
Head to the Shops at Liberty Place for free interactive events during lunchtime and displays of origami, flower arrangements, kimono dressing and more.
Dine Out Japan Restaurant Week
Philadelphia and suburbs
Apr. 5 – 10
Savor the finest Japanese food in the region during this Japan-inspired restaurant week. Three-course, prix fixe meals will be available for $20 at lunch or $35 for dinner at a number of area eateries.
Fairmount Park Horticulture Center
100 N Horticultural Dr
6:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Take on the Cherry Blossom 5K or even 10K bright and early on Saturday. Then, race participants can enjoy free admission to the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden.
Sakura Under the Stars
6 – 8 p.m.
JASGP members $100 / Non-members $120
Celebrate the sakura season with sushi, cocktails and more at one of the city’s nicest restaurants.