11th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

SATURDAY, March 5th

SUNDAY, March 6th

10:00AM-4:00PM Both Days!


* Please note that no pets are allowed in the Garden.


We will remain open today with the rain! Please bring an umbrella and expect the rain to stop by early afternoon. To stay updated with the weather, please check the local forecast here.


Online sales no longer available. Tickets available at the door! Admission will available at both the main entrance and in the lower canyon off of Paseo de Oro. 
 CELEBRATE spring and the blooming of our Cherry Trees with cultural performances, Japanese street food, unique local vendors, children’s corner and hang out in the beer and tea gardens! Guests may partake in Hanami, the traditional custom of picnicking under the cherry trees.  We look forward to once again sharing this community tradition with San Diego!


Sakura Matsuri
Watashitachi to isshouni haru ni saku Sakura o taiken shimashou. Bunkatekina namaensou ya yatai ya omoshiroi en'nichishounin ya kodomo no ko-na- ga arimasu. Soshite bi-ru to ochya o meshiagaremasu. Hanami mo dekimasu. San Diego no hitobito to isshouni taikensurukoto o tanishimini shiteorimasu.
Click here to see our Facebook page with updates on the trees!
Goldfield Stage will run a shuttle for Cherry Blossom Festival visitors between the hours of 12:00pm and 5:00pm. (Please note: the last shuttle will leave the JFG Front Gate at 4:30pm) 

Shuttle Stop # 1: Inspiration Point Parking Lot (at the tram stop)

Shuttle Stop # 2: Federal Lot (at the tram stop)

Shuttle Stop # 3: JFG Front Gate

Shuttle Stop # 4: JFG Lower Canyon Entrance

NOTE: Admission price guarantees entrance to the Japanese Friendship Garden for the 11th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Additional fees for vendors, food, beer & sake garden, kid's corner, etc. will apply. Event will be Cash Only with ATMs available throughout the Festival.


Kid's Corner:
Open from 10am-4pm each day. Admission: $3.00
Join us at the Kid's Corner for educational and sustainable crafts and activities for all ages! Cameron the Caterpillar will also be joining us, he is a blow up obstacle course that kids can jump through until they get to the end! We will have face painting and a special exhibit by Mari Jarvis, the garden's resident beekeeper.

Beer and Tea Garden:
We are so excited to present our Beer and Tea Garden where you’ll be able to taste local brews and tea! There will be choices from Teavana, Second Chance Beer Co, Kilowatt Brewing, The Lost Abbey, Port Brewing Co, Kirin, Asahi, The Homebrewer, Sapporo and Gekkekian Sake. All sake was donated by The Garrison Family and Dr. Thelma Press. 

 $15 Wristband

5 Six oz Cups of Beer


3 Six oz cups of Beer and 2 Three oz cups of Sake

 Beers featured are Second Chance Beer Company, Kilowatt Brewing, The Lost Abbey, Port Brewing Company, Pizza Port, Kirin, Asahi and more! 

 Sake featured are Gekkekian and Fuki Sake.

 Also included is a sample of chicken mesquite from Continental Catering.




 $5 wristband

Tea samples from Teavana, 1 Three oz cup of tea from Lupicia and Dessert bag to go!

 *No outside food will be allowed in the tea garden area.

Live Performances:

This year there will be a great selection of live performances for all ages! Here is our awesome lineup!
11th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival 2016: Sat. 3/5/16
10:00 AM- Blue Kanon
11:15 AM- Buddhist Temple of San Diego Ondo Dancers
11:50 AM- Hoola Hoop Performance
12:25 PM- The Sakura Theater
1:00 PM- Buddhist Temple of San Diego Taiko
1:35 PM- San Diego Japanese School
2:10 PM- Japanese Chorus
2:45 PM- San Diego Taiko
3:20 PM- Ichiban
11th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival 2016: Sun. 3/7/16
11:00 AM- Azuna-Kai San Diego
11:35 AM- Tsukimi Preschool
12:20 AM- The Sakura

1:05 PM- A Pop
1:30 PM- Masazumi-kai

2:05 PM- Japanese Chorus

2:40 PM- Rafael Gutierrez
2:50 PM- San Diego Kimono Club Fashion Show

Other Programs and Special Activities:

Tea Ceremony Demonstration-

Join us in the Exhibit Hall, in the Upper Garden, for ongoing Tea Ceremony Demonstrations presented by the Urasenke Club of San Diego. Learn about the history of the tea ceremony and drinking tea etiquette.

Free Massage and Health Screenings-

The Foundation for Wellness Professionals is a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating the community and businesses on wellness care and disease prevention through donated services, such as workshops, health screenings, chair massages, and corporate wellness programs; Located in the Exhibit Hall in the Upper Garden.

Traditional Japanese Board Game GO-

The Japanese Friendship Garden’s GO Club will be teaching students how to play Japan’s national game of GO and will also host a series of games. So come and exercise your brain with the oldest strategic board game in the world!



If you’re looking to contact us please use the following directory:

Volunteering- volunteer@niwa.org
General Inquiries- jfgsd@niwa.org
Press/Media- events-mktg@niwa.org
Vendor Opportunities- events-mktg@niwa.org

PLEASE, No Pets.