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Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival

Due to the public health risk posed by COVID-19, the annual Cherry Blossom Festival will not proceed in August. The event, which attracts more than 90,000 people, is usually held in the Japanese Garden of the Auburn Botanic Gardens. For anyone who has purchased a ticket, it will be automatically refunded

The Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual event that occurs over a two-week period each year.

Come and visit the Auburn Botanic Gardens and celebrate Japanese culture and tradition at this unique event.

Cherry Blossom Festival Sydney 2023, Hanami Dates & Tickets, Auburn

The main highlight of the festival is obviously the beautiful Cherry Blossoms, which bloom for only a brief period. It is hard to predict the exact dates of when the blossoms will be at their peak, as this very much depends on temperature and weather conditions in the lead up to the season.

Various ticketed and themed events take place over the two weekends to complement the stunning visual display of flora. For example, there are photographers’ events where access is limited so that camera buffs can take clear shots of the blossoms without crowds getting in the way.

While you await the blossoms, make sure to check out the other range of fun attractions and activities held during the festival. Come experience Sydney’s finest food trucks and Japanese food provider’s line up along-side the festivals famous Izakaya Bar offering a world class menu of Japanese craft beer and Sake.

Explore Auburn Botanic Gardens and take in an assortment of cherry blossom culture and traditions. Visit the festival stage for live music, talks and performances. Enter the gardens’ own wooded billabong for Shinto inspired meditation sessions or visit Japan’s own pop culture superstar Hello Kitty.

Follow the Cherry trail around our Japanese Gardens on a self-guided tour of discovery. On your journey find some of our most Instagrammable Cherry tree sites along the way.

Please note that pets are not permitted inside the festival, nor are bikes, scooters or skateboards.

There is an entry fee to attend the Cherry Blossom Festival and there is a free shuttle bus that runs from Auburn Station between 9am and 5pm. If you are driving, you can park in the Susan Street car park, in which you can catch the free shuttle bus to and from the festival from outside the car park.

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