The Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual even which occurs over a two-week period in Spring each year.
Come and visit the Botanic Gardens and celebrate Japanese culture and tradition at this unique event.
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 Spring 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. You will be able to enjoy live musical performances, sumo-wrestling, Japanese theatre and film, origami workshops, cooking demonstrations and traditional tea ceremonies. There will of course be plenty of Japanese food on offer including Sashimi, Okonomiyaki, noodles, gyoza, yakitori, miso soup, bento boxes, sake and so much more!
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 which 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.