Celebrate Japanese culture at the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco (April 12-13, 19-20, 2014). Along with the colorful parade, you’ll find a food bazaar featuring traditional Japanese fare and cooking demonstrations, a Japanese traditional arts and crafts fair, the Queen’s Program, booths, a children’s village, cultural performances, martial arts, live bands, and more.
Exhibits and demonstrations typically include ikebana (flower arranging), sumi-e (brush/ink painting), calligraphy, bonsai (tree dwarfing), origami, and doll-making. Entertainment stages will feature Japanese classical and folk dancers, martial artists, taiko drummers and others.
Each year, more than 200,000 people flood the streets of Japantown for this event. The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival 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.
DEAL: The 2014 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival and Parade are free.
WHEN: Festival on Saturday and Sunday April 12-13 and April 19-20, 2014. Grand Parade on Sunday, April 20, 2014.
WHERE: The festival — Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets. The Grand Parade, begins at City Hall and ends in Japantown, San Francisco.
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