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March 17, 2017

Make plans to celebrate cherry blossom season in Philly

Spring is on its way

Across the city, cherry blossoms are one of the first signs of spring. 

To celebrate the arrival of the pink flowers, Philly parks and gardens host festivals and special events each year.

Use the go-to guide below to plan a day celebrating the springtime blooms.

Morris Arboretum's Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival

Morris Arboretum/PhillyVoice

Each year Morris Arboretum celebrates cherry blossom season with special events.

On two Saturdays in April, the Morris Arboretum will celebrate cherry blossom season. Attendees can take a walk through the cherry blossom trees, watch a show by the KyoDaiko Drumming Crew or take a tour of the arboretum to find Japanese elements in the gardens.

Those who attend the celebration on April 8 will also be treated to a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and a performance by Samurai Arts Group. On April 15, additional activities include a kimono dressing demonstration and an origami workshop.

All scheduled activities are free with general admission. Members and PennCard holders receive free admission.

Saturday, April 8 or Saturday, April 15
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | $9-$17 per person
Morris Arboretum
100 E. Northwestern Ave.
(215) 247-5777

Cherry Blossom 10k or 5k

Beginning at the Fairmount Horticulture Center, both races wind through the park's thousands of cherry trees.

All participants receive a race T-shirt, a gift certificate to Philadelphia Runner and free admission to Shofuso Japanese House and Garden.

Saturday, April 8
6:30-10:30 a.m. | $20-$35 per person

Fairmount Horticulture Center
100 N. Horticulture Drive
(267) 348-0250

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival

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Cherry blossoms in bloom at Fairmount Park.

Each year, the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia throws a celebration for the arrival of cherry blossom season. This year, it will take place from Saturday, April 1 through Sunday, April 9.

During the week, different activities are scheduled. There are sushi-making classes, Japanese storytelling, film screenings and drumming workshops.

Sakura Sunday is the festival's final (and largest) event. There will be live music and dance performances, martial arts, cultural demonstrations, arts & crafts and karaoke.

The event is held at Fairmount Park's Horticulture Center, home to hundreds of blooming cherry trees.

Saturday, April 1 through Sunday, April 9

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden Opens for Cherry Blossom Season

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The Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in West Fairmount Park.

The traditional 17th century-style Japanese house and garden, located in Fairmount Park, will open for cherry blossom season on Saturday, April 1. It will be open daily through Sunday, April 9.

Then on Tuesday, April 11, the garden will officially open for the spring season. It will be open Wednesdays through Sundays.

Saturday, April 1 through Sunday, April 9
$2-10 per person
Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Lansdowne and Horticultural drives
(215) 878-5097

Take a Walk

Courtesy of Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival/PhillyVoice

Check out these spots to see cherry blossoms.

There are cherry trees across the city but this map will help you find the most picturesque spot to take a walk and enjoy the early signs of spring.