Cherry Blossom Festival
Saturday 29th Apr, 2017 → Saturday 6th May, 2017

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The Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival is an Annual Event that started in 2014. Its original goal was to bring awareness to our Cherry Tree Grove in the Japanese Garden in Buffalo and to support the upkeep of this treasure.

The mission has expanded to encourage Cherry Tree Plantings in Buffalo in order to bring a springtime  'Blizzard of Blossoms' to Buffalo, following our Winter Blizzards. 

Events take place at the Japanese Garden in Delaware Park or in The Buffalo History Museum (TBHM) unless otherwise noted:

Saturday, April 29, 12 - 2pm

Festival Opening & Madama Butterfly Opera Preview

Oodori no Kai folk dance group, Press conference on the Portico.

Sunday, April 30, 12 - 3pm -- Family Day

Celebrate the festival inside the museum and outside in the Garden including puppet shows, origami and crafts for children. Participate in a pink parade, dance the May Pole or visit the Instrument Zoo provided by Music is Art. Why not try Tai Chi, ride in a pink boat on Mirror Lake or grab a bite to eat at a food truck.

 10:00am: Explore Buffalo Lincoln Parkway Tour* (

 12:30pm: 'The Bamboo Princess' a Japanese fairytale Puppet Show

 1:30pm: Pink Parade (immediately after the first Puppet Show)

 2:30pm: 'The Bamboo Princess' a Japanese fairytale Puppet Show

Monday, May 1, 4:30 - 6:30pm - Campus House Cherry Blossom Fusion Party*

Cherry Blossom Festival theme party in collaboration with Hospitality Students at SUNY Buffalo State's Campus House.

Monday, May 1 - Friday, May 5

Self-Guided Spring Walks

Bring a picnic and enjoy a stroll through the cherry blossoms. Listen to the the Japanese Garden's Mobile Audio Tour presented by Wegmans and powered by

Wednesday, May 3, 5 - 7:30pm - Cocktail Party at 5pm

Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony at 6pm* An evening of cocktails and culture. Traditional Tea Ceremony includes English interpretation and Q&A time at TBHM Auditorium.

Saturday, May 6

11am - ‘Cherry Blossom Challenge’ Orienteering. Navigate your way on a 2.5 km course that starts and ends at the Japanese Garden and Delaware Park. (

12 - 3pm - Music Day

Sit on the Portico and enjoy music, entertainment and a view of the garden. Bring your own instrument and join a Cherry Jam Session, try your hand at the Drum Circle, Pink boat rides and food trucks, too. Featuring music by: The Middlemen, and Jazz Bands from Kanazawa, Japan & Hamburg High School.

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