The Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival returns this week

The Cherry Blossom Festival officially kicks off on Thursday, April 28 with the “Festival Fundraiser” for the Japanese Garden.

BUFFALO, NY – After being redesigned for the past two years due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival returns in person this week for its ninth annual event.

The event is organized annually by the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Buffalo History Museum, Friends of the Japanese Garden and Music is Art to celebrate spring.

“Nothing says spring in Western New York quite like the return of the Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival and the beautiful blooms behind our museum,” said Melissa Brown, executive director of the Buffalo History Museum. “This celebration of Japanese history, culture and the natural beauty of our region is a staple of our festival season.”

The Cherry Blossom Festival officially kicks off on Thursday, April 28 with the “Festival Fundraiser” for the Japanese Garden. Following the fundraiser, the festival weekend continues on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 at the Japanese Garden at Delaware Park and the Buffalo History Museum.

“Year after year, the Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival brings visitors to the Japanese Garden to stroll along the blossoming trees and enjoy the gift of spring after a long cold winter. These delicate blossoms last only a short time and remind us of the fleeting nature of life,” said Paula Hinz of Friends of the Japanese Garden.

Those who attend the event on Saturday and Sunday can learn about bonsai, origami, folk dolls and Kanazawa through various activity tables inside the Buffalo History Museum. They will also have the opportunity to stroll through the Japanese garden to admire the cherry blossoms and take a ride on the pink boats of Mirror Lake.

In addition to food trucks and a pop-up tea ceremony, Music is Art will feature three live music stages in the Japanese garden for the enjoyment of festival-goers.

“Being back in person for the ninth annual Cherry Blossom Festival just adds to the exciting extra year we have ahead of us celebrating Olmsted’s 200th anniversary,” said Buffalo Executive Director Stephanie Crockatt. Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

“In fact, the Japanese Garden in Delaware Park is also celebrating its 60th anniversary of sister city affiliation with Kanazawa in Japan. The festival supports this special landscape, and the Buffalo History Museum and Friends of the Japanese Garden have been essential partners throughout the growth. This blossoming experience with an expanded education and culture.”

The festival fundraiser will take place Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Buffalo History Museum. Pre-sale tickets for the event are $40 per pair or $25 per person. Day tickets are listed at $50 per pair or $30 per person.

According to event organizers, this year’s fundraiser will include a flower basket raffle, local bites, a wine raffle and live music by cellist and multi-genre musician Leah Rankin and rock duo independent on Tuesday evening.

For more information on fundraising for the festival or to purchase tickets, click here.

For a full calendar of events, click here.

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