Cherries at a cherry festivalCherry Festivals and Cherry Blossom Festivals in 2024

Update for 2024:

It looks like most festivals are returning, aside from those that were killed off by the lockdowns of the past 2 years. That took a heavy toll on their finances. I am checking with them day by day, if you have an update for an, please tell me via the Feedback form.

Looking for a Cherry Festivals and Cherry Blossom blossom festival or cherry fruit festival in June 2024? There is no other listing as complete and current as this list, just updated! Cherry Festivals and Cherry Blossom festivals are held through the United States, Canada, Britain, and Australia and much of the world. All the Cherry Festivals and Cherry Blossom festivals we can find are listed on this page! If you love Cherries, look for a festival near you below! And I'm looking for more Cherry Festivals and Cherry Blossom festivals! Please write me, if you know of any to add!  I update the dates as soon as the festivals publish their information, but you can always click on the links (usually the name of the festival) to see the current information on the festival's own website. 

Especially this year, due to Coronavirus, be sure to click on the links (the blue, underlined name of the each festival) to confirm this year's dates on the website for each festival. If they don't have a website, call the phone number provided, but ALWAYS CONFIRM THIS YEAR'S DATES AND TIMES BY EITHER VIEWING THEIR WEBSITE OR CALLING.

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Cherry Festivals and Cherry Blossom Festivals in 2024: Find a Festival Near You!

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United States





  • Cherry Blossom Festival - Honolulu, HI - January to March (many events) see their website for this years dates.
    Events calendar. Phone: (808) 949-2255. Email: CBFHAWAII@HJJCC.COM.  This annual festival is one of the longest running ethnic celebrations in the State of Hawaii and takes place in various locations, including shopping malls..The Cherry Blossom Festival holds the honor of being one of the longest, continually running ethnic festival in the State of Hawai'i - originally started in 1953. While times have evolved, the purpose of the Festival continues to be the perpetuation of Japanese culture, and to enrich the lives of young women of Japanese ancestry.Queen Contestants are given the opportunity to learn about their Japanese heritage, improve their poise and public speaking and develop leadership skills through numerous cultural and training classes. Over the past 65 years the Festival has touched the lives of many. Our national sister Cherry Blossom Festival relationships continue to flourish, and each year the Festival hosts five sister Junior Chamber chapters from Japan.



  • Washington Cherry Festival - This one seems to have dissappeared.  Does anyone have an update?
    114 Washington Square, Washington, IL 61571. Phone: 309-444-9921. Fax: 309-444-9225. 4 days in early June - see their website for this years dates.


  • Cherry Blossom Festival Fort Wayne - mid May each year (May 20 in 2018)
    900 Library Plz, Fort Wayne, IN 46802. Email: Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page. . Come and enjoy Japanese music, dance, food, haiku, anime,cosplay, tea ceremony, martial arts and much more. Everyone is welcome. cherries, produce for sale, parking provide free, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, musical entertainment, restrooms, Tents or other provisions are made for bad weather, FREE admission, What do you think of when you hear "Japan"? Cherry blossoms, kimono-clad ladies, exotic musical instruments, chopsticks, sushi, samurai, martial arts, tea ceremony, origami, silk, anime characters, bonsai trees......The Fort Wayne Cherry Blossom Festival has it all


  • The National Cherry Festival - end of June through early July - see their website for this years dates.
    Traverse City, MI. Events calendar.  Celebrating 80 years with parades, competitive events, fun events, children's events, food, arts and crafts, car and truck show, and air show and new events including a feast of cherries and local wines and a world record attempt to host the world's largest cherry pancake breakfast
  • Eau Claire Cherry Festival - always on the 4th of July.
    Eau Claire CherryEau Claire Cherry, MI.  Festival is a small town community that celebrates big for the 4th of July and the cherries that grow around Eau Claire Michigan; with fireworks.  There is also a  Cherry Festival Art & Craft - Flea Market. on May 6th (Sunday)  11 am to 4 pm.


New Jersey

  • Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival  - April - 11am to 5pm. see their website for this years dates.
    Phone: 973-268-3500, ext 4. and (973) 239-2485.The Essex County Park System has a historic cherry tree collection that now holds the largest variety of blossoms in the world. Visit Essex County Branch Brook Park this April to see our stunning display and enjoy the Festival we've planned just for you!  Enjoy a family day in the pink Park! A packed schedule of events includes Japanese cultural demonstrations, children's activities, live music, a crafter's marketplace, food, and more. FREE ADMISSION. Most activities take place around the Essex County Cherry Blossom Welcome Center. Formerly called "The Branch Brook Park Annual Cherry Blossom Festival".

New Mexico

  • Nichols Ranch and Orchards - Cherry Festival, apples, apricots, plums, figs, restrooms, 
    236 Cottonwood Canyon Road, La Luz, NM 88310. Phone: (575) 430-7953. Open: the season starts with cherries, U-pick or we pick June thru end of July. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. We have 600 cherry trees over featuring 15 varieties including Bing, Lambert, Stella, Sam, Rainier, Royal Anne and Mount Morenci.. We have approximately 20 acres with 3,000 trees, with both old and new apple varieties, such as Gala, Red and Yellow Delicious, Jonathan,Honey Crisp, Rome, McIntosh, Golden Supreme, Fuji, Black Twig, Stayman and Red Winesaps, and not least but last Arkansas Black. We have 80 trees of Wilson Delicious apricots- large, firm, beautiful color and flavor. We also have Cherry plum, Red heart and Elephant heart plums, Alberta and JH Hale peaches, Brown turkey figs, Bartlett pears, Sugar prunes, Grandprize prunes, and Blue Damson plums. We have Limousin- Angus cross cattle, grass fed. Call for availability. Click here for a link to our Facebook page. Cherry Season: June/July; Pick Your Own Cherries usually starts at the beginning of starts June, Apricot picking starts in mid-June and will go into the month of July.  We keep apples fresh and crisp in cold storage throughout the winter. Our apple cider-pressing season lasts from September to November. They also have on-farm festivals: Cherry Festival, Apple Festival,Pumpkin Patch,  (UPDATED: February 9, 2023, JBS)
    Comments from a visitor on June 21, 2010: "The owners and employees were very kind and helpful and the cherries were chin dripping juicy."

New York


  • Whitehouse Cherry Fest - early June
    Whitehouse, OH 43571. Phone: 419-877-2747. Email: 36th Whitehouse Cherry Fest  on Friday1pm-midnight, Saturday 9am-midnight and Sunday. Free admission & free parking! Downtown Whitehouse. Edward jones cherry fest parade on Saturday at 12 pm. Cherry pie eating contest on Saturday, Time tbd at Pavilion- whitehouse village park. 15+ premium large amusement rides & games. Fresh cherry pies & turnovers on the food midway near the rides!



  • Philadelphia's Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival-  late March to April - see their website for this years dates.
    Events calendar. This year's two-week Festival - the biggest yet - offers many chances to explore the best of Japanese culture, from traditional customs and delicious cuisine to delicate craft and awe-inspiring performances. It starts with a black-tie gala featuring a traditional sake barrel-breaking ceremony. Next, follows traditional taiko drumming and dance, demonstrations of traditional Japanese crafts and martial arts, and kite-making workshops will all be undertaken with great gusto. The celebration concludes with the "Sushi Spectacular" featuring master sushi chefs from Japan.


  • Polson Main Street Flathead Cherry Festival - A weekend in July every year;  Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
    7 Third Avenue East , Polson, MT 59860. Phone: 406-883-3667. Email: Cherry fun in Montana's Flathead Lake area is one of the most exciting times of the year and Polson is the center for cherry action. Family Fun Cherry Event With cherry related foods, displays of Montana made items for sale and games for kids (or adults who think they are kids), your family will have a most memorable time. Come spend the entire day in Polson. Cherry Pie-Eating Contest: Like cherry pie? Do you think you can eat more cherry pie at one sitting than anyone else? Come compete and show us your appetite. Check the events schedule for contest times. Cherry Pit-Spitting: Your only time to spit on the streets of Polson without penalty. Let everyone see how far you can spit a cherry pit. Just show up to enter. Check the events schedule for contest times. The above contests take place in front of the Cove Deli and Pizza, 11 3rd Avenue West, just off Main Street.  Exhibits and Montana Made Items: Come see, eat, purchase, or sell an amazing assortment of everything from art, photos, and crafts to foods and treats. Check out our Events page for more details.

Washington, D.C.

  • National Cherry Blossom Festival - late March to April - see their website for this years dates.
    This is the big festival of them all in the U.S. The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift to the city of Washington, DC of 3000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to enhance relations.

Washington State

  • Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival -  Usually held in April, see their website for this years dates.
    Seattle's Cherry Blossom Festival began when one thousand Cherry trees were sent by the Japanese government. The trees are planted along Lake Washington Boulevard and Seward Park. You can have your own O-hanami (flower viewing) and then join the crowd at the Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival.  The festival is held in mid April - Seattle Center in downtown Seattle, Washington. There's a lot for you to experience during these 3 Days: watch a Go tournament, visit arts & crafts booths, dine on traditional cuisine and see exhibits and performances. All Events are free and take place at the Center House and Flag Pavilion.
    • Friday 4/20: 10 am to 6 pm
    • Saturday 4/21: 10 am to 6 pm
    • Sunday 4/22: 10 am to 6 pm
    Click here for the complete schedule



British Columbia

  • Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival - from the first week in March through mid April every year
    Phone: 604-681-9447. Email: The Cherry Blossom Viewing Picnic As a Spirit of Vancouver initiative, the Vancouver Board of Trade introduces Vancouver to the Japanese tradition of Hanami (blossom viewing with picnic celebration). The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Map (To be published March 2nd in the Vancouver Sun West Coast Life) identifying some of Vancouver's spectacular displays of cherry trees. Check our forecast for weekly updates with regards to peak bloom locations. Following our launch for the month of March you will be able to order a specially created picnic online: a Japanese Bento Box lunch by Hi-To Food/Fisheries or a West-Coast Picnic by Savory Coast. Story Time and Origami Workshop, Self-Guided Blossom Walks, Haiku The Vancouver Public Library hosts a haiku presentation, and a variety of special events including full-length tea-ceremonies (approx 35 min) in the garden's traditional tea house and in the Asian Centre Tea Gallery and a variety of musical performances.


Nova Scotia



  • Bruno Cherry Festival - it's in late July or early to mid August (changes each year)
    650 Ursuline Avenue, Bruno, SK S0K 0S0. Phone: (306) 369-4109. Open: Saturday - Country Supper Saturday, July 24th, 2010 at 5 pm to 7 pm. Join us for a day of prairie cherry summer-time fun!P All-day Sour Cherry U-Pick, Pancake Breakfast, hot food canteen, Cherry Sundaes (of course!), edu-sessions, local entertainment & fun for the whole family! Get in on the Bruno community cherry cheer!!Our event promises a fun-filled weekend of entertainment, music and great food. And every year we are educating more people about the delightful flavor of the dwarf sour cherry... Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Main Cherry Festival Tent at St. Therese Institute of Faith & Mission located on Main Street in Bruno Also a show and Shine car event

Britain (England, Scotland and Wales)

  • Alnwick Garden's Cherry Blossom Festival - a weekend in mid April  from 10:00 to 16:00; see their website for dates in other years
    Denwick Lane, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1YU, Alnwick, UK. Phone: 01665 511350. Email: Directions: Click here for directions by road, rail and bus. The Alnwick Garden's Cherry Orchard is home to 350 Japanese Taihaku cherry trees, which each spring blossom with large white blooms known for their beauty. Welcome the blossom and the Northumbrian spring at the Cherry Blossom Festival. There'll be giant kites flying, and you can fly the kite you made in Easter holiday workshops. The Garden will be decorated with silk banners and paper lanterns made by visitors, and our Japanese guests will offer workshops origami and calligraphy, as well as an exhibition of Bonsai trees. At 2pm, join an enchanting parade to the Orchard for the symbolic rite of spring.


  • Bacchus Marsh Strawberries and Cherries Weekend - Usually held in mid-November,
    197 Main St, Bacchus Marsh VIC 3340. This free event is a celebration of the opening of the Strawberry and Cherry season in Bacchus Marsh Bacchus Marsh Strawberries and Cherries Weekend facebook page. (their Facebook page or events have not been updated since 2019). This website may have more up to date information about the Bacchus March Strawberries and Cherries Festival. .
    Friday: 5 pm to 11 pm: Village Green - Foodtrucks, Music + Carnival Rides (2 for 1 special Friday only!!)
    Fruit Picking on the Avenue of Honour - till ~2pm. 9 am to 5 pm
    Street Festival: Main street and Graham filled with stalls + opportunity to grab picked Cherries + Strawberries (till 5pm)
    Live Music on 2 stages
    Kids Activities (e.g. Facepainting & Animal Farm)
    Live dance group (+ workshop)
    Makers market
    Check out what's happening inside RSL too!
    9 am to 11 pm
    Carnival Rides (till 11pm)
    Food Trucks
    Live Music
    ~ 9pm Fireworks (locals please ensure to have your dogs/horses secured)
    - 9 am to 4 pm:
    Carnival Rides
    Street Festival on Main and Graham street with stalls
    Makers market: Public Hall
    Check out what's happening inside RSL too!
    Kids Activities
    Food Trucks
    Live Music on two stages
    It is truly a fabulous family weekend!
  • Cherry Blossom Festival at the Cowra Japanese Garden - held in September every year. see their website for this years dates..
    The Sakura Matsuri is a major event held annually in Cowra, in which many locals, Australian and International visitors have the opportunity to experience and learn traditional elements of the Japanese culture. This year's Sakura Matsuri incorporates some new and exciting changes designed to attract families and school-aged children. The emphasis is on involvement and education with workshops featuring traditional Japanese crafts such as Origami, Calligraphy, Ikebana and Bonsai held at various times from Wednesday to Friday.

    Saturday 30 September is Family Fun Day. For the all-day admission charge of just $15 per family you can enjoy a range of activities designed to entertain every age group. Children will be well catered for with the extremely popular Obstacle Course, Kids Corner plus giveaways from Streets and Coke. For the 'children at heart' there are Sumo Wrestling Tournaments, Karate, Sword Demonstrations, Tea Ceremonies, Origami, Calligraphy, Ikebana, Kite Flying and Bonsai demonstrations.

    On Sunday 1 October the festival concludes with a Reconciliation Service and wreath-laying ceremony will be held at the Australian and Japanese War Cemeteries at 9.30. (NO CULTURAL ACTIVITIES ON SUNDAY)

    A selection of Japanese food (bento boxes and sushi rolls) is available at the Red Carp Restaurant, open daily 8.30 am to 5.00pm.

South Africa

  • Ficksburg Cherry Festival - mid November, from Thursday typically in mid November to Saturday typically in mid November (check as the date gets closer - they seem to have problems keeping their website working and their Facebook page hasn't been updated since 2015
    Phone: 051 933 6486. Email: Started in 1967, the festival has cherry tours, a golf classic, a half marathon, cherry product competitions, veteran vehicle displays, equestrian events and beer fests. There is food, a  'ready, steady, bake' competition, cherry mampoer (South African moonshine) making music, artists and  live entertainment.


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