3/7-10: SAN DIEGO / Japanese Friendship Garden and Museum to present Cherry Blossom Festival 2024, March 7-10

SAN DIEGO – The Cherry Blossom Festival returns to the Japanese Friendship Garden and Museum (JFGM) in March 2024.

JFGM is excited to welcome spring and celebrate the annual Japanese tradition of Hanami. The garden will host a variety of daily performances and fun activities for the entire family.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy. Visitors will be able to stroll the upper and lower garden to relish in the various features of the property (koi ponds, bonsai, colorful florae) and enjoy the beauty of the blossoming Cherry Blossom Trees.

The 2024 festival includes a children’s area with games in the lower garden. The Inamori Pavilion will host the annual beer and sake garden for age 21 and over. In addition, guests can watch daily live performances and shop from over 30 different food and merchant vendors.

The 2024 Cherry Blossom Festival is funded by the Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation and the Commission for Arts and Culture of the City of San Diego.

Cherry Blossom Festival
March 7-10, 2024

Japanese Friendship Garden and Museum
2215 Pan American Road East, San Diego, CA 92101

Hours: 10 am – 7 pm, Last Admission 5 pm
Ticket Pricing: VIP Ticket $25, General Admission $14, Military/Student/Senior(with ID) $12, Children under 6 free
Purchase General Admission Tickets

Tickets are available for purchase online through 3/6/24 at 5:00PM PST. Online ticketing will be unavailable 3/7/24-3/10/24.

General admission tickets may be purchased in person on all festival dates.

For expedited entry, JFGM Memberships will be available for entry at the VIP gate on all festival dates.

For pre-purchased online tickets, please have printed or digital barcodes ready to scan. Explorer Passholders, Go City Passes and American Horticultural Society reciprocal members will be accepted at the general admission gate.

The listing of participants, ticket purchase, and more can be found online at www.niwa.org/cbw


Day 1: Thursday, March 7

Performances at Inamori Pavilion
11am-6pm
Included with Admission

11:00am – Masazumikai

12:00pm – Yako & Aya Duo

1:00PM – Southern California Koto Ensemble

2:00PM – Kamishibai

3:00PM – Geisha Opera Singer

4:00PM – San Diego Mugai Ryu

5:00PM – Super Tonic

6:00pm – San Diego Yosakoi


Day 2: Friday, March 8

Performances at Inamori Pavilion
11am-6pm
Included with Admission

11:00am – San Diego Yosakoi

12:00pm – Yako & Aya Duo

1:00pm – Anju Madoka

2:00pm – Shishi Mai Lion Dance

3:00pm – Geisha Opera Singer

4:00pm – Melly Mimi

5:00PM – Kamishibai

6:00pm – San Diego Taiko

Cherry Blossom Festival EMCEE: Dennis-Michael Broussard

Dennis-Michael Broussard is an event producer, consultant, entrepreneur, and an aspiring humanitarian. Partially raised in the Philippines and originally from New Orleans, Dennis-Michael Broussard relocated to San Diego to pursue his higher education aspirations. While in graduate school, he started Silk Road Productions, an event production company that has created many memorable events in San Diego, such as the Asian Cultural Festival, Fangaea Con, and the San Diego Ramen Festival.


Day 3: Saturday, March 9

Performances at Inamori Pavilion
11am-6pm
Included with Admission

11:00am – Taiko School San Diego

12:00pm – JFGM Cosplay Contest  Learn More

1:00pm – Anju Madoka

2:00pm – La Jolla Taiko

3:00pm – Shishi Mai Lion Dance

4:00pm – Shofukan kendo dojo

5:00pm – Kikiitorii

6:00pm – Asayake Taiko

Cherry Blossom Festival EMCEE: Dennis-Michael Broussard


Day 4: Sunday, March 10

Performances at Inamori Pavilion
11am-6pm
Included with Admission

11:00am – Genbu Daiko

12:00pm – SuperNovA

1:00pm – Anju Madoka

2:00pm – The San Diego Kimono Club

3:00pm – BTSD ONDO DANCERS

4:00pm – San Diego Kendo Bu

5:00pm – Viorhythm

6:00pm – Buddhist Temple of San Diego Taiko

Cherry Blossom Festival EMCEE: Dennis-Michael Broussard


Merchant Vendors
Upper Garden
10am-6pm, March 7-9
11am-6pm, March 10

hibiJay Designs

CONCEPCION

Clenn Designs LLC

Kimono Suishin

PARU

Soulzential

Mariko III

Pomegranate Designs

Krafis

TuziNeko

FANTASTIC FAM INC

One Of A Kind

Pika Dude

Japanese Knives Select

Worthy Picks – creating a sustainable lifestyle

Stuck on Sketches

Tsuyosa Creations

Samantha Dulay Designs

JangmiResin

Kamyi Art

Charm Square, Inc.

Shichishima Ceramics

HappyYoyoStudio

Old River Design Co.


Food Vendors
Lower Garden
10am-6pm, March 7-9
11am-6pm, March 10

House of Bao

KO-LI Bar

Sumosize

MARUHACHI Wagyu Beef Roll

Onigiri House

Mochinatics

Lincoln’s Station

Finest City Sweet Treats

Thai Burger Company

Oishi Sushi Fusion


Children’s Area
Lower Garden
Tickets available at the door

Temporary tattoos and a sticker bar will be available at the Children’s Garden all four festival dates.
Parents or guardians must remain with children at all times.


Beer & Sake Garden
Inamori Pavilion
11am-6pm (Last call is at 5:30pm)
$20, ID Required for Guests 21+

Yaegaki Corporation of USA

Choya

Sake Tengoku

SOTO Sake

Sapporo Premium Beer

Asahi Super Dry

Gekkeian Sake Co.

Tea Bazaar

Ashland Hard Seltzer