50th Annual Cherry Blossom Parade
The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, said to be the second largest festival outside of Washington, D.C., celebrates the blooming of cherry blossoms at one of three remaining Japantowns in the United States.
All are welcome to join in the festivities as San Francisco’s Japantown celebrates Japanese and Japanese-American culture. The festival will be held on Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets.
50th Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
– April 8-9, 2017 | 10 am to 5 pm
– April 15-16, 2017 | 10 am to 5 pm
– Grand Parade – Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 1 pm
Japantown (Post and Buchanan Streets), San Francisco
The 2017 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, celebrating its 50th year, is one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions. Each year, over 200,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community.
The Grand Parade will be held on Sunday, April 16, 2017, beginning at Civic Center, proceeding up Polk to Post Street and ending in Japantown at Post and Fillmore streets.
A number of performers from Japan will also grace us with their presence. Japanese classical (Buyo) and folk dance (Minyo) groups representing the Bay Area will perform throughout the parade route like a myriad of floating butterflies.