About the Denver
Cherry Blossom Festival

About 2017-05-11T09:49:25+00:00

45th ANNUAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

DOWNTOWN DENVER | SAKURA SQUARE

SATURDAY JUNE 24 | SUNDAY JUNE 25

Fans of taiko drumming, teriyaki chicken, sake and Japanese artwork and wares won’t want to miss this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival – “Sakura Matsuri” in Japanese.

The festival celebrates the Japanese heritage and culture through live entertainment, food and drink, a marketplace and informative exhibits and demonstrations.

The gymnasium in the Temple is home to a variety of food and drink, including the popular teriyaki chicken plate lunch, Asian chicken salad, sushi and delicious Japanese sweets called manju. Volunteers will be pouring complimentary hot green tea, but if that’s too much heat on a warm summer day, head outside for a cold glass of craft beer and a tasty teriyaki burger. For a real Japanese experience, try the sake – Kampai (“Cheers”)!

Visit the “Song, Art and Somen” Area, located underneath the Temple to cool off.  Just enter the Temple gates on Lawrence Street, turn right and go down the stairs.  There you will find refreshing chilled somen (thin wheat flour noodles) and other snacks.  Your friends and family can experience karaoke:  a sing-along to words on a screen to express your vocal star power!  Watch live Japanese-inspired art demonstrations by local artists.  Their skillful art work will be on sale so you can take a piece of Japan and the festival home with you.

Our fine selections in the Japanese-themed marketplace will have you browsing through jewelry, anime, pottery, fine art, apparel and more. The marketplace will include informational booths representing Japanese and Japanese American organizations which are so vital to our community.

Although the Cherry Blossom Festival is the largest fundraiser for the operations and programs of the Tri-State/Denver Buddhist Temple, it relies on the volunteer efforts of Temple members and nonmembers alike. Japanese Americans, students of Asian studies and aficionados of Japanese food, entertainment and culture are all invited to volunteer their time to the festival.  Please contact us at info@sakurafoundation.org for volunteer information.

Check this site often for updated details on the festival, including marketplace vendors and live performances on the outdoor stage! Like us on Facebook to get the latest updates and share your excitement for the 2017 Cherry Blossom Festival!

ADMISSION IS FREE

“I go to the Cherry Blossom Festival every year to check out the marketplace vendors.  They have Japanese items that you can’t find anywhere else in Denver!”

Jolene B.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have other questions about the festival please call the Sakura Foundation at 303.951.4486 or email us at info@sakurafoundation.org with “CBF” in the subject line.

The Cherry Blossom Festival at Sakura Square is the only festival in the Rocky Mountain region which exclusively features Japanese and Japanese American culture through music, dance, exhibits, arts and crafts and food.

Entry into the festival is FREE and open to the public.  Food and merchandise may be purchased with cash or credit card, depending on the vendor.  Food and merchandise booths operated by the Temple accept cash only.

ATM cash machines are available outdoors on the south side of the Temple and inside the Temple gym.

The Cherry Blossom Festival is located at Sakura Square in downtown Denver.  Most of the activities take place on Lawrence Street between 19th and 20th Streets and inside the Temple at 1947 Lawrence Street.

Paid parking on a space-available basis is located on the corner of 19th and Lawrence Streets.  Street parking around the festival is available per city meters; meters are free of charge on Sunday.

There are several public lots within walking distance of Sakura Square.

Light rail, car-pooling with friends/relatives and ride sharing are alternatives to driving to the festival.  Here are some handy links for your transportation options:

RTD Light rail:   http://www.rtd-denver.com/lightrail.shtml

Uber:  https://www.uber.com/

Lyft:  https://www.lyft.com

Car2Go:  https://www.car2go.com/US/en/denver/

Because we are concerned for the welfare of your pets, we highly discourage you from bringing them to the festival.  The pavement is very hot in June and tends to damage the paws of your furry friends.  Pets are not allowed in the Temple with the exception of service animals.

Typically the weather is hot and dry for the festival.  Please be sure to drink lots of water to stay hydrated, especially if you are not from the area.  We have had a few occasions of high winds and brief rain showers in the past.  Please check a weather app or 9News.com for weather information closer to the date of the festival.

While there are no live cherry blossom trees in urban downtown Denver, you will see many replicas of the beautiful trees on the live performance stage and throughout the festival marketplace.

Please “like” our Facebook page by searching “Denver Cherry Blossom Festival” and re-visit this website for updates on performers and marketplace vendors.