Spring 2017 – What to do in Philadelphia? Definitely, attend Philadelphia’s Sakura Festival that is held yearly in Fairmount Park. The festival is specifically held all throughout the city. Sakura trees make any space look aesthetically pleasing.

Where is the Festival?

According to the Festival’s main website:

Festival events are held all over Philadelphia and its suburbs.  Our main day of celebration, Sakura Sunday is held at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park.  Festival events will be hosted in Center City, Fairmount Park, Chestnut Hill, The Main Line and many many more.

This was my second time going to Philadelphia’s Sakura Festival. And it was just as wonderful as the first time. In fact, Bring a couple of friends. Also, bring your pup to this pet-friendly event!

Philadelphia's Sakura Festival

(Photo courtesy Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia)

What to Do

There is something for everyone in this Festival. But, bring your own snacks though because the lines are long! And No alcohol is permitted. Also, make sure to check out the Shofuso Japanese House & Garden, soak up the sun, check out the 5k race. There are cute pet contests, vendors and much more.

What to bring to Philadelphia’s Sakura Festival?

  • Wear Comfortable Shoes – You are going to walk around a lot to check out all the awesome vendors. Also, the shows that include the Drum & Dance Ensemble, one of my favorites.
  • Wear Comfortable Clothes – It gets hot sometimes. But, to be honest the breeze of the trees makes it a comfortable day.
  • Lots of Snacks – Don’t go hungry! Pamper your body and soul that day and bring some snacks and lots of water of course!
  • A good camera – Although a phone is more than enough, I love taking pictures and videos! Make sure you check out my Vlog of that day.


  • Philadelphia's Sakura Festival

    Courtesy of Bob Fina

Next year I’m getting there early!  And I want to post up under a tree, bring a hammock and lots of snacks.  The first time I went I heard “Space Lion” by the Seatbelts. And I was floored because I am a huge anime fan and that really sealed the deal for me.

Does your city host Japanese festivals too? What are your favorite parts of those festivals? Let me know in the comment box down below.