Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off this week

pink boat and cherry blossoms in Buffalo
Pink boat rides on the lake in the Japanese Garden will be part of the Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival. Photo courtesy Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival

 

The cherry blossoms in the Japanese Garden in Delaware Park will begin to unfold this weekend, just in time for the fifth annual Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival, said Paula Hinz, co-chairman of the festival.

The festival will kick off with an event at 5 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, May 2, with many more activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6.

When the blossoms are in full bloom, a Japanese tea ceremony will be held on the portico of the Buffalo History Museum. The date will be determined once the trees begin to flower, and the date and time will be announced two days ahead of time on the Buffalo Cherry Blossom website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

See the full schedule of events here. 

cherry blossoms in Buffalo
Photo courtesy Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival

 

Wednesday, May 2

The Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival will kick off with “Booze and Brews, Buffalo’s Blossoming Craft Industry” from 5 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2 in the auditorium of the Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Court, Buffalo. This tasting and panel discussion will feature a sampling of seasonal drinks and a chance to learn about the local brewing and distilling industry.

Cory Muscato from Lockhouse Distillery will be joined by Sato Brew Pub’s Josh Smith and Andrew Harding to offer a selection to sample and then explain the story behind this growing local industry. The tasting starts at 5 p.m. and panel discussion at 6 p.m. WKBW’s Thuy Lan Nguyen will emcee the event.

Saturday, May 5

Saturday will be Music Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Japanese Garden. Musicians from Tokyo will be featured.

Music is Art has taken the lead in programming the day’s events, bringing The Molice from Japan. Shibuki Niagara Taiko Drum Group, a local drumming group, will be featured, then will join The Molice in a performance. If you are new to Taiko drumming and want to try it out, arrive at 11 a.m. for a chance to join the drum circle.

Local musicians Mom Said No will perform. There will be live art and live DJ sets, including one with DJ Sashimi and Robby Takac, the Goo Goo Dolls bassist who founded Music is Art.

Food trucks and pink boat rides will be available Saturday and Sunday.

Get more details on the events here. 

Sunday, May 6

Sunday is Family Day.

Activities start at 11 a.m. with Cherry Blossom Challenge Orienteering, which is an appropriate challenge for all levels of orienteering. Participants can navigate their way on a 2.5 km course that starts and ends at the Japanese Garden.

Family Day activities start at noon and feature a pink parade, a May pole and an Instrument Zoo provided by Music is Art.

Outside events take place in the Japanese Garden.

You’ll learn about Japanese art through origami, bonsai, crafts and puppeteering. The Bamboo Princess puppet show will take place at 12:30 p.m. and Kuruma Ningyo Japanese cart puppets will be showcased at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Court, Buffalo.

Food trucks and pink boat rides will be available Saturday and Sunday.

Get more details here.

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