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Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, April 9–10, and April 16–17, on Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets, free

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 19:22:00
Article by:
Laurie MacDougall
The 49th annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival will, once again, completely take over the blocks and businesses between Fillmore and Laguna Streets on Post Street for two weekends. Over 200,000 people are expected to attend this dazzling display of the Japanese culture and traditions, considered the second largest festival celebrating the blooming of cherry blossoms in the country — needless to say, first place goes to Washington, D.C.
  
So many enjoyable things will be available to do and see, that it is impossible to name them all. Vendors will be charging for their food goods and some retail products; and some specialized events will require a fee, but everything else is free, including cultural performances, martial arts, live bands, and the annual Queen Program.
  
Many businesses and companies in the neighborhood will join the festivities by hosting special events during the two weekends as well. Just a few examples indicate the variety of activities on hand: the opportunity to participate in a traditional tea service in an authentic tea room at The Japanese American Association of Northern California — Nichi Bei Kai Cultural Center, 1759 Sutter St.; an exhibit of Japanese swords at the National Japanese Heritage Society, 1684 Sutter St.; and the Grand Parade on Sunday, April 17, beginning at City Hall and concluding in Japantown. [And every little girl will want to visit the Hello Kitty Truck at the Hello Kitty Kid’s Corner on Post Street.]
   
For more information, about these and the many other events, activities and fun things to do at the Cherry Blossom Festival, check the website at www.sfcherryblossom.org  for updates and details.
 
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