Grand Parade

2017 Cherry Blossom Festival April 8-16

Sakura 360 Area

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is deeply saddened with the passing of our beloved Mayor Ed Lee.

Mayor Lee supported many aspects of our annual festival and honored us with his presence at the Opening Ceremony and Grand Parade for many years. We sincerely appreciate his hard work advocating for the Asian Communities in San Francisco especially, the Japantown Community. We join other San Franciscans, in sending our thoughts and prayers to his wife, Anita and daughters Briana and Tania.

Mayor Ed Lee in the 2011 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
Photo by William Lee

Join us for the 51st annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival April 14-22, 2018

2017 – A Golden Journey – 50 Years of Japanese Culture

Welcome to the 2017 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival®, now celebrating its 50th year, which is one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions and biggest on the West coast. Starting in 1968, the festival serves to cultivate the continued alliance between Japan and United States using culture as its bridge.

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. We expect our 50th year to be filled with special events and new attractions.

This year’s Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9 and April 15-16, 2017. All are welcome to join in the festivities as we celebrate heart Japanese and Japanese American culture in San Francisco’s Japantown!

The festival will be held with the borders of Laguna and Fillmore Streets and Geary and Bush Streets. There will be food booths, cultural performances, martial arts, live bands, the annual Queen Program, and more. The Grand Parade will be held on Sunday, April 16, beginning at 1pm starting from City Hall and concluding in Japantown.

Please join us and become a sponsor, volunteer or visitor of this popular Japanese American community event. The event is free and open to the public. Vendors will be charging for their food goods and some retail products; and some specialized events will require a fee.