Throughout the two festive weekends, the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is grateful to partner with local community organizations, Japantown venues, and friends from near and overseas in Japan to organize the following special events every year. You will not want to miss Japanese cinema at NEW PEOPLE Cinema, live music of the Japanese Music Program and taiko festival, the Mikoshi purification ceremony, and the Grand Parade! Tour San Francisco Japantown while playing the NCCBF Scavenger Hunt for the chance to win fun prizes! Please note that some events have a separate registration and admission fee to attend.

Cherry Blossom Film Festival Logo Cherry Blossom Film Festival - The Cherry Blossom Film Festival showcases a curated selection of Japan’s best films and anime, reflecting the diverse and unique legacy of Japanese Cinema. All films will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles (otherwise noted). At a future in-person Festival, the Cherry Blossom Film Festival will take place in NEW PEOPLE Cinema located in…
SF Taiko Dojo Cherry Blossom Taiko Festival - Always regarded as sacred, the taiko drum was first used to bring favor from the Kami, and ward away evil spirits and pests harmful to crops. It was believed that the rain spirit would be forced into action if one imitated the sound of thunder during times of drought. The taiko was joyfully beaten to…
Friendship Reception Friendship Reception - At a future in-person Festival, join us for Friendship Reception, a special ticketed event for dinner, performances by Japan Groups, mochitsuki (mochi pounding) and a gathering to welcome our guest participants from Japan and across the U.S.! The Festival Committee takes this opportunity to express their gratitude to our Festival participants. This reception will take…
San Francisco Taru Mikoshi, Grand Parade Grand Parade - The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Grand Parade brings color and cheer to the streets of San Francisco and Japantown! At a future in-person festival, the Grand Parade will occur on the final Sunday of the Festival. A lively procession of taiko drummers, dancers, and decorative floats will celebrate the Festival and the Japanese traditions…
寶船 Takarabune, Awa Odori Japanese Music Program – 音楽 - Every year, the Festival hosts the Japanese Music Program to invite cultural artists and performers from all over Japan to bring the latest music and dance styles to you! We curate contemporary and traditional programs and performances from areas like Okinawa, Osaka, and Tokyo, where they will perform on our stages and venues including the…
Mikoshi Purification Ceremony Mikoshi Purification Ceremony - The Mikoshi purification ceremony is conducted every year with representatives of the spiritual community of Japantown and also with representatives from Japan. The ceremony represents rites that helps bring peace and harmony to the areas of the Festival and that of the spirits embodied in the Mikoshi. Witness the Phoenix statue procession, purification ceremony, mochi…
Scavenger Hunt - Discover the treasures of Japantown through the Cherry Blossom Festival experience! The NCCBF Scavenger Hunt did not take place in the 2021 Festival, but we invite you to visit San Francisco Japantown to enjoy the sights, shopping, and dining! Share your experience and photos with NCCBF by tagging us at Facebook @nccbf and Instagram/Twitter @nc_cbf.…
Senior Appreciation Brunch - The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival’s Senior Appreciation Brunch began over 30 years ago to recognize and thank seniors in the local Japanese American community for their dedicated volunteer services. Every year, honorees are nominated by the Festival’s Executive Committee, senior centers, and community organizations, and they will receive certificates of commendation from elected officials.…