DENVER — Denver's Cherry Blossom Festival at Sakura Square is back for the first time since 2019.
Organized by the Sakura Foundation and Tri-State/Denver Buddist Temple, the 2022 Cherry Blossom Festival will be held Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June 26, at Sakura Square in the heart of downtown Denver.
The 49th annual festival — which celebrates Japanese culture through music, dance, exhibits, arts, crafts, dance and food — was not held in 2020 and 2021.
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Here's a look at some of the highlights:
- Live performances of traditional Japanese dancing, singing, instrumental music, Taiko drum ensemble performances, judo, karate and aikido demonstrations.
- Cultural demonstrations and lectures on topics such as bonsai (tree sculpting) and Buddhist teachings.
- Japanese-themed marketplace with jewelry, toys, artwork, pottery, accessories, clothing and anime.
- Live art demonstrations, chilled somen (thin wheat flour noodles) and other snacks.
- Japanese cuisine including sushi, teriyaki burgers, manju, spam musubi, teriyaki chicken plate lunches and teriyaki beef bowls and sake and craft beer.
Cherry Blossom Festival at Sakura Square in Denver
The Cherry Blossom Festival serves as the largest fundraiser for the operations and programs of the Tri-State/Denver Buddhist Temple and Sakura Foundation
Admission is free to the Cherry Blossom Festival, which takes place Saturday, June 25, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 26, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Sakura Square between 19th and Lawrence Streets.
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