April 2017

Nashville Public Square Saturday, April 8

The 2017 Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival will celebrate the planting of more than 900 Japanese cherry trees over nine years throughout our city’s parks and neighborhoods, from Riverside Drive in East Nashville to England Park in the Nations, from Timothy Park in Bordeaux to Whitfield Park in South Nashville.

Photograph by Angel Rose

Welcome spring and experience Japanese culture during this family-friendly, daylong festival that begins at 9 a.m. with the Cherry Blossom Walk, hosted by Sister Cities of Nashville. Mayor Megan Barry and Masami Kinefuchi, the Consul General of Japan, will lead participants on a 2.5-mile course that begins at Nashville’s Public Square and follows the Cumberland River Greenway, looping at Sister Cities’ Magdeburg Connector to Morgan Park in Germantown.

Kaminari Taiko of Houston will open the festival on the Main Stage at 10 a.m. Throughout the day, the Main Stage will feature taiko drumming, Japanese music and dance performances, the Kent Family Circus, a Cosplay Contest, and the 4th Annual Pups in Pink Parade and Adoption Parade, benefitting the Nashville Humane Association.

The Blossom Bistro Stage will showcase martial arts demonstrations, a traditional tea ceremony, a cultural lecture series, and more Japanese-inspired song and dance.

Enjoy a Taste of Japan from Japanese food vendors, shopping at the Ginza Marketplace and Artist Avenue, sumo-suit matches, and a variety of children’s and anime activities in the Arts & Culture and J-Funland areas. Young artists are invited to join Nashville Arts Magazine for an arts-and-crafts activity.

Free parking and $1 per person round-trip shuttle service will be available at Nissan Field, and Walk Bike Nashville will be at the corner of 3rd and Union with a bike valet service.

For more information, please visit www.nashvillecherryblossomfestival.org.



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