Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival at Auburn Botanic Gardens
- Sat Aug 20 - Sun Aug 28 2022
- All Ages
- From: $10.00
Who said you have to go to Japan to be treated to the magic of cherry blossoms?
Sydney's Cherry Blosson Festival Returns in 2022
Cumberland City Council is excited to be bringing back one of Australia’s most photographed, natural and instagrammable cultural events, the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival.
The award-winning Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival is back in August 2022 for nine days of family-friendly entertainment amongst the bountiful blossoms in Auburn Botanic Gardens - only in bloom for two weeks every year!
Held over nine days, the iconic family friendly event will pay homage to Japan’s traditions, music, pop culture and food all while capturing the hearts of thousands as the cherry blossoms burst into colour.
This year’s festival theme is centred around ‘Love, Peace and Blossoms’ and focuses on mindfulness, feeling good, and savouring the beauty of mother nature.
The Auburn Botanic Gardens will play host to crowd favourite Hello Kitty and her very own garden party with themed craft activities, as well a 9-hole Harajuku themed mini golf course and a Sakura Mocktail Bar where drinks can be enjoyed while listening to a host of DJ’s playing a mix of Japanese and pop music.
The fun doesn’t stop there. Festival goers are also encouraged to bring their dancing shoes and join the Flower Rave - an energizing power packed dance held every morning at the Flower Power Stage, before experiencing YU NI ON TAIKO - a high spirited Japanese drum blended with percussive sounds and festive song and dance. There will also be other stage performances to enjoy including Ikebana - the art of Japanese flower arranging, and Japanese story telling.
The Japanese Food Village will take your taste buds on a culinary journey with exclusive pink cherry blossom themed dishes to try; including cherry blossom waffles, Sakura burger, cherry blossom lamingtons and Japanese flavoured cold brews, coffee, sodas and bubble tea. Plus there will be a huge selection of Japanese fusion food to keep your palate tantalised including the ramen burger, tempura mushrooms, steamed bao buns and more.
While the Auburn Botanic Gardens and festival programme is accessible to all visitors from 9am to 5pm each day, the number of visitors allowed in the cherry blossom viewing area at any given time will be limited to capacity numbers. This will ensure each visitor’s experience is as enjoyable and relaxed as possible while wandering through the gardens and soaking up the atmosphere during the self-guided tour.
There will be eight 45-minute sessions each day to choose from and tickets must be booked in advance to secure your spot.
To ensure festival goers and residents aren’t too impacted by traffic, Cumberland Council will be offering free bus transfers from Auburn Station to the gardens, but if you need to drive in, you are encouraged you to park in the pop-up festival carpark that will be located in Tavistock Street in Auburn and catch the fun ‘Sushi Express’ mini train to the gardens.
Where: Auburn Botanic Gardens, Chisholm Rd & Chiswick Rd
When: 20-28 August 2022 from 9 am to 5 pm
Cost: FREE for kids 15 and under and Cumberland residents; $10/adult.
For more information, visit Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival.
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