Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival ScheduleApril 29 - May 6, 2017 Events take place at the Japanese Garden of Buffalo or The Buffalo History Museum (TBHM) 1 Museum Court, off Elmwood Avenue, unless noted.
Saturday, April 29,12 - 2pm Festival Opening Ceremony and Madama Butterfly Opera Preview on the Portico of TBHM. Press conference.
Sunday, April 30,12 - 3pm Family Day Celebrate the festival inside the museum and outside in the Garden including puppet shows, origami and crafts for children. Participate in a pink parade, try out Tai Chi, ride in a pink boat on Mirror Lake or grab a bite to eat at a food truck.
10 am: Explore Buffalo Lincoln Parkway Tour*. (www.explorebuffalo.org) 12:30: 'The Bamboo Princess' a Japanese fairytale Puppet Show 1:30pm: Pink Parade (immediately after the first Puppet Show) 2:30pm: 'The Bamboo Princess' a Japanese fairytale Puppet Show
Monday, May 1, 4:30 - 6:30pm Campus House Cherry Blossom Party* A Cherry Blossom Festival theme party at Buffalo State College's Campus House created in collaboration with this year's Hospitality Students.
Monday, May 1 - Friday, May 5 Self-Guided Spring Walk Bring a picnic and enjoy a stroll through the cherry blossoms. Listen to the the Japanese Garden's Mobile Audio Tour as you walk.
Wednesday, May 3, 5 - 7:30pm Cocktail Party at 5pm Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony at 6pm* Enjoy an evening of cocktails and culture. Japanese Traditional Tea ceremony will include English interpretation and time for Q & A, at TBHM Auditorium.
Saturday, May 6, 11am ‘Cherry Blossom Challenge’ Orienteering Navigate your way on a 2.5 km course that starts and ends at the Japanese Garden traversing Delaware Park. (www.buffalo-orienteering.org).
Saturday, May 6, 12 - 3pm Music Day Celebrate Music Day by sitting on the steps of the Portico and enjoying the music, entertainment and a view of the garden. Bring your own instrument and join a Cherry Jam Session, try your hand at the Drum Circle, or visit the Instrument Zoo provided by Music is Art. Ride in a pink boat on Mirror Lake or grab a bite to eat at a food truck. Music Featuring: Jazz Bands from Kanazawa, Japan and Hamburg High School and The Middlemen.
North Park Theatre Japanese Film Festival* Weekends at 11:30am 1428 Hertel Avenue April 8: Tampopo Newly Restored version (Japanese w/subtitiles) $7.50 April 9: My Neighbor Totoro (Japanese w/subtitiles) $5 (www.northparktheatre.org)
Music is a highlight of the festival. Acoustic musicians are in the garden, Jam sessions for friends to join in, and an Instrument Zoo .