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April 22, 2017 - April 23, 2017
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Barnes Park
350 S. McPherrin Avenue
Monterey Park, CA 91754
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Cherry Blossom Festival

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Imagine your senses tingling from the aroma of teriyaki sizzling on the grill while your heart pounds to the beat of taiko drums or the quiet gracefulness of traditional kimono clad dancers. Those and more await you at the Cherry Blossom Festival

This year, the Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary at Barnes Park, ushering in spring once again on Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23.

The Cherry Blossom Festival is a free admission, two-day weekend event that draws people yearly from all over the Southern California area to experience Japanese as well as Asian Pacific culture. The outdoor main stage program is packed with performances that range from classical Japanese dancing to vibrant taiko drumming, from contemporary music groups such as Local Mojo and Kokoro to exhibitions of martial arts and local high school performance groups. Among the exhibits featured in the Barnes Park gym are Ikebana flower arrangements, Japanese Kimekomi dolls, mochi (sweet rice cake) making and sushi making.

This year, we are pleased to have KABC news reporter Denise Dador join us at the opening ceremonies on Saturday, April 22. Dador is currently the Channel 7 Eyewitness News health specialist. Her Healthy Living segment airs daily. Dador has been a longtime supporter of the Cherry Blossom Festival.

The Cherry Blossom Festival Marketplace area features numerous vendors with merchandise having that unique Asian/Pacific Islander flair. In addition to a game area, the children’s craft area makes this the perfect family affair. And, what is a festival without delicious food choices, ranging from teriyaki to the popular mochi desserts?

Cherry Blossom attendees can also avoid parking hassles by taking free shuttles from Langley Senior Center, and Ynez and Repetto elementary schools.

The Cherry Blossom Festival, like many Monterey Park community events, is free to the public and is realized by the crucial contributions of volunteers and financial sponsors. Please visit for a list of sponsors or how you or your business can contribute to the success and continuance of this annual event.

It seems hard to believe that the festival has been around for 20 years. For some of us who work on putting on this event, our now adult children were once small children that looked forward to this yearly event. We believe that any visitor can develop that same attachment and will look forward to coming back every year.

Barnes Park is located at 350 S. McPherrin Avenue in Monterey Park. For more Cherry Blossom Festival information such as hours, program and parking, visit the city website at, contact Robert Aguirre at 626-307-1390 or, or search for “Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival.”