Sakura Matsuri 2019

Festivals

Saturday, April 27–Sunday, April 28, 2019

10 a.m.–6 p.m. | Rain or Shine

Last Admission at 5:30 p.m.

Sold Out on Saturday! Limited tickets remain for Sunday.

Illustration of cherry blossoms with the words Sakura Matsuri

Tickets required for all! Members enter free with ticket.

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Sakura Matsuri, the Garden's annual cherry blossom festival, celebrates Japanese culture with a rich program of events.

How to Have a Great Festival: Info, Tips & Rules

Sakura Matsuri days are the Garden’s busiest. Be prepared.

  1. New for 2019: A ticket is required for every entry. Purchase or reserve advance tickets. (Members & partners: See below for details on reserving your tickets.)
  2. Capacity is limited and we expect to sell out. Note: Advance tickets have sold out in some ticket categories. A limited number of tickets may be available on event days. To comply with safety regulations we will halt ticket sales if we reach maximum capacity. Purchase tickets in advance to ensure entry.
  3. A map showing Flatbush Avenue entrance near B/Q trains, Washington Avenue Entrance near 2/3/4/5 trains.
  4. Check your tickets. Use the entrance specified on your order (see map). Printed tickets help the lines move quickly; mobile tickets are fine too.
  5. Bring your ID. Members with free tickets must also show their BBG member card to enter. Corporate and Academic members, Cool Culture participants, and BASE teachers and students must present program ID with free ticket to enter. You must be 21 or over to buy alcohol.
  6. Travel light. All bags and packages will be searched by Security. Be prepared to wait in line for bag check.
  7. Take public transportation. Parking nearby is very limited and gridlock is likely. Avoid the Eastern Parkway station, which is under construction. Travel directions ›
  8. Avoid peak attendance. Come early in the day or later in the afternoon.
  9. Find your lane. Each entrance has separate lanes for individuals with paid tickets, with member or partner tickets, or who need to purchase tickets.
  10. No outside food or beverages. Exceptions are bottled water, baby bottles, and pocket snacks for individuals with dietary restrictions. A substantial menu of food and drink will be available at stations throughout the Garden.
  11. Help protect our plant collections. During the festival, some areas of the Garden are closed. Please do not pick flowers, climb trees, or walk in the planted beds. Folding chairs are not permitted.
  12. Cosplayers take note: Real or realistic weapons, oversized props, or props made of hard materials (e.g., wood, Plexiglas, metal) will not be allowed inside the Garden. Security reserves the right to refuse admission of any potentially hazardous props.
  13. Leave the wheels at home. Scooters and bikes are not permitted in the Garden, and bike racks located at each entrance fill up early. Due to festival crowds, avoid bringing a stroller.
  14. No pets. Service dogs must be under control per ADA guidelines.
  15. Drones, tripods, and commercial photography are not allowed. Photos for personal use and social sharing encouraged! See policy at bbg.org/photography.

Admission

Adults
$30
Students 12+ with ID
$25
Seniors (65 and over)
$25
Children under 12; BBG Members
Free (with ticket)

All festival attendees must present ticket for entrance. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. There are no reciprocal admissions or group discounts on festival days. Tickets are nonrefundable. All events held rain or shine.

How can I reserve free member/partner/child tickets?

New for 2019: A ticket is required for every festival-goer. Capacity is limited and we expect to sell out.

Note: Advance tickets have sold out in some ticket categories. A limited number of tickets may be available on event days. To comply with safety regulations we will halt ticket sales if we reach maximum capacity.

Reserve Tickets

For Sakura Matsuri, free admission with a ticket is granted to the following:

  • Garden members with guests per their membership level—Log in with your membership email to unlock your tickets. Show your membership card with your Member Ticket(s) for admission. Member guest passes are not valid for festivals.
  • New members who have not yet received a welcome package—Enter the New Member Code from your confirmation email to unlock ticket options. Show your membership card, or, your confirmation email along with photo ID, with your Member Ticket(s) for admission.
  • President's Circle members, trustees—Email rosullivan@bbg.org.
  • Corporate members with guests per their membership level—Enter your Partner Code to unlock ticket options. (Contact your organization's benefit office for the code.) Show your corporate ID with your Corporate Member Ticket(s) for admission.
  • Academic members—Enter your Partner Code to unlock ticket options. (Contact your school's activities office for the code.) Show your school ID with your Academic Member Ticket(s) for admission.
  • BASE students and teachers—Enter your Partner Code to unlock ticket options. (Contact your school's activities office for the code.) Show your BASE ID with your Partner Ticket for admission.
  • Cool Culture cardholders and their families—Enter your Partner Code to unlock ticket options. (Contact Cool Culture for the code.) Show your Cool Culture card with your Partner Ticket(s) for admission.
  • Urban Advantage students with coupons—Enter your Partner Code to unlock ticket options. (Contact the director of Learning Partnerships at bkurland@bbg.org for the code.) Turn in your Urban Advantage voucher with your Partner Ticket(s) for admission.
  • Individuals with a valid-for-festivals Guest Pass (check your expiration date!) or Library Membership—Join the ticket-purchaser's line on the day of the festival to redeem your pass at the box office. Note: To guarantee admission, you must buy an advance ticket.
  • Children under 12 (under 18 for members)—Ticket-holders may reserve free tickets for children; each child must have a ticket to enter. All holders of a Free Child Ticket must be with a ticket-holding adult for admission.

The following admissions are not valid during Sakura Matsuri; individuals must purchase tickets.

  • Reciprocal admission for members or staff of other public gardens or garden associations
  • Reciprocal admission for members of museum associations or staff of museums, including Brooklyn cultural institution employees
  • Credit card or bank customer benefit programs such as Chase Arts&Culture or Bank of America Museums on Us.
  • Promotional discounted tickets, including Art & Garden tickets
  • Tourist passes (New York Explorer Pass, New York Pass)

Note:

  • All visitors on April 27 and 28 must pay festival rates: There is no lower-priced admission to see just the Garden collections. To enjoy the Garden collections at standard admission rates, please plan to visit on an alternate date.
  • No school group visits, photography/filming sessions, or weddings are booked on these dates.
  • Members of the press on assignment should contact communications@bbg.org.
  • Elected officials should contact James Harris at jharris@bbg.org.

Tickets required for all! Members enter free with ticket.

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