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Cherry Blossom Festival

Celebrate Japanese and Japanese American culture as The OC Cherry Blossom Festival. The annual spring celebration offers live cultural performances and activities both traditional and contemporary including taiko drumming, minyo, classical dance, gagaku music, origami, ikebana, cosplay contests, anime characters, video game tournaments, and more. There are lots of retail vendors to shop from, as well as the Sakura Night Market featuring food and drink vendors.

The OC Cherry Blossom Festival was founded in 2013 by a student ambassador as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award Project. The last Cherry Blossom Festival had over 70,000 visitors in attendance.

Orange County Cherry Blossom Festival

Orange County Cherry Blossom Festival

Orange County Cherry Blossom Festival Website
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Where: Huntington Beach Central Park
Address: 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Date: 2024 TBA
Hours: TBA

Things To Do At The Cherry Blossom Festival

  • Shop from vendors, makers, and artisans
  • Enjoy live performances and entertainment
  • Learn about Japanese & Japanese American Culture
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Join the cosplay contest

Sakura Night Market

For food and drinks, visit the Sakura Night Market area. Past vendors have included:

  • cafe 949
  • Belly bombz
  • Shake Ramen
  • TaNota TakoYaki
  • Luckyball Korean BBQ
  • Okamoto Kitchen
  • Hungry Belly
  • Rockin Gyoza
  • Kona Ice

2024 Vendors TBA

Sister Cities

The Huntington Beach Sister City Association maintains a tradition of friendship and cultural exchange with our sister city, Anjo, Japan.

Anjo, Japan and Huntington Beach first established a relationship in 1982 and the Sister City program was officially incorporated in 1992. The Sister City Association Of Huntington Beach is a citizen-run non profit organization that practices annual programs of international goodwill. They participate in various capacities, and in the past have helped with the selection of assistant English teachers to teach in Japan, and the exchange of music and art.

Each year, four local students and a chaperone travel to Anjo, Japan for a 2-week reciprocal exchange program, while students from Anjo visit here in Huntington Beach. All students have the opportunity during this time to enjoy a variety of cultural experiences.

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