One of Australia’s most photographed, natural and instagrammable cultural events, the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival is making a comeback to Auburn Botanic Gardens this August.

Held over nine days, the event pays homage to Japan’s traditions, music, pop culture and food all while capturing the hearts of thousands as the Cherry Blossoms burst into colour across the grounds.

What’s happening at the Cherry Blossom festival

Cherry Blossom Trail

Take a self-guided walk through our Japanese Gardens and experience the wonder of our cherry blossom trees in different parts of the garden including the most photographed– The Cherry Arbour. 45-minute sessions are bookable per the hour and available every day of the festival.


Japanese Food Village

The Japanese Food Village offers an amazing selection of festival themed delights and Japanese Hanami staples. Try traditional yakitori, omurice, onigiri and karaage chicken or cherry blossom inspired soda’s burgers and sundaes.

City Pop Golf Shop
9 Hole Putt Putt Course with live DJ’s and Sakura Mocktail Bar.


Hello Kitty’s Garden Party

Hello Kitty returns with a new line up of fun activities at the new Hello Kitty Garden Party area! Come and meet Hello Kitty and get your own photo taken with the cutest Kitty in town. Take part in her garden party activities, face painting and hello kitty themed arts and crafts.


The Sushi Express (outside the gate)

Driving to the festival? The festival provides a pop-up festival car park located in Tavistock Street, Auburn. From here you can choose to take a short walk along the Duck River to reach the gardens entrance OR take the Sushi Express mini trackless train to the Gardens as part of the journey.


Flower Rave

A super awesome start to your morning with a flower fueled energy boost! The morning rave has become a popular way for people around the world to start their day with an energizing power packed dance! Held in our Sunken Rose Gardens, the flower rave is just great music, dancing flowers and a whole lot of fun – bring your dancing shoes

9-11am Daily

Yu Ni On Taiko!

A fun, open and soulful journey through the high-spirited energy of the Japanes taiko drum, blended with percussive sounds and festive song and dance. At Cherry Blossom Yu Ni On invites you to be part of the show.

12 noon weekdays

Ikebana with us

Setsuko Yanagisowa from Yuga Flora in Glebe joins us onstage to talk about the art of Japanese flower arranging – Ikebana and learn about the three pillars of the art, sky man and earth.

3pm Daily

When: 20 – 28 August

Where: Auburn Botanic Gardens – located corner of Chisholm and Chiswick Roads in Auburn

Info: For further details visit Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival 2022