Update (July 22): This event has been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.
The annual Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival is back, paying homage to Japan’s seasonal beauties. It’s being held at the Auburn Botanic Gardens, where you can stroll through a tunnel of pink blooms and appreciate Japanese culture (without having to fly all the way to Land of the Rising Sun).
The tradition of hanami (blossom viewing) and food go hand-in-hand at Japan’s traditional festivals. Sydney’s best food trucks are rolling up to keep you fed while you enjoy the blooms, and the pop-up Izakaya Bar is pouring Japanese craft beers and sake.
Cherry blossoms aside, the festival caters to lovers of Japanese music, culture and entertainment throughout its nine-day run: there are mindful meditation sessions, meet-and-greets with cultural icon Hello Kitty and more.
Tickets are $10 and include all-day entry to the festival grounds and one hour in the main cherry blossom viewing area. Cumberland City residents get free tickets – just provide proof of address at the festival.