Best time to go to Fort Wayne, IN

Cherry Blossom Festival 2024

A chance to dress up and fully immerse yourself in Japanese culture

Dates: May 19, 2025

Cherry Blossom Festival in Fort Wayne takes place every year in May, and its inspiration is the age-old Japanese custom of celebrating trees blooming in spring. This community-celebration is an opportunity to travel from Indiana to Japan in just a moment. Through the years, the tradition of celebrating in Fort Wayne has gone from a small Japanese garden donated in 1977 to a full-fledged festival founded in 2006, which attracts more than 10,000 guests annually.

Everyone will find something for themselves: from origami workshops to kimono shopping, cosplay contests, or listening to taiko drumming. And for real Japanese cuisine fans—plenty of vendors cook teriyaki, yakisoba, sushi, and mochi ice cream for dessert.

All activities connected to the festival, take place indoors at the Allen County Public Library. The action takes place from 12pm to 5 pm. Admission to the festival and parking is free of charge.

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