11th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival at Balboa Park

The Cherry Blossom Festival at the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego is an annual celebration of spring and Japanese culture. Now it ints eleventh year, this iconic tradition is a great way to enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms at the park. There will also be an variety of cultural performances, authentic Japanese street food, one-of-a-kind crafts and gifts and a Beer & Sake garden! This year’s Festival will be held March 5th and 6th.  Continue reading

La Jolla Symphony, Balboa Park Collaborate for Unique Outdoor Musical Experience

la jolla symphonyThe La Jolla Symphony & Chorus is proud to announce a special performance in collaboration with Balboa Park: more than 80 musicians will perform Sila: The Breath of the World outdoors at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park on September 27 at 3pm. This one-time, unique performance will be orchestrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams and is part of the celebration for Balboa Park’s Centennial year. Continue reading

10th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Balboa Park

cherry blossom festival in balboa parkThe 10th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Balboa Park is a two-day celebration in the Japanese Friendship Garden; this year the event will take place on Saturday March 7 from 10am-4pm and Sunday March 8 from 11am-3pm. Walk through the garden’s beautiful cherry tree grove while enjoying authentic Japanese food, sample some libations at the beer and sake garden, watch lively music and dance performances, or enjoy a number of activities that are perfect for the whole family.
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Japanese Friendship Garden Expansion

Japanese Friendship GardenThe Japanese Friendship Garden, located in the Balboa Park Gardens, is currently two acres of relaxing garden paths, bonsai trees, a koi pond and an exhibit house where classes, such as sushi making or conversational Japanese, are offered on weekends. The Zen environment of the gardens instantly relaxes visitors and provides a pleasant break from the hustle and bustle of Balboa Park.

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The Garden also offers delicious traditional Asian cuisine for those seeking food and refreshment at the Tea Pavilion. After you’ve walked around the gardens, you can indulge in a Chicken Teriyaki bowl or one of the extensive flavors of tea offered at the Pavilion. At any given time, the Tea Pavilion’s outdoor tables are almost always full, which is a nod to the great food made there.IMG_3720

Because of the Garden’s popularity, they are expanding the gardens to the full 11 acres. With this expansion, there will now be a traditional teahouse, a pavilion that will hold 300 people, an outdoor amphitheater, and garden paths that are suitable for handicapped patrons. Other additions include a tea and herb garden, a grove of cherry trees, an azalea and camellia garden and water features, like streams and a waterfall. There will also be a koi pond where people can donate their koi or purchase koi straight from the pond.

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Construction should be completed by January 2015. If you would like to tour the gardens under construction before then, it is free for members of the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego and an extra $2 for non-members.The garden is open daily from 10 AM to 4 PM, with the last admission at 3:30 PM.

Do you enjoy visiting the Japanese Friendship Garden? What other things do you enjoy visiting at Balboa Park? Tell us in a comment.