Historic Wooster Square Association, Inc.

Working to keep the neighborhood strong & vibrant

41st Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
 April 27, 2014 • Noon - 5 p.m.

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Last spring's Festival – on April 14 – was a fabulous day enjoyed by more than 7,000 visitors: entertainment, food booths, art-related events, activities for children and pets, and lots more.
New Haven Museum, which has a History of Wooster Square exhibit featured through May 10, 2014, will be back this year, as will Horizon Wings Raptor Rescue and Make A Bracelet – huge hits with kids of all ages. Save the date! Volunteers are needed the day of the event. If you are interested, contact Festival co-chair Charlie Murphy.

Learn more about the  Cherry Blossom Festival: 

Entertainment on the Festival Stage will include jazz, steel band, big band music, and for the third year – opera. Specifics: Tuxedo Junction, the Big Band Sound; HAND, progressive rock; Dramma per Musica, Opera; St. Luke’s Steel Drum Band with special guest, Music Haven!

When do the cherry trees bloom?  That's the big question every year. At Festival time, a few few trees already in bloom and the rest in various stages of budding. Most looked very "pink." Wooster Square resident and photographer Bart Connors Szczarba and his wife Cheryl Szczarba kept us up to the minute with their daily Wooster Square Bossom Blog. Check it out.

Getting to the Festival & parking  (plan your strategy for for 2014)
Wooster Square Park is across from the 500 block of Chapel Street. We encourage Festival attendees to walk, bicycle, or take public transit to this colorful outdoor festival. It’s a 5-10 minute walk from the New Haven Green. Bus transit routes have stops at the Park on Chapel Street and nearby on Grand Avenue and State Street. Limited parking is available on neighborhood streets and in school parking lots: Conte School, off Chapel Street across ftom Fuel, and Metropolitan Business Academy, on Water Street, about a 6-minute walk.

The Pre-Cherry Blossom Concert ...
... will be held Friday, April 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm. in St Michael's Church on the Wooster Square Park. 
This will the 16th annual pre-Festival concert, performed by the wonderful musicians of Wooster Square. It is free, but donations are encouraged to help support the church.  The program is being finalized. Click to read about the program to date.
posted 4/6/14


This celebration of spring commemorates the planting of 72 Yoshino Japanese Cherry Blossom trees in 1973 by the New Haven Historic Commission in collaboration with the New Haven Parks Department and residents of the neighborhood. The Festival has grown from a modest event with a local band entertaining a handful of neighbors under lighted trees to a major New Haven event that draws well over 6,000 visitors. 

Cherry Blossom Fun Facts:
Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) has been a Japanese custom since the 7th century when the aristocrats enjoyed looking at beautiful sakura (cherry trees) and wrote poems. Sakura is a symbol of Japan, and it's said that there are over 400 varieties of cherry trees in Japan. The most popular kind of sakura which can be viewed everywhere in Japan is somei-yoshino (Yedoensis). Unlike other varieties of cherry tree, Japanese cherry trees do not yield fruit.

(check out our supporters page for more about them)
Arlene and Cheryl Szczarba, Seabury Hill Realtors
First Niagara  visit site

City of New Haven Mayor's Community
     Arts Grant Program  visit site
Assa Abloy Sargent  

Community Foundation of Greater New Haven website
Iovanne Funeral Home, Inc.
The United Illuminating Company and
    Southern Connecticut Gas site 
Melinda Marquez Flamenco Dance Center 

Abate's Restaurant
Allegra Design – Print 
Comprehensive Dental Health
Consiglio's on Wooster  
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana 
Goodfella's Restaurant
Maresca & Sons Funeral Home
New Haven Self Storage St. Andres Apostle Society
Sally's Abizza
Scarpellino's Restaurant & Catering

Chabaso Bakery
Chestnut Fine Foods & Confections
CitySeed, Inc. website
Elm City Market
Fryborg Food Truck
Goodcopy Printing & Digital Graphics
Katalina’s Kupcakes
Libby’s Italian Pastry
Lucibello’s Italian Pastry
Orangeside Luncheonette
Tony & Lucille’s, Inc.
Whole G Bread
The Wholesome Kitchen

116 Crown
John Davenport's at the Omni
Sage American Grill