41st Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
April 27, 2014 • Plan Now!
Related pages: 2013 Festival Program Concert Supporters Festival map
Last spring's Festival – on April 14, 2013 – 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. The New Haven Free Public Library was on hand via the Bookmobile – a first for the Festival. New Haven Museum, which has a History of Wooster Square exhibit featured through April 2014, was back, as were Horizon Wings Raptor Rescue and Make A Bracelet – huge hits with kids of all ages. It's not too soon to plan your particiaption for 2014 or to volunteer to be part of the team that produces the event. Contact Festival co-chair Charlie Murphy.
Learn more about the Cherry Blossom Festival:
Entertainment for 2013 included opera, a relatively new addition that first delighted audiences at the 2012 Festival. Tenor Daniel Juarez was back, bringing soprano Jurate Svedaite. Operatic selections from Aida, Tosca, Carmen, and more. Neighborhood Music School's Premier Jazz Ensemble were back, along with the swing band Tuxedo Junction and St. Luke's Steel Band.
Click here to see the full program, including exhibitors, activities and food vendors.
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 Watch 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.
EXTRA SPECIAL ATTRACTION:
The Free Cherry Blossom Concert ...
... was held Friday, April 12, 2013 at St Michael's Church on the Wooster Square Park.
This was the 15th annual pre-Festival concert, perfromed by the wonderful musicians of Wooster Square. A concert is already in the planning stages for 2014. Click to read about the 2013 program and the musicians.