Historic Wooster Square Association

Working to keep the 
strong & vibrant

Working to keep the neighborhood strong & vibrant
Working to keep the neighborhood strong & vibrant

43rd Annual Cherry Blossom Festival 

Sun., April 24, 2016

(The 2017 Festival will be on April 23.)

Get the Flavor of the Festival

Click here to see Chris Randall's great Festival 2016  photos from his 

I Love New Haven site. Thank you Chris!

The kickoff was 18th Annual Pre-Festival Concert

Sat. April 23 * 7:30 p.m. * St. Michael's Church 

See the concert program and more

Read about the wonderful musicians of Wooster Square

Free Festival entertainment included :

Hillhouse High School Band and Shades of Blue dance troupe, 

Tuxedo Junction (The Sounds of Swing)

Carlos Y Su Momento Musical (Salsa) 

St. Luke's Steel Band 

Dedicated Children's Area with arts & crafts, 

Nappy's Puppets  (Shadow Puppets),
   activities with Peabody Museum, New Haven Museum and Horizon Wings, 

New Haven Free Public Library Readmobile. 

Pet Friendly Area


• More than a dozen local food vendors, artists and authors, 

local non-profits and display tables with Wooster Square history

Click here for the full line-up of exhibitors, activities, and food vendors who participated.

Dedication of St. Michael Corner and Bev's Corner with Hillhouse High School Junior ROTC Color Guard, The Italian Societies, members of the New Haven Fire Department, and a number of dignitaries was moving.

Friend of Wooster Square Award

was presented to Christy Hass, recently retired Deputy Director of the City's 

Dept. of Parks, Recreation, & Trees      More about Christy


LEARN MORE - (just click any of the links below) 


•  2016 Festival Program

• Festival Map 

• Our Wonderful Festival Supporters


Previous "Friend" Award Winners:

2015 • Luisa DeLauro

2014 • Theresa Argento & William Iovanne, Sr.

2013 • Beverly Carbonella

2012 • Alex Bragg, Bill Buick & Peter Thompson

2011 • Officer Peter Krause, New Haven Police


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 all-afternoon event that draws well over 10,000 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.