Historic Wooster Square Association, Inc.

Working to keep the neighborhood strong & vibrant

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

     Related pages:    Festival Program   •  Pre-Concert 

   •  Festival Map   •  Our Generous Supporters

The cherry trees are in bud, a few are even in bloom!* Just a few days to go. Come and enjoy 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 (with a bald eagle!) and Make A Bracelet – huge hits with kids of all ages. Plan to come


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 Band with special guest, Music Haven!

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.  Click to see the program.

Getting to the Festival & parking  
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.

updated 4/23/14


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
The entire Seabury Hill Realty company
First Niagara  visit site
Knights of Columbus

Community Foundation of Greater New Haven website
Iovanne Funeral Home, Inc.
The United Illuminating Company and
    Southern Connecticut Gas site 
Yale University Office of New Haven and State Affairs

A Dog's Life
The Koizim Family
Melinda Marquez Flamenco Dance Center 
New Haven Self-Storage
Yale New Haven Hospital


Allegra Design – Print 
Chef Silvio's of Wooster Street
Comprehensive Dental Health
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana 
Goodfella's Restaurant
Maresca & Sons Funeral Home
St. Andrew Apostle Society
Springs Leanring Center/ Dominican Sisters of Peace

Chabaso Bakery
Chestnut Fine Foods & Confections
CitySeed, Inc. website
Elm City Market
Katalina’s Kupcakes
Libby’s Italian Pastry
Lucibello’s Italian Pastry
Orangeside Luncheonette

116 Crown
Meat & Co 
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
Sage American Grill