Historic Wooster Square Association

Working to keep the 
strong & vibrant

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

44th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival 

Sun., April 23, 2017

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Click here for details and options...

Festival kickoff: the 19th Annual Pre-Festival Concert

Sat. April 22  *  7:30 p.m.  *  St. Michael's Church 

Read about the wonderful musicians of Wooster Square

Free Festival On-Stage Entertainment

(check back for updates)

Neighborhood Music School Premiere Jazz Ensemble

Tuxedo Junction (The Sounds of Swing)

Carlos Santiago Y Su Momento Musical (Salsa) 

St. Luke's Steel Band


Little Italy Area

Wooster Square Reunion Area

Dedicated, Expanded Children's Area 

with arts & crafts, face painting 

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

Eli Whitney Museum, Horizon Wings, 

Elm Shakespeare,

US Fish & Wildlife Service, and

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 last year.


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


• Festival Map 

• Our Wonderful Festival Supporters

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!

and check out this terrific link:

Friend of Wooster Square Awardee  • 2016

Christy Hass, recently retired Deputy Director of the

City's Dept. of Parks, Recreation, & Trees      More about Christy

Previous "Friend" Awardees:

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.