Randall’s Island Cherry Blossom Festival
Saturday, May 2 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Randall’s Island Field 62, 63 next to Urban Farm and the Playground (Follow the southern shoreline pathway from the 103rd Street Bridge)
Randall’s Island Park Alliance presents its third annual Cherry Blossom Festival with family-friendly activities such as face painting, kite flying (bring your own or make one on site), yoyo balloon fishing, a butterfly release, a bean bag toss, and word games. Learn Japanese calligraphy and how to make an origami samurai. Ito En will provide a free green tea tasting.
The festival kicks off with a cherry tree planting featuring representatives of the Consulate General of Japan in New York.
NY Taiko Aiko Kai will perform at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., while Junko Fisher will lead and Okinawan Pa-Ran-Ku dance at noon.
There will also be an exhibition of locally made Japanese pottery from Togei Kyoshitsu Studio NYC.
The Urban Farm also is home to four of New York City’s only rice paddies, growing six different varieties of rice from around the world.
For more information, please visit Randall’s Island Park Alliance’s website.