2017 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival + Parking Panda

Parking Panda is the proud parking partner of the 2017 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco. Check out this guide for the must-know's of the upcoming festival! 

2017 SF Cherry Blossom Festival Dates

Weekend 1: Saturday, April 8th - Sunday April 9th

Weekend 2: Saturday, April 15th - Sunday, April 16th (Parade Day) 

2017 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Parade (1:00 PM Sunday, April 16th)

This year's SF Cherry Blossom Festival parade route will be similar to the route in 2016. Starting at the Civic Center, the parade will run north on Polk Street until Post Street. Then it will run west on Post Street through Japantown until Fillmore Street. 

The best viewing areas will be near the Civic Center, along Post Street, and in Japantown. Keep in mind that this parade will bring thousands into a relatively small area. Be sure to arrive early!

Where: SF Japantown

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival will be held in Japantown district of San Francisco. Specifically, look for most activities on Post Street between Laguna Street & Fillmore Street. 

Where to Park? 

Parking during the two weekends of the Cherry Blossom Festival will be at a premium. Parking Panda is proud to be the Official Parking Provider of the festival, allowing visitors to pre-purchase guaranteed parking passes before heading to Japantown! 

Purchase Cherry Blossom Festival single-day parking

Purchase Cherry Blossom Festival weekend package plans

We strongly recommend reserving your space as inventory is extremely limited and locations will sell out! Take a look at the PandaScan locations (look for the sign) , which are fully automated - no need to take a ticket or talk to an attendant. Simply use your QR Code from your reservation to scan in and scan out! 

Whether you need parking near Japantown (marked in light pink below) or at the start of the parade in Civic Center, Parking Panda has the options to fit your needs! Locations marked as "ONLINE DISCOUNT" in green indicate special online-only discounted fees. These locations are guaranteed to be cheaper online than drive-up for the date and times chosen!


Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Highlights

Cherry Blossom Grand Parade - Colorful floats, Japanese folk dancers, and the booming sounds of the San Francisco Taiko Dojo will be some of the highlights of the 2017 Cherry Blossom Festival Grand Parade on Sunday, April 16th. You especially won't want to miss the Taru Mikoshi (see image below), which will be carried by over 100 volunteers! 

Live performances - View A Complete List of Performances and Activities By Day. 

The Cherry Blossom Festival will use a number of different stages for live performances. 

Peace Plaza Stage will host the opening ceremony. The schedule and performances vary by day, but tend to feature more traditional acts. 

B. Sakura 360 Stage, located on Post St between Laguna and Buchanan Streets.

G. Webster Stage (at Webster Street and Post Street) will host Rhythm Bound, Bayonics, and others to close out Day 1 of the festival on April 8th. 

Traditional, Family Friendly Activities: 

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the biggest celebrations of Japanese and Asian cultures in the United States. As such, you'll find a number of traditional Japanese practices and activities on display to view and participate in. Here's a quick summary of some of the most interesting ones. 

Bonsai - Take a peak at some carefully cultivated Bonsai trees inside the Japanese Cultural Community Center at 1840 Sutter Street. 

Ikebana - An ancient practice of artistic decorations to be placed throughout the home. 

Doll making - Unique, beautiful paper dolls on display during the festival's second weekend.

Origami - Complex figures formed out of folded paper. 

Martial Arts - Hone the mind, body, and spirit through this display of physicality and strength.

View a full list of cultural events and details about how to see them by clicking right here

View individual SF Cherry Blossom Festival events and times

Did you know the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is the second largest festival of its kind outside of Washington, DC? Over 200,000 visitors are expected! 

Parking Panda is excited for another year of celebrating the Japanese culture and the beautiful blooms of the Cherry Blossom trees. 

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