Dates: Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August
Opening times: 9am to 5pm
Ticket price: $5 (plus $1 booking fee)
Free entry for residents of Cumberland Council and children under 16 (ID required). Pre-purchase tickets are not applicable to those eligible for free entry. Free entry will be granted at the entry gates to those eligible with appropriate ID (address of Cumberland Council residency or age ID card).
Parking is limited, BE PREPARED AND CATCH A TRAIN to Auburn station where free shuttle busses will take you to and from the gardens from 9am to 5pm plan your trip at https://transportnsw.info/trip#/
If you have to drive, expect downtown Tokyo style traffic. Parking is available at Auburn Susan street car park. Free shuttle buses will run from 9am to 5.30pm from the car park to the gardens and return.
For accessible parking and festival access please contact us
Cyclists: Bicycle rack available outside gardens
SUMOS AND SMASH! SILENT DISCO with DJ sensation TEDDYLOID
Cherry Blossom Viewing
Hanami (literally “flower viewing”) is the traditional Japanese custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, especially cherry blossoms (桜 sakura). The practice of Hanami is more than a thousand years old, and is still very popular in Japan today. It takes place in the spring for only a week or two when the flowers are in bloom. Sydney Cherry Blossom invites you to enjoy a self-guided tour around the cherry blossom trail and discover pockets of wonderful Cherry Blossoms all along the walking trail in our Japanese Gardens, find some of our most instragammable cherry sites including:
– The Cherry Arbour
– The Hanami Lawn Cherries
– The Cherry Alley
– The Lakeside Cherries
The Sumos are back and in their own stadium!
Stadium Sumo is the home of Sumo wrestlers in the gardens – it’s the place where you can see professional Sumo matches take place while learning the history and traditions of one of the world’s oldest and most noble sports.
Cheer on your favourite wrestlers as they compete for the Sakura Cup. Matches take place at 11.30am 1.00pm and 3.00pm
Smash! Presents Hush! Cosplay Day Jam
Join Japanese DJ Legend Teddy Loid at the Hush! Silent Disco
For all lovers of Cosplay or J-pop music, we have invited a very special guest from Japan to entertain you with a heathy dose of J-pop goodness.
Fresh from gigs at New York Comic Con, Ultra music Festival and of course Smash! Sydney manga and anime Show, DJ TeddyLoid currently ranks in the top 5 Japanese artists on Spotify.
So get your best costume on (and your dancing shoes!) and we will supply you with your silent disco headsets to connect with TeddyLoid for a one on one dance experience!
1pm Little Raven set
2pm Jadeabella set
3pm Teddyloid set
Flavours of Japan
Picnic in our gardens with tasty treats from The Japanese Food village! Hosting food trucks and restaurants with all types of Japanese cuisines;
- Masyua: Noodles and Sashimi
- Hotto Motto : Bento Boxes
- J Dogs: Japanese inspired hot dogs
- Syoku Samurai: Takoyaki, Karaage, Edamame, Huramaki
- Shiso Fine: Gyoza and Yakitori wraps Tsuru: Pork Belly bao buns and Asian street food fare
- Tsuru: Pork Belly bao buns and Asian street food fare
- Modern Yaki: Japanese Pancakes Mr Bao: Pork crackling Gua Bao, karaage, Chicken Bao, Tempura Prawn Bao
- Mr Bao: Pork crackling Gua Bao, karaage, Chicken Bao, Tempura Prawn Bao
- Kenta’s Katsu: Katsu Curry
- Sakura: Healthy Japanese cuisine
New in 2017, The IZAKAYA BAR offers authentic Japanese refreshments such as Asahi Beer, premium imported Sake (a traditional to drink among the blossoms) and Japan’s best plum wine.
Attend hosted sake appreciation workshops on Sundays.
Izakaya Bar is for patrons 18+ only ID will be required to enter
Sake Tasting Sessions with Leigh Hudson
Join sake authority Leigh Hudson and taste your way through a flight of 3 Japanese sake. Enjoy artisan Japanese sake amongst the cherry blossoms at Auburn’s Japanese Botanic Gardens. Leigh Hudson is a WSET Sake Educator, SSI Sake Sommelier, international Sake Judge and founder of Sakeshop – Sydney’s first dedicated sake store.
Where: Izakaya Bar, Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival
When: 1:40pm, Sunday 20 and 27 August 2017
Cost: $15 for a flight of 3 sake. Tickets at the bar.
Origami, Spring Art and the Kyoto stage at The Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio
Free entry to the gallery precinct all festival long
Origami – workshops 10am – 4pm daily
One of the festival’s most popular activities enjoyed by adults and children alike, is the Origami workshops run by local artists. Add your origami artwork to the beautiful community display.
The gallery will host an international food court and picnic area featuring:
- Authentic Gozleme – Gozleme
- Trang’s Kitchen – Vietnamese street Food and Bao Buns
- Mr Creamy – Ice creams and Milkshakes
- Korean BBQ – Bulgolgi, dumplings and their famous lightbulb ice tea
- Mama Linh’s – Vietnamese Street Food
- Let’s Do Yum Cha – Yum Cha favourites
- Grab A Cino – Coffee cart
- Visit the Arts & Craft Markets on Sunday only between 11.00am – 3.00pm
Relax and enjoy the traditional Japanese entertainment on the Kyoto Stage including Taiko, Koto, and Shakuhachi performances while you enjoy the cuisine from our international food trucks on the gallery lawns.
Bayanihan Philippine Art Project
Make your own Spring Parade Costume
Draw inspiration from the flowering blossoms and become part of the Bayanihan Philippine Art Project – create your own floral headwear or costumes to join the spring parade held at the gallery on the 2nd September.
For more information on the Balik Tanaw (Looking Back) exhibition and dates please visit http://www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au/ arts