The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is hosting a three-weekend event in place of Sakura Matsuri this year

The Brooklyn Botanical Garden may not be hosting its annual Sakura Matsuri festival this year, but you can still catch its blooms and live performances by Japanese bands this spring! BBG hosts three weekends full of laid-back and pop-up music and dance performances, opportunities to talk with BBG gardeners, craft activities for kids and families, and garden tours.

On April 23, kids and their families can make their own flowery hat, learn hanagasa odori with NY’s Japanese Folk Dance Institute, and then dance in a fun parade all over the garden! Additionally, energetic shamisen player The SAKURA will perform traditional and contemporary anime songs. There will also be a performance hosted by the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY.

On April 30, Taiko Masala will offer a master drumming class for children, the Georgian Dancing Crane Ensemble with the Zekari Men’s Choir will perform traditional dances and songs from the Republic of Georgia, traditional taiko drums will be played on the Overlook every hour, Sachiyo Ito & Company perform classical Japanese dances with exquisite grace, and there will be 19th century Kabuki dancing and contemporary works choreographed by Sachiyo Ito. Finally, four Japanese women make you move your body and tap your feet to swinging jazz standards.

Then on May 7, enjoy a family workshop of Haitian percussion and dance and acoustic ballads with multicultural influences ranging from Haitian folklore to American jazz and soul, in addition to garden visits and a chance to meet a gardener.

As always, visitors to the garden during this time will have plenty of flowers to admire. BBG has extended its opening hours so everyone has a chance to see them: April 1-14, Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-6pm; From April 15 to May 15, Tuesday to Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to sunset and Friday to Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.