April 13, Friday – 5:00-9:00 pm:
Parks on Tap Sake Garden – The Sake Garden, a pop-up beer garden brought to you by the Parks on Tap team, is Philadelphia’s take on the Japanese tradition of cherry blossom picnics. Enjoy beer, cocktails, and Asian fusion fare beneath the trees in Fairmount Park. We will perform multiple taiko drumming sets throughout the evening. Shofuso Japanese House & Garden at Lansdowne and Horticultural Drives, West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA, 19131.
April 14, Saturday – 10:30 am & 12:00 pm performances:
Morris Arboretum Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival – Enjoy tours of the arboretum to view the cherry blossoms and learn about Japanese garden elements. There will be kimono dressing and samurai sword demonstrations and hands-on origami activities. And of course, we will be performing and inviting audience members up to try the drums afterwards! Event is free with admission to the arboretum. Morris Arboretum at 100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Phila., PA 19118.
April 20, Friday – around 6:00 pm (before the game):
The Phillies! – Asian Pacific Celebration – This Theme Night at the Phillies includes lots of performances, ethnic foods, a ticket discount and more, all to celebrate Asian & Pacific heritage! We’ll be greeting Phillies fans at the entrance before the game with thunderous taiko drumming! Citizens Bank Park – 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148.
April 21, Saturday – 1:00 to 4:00 pm:
Sakura Mini Matsuri – Join us in Dover, Delaware for a mini cherry blossom festival with crafts, activities, martial arts demos, and an interactive performance by us at 2:00 pm! This event is free at Kent County Public Library at 497 S Red Haven Ln, Dover, Delaware 19901.
April 22, Sunday – 4:00 to 6:00 pm:
Taiko Taster – Beginner Workshop –This 2-hour beginner taiko drumming workshop is a great way to learn about taiko and try the BIG DRUMS yourself. No experience required. This workshop is open to adults and children ages 12 and up. Cost is just $25. Defensive Arts Center at 3901 Conshohocken Ave., Phila. 19131 (on the grounds of the Greenbriar Apartment complex).
Don’t forget, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival is around the corner as well – April 7-15. Check out the festival website for all the latest updates and schedules!