41st Annual Wooster Cherry Blossom Festival

Event time: 
Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 12:00pm
Historic Wooster Square See map
Wooster Place
New Haven, CT 06511

Last spring’s Festival – on April 14 – was a fabulous day enjoyed by more than 7,000 visitors: entertainment, food booths, art-related events, activities for children and pets, and lots more. New Haven Museum, which has a History of Wooster Square exhibit featured through May 10, 2014, will be back this year, as will Horizon Wings Raptor Rescue and Make A Bracelet – huge hits with kids of all ages. Save the date! Volunteers are needed the day of the event. If you are interested, contact Festival co-chair Charlie Murphy.

Learn more about the  Cherry Blossom Festival: 

Entertainment on the Festival Stage will include jazz, steel band, big band music, and for the third year – opera. Specifics: Tuxedo Junction, the Big Band Sound; HAND, progressive rock; Dramma per Musica, Opera; St. Luke’s Steel Drum Band with special guest, Music Haven!

When do the cherry trees bloom?  That’s the big question every year. At Festival time, a few few trees already in bloom and the rest in various stages of budding. Most looked very “pink.” Wooster Square resident and photographer Bart Connors Szczarba and his wife Cheryl Szczarba kept us up to the minute with their daily Wooster Square Bossom Blog. Check it out.

Getting to the Festival & parking  (plan your strategy for for 2014)
Wooster Square Park is across from the 500 block of Chapel Street. We encourage Festival attendees to walk, bicycle, or take public transit to this colorful outdoor festival. It’s a 5-10 minute walk from the New Haven Green. Bus transit routes have stops at the Park on Chapel Street and nearby on Grand Avenue and State Street. Limited parking is available on neighborhood streets and in school parking lots: Conte School, off Chapel Street across ftom Fuel, and Metropolitan Business Academy, on Water Street, about a 6-minute walk.

The Pre-Cherry Blossom Concert …
… will be held Friday, April 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm. in St Michael’s Church on the Wooster Square Park. 
This will the 16th annual pre-Festival concert, performed by the wonderful musicians of Wooster Square. It is free, but donations are encouraged to help support the church.  The program is being finalized. Click to read about the program to date.