First held in 1961, the Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival is now the largest one-day exhibition of Japanese culture in the United States. The Sakura Matsuri is held each spring as the grand finale of the
National Cherry Blossom Festival. On good weather days, it has drawn
over 40,000 visitors in 7 hours.
Since 2018, the Sakura Matsuri has been held on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW between 3rd to 7th Streets on the same day of the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.
The Sakura Matsuri is a family-friendly festival. Every year, over 100 vendors and performers become part of the festival and share Japanese culture, performance, and food with attendants!
There are 7 different ways to be part of the Sakura Matsuri:
Please click the below links and fill out the online applications! If you need a PDF application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Festival Sponsor
For more information, check out the information packet here or contact Yuko Smith at email@example.com
- Special Cultural Exhibitor
For more information, contact Yuko Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Local Community Exhibitor: Showcasing Japanese Arts and Culture
For groups or individuals who want to demonstrate aspects of Japanese culture.
- Commercial Vendors: Selling traditional Japanese merchandises, crafts, and arts
For vendors who sell traditional Japanese goods and Japanese-inspired products. If you would like to sell hand-made crafts and arts related to Japanese culture, please contact email@example.com for more information.
- Food Vendors: Selling Japanese food and sweets
For restaurants and vendors who sell a wide variety of food and drink.
- Performing Arts: Featuring Japanese music and dance
For groups and individuals to perform on one of our 4 stages (Required to sing in the Japanese language).
- Martial Arts: Performing Japanese Martial Arts
For martial arts groups who wish to demonstrate their Martial Arts skills.
The application deadline is Friday, January 24, 2020 (Dec. 31, 2019 for Performers).
The Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival volunteer application will be ready on February! If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.