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Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival

  • FDR Four Freedoms Park 1 FDR FOUR FREEDOMS PARK ROOSEVELT ISLAND, NY 1044 United States (map)

Join Four Freedoms State Park in celebrating the Roosevelt Island Community Cherry Blossom Festival featuring Traditional and Modern Japanese Performances and Cultural Fair, and special performances at the Park!

*This event is free.

Music & Dance Performances

(subject to change)

12:30pm Opening Remarks

1:00pm Shamisen Japanese String Ensemble (Kicho Kai)

1:30pm Japanese classical dance (IchiFuji-kai Dance Association)

2:05pm Koto (Masayo Ishigure and Koto Shamisen Ensemble)

2:40pm Japanese blues (Kayo Yoshioka)

3:10pm Japanese Folk Dances (Roosevelt Island Japanese Association Yosakoi Dancers)

3:35pm Community Folk Dance Lesson
(sponsored by Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance)

4:05pm Japanese Taiko Drummers (Soh Daiko)


FAQs

Do I have to register to attend the festival?

Nope! Registration for this event is not required and there will be no ticket checking. The festival is free and open to the public, so all you have to do is get there. The only purpose of registration was to help organizers estimate audience size and ensure the safety and security of all attendees (so thank you if you did register!). Because of capacity limits, registration does not guarantee access to all event areas.

Is parking available?

Public transportation is highly encouraged as there is no parking available at FDR Four Freedoms State Park, and no parking available south of the tram station. Parking on Roosevelt Island is extremely limited.

How do I get to Roosevelt Island?

You can get to the island by subway, tram, ferry, and car (though public transportation is highly encouraged, as there will be no parking south of the tram, and there is limited parking on Roosevelt Island). Click here for some helpful tips on planning your visit.

Can I bring my dog/pet?

Only registered service animals are allowed in FDR Four Freedoms State Park.

Can I bring food?

Picnics are encouraged. Picnicking under the Cherry Blossoms is one of the most traditional Japanese celebrations of the Cherry Blossom season. There are many spots to picnic under the Cherry Blossom Trees that form a virtual necklace around Roosevelt Island. Note that food and drink are only allowed in designated areas in FDR Four Freedoms State Park.

Is this a family-friendly event?

Yes! The Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival draws thousands of people of all ages to celebrate the first cherry blossoms of spring. Featuring traditional and modern Japanese performances, a traditional tea ceremony, a cultural fair and more, the festival has activities and fun for visitors of all ages.


Important Info

Expect long lines.

There are limited Asian food vendors on the island, so we encourage people to shop locally for your picnic items at: Gristedes, China One, Bread & Butter, Wholesome Factory, Fuji East, Subway, Starbucks, Cornell Tech Café, and Piccolo.

Island has a necklace of cherry trees in bloom, with blooming groves at the northern end of the island. Less crowded areas are available on the river promenade facing Manhattan. We encourage picnicking and enjoying the Cherry Blossoms throughout the island.

Sake Tasting at Island Wine & Spirits, 605 Main St. at 3pm

Art Activity with Noguchi Museum in Southpoint Park, at 11am

The schedule may be subject to change based on weather.


ABOUT ROOSEVELT ISLAND RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) promotes and defends the interests of the residents for a better quality of life on Roosevelt Island, NY.

"RIRA is critical in maintaining and enhancing the quality of life for all Roosevelt Islanders. RIOC, its Board of Directors, the local politicians and the media acknowledge RIRA as the voice of this community by virtue of the fact that its members include the entire population of the Island and, most importantly, its delegates on the Common Council are elected to those positions every two years," said former President Matthew Katz.

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) was incorporated as a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation in 1977. 

ABOUT ROOSEVELT ISLAND OPERATING CORPORATION

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) was created in 1984 by the State of New York as a public benefit corporation with a mission to plan, design, develop, operate, and maintain Roosevelt Island. With a focus on innovative and environmentally friendly solutions, RIOC is committed to providing services that enhance the island's residential community. RIOC manages the two-mile long island's roads, parks, buildings, a sports facility, and public transportation, including the iconic aerial tramway. Additionally, RIOC operates a Public Safety Department that helps maintain a safe and secure environment for residents, employees, business owners, and visitors.

FOUR FREEDOMS PARK CONSERVANCY
Four Freedoms Park Conservancy operates, maintains, and programs Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park to the highest standard. As steward of this extraordinary civic space designed by Louis I. Kahn, the Conservancy advances President Roosevelt’s legacy and inspires, educates, and engages the public in the ideals of the Four Freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. The Conservancy does this by:

  • safeguarding the memorial as a space for inspired use

  • fostering community and understanding

  • igniting conversation about human rights and freedoms today

*Please note for anyone who has registered: Registration for this event is not required; you do not need a ticket to attend the festival. By registering for this event, you’ve helped organizers estimate audience size and ensure the safety and security of all attendees. Because of capacity limits, registration does not guarantee access to all event areas.