Spread the word: the date for the 2019 Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival is Saturday April 13, 2019!
The Festival is free and open to the public, no tickets required. This is Tennessee's premiere Japanese cultural festival with music and dance performances, cultural and martial arts demonstrations, and plenty of art, anime merch, and food vendors. The Festival is held rain or shine. Mark your calendars, follow the Festival on social media and RSVP to this official Facebook event to stay up to date on the latest announcements and information.
Visit the festival's website to make a donation and to get information for vendors, performers, and volunteers:
Information on how to be a Vendor, Exhibitor, or Performer (herein Participants) at the Festival can be found at the link below.
Participant applications tend to open up in the fall and close by February or when slots fill up. All Participants are required to have Japanese-inspired or Japan-related products, exhibitions or performances or have some connection to Japan or cherry blossoms.
Cosplay Contest applications tend to open in January and close in March every year. Interested cosplayers should stay tuned to the Festival's social media or check this website during the application timeframe:
We encourage all cosplayers to wear their family-friendly costumes to the Festival, even if you are not a contestant. However, we require all cosplayers at the Festival to NOT dress in realistic military gear nor wear a mask that completely covers your face. Traditional Japanese clothing such as kimono and yukata are also highly encouraged.
Volunteers are a big reason why this Festival has been so successful over the years. Volunteer applications also tend to open in the fall at the website below:
Volunteers are provided with snacks, a piece of Festival merch to take home, and can receive community service hours. Local school, scout, church/synagogue/temple, community and meetup groups are more than welcome to volunteer as a group.
Here is a map of all the cherry blossom tree plantings we've done over the years and celebrate with this annual Festival:
Stay tuned to the Festival's social media for important announcements and info on other Japan-related events in the area.