45th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival 

will be held on Sun., April 22, 2018

Thank you, in advance,  to all our sponsors!

Festival kickoff: the 20th Annual 

Pre-Festival Concert

Sat. April 21   • St. Michael’s Church  @ 7:30 p.m.

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Free On-Stage Entertainment

at the Sunday Festival Includes:

• Neighborhood Music School Premier Jazz Ensemble

• Tuxedo Junction (The Sounds of Swing)

• St. Luke’s Steel Band

• Carlos Santiago Y Su Momento Musical (Salsa)


 Friend of Wooster Square Award Presentations

2018 recipients:

Marianne Mazan and Bill Iovanne, Jr.

plus, all afternoon throughout the Park:

 Dedicated, Expanded Family & Children’s Area 

with arts & crafts, face painting

Nappy’s Puppets  (Shadow Puppets)
activities with New Haven Museum

Horizon Wings and

New Haven Free Public Library Readmobile

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 Pet Friendly Area


Twenty local food vendors

including Pizza, Italian Ice, Ice Cream, Cheese Truck, JitterBus, and more. Full List

Plus more than 30 artists and authors, 

local non-profits and display tables with Wooster Square history

Little Italy Area

Wooster Square Reunion Area


Check out the 2018 Festival Map!!!

• Our Wonderful Festival Supporters

Get the Flavor of last year’s Festival

click to see Chris Randall’s

wonderful slide show on his “I Love New Haven” site.

Thank you, Chris!!!

and click here for great coverage in the New Haven Independent by Christopher Peak.

Thank you!!

and check out this terrific link:

Friend of Wooster Square Awards 


• David Moser, Landscape Architect, City of New Haven

• New Haven Fire Department • Engine #4 & Truck #1

• I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing

Corridor Improvement Program * Q Bridge

• Peter Webster * Co-Chair, Wooser Square Cherry Blossom Festival

Previous “Friend” Awardees:

2016 • Christy Hass

2015 • Luisa DeLauro

2014 • Theresa Argento & William Iovanne, Sr.

2013 • Beverly Carbonella

2012 • Alex Bragg, Bill Buick & Peter Thompson

2011 • Officer Peter Krause, New Haven Police


This celebration of spring commemorates the planting of 72 Yoshino Japanese Cherry Blossom trees in 1973 by the New Haven Historic Commission in collaboration with the New Haven Parks Department and residents of the neighborhood. The Festival has grown from a modest event with a local band entertaining a handful of neighbors under lighted trees to a major New Haven all-afternoon event that draws well over 10,000 visitors. 

Cherry Blossom Fun Facts:
Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) has been a Japanese custom since the 7th century when the aristocrats enjoyed looking at beautiful sakura (cherry trees) and wrote poems. Sakura is a symbol of Japan, and it’s said that there are over 400 varieties of cherry trees in Japan. The most popular kind of sakura which can be viewed everywhere in Japan is somei-yoshino (Yedoensis). Unlike other varieties of cherry tree, Japanese cherry trees do not yield fruit. 

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