The dates for the 2014 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival are shown above. For more information, visit http://www.essexcherryblossom.com/
The festive highlight of the Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival is Bloomfest, Sunday, April 13, a day of live performances and attractions in Branch Brook Park. Bloomfest 2014, will be held in Essex County Branch Brook Park, Belleville/Newark on Sunday, April 13 from 11 am-5pm. Bloomfest attracts over 7,000 attendees from New Jersey and surrounding metropolitan areas for stage performances, cultural demonstrations, and children’s activities.
The Bloomfest marketplace features crafters and artists selling handmade, cherry blossom themed crafts and products. Bloomfest is held rain or shine. This years’ Bloomfest will feature a packed schedule of events includes Japanese cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, a crafter’s marketplace, food, and more.
Held on Sunday, April 6, the Cherry Blossom 10K Run begins at The Cherry Blossom Visitor’s Center with an 8AM Registration. The race starts at 10AM. Registration fee is $22 for Pre-Registrants, $19 for USATF-NJ Members, and $25 General.
The Children’s One-Mile Fun Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, April 12th. Registration is at 8AM (Free), and the race begins in the Southern Division of Branch Brook Park at 10AM. Schools should register in advance. More info at http://www.essexcherryblossom.com/index.php/events/childrens-one-mile-fun-runwalk.
This exciting bike race takes place on Saturday, April 5th on the Branch Brook Park Northern Division Oval. The first race begins at 7AM, and the last at 12 noon. Free to watch.
Tours will provide a 45-minute guided tour of Essex County Branch Brook Park. The cost is $5 per person, and reservations are required. Seating is limited so book early! Group bookings should call 973-239-2495 for reservations.
Family Fun Day is held on Saturday, April 12, from 11am – 3pm in Essex County Branch Brook Park, Concert Grove, Southern Division, Park Street Entrance, Newark. This is a free family event! Enjoy an afternoon of live performances, family activities and food vendors. The performance schedule will be added as acts are confirmed.
Of course, the star attraction of this event will be the cherry blossom trees. Japanese cherry blossoms predominate among the more than 4000 cherry blossom trees in the park. Their large white blossoms put on quite a show, and are the most prominent feature of the bloom season. However, the addition of flowering Yoshino, Higan and Fuji cherries add blooms that range from pink to white in color. This variety also extends the blooming season to two weeks or more.
Thousands of visitors, both local and international, converge on the park every April to see the first reddish-white flowers bloom on the trees. The celebration of the start of the cherry blossom bloom season has been a longstanding Essex County tradition. The festival is a point of pride for Belleville, which identifies itself as the “Cherry Blossom Capital of America.” Cherry blossoms are a wonderful testimony to our loving Creator, who has made all things on earth for our benefit and endless delight.
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Here is a collection of images from past Essex County Cherry Blossom Festivals I photographed over the past few years in Branch Brook Park. I have also added a few fall foliage images as well. All photos by Don Peterson.
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