Wilkes-Barre Cherry Blossom Festival

We can not find any updated information for the 2015 festival.

It should be said that many cherry blossom festivals, stunning as they are, are woefully claustrophobic.  The sheer size of these events is enough to attract tens of thousands of spectators daily, not to say anything of the beautiful spectacle what is the blossoms.  The Wilkes-Barre Cherry Blossom Festival does not rival fellow blossom events in size and this lack of magnitude has the pleasant side-effect of drawing much smaller crowds and allowing a much more intimate connection with the scenery.  The Wilkes-Barre Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the more tranquil and certainly peaceful festivals of its kind.

The Cherry Blossom Festival is held over a two day weekend at the gorgeous Kirby Park.  Kirby Park – a centerpiece of the city – has a pleasant pond bordered by both quiet paths and those stunning cherry trees.   Much in the way they commune with nature, visitors are encouraged to commune with other people. There seems to be an emphasis on leisure so there aren’t many scheduled events.  However, the festival is purposely geared to families, so the events that are held are interactive and all events are kid-appropriate.  Community paintings and petting zoos are the more attractive events.  A few handmade arts and crafts are on site as well.

Amongst the stimulating scenery is carnival-style rides like tilt-a-whirls and all the comfortable foods common to festivals such as sausage sandwiches, funnel cakes, and gyros.  Live entertainment plays all day long both days, and the lineup includes such acts as interpretive dance, ballets, and live band music, all featuring artists from the area.  There is a large viewing tent in front of the grandstand, so visitors can enjoy the shows even if the weather is less than cooperating.

Admission and parking is free.

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