Blossoming in Virginia Beach

Flickr Photo/Bill Harrison

Why see the famous cherry blossom trees at the nation’s capital when you can see them right here in Hampton Roads?

The annual Cherry Blossom Festival is taking place in Virginia Beach this upcoming weekend, March 24.

Celebrating Virginia Beach’s international sisterhood with Miyazaki City, Japan, this event will offer the rich culture and beauty of Japanese music, martial arts, creative activities and various demonstrations.

There is a packed schedule starting at 12 p.m. with an introduction by Virginia Beach Councilman James Wood and Virginia Beach Mayor William Sessoms, Jr. 

Parking and admission the festival is free. You can even bring your own lawn chairs and blankets to watch the festivities.

While the festival was modeled after the National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C., the city of Virginia Beach has its own rich history with Japan to celebrate.

Not only are Virginia Beach and Miyazaki City “Sister Cities,” but Miyazaki’s eco-park Hagino Dai and Mount Trashmore Park are “Sister Parks” and Tallwood Elementary and Miyazaki Minami Elementary School became “Sister Schools,” according to the City of Virginia Beach website.