Where to See Stunning Cherry Blossoms in L.A. This Spring

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Remember that scene in Pleasantville where Tobey Maguire and Marley Shelton are driving through a cherry blossom wonderland? No? Well here’s a GIF to remind you:

You’re a bold-faced liar if you claim that you’ve never once wanted to live in that GIF (or something similar). The good news is, you needn’t fly to Japan or D.C. or even have starred in a 1998 film to do so. As spring approaches, Los Angeles will host a handful of cherry blossom festivals, and here’s where to find them:

Descanso Gardens

Through March 31

The La Canada Flintridge wonderland will be hosting month-long programming focused on cherry blossom season. Open to members and non-members, the gardens are hosting feature guided walks through the gardens, origami demonstrations, a flower-arranging workshop, and food offerings like tempura and sushi.

Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival 

April 21-22

For 20 years and counting, this free fest at Barnes Park boasts an ancient art of tea ceremony, martial arts, and a slew of craft vendors.

South Coast Botanic Garden

Spend the afternoon in the Palos Verdes Peninsula and you can catch hula dancing and ukulele performances. Bring blankets, beach chairs, and most importantly an empty stomach, as Okamoto Kitchen Food Truck will be dishing out grub. Tickets are $4-9.

East San Gabriel Valley/Japanese Community Center Cherry Blossom Festival

March 17

Held at West Covina‘s South Hills Plaza, revelers can enjoy taiko drumming, martial arts, food selections, and more. The event is open to the public, no tickets necessary.

Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival

March 18

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Huntington Beach channels its sister city (Anjo, Japan) during this day-long celebration. The Orange County Bonsai Society will be on hand to talk shop, and kids can partake in calligraphy and origami demonstrations.

The 6th Annual Torrance Cherry Blossom Festival

March 25

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This free fest in Columbia Park features musical performances, munchies, and art.

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