Cherry Blossoms in Branch Brook Park, Newark, NJ!
The dates for the 2016 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival are shown below. This annual event, held in Branch Brook Park, Newark, NJ is a delight for all nature lovers and photographers! All photos seen on this website are by Don Peterson, Freelance Web Designer (developer of this website).
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I am offering beautiful cherry blossom photos from the Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival held in Branch Brook Park for free! These are some of my most popular photos from Cherry Blossom Festivals held in recent years. These high resolution photos can be used as computer wallpaper or as framed prints. All photos are by Don Peterson.
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Annual Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival: April 9-24th 2016
2016 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival Event Schedule:
Bloomfest, Sunday, April 24:
The festive highlight of the Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival is Bloomfest, Sunday, April 24, a day of live performances and attractions in Branch Brook Park. Bloomfest 2016, will be held in Essex County Branch Brook Park, Cherry Blossom Welcome Center Extension, Belleville/Newark, on Sunday, April 24 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 the always popular Japanese cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, a crafter’s marketplace, food, and more! Events are held at the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center and the Prudential Concert Grove.
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Cherry Blossom 10K Run, Sunday, April 10:
Held on Sunday, April 10, the Cherry Blossom 10K Run begins at The Cherry Blossom Visitor’s Center (Mill Street Entrance, Belleville) with an 8 AM Registration. The race starts at 10 AM. Registration fee is $22 for Pre-Registrants, $19 for USATF-NJ Members, and $25 General.
Enjoy a scenic run through the historic cherry tree groves of Branch Brook Park in this USATF-sanctioned race! The first 500 registrants receive a commemorative Cherry Blossom 10K Run long-sleeved T-shirt. A commemorative fleece jacket is awarded to the top three finishers in each age category. A portion of the race proceeds benefits the Special Olympics. Advanced registration is highly recommended. A special Disabled Run starts at 10:00 am. Everyone is invited to Branch Brook Park to witness this exciting race!
Children's Fun Run/Walk, Saturday, April 16:
The Children’s One-Mile Fun Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, April 16th. Registration is at 8 AM (Free), and the race begins in the Southern Division of Branch Brook Park at 10 AM. Schools should register in advance. All participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and an award at the completion of the race.
More than 1,000 children aged 6 through 14 ran through Branch Brook Park in 2015 to celebrate the blooming of the historic cherry tree groves. Many stayed for the afternoon Family Day event activities held directly after in the Prudential Concert Grove section of Branch Brook Park.
Cherry Blossom Challenge Bike Race, Saturday, April 9:
This exciting bike race takes place on Saturday, April 9th on the Branch Brook Park Northern Division Oval. The first race begins at 7 AM, and the last at 12 noon. Registration fees for racers: $30 - $35, (varies by race category).
Various races occur throughout the morning. Winners are awarded cash prizes! Come cheer on the fast-moving cyclists while enjoying a day in the park. Free to watch!
Guided Historic Park Tours, April 17 - April 23:
Tours will provide a 45-minute guided tour of Essex County Branch Brook Park. The cost is $5 per person, and reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling (973) 433-7469 or if seats are still open, purchased on the tour date at the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center. Seating is limited so book early! Group bookings should call (973) 433-7469 for reservations.
Knowledgeable tour guides take you on a scenic 45-minute journey, pointing out 120-years of history hidden within Branch Brook Park’s structure and design, under a canopy of beautiful cherry blossoms! Tours leave from the Essex County Cherry Blossom Welcome Center daily at 11 am, 12noon, 1 pm, and 2 pm. Transportation around the park is provided.
Family Fun Day, Saturday, April 16, 2016:
Family Fun Day is held on Saturday, April 16, from 11 am – 3 pm 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 of confirmed acts includes the following:
Hula hooping, paddle boat rides and face painting. Meals and snacks will be offered by a variety of food vendors. Other family activities include a fishing derby that runs from 12:00 to 2 pm with the award ceremony at 2:30 pm. The main stage entertainment will be contortionist Jared Rydelek with two shows at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.
Come See the Cherry Blossoms!
Of course, the star attraction of this event will always be the beautifully adorned 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.
When Are the Cherry Blossoms In Peak Bloom?
The best way to answer that question is to visit the Branch Brook Park Cherry Blossom Webcam (follow this link). This webcam shows the cherry blossom trees live in front of the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center and is a great way to determine how the trees will look on the day of your visit.
Cherry Blossom Photography Tips
Do you want to capture the best photos of the beautiful cherry blossom trees during the festival? What is the one inexpensive photographic accessory that you must have if you want the best outdoor portraits and photos of your children? Read my Top 5 Cherry Blossom Photography Tips. These tips are easy to remember and can be used with any camera for better photos during the cherry blossom festival.
By the way, there's a great article on nj.com by Mark Dionno that gives a concise history of the cherry blossom trees in Branch Brook Park. All photographs on this page are by Don Peterson, Freelance Web Designer and owner of this website. For detailed information on the Cherry Blossom Festival events, visit the Branch Brook Park website.
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