Downtown Japanese Cherry Blossom Celebration

Category: Event Calendar

  • Saturday, Apr 3, 2021 5 - 9 p.m.

We're celebrating the Japanese Cherry Blossom trees along the Towpath Trail that winds through downtown Akron. Between 2011 and 2012, the City of Akron, with support from the Japanese Association of Northeast Ohio (JANO) planted more than 400 cherry blossom trees along the Towpath Trail. Every spring, for a few fleeting days, they emerge with beautiful blooms and create a magical space along the Towpath—unlike any other place in the world—right here in downtown Akron.

Put on a jacket, enjoy dinner at downtown restaurant (Cilantro Thai & Sushi Restaurant, Spaghetti Warehouse Akron, Crave, The Lockview, Barley House and Boiling House are all good options), and come out to the Towpath, from Lock 3 to Channelwood Village at Thornton St., and celebrate the cross-cultural exchange between our community and Japan that made the trees possible. 

You can also make an evening of it by renting an igloo or a firepit in Lock 3.

We will place thousands of luminaries along the trail from Lock 3 to Thornton St. 

Parking and points of entry

  • Free parking is available behind Spaghetti Warehouse and the Towpath is accessible directly behind the parking lot.
  • Free parking is available in the State St. parking deck. The Towpath is accessible from Lock 3, or from the State St. trailhead entry (behind Canal Park Stadium)

Please wear face coverings and observe 6 feet of social distancing from others.

This celebration has been made possible by the Japanese Association of Northeast Ohio - JANO, Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, Alpha Phi Alpha Homes, Inc., Akron Civic Commons, and Knight Foundation, with additional thanks to Lock 3 Akron, Ohio and Summit Metro Parks.