The free Hilltop Cherry Blossom Festival takes place on Saturday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in People’s Park at South 9th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Tacoma. Afterward, the Hilltop Cherry Blossom Wine Walk runs from 4-7 p.m.
In the park there will be many vendors, haiku poetry writing, origamimaking activities and stage entertainment featuring the Pacific Lutheran Taiko drummers and the Cherry Blossom Trio as well as Anjali Silva, Jim Valley and Mario Lorenz. Children will have the chance to fly kites with Larry Anderson in the People’s Park bowl. There is a cherry blossom walking tour to take you to the Cosmic Shapes exhibit at Centro Latino featuring yoga poses turned into art by Mauricio Robelino, a project funded by the Tacoma Arts Commission.
At 4 p.m., check in at Marconi Chiropractic, at 1022 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, and register for the wine walk, which costs $25 (if purchased in advance) and $30 on day of. Thirteen merchants are participating to provide festivalgoers with the best wine and food that the Hilltop district has to offer. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Hilltop Business District. Bring your I.D. Parking is available on the street. A silent auction and drawing will be held at the end of the evening. Turn in your passport at the end.