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Add to this weekend’s must-do list the 21st annual cherry blossom festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Preview the progress of the BBG’s Cherry Esplanade on the garden’s Web site,

The Cherry Watch map will be updated through the April 27 weekend, which coincides with the cherry blossom festival or "Sakura Matsuri," offering a roster of more than 40 Japanese cultural events: Taiko drumming; performances of Japanese classical, folk and modern dance; calligraphy; bonsai tree pruning; doll-making demonstrations; a tea ceremony and flower arrangement demonstrations ("ikebana").

All of the festival events, which take place 10 am to 6 pm on both days, are free with paid admission to the Garden ($3, $1.50 seniors and students with ID, free for children under 16) and will take place rain or shine. Get there early to avoid long lines at the gate, and be sure to catch the blooming lilacs and azaleas, too.

The festival schedule is on the hotline, (718) 623-7333.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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