Brookhaven’s Second Annual Cherry Blossom Festival will take place April 2-3 at Blackburn Park and admission is free and open to the public.

“Festivals are a vital part of bringing the community together and attracting newcomers,” said Festival Chair and Founder Rebecca Chase Williams in a statement. “We had a successful inaugural Cherry Blossom Festival and we are excited to once again show residents and visitors what is so special about Brookhaven.”

More than 10,000 people attended last year’s fest and added $180,000 to local coffers, according to a festival press release.

This year’s highlights include an arts and crafts market, food trucks and vendors, a children’s village, a 5K run and 1K walk, a pet parade and live music.

In December 2014, the city of Brookhaven planted 240 Yoshino and Kwanzan Cherry Trees in Blackburn Park. The Cherry Tree is the official tree of Brookhaven and is a symbol of peace and good will. These types of ornamental Cherry Trees were originally brought from Japan to America around 1900.

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Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.