Historic Wooster Square Association

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strong & vibrant

Working to keep the neighborhood strong & vibrant
Working to keep the neighborhood strong & vibrant
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Visitors are welcome to use the school parking lots:
• Conte Magnet School  on Chapel St.
• Metropolitan Business Academy on Water St.
• High School in the Community on Water and Olive Sts.

There are also bus stops nearby.

The park is an easy  5-minute walk from the Granite Sqaure parking garage on State St., near Audubon and a 10-minute walk from several downtown parking garages.


46th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival 

Sun., April 28, 2019    •     12 noon 4:30

Check out the story by Markeshia Rickets
in the New Haven Independent

"Wooster Square Blossom Fest Dances in the Rain"

Thank you to Bart & Cheryl Szczarba for their Blossom Blog that tracked the progress of cherry tree blooming.

Free On-Stage Entertainment

at the Sunday Festival included:

• Carlos Santiago Y Su Momento 

Musical (Salsa) 

• Trinity Girls Choir


 Friend of Wooster Square Award Presentation

went to Elsie Chapman

plus, all afternoon throughout the Park:

• Dedicated Family & Children's Area 

with arts & crafts

Nappy's Puppets  (Shadow Puppets)
   activities with 
L.L. Bean

Elm City Market

Raptor Rescue 

New Haven Free Public Library Readmobile 

New Haven Parks Department FunBus

and more

• Pet Friendly Area


• Local food vendors

including Pizza, Italian Ice, Ice Cream, 

Cheese Truck, JitterBus, Sono Bakery and more

Plus more than 30 artists and authors, 

local non-profits and display tables with Wooster Square history

Little Italy Area

Wooster Square Reunion Area

Interested in being a supporter or sponsor next year? click here


Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors!

Updated 7/16/19  


This celebration of spring commemorates the planting of 72 Yoshino Japanese Cherry Blossom trees in 1973 by the New Haven Historic Commission in collaboration with the New Haven Parks Department and residents of the neighborhood. The Festival has grown from a modest event with a local band entertaining a handful of neighbors under lighted trees to a major New Haven all-afternoon event that draws well over 10,000 visitors. 

Cherry Blossom Fun Facts:
Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) has been a Japanese custom since the 7th century when the aristocrats enjoyed looking at beautiful sakura (cherry trees) and wrote poems. Sakura is a symbol of Japan, and it's said that there are over 400 varieties of cherry trees in Japan. The most popular kind of sakura which can be viewed everywhere in Japan is somei-yoshino (Yedoensis). Unlike other varieties of cherry tree, Japanese cherry trees do not yield fruit.