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Brookhaven starts tradition with Cherry Blossom Festival

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- Brookhaven will start a new tradition with its inaugural Cherry Blossom Festival, which includes three days of live music, food, children's activities and art from March 27 to 29.

The festival's headliners are rock & roll legends The Coasters and The Drifters, who play back-to-back starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Both groups are in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The Beatles tribute band The Return perform at 8:30 p.m. on Friday.

The free event in Blackburn Park also includes a 5K Run/1K Walk, a children's village, pet world featuring the original Stunt Dog Show and food vendors.

The city recently planted 140 cherry blossom trees in the park to serve as a backdrop for the activities.

"Once we adopted the Cherry Blossom as our official city tree, it just seemed natural to have an event to show them off," said Festival Chair and Mayor Pro Tem Rebecca Chase Williams.

Here are the festival's dates and hours:

Friday, March 27 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, March 28 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday, March 29 from Noon to 6 p.m.

‚ÄčThe festival is sponsored by the Brookhaven Office of Tourism and funded with the city's hotel and motel tax.

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to spread out and enjoy the entertainment.

The Coasters and The Drifters will perform R&B classics from the '50s and '60s, including "Save the Last Dance for Me," "Up on the Roof," "This Magic Moment," "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown" and "Under the Boardwalk."

Blackburn Park is located at 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road in Brookhaven.

Parking is limited, but shuttles will be provided from nearby parking lots. Locations and a schedule will be posted online.

The 2015 Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival is sponsored by DeKalb County, Autotrader.com, xfinity, Belhaven University-Atlanta, Regency Centers Corporation, Gables Oglethorpe, The Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina, The Heights at Brookleigh, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Perimeter Summit, Primrose School of Brookhaven, Northside Hospital, Georgia Power, Brookhaven Children's Dentistry, Collette McDonald & Associates-RE/Max Around Atlanta, Perimeter Community Improvement Districts, NorSouth, Banfield Pet Hospital, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, Post Brookhaven Apartment Homes, Brookhaven Reporter, Dunwoody Crier and Brookhaven Post.

Visit www.brookcherryfest.org for event schedule and details.