Japanese Art Festival & Anime Convention

About Us:

SakuraNatsu is a Gainesville based convention and festival created entirely by high school students and maintained by those same students, who are now enrolled in college. We are dedicated to bringing Japanese culture to our community and we hope you will join us in this venture. 

SakuraNatsu was founded by Lindsay Bolton (Then:15, Now:19) and Marya Ali (Then:16, Now: 20). We are very dedicated to our various creative and personal ventures outside of this con, including Lindsay with mental health education, dance, and theatre, Marya with fitness, art, and medicine. Additionally, we are also very passionate about our grades and schooling. Our greatest venture as of yet is this convention, and we are all monumentally excited to bring the life-changing aspects of Japanese culture to our community.    

Our event is free and open to the public, so everyone can attend! We hope that this event can inspire our community and any other young people who have huge ambitions. Your goal can be accomplished!  

At our events, we host thousands of guests, allow a platform for hundreds of performers, work with dozens of vendors, receive donations from numerous international sponsors, serve delicious food, and more. 

SakuraNatsu 2018 Trailer 

Get to Know Us! 

SakuraNatsu 2017 Trailer 

SakuraNatsu 2016 Trailer 

Location: The Gainesville Garden Club 

1350 NW 75th St, Gainesville, FL 32605

Dance Team: 



The Club is a self supporting, non-profit organization dedicated to education, beautification, and conservation.

The Garden Club provides University scholarships in horticulture and related fields for interested students. 

The location has two buildings, one for panels, and one for main events. You may also check out our vendors out on the porch and take photos in the gorgeous garden! We have a wonderful photographer to take pictures for you as well! 

1350 NW 75th St, Gainesville, FL 32605. Look for our signs marking the way to SakuraNatsu! 

To advertise for our convention, SakuraNatsu also has a dance team! We have been featured as special guests at Swampcon, Holiday Matsuri, Florida Anime Experience, and at many more! Check out our YouTube and Instagram for videos of our dances! 

Past themes: Love Live, Vocaloid, Fairy Tail, Tokyo Disney, and Studio Ghibli 

Current theme: RWBY 

We love all of our volunteers and staff! If you need a volunteer hours form signed, please speak to one of the founders during set-up or clean up time. 

We extend a big thank you to all of our volunteers and staff! 

Anime fans have a brand new streaming service. We're happy to share with you, the newest anime streaming site out there. works only in the United States, as they have licensed anime from Media Blasters. Support the industry by watching anime only on legal websites, like!

Sanrense is a clothing company based in China that sells a variety of items. When shopping with them, please use our code SAKURANATSU and help support us!

Flower Vagabond is an online apparel company that offers trendy and cute apparel and accessories with free worldwide shipping! Please use our discount code SAKURANATSU for 10% off! 

Kigurumi sells adorable adult animal onesies 

that will be featured in our fashion show, 

Kigurumi Shop's costumes are manufactured by 

SAZAC, the most respected and successful 

kigurumi manufacturer. 

The idea of the Punkrave brand is to create a style which is different from all the traditional styles and matches with the new generations, thus cultivating a culture of alternative style. 

Aesthetic Apparel was created with korean street fashion, anime, and kawaii fashion in mind. They wanted to make the products more accessible to the world, and they did! 

They offer one-of-a-kind vintage Japanese kimono, haori, obi, fabric, and more - straight from the temple markets and auction houses of Kyoto, Japan. Wedding kimono, bridal party attire, kimono fabrics, unusual collectibles, & more!

The Five Wits is a geeky traveling business belonging to Ruth and friends. Five Wits Wigs sells wonderful quality wigs for all types of characters and clothing options! 

The Kawaii Kitty provides adorable 

kawaii items from jewelry to 

school supplies 

Kawaii goods that are as affordable as they 

are adorable! Handmade mixed with

professionally produced items perfect for 


Japan candy box is a monthly subscriptions 

service for everyone who loves Japanese 

candy! It is a great way to be immersed in 

the culture from the comfort of your home!  

Creamiicandy is an Australian-based shop 

that ships worldwide! They have the cutest 

collection of squishy buns, phone 

accessories, stationery (pens, note pads,


Marino Marshmallow is a Japanese DIY 

candy kits, snacks, accessories, stationary, 

toys and much more from your favorite 

online videos! They offer free shipping 

on orders over $47. 

This product has all the fun, tasty, and weird 

treats Japan is known for, including the 

popular DIY snacks you've seen online.  

Kawaii Box is the cutest monthly Subscription Box! 

Receive a box filled with hand-picked kawaii items 

from Japan and Korea directly to your home every 


Imaginate Designs is a digital art and and design 

company created with pure imagination and heart. 

2017 Posters 

2016 Posters 

This website was created by Molly Ziegenfelder and kept updated by Lindsay Bolton and the SakuraNatsu Team