Don’t Miss The National Cherry Blossom Festival!

When springtime returns Washington D.C., there’s no mistaking it thanks to a beautiful gift from Japan. More than 3,000 cherry trees will blossom with gorgeous pink and white petals around the capital, and people will come from near and far to greet the season for the National Cherry Blossom Festival!

When and Where

This year’s festival will be held from March 20 through April 12. Festivities will occur across the capital throughout the springtime event, including a fundraiser party at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, opening ceremonies at the Warner Theatre, and a parade along Constitution Avenue. You can check out a list of must-see festival activities HERE.


On March 20, kick things off at the Pink Tie Party, a lively fundraiser to support the massive undertaking that festival organizers surmount each year. At this 21 and up event, you’ll watch a dazzling performance by World of Dance champs while enjoying spring-themed dishes by local chefs.  The following evening, the Opening Ceremonies will celebrate the anniversary of Tokyo’s 1910 diplomatic gift with contemporary and traditional Japanese performing arts. You’ll hear modern hits by pop artist Naotaro Moriyama and shima-uta folk music by Anna Sato.

Each weekend, the Tidal Basin will feature live music, along with a variety of souvenirs, books, and food. Rangers from the National Park Service will be there to speak about the trees and help guests find what they’re looking for. On stage, there will be a lineup of performers representing the relationship between American and Japanese cultures with upbeat music and dance.

Around the National Mall

Colorful kites will fill the air around the Washington Monument on March 28, as experts and amateur flyers are welcome to participate in the Blossom Kite Festival. At 9 that morning, you can also join in the 22nd Annual National Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk, which leads to the National Japanese American Memorial. If you want to see the sights at a quicker pace, you can lace up for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run & 5K Run-Walk on April 5. the annual parade will hit the streets of D.C. on April 4, with imaginative floats, balloons, and marching bands proceeding along from the National Archives to the Washington Monument.

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March 9, 2020
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