4 Major National Cherry Blossom Events You Should Not Miss

Known as hanami in Japanese, cherry blossoms festival is a springtime celebration of the blooming of the Yoshino cherry tree.

National Cherry Blossom Festival parade (image via National Cherry Blossom Festival)

Just across the Potomac River from Arlington, Washington DC commemorates the 1912 gift of Japanese cherry tree from Tokyo city through the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. The three-week cultural celebration is held in various venues across the District and surrounding areas and draws over 1.5 million guests from around the world. This year’s event is set for March 20 to April 12.

Here are four major Cherry Blossom events that you shouldn’t miss this year:

  • National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Opening Ceremony (March 21)- held at the Warner Theater, the celebrations will begin with live performances from world-renowned artists.
  • Blossom Kite Festival (March 28)- held on the grounds of the Washington Monument, this event will allow you to showcase your kite flying skills. Children also get to make their own kites at the activity station.
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade (April 4)- a centerpiece of the festival, this high-energy parade by Events DC features giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the nation, and celebrity entertainers.
  • Petalpalooza (April 11)- held at the Yard Park, this celebration offers live music on multiple outdoor stages, interactive art installations, a beer garden, family-friendly hands-on activities and more. The festivities start at noon and end at 9 pm with a dazzling fireworks display.

So take advantage of the Metro system and join in the festivities this year.


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