When is the DC Cherry Blossom Festival?
The 2018 DC Cherry Blossom Festival Festival begins March 20th and lasts until April 15th. Peak Bloom is expected to be from March 17th through the 20th. The Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the most-anticipated spring events in DC. There are several festival events that take place throughout the month-long celebration. Read more to learn about our favorite events.
By the time March rolls around, most of DC is itching for signs of spring. Warm and sunny days are upon us, and that means it is time to get outside and enjoy all that this wonderful city has to offer. The Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the most-anticipated spring events in DC. The 2018 Festival begins March 20th and lasts until April 15th, and peak bloom is expected to be from March 17th through March 20th. The festival celebrates the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Japan to the United States in 1912.
While there are festival events all throughout the District, the trees are growing in three locations: West Potomac Park around the Tidal Basin, East Potomac Park, and the Washington Monument. There are several festival events that take place throughout the month-long celebration, and we have compiled a list of our favorites. These events will get you outside to enjoy the spring weather and to appreciate the beautiful Cherry Blossoms while they are in bloom.
Blossom Kite Festival
Saturday, March 31st; 10:00 am – 4:30 pm; Washington Monument Grounds
The Blossom Kite Festival marks the beginning of kite season, and it is an official Cherry Blossom Festival event. Extravagantly made kites, skilled kite flyers, and exciting competitions make this a spectacular event. You can bring your own kite, purchase them at the festival, or even build your own – the perfect activity for children. Rokkaku Kite Battles and the Hot Tricks Showdown are the main events of the day and you don’t want to miss them.
Saturday, April 7th; 1:00 – 9:00 pm; Fireworks at 8:30 pm; The Wharf
Petalpalooza is a day-long festival of music, art, and outdoor fun at Southwest DC’s waterfront, The Wharf. The day is filled with all sorts of entertainment including interactive art, live music, and a firework show to close out the evening. The Wharf is one of DC’s newest and finest attractions, and Petalpoalooza is the perfect way to experience all that the area has to offer. Admission to the festival is free. Parking will be limited, so public transportation to The Wharf will be the easiest way to enjoy the day.
SAAM & Byt’s Cherry BlossOM Yoga in the Temple
Saturday, April 14th; 9:00-10:00 am; Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Relax and get your flow on with the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Brightest Young Things for the annual Cherry BlossOM free yoga class. The class will take place in a room-sized exhibit at the Smithsonian – No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man by David Best. This practice is for all levels – just be sure to pre-register to secure a spot. The No Spectators: Art of Burning Man demonstrates and celebrates the influence that Burning Man has on art and culture. This exhibit is an extraordinary place for a celebratory yoga class in honor of the Cherry Blossoms.
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
Saturday, April 14th; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm; Constitution Avenue (7th – 17th St. NW)
The final Cherry Blossom event is the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, ending the month-long spring festival with a bang. The parade is known for being one of the largest spectator events in the District. It runs down Constitution Avenue with views of the Washington Monument and several other DC attractions.
You can expect a fun-filled day with intricate floats, live bands, various performances, and much more. There are several celebrity performances – Carla Hall, Arrested Development, Ty Herndon, and many others. The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is not an event you want to miss – the city is filled with energy and excitement to celebrate our treasured Cherry Blossoms and the arrival of spring.