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Cherry Blossom Festival

With Spring comes Flower Festivals

Celebrate Spring in DC at the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a wonderful celebration in DC.

Washington-DC-Cherry-BlossomThe festival commemorates a gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC in 1912.  What a beautiful gesture from the people of Japan to the United States!  The festival honors the lasting friendship between the US and Japan.

In 2021, the Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off March 20 with the Pink Tie PartyAttend this annual fundraiser featuring cocktails, great cuisine, live music, and dancing.  This celebration marks the end of winter and the beginning of the blossom season in DC.

Have you ever attended the Cherry Festival?

Festival events take place throughout DC.  Most are free and open to the public. 


MARCH 20 – APRIL 11, 2021

Opening Weekend:  March 20

Blossom Kite Festival:  March 28

Parade:  April 4

Petalpalooza:  April 11

Check out the Cherry Festival site for the list of events. 

Attend the Opening Ceremony of the festival at the Warren Theatre.  You’ll be delighted with the performances by the American and Japanese talents.

If you plan to attend the Parade you’ll want to arrive early for the best views.  The Festival Parade runs for 10 blocks.  You’ll be mesmerized by the elaborate floats, brightly colored helium balloons, the lively music, and entertainers.  Prepare to be wow-ed!

Cherry Blossom parade

Attend the Festival’s Petalpalooza at The Yards, a new location in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.  You’ll enjoy a full day of family activities, art, live music on multiple stages, product giveaways, a beer garden, and wonderful food.  The celebration begins at 1 pm and ends at 9 pm with a fireworks show set to music.  The event is free and should be a fun day for the family.

See the Petalpalooza site for all of the activities planned.

Fireworks display

The Kite Festival – another event you don’t want to miss.


The Festival also features an annual Blossom Kite Festival.  Kite Makers from around the world attend to demonstrate their abilities in piloting kites.  You’ll see kite flying demonstrations and many beautiful kites.

Dragon kite flying at the festival.

Dragon Kite-Cherry Festival

You can bring your own kites to fly, and kites are available for purchase also.



DC’s City Center decorates overhead to celebrate the Cherry Blossom Kite Festival.

The Festival begins

The date of the festival is planned as close as possible to the blooming of the cherry blossom trees.Washington-DC-Cherry-Blossom

As weather conditions play a big part in the blooming season the prediction of the blooming period isn’t made until early March each year.

 Stay in the loop.  Check before and during the festival for updates on the peak blooming period.

The peak blooming period is when 70 cherry blosson close uppercent of the blossoms are open.  The blooming period starts several days before the Peak date.

To see the cherry blossoms’ visit the National Park locations in West Potomac Park around the Tidal Basin in East Potomac Park (Hains Point), and on the Washington Monument grounds.

cherry blossom tree DC

While attending the Cherry Blossom Festival you’ll want to fill your days with all the activities and sites to see in DC.


To get the most out of the Blossom Festival you may want to use one of the many tour guides available to see the Cherry Trees.  For led tours check out the Tours Providers list.

cherry blossom waterFor those wanting to venture out on their own self-guided tour information is available.

While visiting in Washington be sure to take in the local sites and visit the Washington Monuments.  Tour guides would love to show you the sites around DC.

Never been to DC?

There are many sites to see and museums to visit.  The World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and the Arlington National Cemetery were my favorites.


Our trip to DC was wonderful.  We ventured out on our own and enjoyed many museums and memorials.  There’s so much to see it’s hard to experience DC in one trip.

DC Arlington National

There are many companies that give guided tours of the Monuments and Memorials in DC.  You’ll get many results when searching google for DC Monument Tours.  Here are a few of the Guided Tours you’ll find in DC, CitySightsDC, Trolley Tours DC, and Viator Tours DC.  Go ahead – check it out.

There are evening tours, bike and bus tours, and private tours.  The Lincoln Memorial is breath-taking in the evening.  A Monument Moonlight Tour may be just the ticket you’re looking for.

Visitor’s Information – Cherry Blossom Festival Hotline (877) 44BLOOM.

Need a place to stay – Book a Hotel.

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs

Plan a Tour – Tour Providers

Have you ever attended the Cherry Blossom Festival?  What was your favorite event?  Do you plan to go to this year’s festival?  

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