The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. is an annual celebration that commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the Mayor of Tokyo, Yukio Ozaki, to the city of Washington, D.C. The festival typically occurs in late March through early April, depending on the timing of the cherry blossoms' peak bloom.

The main events and activities of the Cherry Blossom Festival include:

  1. Opening Ceremony: The festival officially begins with a ceremony featuring traditional and contemporary performances from both American and Japanese artists. This event takes place at the Warner Theatre and is usually free to attend, although tickets may be required.

  2. Blossom Kite Festival: Taking place on the National Mall, this event encourages kite enthusiasts of all ages to showcase their creativity and kite-flying skills. It typically includes competitions, demonstrations, and workshops.

  3. National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade: The parade is a highlight of the festival, featuring giant helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands, and performers from around the country. The parade route runs along Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets, NW.

  4. Petalpalooza: A lively event that offers a full day of live music, art installations, and family-friendly activities. This celebration concludes with a spectacular fireworks display over the waterfront.

  5. Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk:  These popular races take place during the festival, attracting thousands of participants who enjoy a scenic course around the Tidal Basin and other iconic D.C. landmarks.

  6. Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival: Organized by the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C., this event showcases Japanese culture through food, art, and live performances. It's the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the United States.

  7. Tidal Basin Paddle Boats: Renting a paddleboat is a popular way to enjoy the cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin. Boats can be rented on a first-come, first-served basis.

  8. Cultural Performances: Throughout the festival, you can find various cultural performances and demonstrations at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area.

The festival attracts over 1.5 million visitors each year, who come to admire the beautiful cherry blossoms and participate in various cultural events. The peak bloom period, when 70% of the blossoms are open, varies each year depending on weather conditions. The National Park Service provides updates on the predicted bloom dates, which usually occur within a two-week window.

To ensure a pleasant visit, it's essential to plan ahead. Public transportation is highly recommended due to limited parking and high traffic in the area. The closest Metro stations to the Tidal Basin are Smithsonian and L'Enfant Plaza.

For the most up-to-date information, visit the official National Cherry Blossom Festival website at

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