A Guide To The Cherry Blossom Festival in DC

A collection of well-aged gifts from Japan, Washington, DC’s cherry trees bloom every spring, cheering up a shivered city with beautiful white-pink leaves. In addition to the visual beauty of visiting DC during the annual bloom, travelers can also take part in the long, illustrious celebration that surrounds it. These are some of the must-attend events of the 2018 Cherry Blossom Festival.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival features a large number of arts events, festivals, and unique celebration from March 17th through April 15th.

Opening Ceremony

Saturday, March 24th

This kick-off to the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival promises to impress, as it will feature contemporary dance and music performances at the historic Warner Theatre. Celebrating the relationship between Japan and the United States (as the trees do), the artists are all American or Japanese.

Warner Theatre. 513 13th St. NW

Blossom Kite Festival

Saturday, March 31st

This year marks the seventh annual Blossom Kite Festival—a unique and gorgeous event that features some of the best works from kite makers across the country. The day will consist of various competitions and presentations, including the crowd-pleasing Hot Tricks Showdown. Attendees can bring their own kites, and there will be an activity station where children can make their own high-flying masterpieces.

Washington Monument Grounds. 17th Street & Constitution Ave.


Saturday, April 7th

This year marks the first Petalpalooza, which will be a day-long, free-to-attend melee of games, interactive art installations, live concerts across three stages, fireworks and more. There will be plenty for kids with the shows and a roller rink, and adults can kick back in the beer garden to add a buzz to this fun-filled experience.

The Wharf. 1100 Main Ave. SW

National Cherry Blossom Festival

Saturday, April 14th

This is the main event, and one of the largest of DC’s many annual gatherings. Running for 10 blocks along the world-famous Constitution Avenue, it consists of vibrant balloons, artistic floats, and performances by marching bands from across the country. The day will also feature perofrmances from pop string quartet Well strung, and hip-hop legends Arrested Development, among several others.

Constitution Avenue. 7th to 17th St. NW

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