Out & About

2017 Cherry Blossom Festival

The Cherry Blossom Festival is among us and here are the highlights:

(All these are FREE)

Opening Ceremony – Warner Theatre
Saturday, March 25
5-6:30 p.m.

Kick-off the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival and watch world-renowned performers as we welcome springtime to Washington, DC and celebrate the anniversary of the gift of trees from Japan to the United States. The Opening Ceremony celebrates the season through a showcase of great American and Japanese talent, this year including May J., EL Squad, Shigeyama Kyogen, and The 6821 Quintet. Tickets are now sold out, but walk- ups will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis beginning at 4:45 p.m. The Opening Ceremony will be live streamed in its entirety on the Festival’s Facebook.

SAAM Cherry Blossom Celebration presented by the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Saturday, March 25
11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join SAAM and the National Cherry Blossom Festival for a celebration of Japanese culture! A taiko drumming performance kicks off the day, followed by Japanese music and dance performances, face painting, and cherry-blossom themed crafts. Make your own tatebanko (a Japanese paper diorama) with our friends from the Smithsonian’s Freer|Sackler Asian art museums. Take a scavenger hunt to find spring themed artworks, and more.

Cultural Performances at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area & ANA Performance Stage (near the paddle boats)
Daily through April 2
12-6 p.m.

Special performance days include BloomBars Day (3/22), Passport DC Preview Day (3/23), Sing Into Spring Day (3/25). Performance schedule updated weekly here.

Youth Art Contest
March 24 – April 19 at Pepco Edison Place Gallery (702 8th Street, NW). Enjoy original artwork by hundreds of DC public and charter school students. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, Noon – 4:00 PM. View a special pop-up kimono exhibit and kimono trunk sale March 24 – 26.

Weekly Participating Events:

  • FREE An Evening of Kyogen: Shigeyama Kyogon Troupe (3/21)
  • FREE Art at the Center presented by Events DC (3/22)
  • FREE “Minfune: The Last Samurai” Film Screening (3/23)
  • FREE May J. Special Performance (3/24)
  • The 6821 Quintet at Everymay Georgetown (3/24)
  • EL Squad Hip Hop Workshop (3/24)
  • FREE Japanese Culture Day (3/25)


CITY IN BLOOM – iconic buildings light and project blossoms at nightfall, including CityCenter DC, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Dulles International Airport, Warner Theatre, Union Market, and more. Metro stations, taxis, pedicabs, Capital Bikeshare’s fleet, and more utilize bright pink blossom decals. View the full list at http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/get-involved/cityinbloom/

CHERRY PICKS RESTAURANT PROGRAM – more than 70 DC-area restaurants serve spring-inspired dishes and drinks during the Festival, in partnership with Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington. View the full list at http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/visitor-information/cherrypicks/

OFFICIAL TOURS – Plan a tour with one of our affiliates to experience the blossoms from land or sea! http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/visitor-information/tour-providers/

OFFICIAL MERCHANDISE HEADQUARTERS AT UNION STATIONVisit the Festival’s Union Station kiosk for official merchandise and information on all events and programs.

GIVE BACK TO THE NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL – Bid on unique items and experiences in the Festival’s online auction, donate to sustain the Festival’s events, and help support the cherry blossoms.

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