ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
WELCOME TO THE NATION’S GREATEST SPRINGTIME CELEBRATION!
The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC, and celebrates the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. Today’s Festival now spans four weeks and welcomes more than 1.5 million people to enjoy diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Events are primarily free and open to the public.
2020 FESTIVAL IMAGES
See why today’s National Cherry Blossom Festival has grown from modest beginnings to one of the world’s greatest celebrations of spring. Explore the rich history of the Festival with highlights from past festivals and our many special events.
2021 OFFICIAL FESTIVAL ARTWORK
ABOUT THE 2021 OFFICIAL ARTIST - PATRICK GUYTON
Patrick Guyton’s ability to design with sophisticated detail brings drama and poetic expression into his works. With a successful career that has encompassed many different applications, techniques, and styles, he merges mood and atmosphere to evoke powerful emotions that create harmony. He’s spent 12 years merging gold and silver leafing techniques from the 14th century with contemporary creative methods to develop his signature style, which he describes as “gilded modernism.”
Guyton attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where he studied the fine arts, sculpture, and design theory. Since moving to Southern California in 1987, he has worked as a fine and commercial artist doing airbrush illustration, murals, and signage.
The 2021 Commemorative Poster is available for purchase here.
History of the Cherry Blossom Trees and Festival
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