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NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM 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.

HIGHLIGHTS

2021 Highlights

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.

Get an inside look at the 2021 Festival Events that happened in person and at home!

Learn what you might not know about the National Cherry Blossom Festival with these fun facts!

2022 OFFICIAL FESTIVAL ARTWORK

ABOUT THE 2022 OFFICIAL ARTIST: LEA CRAIGIE-MARSHALL

Born in Falls Church, VA in 1976, Lea showed talent from an early age. A born artist, she spent her childhood taking various art classes with her artist grandmother in the mountains of West Virginia. Lea also found inspiration at home in her mother, also an artist. These strong female influences, as well as visiting her beloved first hometown of Washington, DC on weekends served as powerful forces to mold Lea into the dynamic and compelling artist she is today. Lea is a multidisciplinary, contemporary artist working with various mediums and techniques. Lea was first connected with the National Cherry Blossom Festival as one of 25 artists selected to paint a 2021 Art in Bloom Giant Cherry Blossom Sculpture titled “Crane’s Dance” which now permanently resides at Ward Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church in Ward 7. Lea prides herself on not only using various mediums and techniques but mastering each one. Whether it is through a political/social activism piece, a beautiful landscape, a large-scale mural, or a portrait of one of her favorite artists Frida Kahlo, she hopes to evoke a deep connection within the viewer.

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