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National Cherry Blossom Festival
This Weekend’s Petalpalooza Will Bring Live Performances, Fireworks, and Engaging Art to Capitol Riverfront to Cap Off the 2022 National Cherry Blossom Festival
New This Year: Interactive Public Art Installation Adorning Capitol Riverfront Neighborhood Through April 17
Washington, D.C. [April 13, 2022] – The National Cherry Blossom Festival today announced that Petalpalooza, presented by Chase, will take over Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood at The Yards this Saturday, April 16 from 1-9 p.m. The finale signature event of the 2022 National Cherry Blossom Festival, Petalpalooza will be free to the public and feature live music on three outdoor stages, interactive art installations, larger-than-life games and activities, a beverage garden, roving performers, spectacular fireworks, and much more.
“Petalpalooza is another way we’re bringing the 2022 Festival into neighborhoods for all to enjoy,” said Diana Mayhew, president and CEO of National Cherry Blossom Festival. “There will be so much to see and do at the event, and we encourage attendees to either pack a picnic or enjoy some of the great grab-and-go food options from local shops and restaurants like The Salt Line and Kilwins DC. Also, Metro or other public transportation will be the best ways to get there, since parking options may be limited.”
“Chase is so delighted to be the presenting partner of this wonderful event for the fourth year,” said Alfonso Guzman, regional director for Chase Mid-Atlantic. “Cherry blossoms season is a springtime tradition and when the flowers bloom each year, it signifies the beginning of spring and lights up the District. This year is even more meaningful as everyone has been enjoying the festivities in person.”
New this year as an extension of the Art in Bloom program, presented by Amazon and supported by Park West, the Petalpalooza Art Walk features public art installations throughout the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Art Walk is open now through April 17.
Crafted by local artists, these “Instagrammable” experiences are sure to create an incredible backdrop for lasting Festival memories, including a “Swing into Spring” experience presented by Chase. To learn more about the artists and their respective sculptures, click here.
Local businesses throughout the Capitol Riverfront community are also joining in the collective celebration of spring with sidewalk sales, grab-and-go food orders, Trapeze School performances, and fun activities like themed workouts, canoeing, and kayaking.
Petalpalooza attendees are invited to enjoy a full day of live music from local artists on three outdoor performance stages and dance floors. The Acoustic stage will feature Joe Downer, Wild Whispers, Like Water and the Fam, and Fordson Labs, who will perform alongside online sensation Andrew Savoia. The Chase Main Stage will feature JWX: The Jarreau Williams Xperience, Back to Yours, Jordy Searcy, and Juice. The Performance Stage, presented by Mars Arts DC in partnership with Washington Performing Arts, will combine the art of performance with education.
Presenting sponsor Chase will offer a cardholder’s lounge and fun photo opportunities for attendees. A Better Cities for Pets pet comfort station, provided by Mars Petcare, will help ensure that every four-legged family member has a fantastic Festival experience.
Fireworks will cap the evening at 8:30 p.m., when a dazzling, choreographed display of fireworks lights up the Anacostia River between the Frederick Douglass and 11th Street Bridges.
The Festival invites all participants to tag their Petalpalooza experiences on social media with the hashtags #Petalpalooza and #RediscoverSpring.
Petalpalooza is easily accessible by Metrobus, DC Circulator’s Blue Route, and Metro’s Green line to Navy Yard-Ballpark or Orange & Blue lines to Capitol South. The Capitol Riverfront also offers eight Capital Bikeshare stations. The fireworks display may be viewed from all locations throughout Petalpalooza as well as across the river at Anacostia Park. In the event of inclement weather, Petalpalooza will be postponed until April 17 from 5–9 PM.
Petalpalooza is presented by Chase and hosted by Capitol Riverfront, with support by LaCroix Sparkling Water, Mars Petcare, Park West Gallery, Mars Arts DC in partnership with Washington Performing Arts, Brookfield Properties, WorldStrides, City Cruises, Dunkin’, Kirin, Beam Suntory, District Winery, DC Water and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Media partners include NBC4, OutFront Media, and iHeartMedia Radio.
For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/2022Petalpalooza.
For more information about the 2022 Festival, visit NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org/RediscoverSpring and follow the Festival’s social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
For the health and safety of all participants, the Festival encourages attendees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in alignment with CDC recommendations.
Please review event details on the Festival website to determine whether masking or proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend. Please note that safety requirements may change, so attendees are encouraged to sign up for Festival emails to receive the latest updates.
ABOUT NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the world’s great celebrations of spring. Hosted from March 20 – April 17, the 2022 Festival will include four weeks of events featuring diverse and creative programming that promotes traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit.
Visit NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org or call 877.44.BLOOM for more information, and check out Facebook (@CherryBlossomFestival), Instagram (@CherryBlossFest), Twitter (@CherryBlossFest), and YouTube (@NationalCherryBlossomFestivalDC). The Festival is supported by Leadership Circle Sponsors Events DC and Amazon.