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National Cherry Blossom Festival Meets With Spouse of Japanese Prime Minister

National Cherry Blossom Festival Meets With Spouse of Japanese Prime Minister

During their recent visit to Tokyo, Japan, National Cherry Blossom Festival Board Chair, Richard Bradley and President, Diana Mayhew, were received by Akie Abe, spouse of the Prime Minister, highlighting the importance of the Festival’s mission in promoting and preserving US-Japan friendship.

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National Cherry Blossom Festival Wins 14 Industry Pinnacle Awards

National Cherry Blossom Festival Wins 14 Industry Pinnacle Awards

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is thrilled to have won 14 coveted Pinnacle Awards from the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA). Each year, IFEA recognizes outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world. The Festival came in first place (Gold) in five categories, […]

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National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade presented by Events DCSignature Event

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade presented by Events DC

Enjoy this long-standing Washington tradition featuring lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, and family entertainment.

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2018 Festival Highlights

2018 Festival Highlights

This year the Festival had a lot to be AMPed about, including the immersive art experiences, live musical performances at Petalpalooza and world-renowned entertainment straight from Japan at the Opening Ceremony. Check out photos of a few of the highlights below.

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Win a Trip to Tokyo on All Nippon Airways!

Win a Trip to Tokyo on All Nippon Airways!

In celebration of the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival, share your favorite Festival experiences using the hashtag #BlossomMoments18. Tag All Nippon Airways (ANA) with your submission on Facebook (@ana.northamerica), Twitter (@FlyANA_official), or Instagram (@allnipponairways_official) and you will be entered to win a pair of round trip airline tickets to Tokyo, Japan courtesy of ANA. Plus, for every 100 […]

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Tidal Basin Welcome Area and ANA Performance Stage Dates Adjusted

Tidal Basin Welcome Area and ANA Performance Stage Dates Adjusted

Due to the peak bloom of the cherry blossoms being delayed, the Tidal Basin Welcome Area and ANA Performance Stage dates have been adjusted to ensure programming and visitor services will be available when the cherry trees blossom (currently forecast to reach peak between April 8-12). Originally scheduled to close after Sunday, April 1, the […]

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Update: Peak Bloom Predicted

Update: Peak Bloom Predicted

The National Park Service today updated the predicted the peak bloom prediction of the cherry trees to March 27 – March 31. The National Cherry Blossom Festival will still begin on March 17 with the opening of the Tidal Basin Welcome Area and ANA Performance Stage. The Festival will continue as scheduled with four full weeks of programming through April 15. […]

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Now Accepting Volunteers!

Now Accepting Volunteers!

The National Cherry  Blossom Festival (March 20 – April 15, 2018) is seeking friendly, cooperative, and reliable volunteers of all ages! Get a behind-the-scenes experience of the nation’s greatest springtime celebration through a variety of exciting volunteer roles, including: Balloon handlers for the televised National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade “Kite Cops” to enforce safe kite-flying […]

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