Spring On the Fun!

BLOSSOM KITE FESTIVAl

Presented by Hilton

Spring on the fun at the Washington Monument Grounds with activities, music, competitions, and performances. Kite enthusiasts, beginners, families, and friends are all welcome – bring your own kite, purchase one onsite, or pick up a free kite kit that you can decorate onsite, courtesy of presenting sponsor Hilton.  

The 2023 Blossom Kite Festival will feature: 

  • Sakura Taiko Fest at Sullivan Stage, sponsored by Chase, produced by Miyako Taiko, a day-long celebration of dynamic traditional Japanese drumming. 

  • Mr. Mikio Toki, a master of traditional Edo-style kites, who is traveling all the way from Japan to showcase his kites for attendees!

  • Performances and demonstrations by the local Wings Over Washington Kite Club

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WAYS TO PARTICIPATE

  • Choose a location to fly your kite 
    • Washington Monument Grounds
    • Featured Parks around the Washington, DC area 
    • Virtually: learn how to make and fly kites with the below virtual workshops 
  • Explore Featured Parks:
    In 2022, we spread the Blossom Kite Festival love all across the DMV! See below for the 2022 Featured Park locations which hosted kite programming. For insider information on Blossom Kite Festival and Featured Parks, sign up for our newsletter!
  • Register to Compete: Submit your beautiful homemade kite into the Kitemaker’s Competition that takes place on the grounds of the Washington Monument. This years theme is Rediscover Spring. Online registration is now closed but you can sign up onsite at the event on March 26.

Kite Flying Workshops

Kite Flying Crossword

History of Kite Flying Crossword Puzzle

Learn about the history of kite flying from the American Kitefliers Association. Then test your new knowledge with this crossword puzzle!

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Coloring Page of Blossom Kite Festival

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Reminisce on flying kites together on the grounds of the Washington Monument by coloring this scene from Blossom Kite Festival.

the official National Cherry Blossom Festival kite

The 2022 Official Kite is available for purchase on our NCBF online gift shop! 

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Transportation

Parking is limited in the District, especially during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. It’s highly recommended that visitors use DC’s alternative transportation modes like Capital Bikeshare, DC Streetcar, Scooters, DC Circulator, Metrobus, and Metrorail to make the most of their experience. Skip the traffic and parking by planning your trip with goDCgo’s interactive map.

Health and Safety

The 2022 Blossom Kite Festival complied with the most recent National Park Service guidelines. Masking was not required for Tidal Basin and Blossom Kite Festival due to low community transmission of COVID-19 in the District of Columbia. We recommended that all eligible attendees be vaccinated against COVID-19 in alignment with CDC recommendations. For more details, please visit National Park Service Public Health UpdateThe guidelines for 2023 are yet to be determined. 

MAP YOUR FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE

What began with a gift in 1912 at the Tidal Basin is now a four-week extravaganza spanning Washington, DC, and neighboring communities in Maryland and Virginia. Click the filters on our interactive map to see all that the Festival has to offer and craft a tailored experience as you Rediscover Spring. From exciting events to convenient hotels, delectable Cherry Picks restaurants to vibrant Art in Bloom installations, and a jaw-dropping City in Bloom to joyful Petal Porches, see the Washington, DC area as you can only see it once a year!

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Parking

We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation's leading parking reservations app.

To reserve your parking spot, visit the National Cherry Blossom Kite Festival SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.