Celebrate spring at Petalpalooza, presented by Chase, for a full day of live music and engaging activities!

This day-long all-ages celebration brings art, music, and play to multiple outdoor stages, interactive art installations through the Petalpalooza Art Walk, a cashless beverage garden, family-friendly hands-on activities, roaming DC sports mascots and entertainers, and more, all along the banks of the Anacostia River. The evening is capped by the dazzling choreographed Official National Cherry Blossom Festival Fireworks Show set to music starting at 8:30 PM.

This event is FREE and fun for all ages.

Times and activities are subject to change. 


Check out the 2022 Petalpalooza digital map for a sneak peek of what you will see in  2023!


Stop by the following restaurants for special bites that you can purchase on the go while enjoying Petalpalooza! Big thanks to all our participating restaurants, particularly our Cherry Picks restaurants who showcased spring-themed dishes all throughout the Festival. Click the links below to order ahead! Please note grab’n’go items may not include the entire menu.

Information/Welcome Tent 

Photo Backdrop and Giveaways 
DC Metro 

Music & Large Yard Games 
HOT 99.5, DC’s #1 Hit Music Station 

Boxing Remixed 
30-minute music-driven cardio and resistance workouts 

Capital Bikeshare 
Learn about Capital Bikeshare and become a member! 

Metro Transit Police Department 
Stop by for safety tips and to learn more about community events 

Onsite COVID Vaccines 
DC Department of Health 

Paint by Number Giant Cherry Blossom Sculpture 
with 2022 Official Artist Lea Craigie Marshall 
Sponsored by Orange Barrel Media 

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Cart

Crush Funk Brass Band at Tingey Square

Iced coffee samples provided by the Dunkin’ Cruiser at Tingey Square

#1 Dragonfly Wishes by Tracie Griffith-Tso 
Sponsored by Hilton

#2 Blossom Gazebo by 2022 Official Artist Lea Craigie-Marshall

at Tingey Square:
#3 Refresh, Renew, Rebloom Giant Cherry Blossom Sculpture by Art Recovery Technology Home of Prism Specialties 
Artists: Melissa Ragos, Maria Luz Roa, Natalie Cox, Gonzalo Rodriguez and Darrah Wills 
Sponsored by the Embassy of Japan 

Official National Cherry Blossom Festival Merchandise  

DC Water Quench Buggy 

Writopia Poem Tree 
at Steadfast Supply 

Ice Cream Jubilee Ice Cream Cart 

First Aid 


#4 Student Art Showcase by Eight Student Artists 
On display in the Steadfast Supply storefront window

#5 Petalpalooza Art Maze: The Art of Daniel Wall 
Sponsored by Park West Gallery 

#9 Blossoming Spring Wear by Wendy Sittner 

DC Fireboat Water Salutes

2 PM, 4 PM, 6 PM

Official National Cherry Blossom Festival Fireworks Show 

8:30 – 8:45 PM

Anacostia Riverkeeper Boat Tours 
Provided by Capitol Riverfront BID 
Visit the tent to sign up for free hour-long boat tours running hourly from 2-6 PM.   

Chase Lounge 
Presented by Chase 

DC Water Station 

Shilling Canning Company: Oysters and deviled eggs 

Shake Shack: Lemonade and custard 

Kilwins: Sweet treats

Beverage Garden 
Featuring Kirin, Tequila Hornitas Seltzer, and District Winery 
Ages 21+, ID required — cashless purchase only. Alcoholic beverages $7 each, bottled water $1.


1 – 2 PM
JWX: The Jarreau Williams Experience 

3 – 4 PM
Back to Yours 

4:15 – 4:30 PM
Mars Better Cities for Pets™ Certification Recognition

5 – 6 PM
Jordy Searcy 

7 – 8 PM

8:30 – 8:45 PM
The Official National Cherry Blossom Festival Fireworks Show is choregraphed to music that will play from the stage.

#6 Swing into Spring Sponsored by Chase 

#7 The Art of Daniel Wall: Yards Park Bridge 
Sponsored by Park West Gallery 

LaCroix Sparkling Water

Jarabe Gourmet Pops 

Presented by Mars Petcare 

Arts & Crafts 
Sponsored by OutFront Media 

Balloon Artist, Photo Backdrop, and Giveaways 
Sponsored by City Cruises 

Fluffness Cotton Candy 

Juggling & Balancing  
Trapeze School New York – Washington, DC


Presented by Mars Arts D.C. in partnership with Washington Performing Arts 
1 – 2 PM
Visual Art – Painting by Khalid Thompson and DJ Miss H.E.R.
2 – 3 PM
Dance – Beat Ya Feet by Crazy Legz
4 – 5 PM
Vocal performance by Karin Paludan
5:30 – 5:40 PM
Wizards Dancers and Wizdom Dancers
6 – 7 PM
Human Beatbox by Christylez Bacon

With performances by the Trapeze School New York – Washington, DC throughout the day

8:30 – 8:45 PM
The Official National Cherry Blossom Festival Fireworks Show is choregraphed to music that will play from the stage.


#8 Hana Ikada by Elizabeth Ashe 

Live Art by Samantha Testa 
Sponsored by NBC4 

Paddle Boat Rentals 
Boating in DC 
Weather permitting 

Raptor Presentation 
Earth Conservation Corps 
Meet the Education Ambassadors (birds of prey) and learn how meaningful these furry creatures are in our everyday lives and how you can be more involved in conservation. 

Children’s Gardening Activity 
Phase Family Learning Center 

T-shirt Crafting + Education 
Metropolitan Police Department Harbor Patrol 

Sodas and Prizes 
Silver Diner 
Spin the wheel to win a prize and enter for a chance to win $500 Silver Diner gift card 

WorldStrides Summer Programs 
Travel and career exploration options including STEM, business, and law for students from elementary through college.  

Portable Restrooms 
+ADA Accessible (1)


#10 Emergence: The Cherry Blossom Runway by Alexander Moon 

Transforms into the Chase Acoustic Stage for Petalpalooza

1:15 – 2:15 PM
Joe Downer 

3:15 – 4:15 PM
Like Water and The Fam 

5:15 – 6:15 PM
Andrew Savoia & Fordson Labs 

7:15 – 8:15 PM
Wild Whispers

8:30 – 8:45 PM
The Official National Cherry Blossom Festival Fireworks Show is choregraphed to music that will play from the stage.

Lost and Found 

Please bring items to an information tent.  

Lost Child 

Please escort lost children to an information tent where staff can assist with reunification. 

Fireworks Viewing 

The fireworks display may be viewed from all locations throughout the event. The best views are from Yards Park, the Great Lawn, the boardwalk, and Diamond Teague Park (Zones 3, 4, and 5). The fireworks can also be seen from Anacostia Park across the river. 




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.

Health and Safety

To ensure Petalpalooza is a fun and safe experience for all attendees, the National Cherry Blossom Festival adheres to local and federal health requirements. Please note that this information is subject to change as the Festival continues to monitor health and safety guidelines. 

The health and safety guidelines for  2023 are yet to be determined. We recommend that all eligible attendees be vaccinated against COVID-19 in alignment with CDC recommendations.


Traffic Advisory

Metro train travel is strongly recommended to Petalpalooza for April 8, 2023.


Navy Yard-Ballpark (Department of Transportation exit on M Street & New Jersey Ave)


Metro is the best way to experience the Festival, with multiple ways to get to an event. For maps, schedules, and fees, please visit wmata.com


ALL DAY: Navy Yard-Ballpark station is recommended for avoiding road closures in the areas surrounding Capitol Riverfront at The Yards, including 3rd, 4th, 5th, and Water Street, after 10 AM on April 8.

Navy Yard-Ballpark station (Green line): We suggest taking the Department of Transportation exit at the Navy Yard station.

Walking Directions to Capitol Riverfront from Navy Yard-Ballpark metro

Spectators should utilize the DC Circulator’s Eastern Market – L’Enfant Plaza route to access the Yards. The closest stops are located along D Street/ 7th Street SW. Rides cost just $1, and buses arrive every 10 minutes. Riders are encouraged to check DCCirculator.com for real-time service updates, as the traditional route may experience some detours due to road closures.

Multiple Capital Bikeshare stations are conveniently located near Capitol Riverfront at The Yards.

Spectators could utilize the docks along 3rd & M St SE or 4th & M St SE. To view more options, check out the ‘Getting to Petalpalooza’ layer on our map.

For a complete list of stations, visit CapitalBikeshare.com.





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 Petalpalooza SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.


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!