Celebrate spring at Petalpalooza, 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, a cashless beverage garden, family-friendly hands-on activities, roaming 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. 

Petalpalooza at Capitol Riverfront on Saturday, April 16th, 2022 in Washington. (Joy Asico / Asico Photo)

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


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What's Happening at Petalpalooza presented by Chase

*Please note, these listings are subject to change


HOT 99.5 

Metro Transit Police

Soccer Juggle! D.C. United, 1-4 PM

Washington Mystics, 4:30 – 8 PM

Visit New Jersey 

Dilemma Games
Museum of Illusions Washington DC 

Hands on Hearts Program
DC Fire and EMS

Build Your Own Cherry Blossom Forest: Interactive Art by Follies Playroom Toys & Building Sets, part of Art in Bloom presented by Amazon

• Hotdog Hideout
• Halal Grille Food Truck
• Ribeye Philadelphia 

Put Some Spring in Your Swing
Golf Simulator sponsored by Chase


House of Suntory Official Yatai
Cocktail Bar, featuring the 2023 Official Cocktail of the Festival.
21+ only, ID required, Cash/Debit only.

Coffee Samples provided by the Dunkin’ Cruiser (while supplies last)

Interactive Sidewalk Chalk Art Display sponsored by Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

LaCroix Sparkling Water 

Blossom Hammock Grove 

Official National Cherry Blossom Festival Merchandise

Student Art Showcase
Part of Art in Bloom, presented by Amazon

Student Artwork Water Bottle Giveaway (while supplies last)
Provided by Corner Water

Hands on Hearts Program
DC Fire and EMS

Chase Customer Lounge
Unique experiences and activities for Chase customers. NOTE: Closes for a private event at 6:30 PM

Beverage Garden
Featuring Kirin beer and District Winery wine.
Age 21+, ID Required, credit/Debit only.


Chicken & Whiskey

1 – 1:45 PM The Shenandoah Conservatory Studio Big Band 

2:30 – 3:15 PM JWX: The Jarreau Williams Experience 

4 – 5 PM Tony Roy & Yawd Lynk Band 

5:45 – 6:45 PM Sirius Company 

7:30 – 8:30 PM Go Go Gadjet

Paws for Pets
Sponsored by Mars Petcare

Arts & Crafts with National Cherry Blossom Festival Goodwill Ambassadors

Balloon Artists
Sponsored by City Cruises

“Happy Petals” Interactive Art Wall 
Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District feat. local artist Hiba Alyawer

Juggling & Balancing
Trapeze School New York – Washington, DC

Washington Performing Arts 

2023 Official Festival Artwork Immersive Frame
Sponsored by Park West Gallery, part of Art in Bloom by Amazon

Mars Arts D.C. Performance Stage and Dance Floor
Sponsored by Mars Arts D.C. in partnership with Washington Performing Arts

1:00 – 1:45 PM Human Beatbox with Christylez Bacon

2:00 – 3:00 PM Brent & Co.

3:15 – 3:45 PM Dutch Jump Rope

4:00 – 5:00 PM Moonshine Society

5:15 – 5:45 PM Elyscia

6:00 – 7:00 PM Blacc Print Experience

T-Shirt Crafting
Harbor Patrol (1-4 PM, while supplies last) 

Children’s Gardening  Planet Word

DC Retro Jumpers Double Dutch 4 Fun
Anacostia River Festival

Wax Hand Art Activity

Games and Prizes

Paddleboat Rentals
Boating in DC 

Blossom Pop Stage
Sponsored by BetMGM 
Emceed by Nick Gomez of HOT 99.5
1 – 1:30 PM Mama Moon and the Rump Shakers 

2 – 2:45 PM White Ford Bronco 

3:30 – 4:15 PM Ari Voxx and The Sad Lads 

5 – 5:45 PM Ken Heath & The Tru Disciples  

6:30 – 7:15 PM Saint Samuel 

7:45 – 8:30 PM Absolutely Dragulous 

Lost and Found: Bring found 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, with the best views located on the boardwalk and Yards Park in Zones 3, 4, and 5. The fireworks can also be seen from Anacostia Park across the River.  

Throughout the Day: Extend your reality with a special Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge XR Activation sponsored by ARTECHOUSE DC!

Download the ARTECHOUSE app, and point it at the Bridge from anywhere along the river at Petalpalooza. Tap the Blossom icon that pops up and watch the blossoms adorn the Bridge. Learn more.


Inspired by the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge — which connects physically-divided neighborhoods in the DC Metro Area — ARTECHOUSE has created a new XR (Extended Reality) art activation in partnership with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Activated using the ARTECHOUSE XR app, viewers are encouraged to reflect on meaningful connections in the world around us core to this time of year.


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 Getting to the Blossoms Guide.

Travel 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)

Navy Yard-Ballpark (Ball Park exit on M Street & Half Street)


4/8/23: Please note that roads south of M street SE between First and 5th Streets will be restricted or closed for Petalpalooza in the Capitol Riverfront area. Please note that other large events are taking place in this area on the same date and public transit is strongly recommended. 


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 6.

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.

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. 

 We recommend that all eligible attendees be vaccinated against COVID-19 in alignment with CDC recommendations.


Pet Comfort Stations

Pet comfort stations will be available at the Tidal Basin Welcome AreaBlossom Kite Festival, and Petalpalooza. Click the link below for pet-friendly details!





Special Thanks

Corner Water
Washington Performing Arts
Capital Bikeshare
DC Circulator
Park West Gallery


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. 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!