Tidal basin welcome area & ANA stage


Tidal Basin Welcome Area
& ANA Stage

Hosted With The National Park Service

Jay Snap | LaDexon Photographie

Witness peak bloom at the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, while also experiencing entertainment representing Japanese, American, and other cultures!

Live performances among the blossoms at the Tidal Basin celebrate the longstanding friendship between the U.S. and Japan with a dynamic, cross-cultural mix of American, Japanese, and other performing arts. This year, we are expecting over 100 performances on the ANA Stage. Get ready to experience a variety of genres: Americana,  Bluegrass, Country, Jazz, Pop, R&B, and Rock. Expect a diverse array of dance styles and performances, including Japanese, Eastern European, Colombian, Indian, Flamenco, Tap and Clogging, Zumba, and double dutch!

Welcome Area is open 10 AM – 6 PM. Performances are featured on the ANA stage from 12 – 6 PM during Peak Bloom, rain or shine. More details coming soon.

PLEASE NOTE: It is against the law to touch or climb the cherry trees. Help us continue to enjoy these beautiful trees for many generations to come!


The Welcome Area will offer:

  • An ANA giant frame photo opportunity
  • National Park Service activities, including the opportunity for kids to earn their Bloomin’ Junior Ranger badge. All are invited to pledge to become a Cherry Blossom Protector.
  • A Pet Comfort Station sponsored by Mars Petcare (While all pets are welcome, please ensure they are on a leash!)
  • Official Festival Merchandise for purchase.
  • Refreshments, including food trucks and a beverage tent managed by Old Ox Brewery, makers of National Cherry Blossom FestivALE. 
  • Information, resources, free family-friendly activities, and more!

Watch the blossoms real time

12PM-12:45PM: Aikido Shobukan Dojo (https://aikidoshobukan.org/)
12:55PM-1:40PM: Flo Anito (http://www.floanito.com)
2:00PM – 2:50PM: Melissa Quinn Fox (https://melissaquinnfox.com/)
3:10PM-3:55PM: Copper Rose and Bone Band (www.copperroseandbone.com)
4:15PM-5:00PM: LAZ Collective (www.lazcollective.com)
5:15PM-6:00PM: Furia Flamenca Dance Company (Www.Furia-Flamenca.com)
12:00PM- 12:30PM: Virginia Kenkonkai (https://www.capitalareabudokai.org/index.php?page=4)
12:45PM- 1:30PM: Penn Glee Club (www.penngleeclub.com)
1:45PM-2:30PM: Saint Samuel (sntsamuel.com)
2:50PM- 3:20PM: JBE Band
3:40PM- 4:25PM: Tammy ‘Got Abs’ Wright (www.ABCFitConnect.com)
4:45PM-5:30PM: Felipe Paccagnella (paccagnellastudios.com)
5:30PM-6:00PM: Ballet Folklórico Mi Herencia Mexicana (www.miherenciamexicana.com)
12:00PM-12:30PM: Priyanka Raghuraman (https://www.facebook.com/priyankaraghuramandance )
12:45PM-1:30PM: Cole Larravide (https://colelarravide.weebly.com/)
1:45PM-2:35 PM: Freddy Hall (freddyhallmusic.com)
4:15PM-5:10PM: Mega Mango (https://www.megamangoband.com/)
5:30PM-6:00PM: Arts Haven School of Dance and Music
2:55PM-3:55PM: Jennie Angel (www.jennieangelmusic.com)
3/21/2023 – Passport DC Preview Day
12:00PM-12:05PM: EUROPE – Betty Entzminger (https://www.facebook.com/JustBe4)
12:10PM-12:45PM: EURASIA – Rafael Javadov with Dancers and Singer
1:00PM-1:45PM: AFRICA – Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA) (www.4caapa.org)  
2:00PM-2:30PM: DC Retro Jumpers Double Dutch 4 Fun (dcretrojumpers.com)
3:00PM-3:45PM: AZERBAIJAN – Silk Road Dance Company (http://www.silkroaddance.com/)
4:00PM-4:20PM: SNRG – Rapping Duo with Filipino Roots (https://www.instagram.com/snrgmusic/)
4:20PM-4:30PM: Mika Simone – Asian American Singer Songwriter (https://www.instagram.com/mika.simoneee/)
4:30PM-4:45PM: DC-Mongolian Dance Group – Youth Ensemble (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100069413889842)
4:45PM-5:00PM: Nusantara Budaya – Indonesian Dance Group (https://www.instagram.com/nusantarabudayaus/) | Dance Asia Alliance – An Asian Dance Collective
5:00PM-5:15PM: Migrant Heritage Commission Dance Ensemble – Filipino Dance
5:15PM-5:30PM: Asala – Middle Eastern Raqs Performing Artist (https://www.instagram.com/asalaraqs/)
5:30PM-5:45PM: Natyabhoomi School of Dance – Indian Classical Bharatanatyam  (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2213648783)
5:45PM-6:00PM: Audience Interactive Segment – Naatu Naatu Experience! (https://www.instagram.com/fiestaasia/)
12:00PM-12:45PM: Texas Style Fiddle with Cunha & Relph
1:00PM-1:45PM: Caroline Ferrante (https://carolineferrante.com/)
2:00PM-2:50PM: DC Retro Jumpers Double Dutch 4 Fun (dcretrojumpers.com)
3:10PM-4:10PM: Backbeat Underground (http://www.backbeatunderground.com/)
4:30PM-5:15PM: Bishop O’Connell High School Cast of ‘Anything Goes’ (bishopoconnell.org/theatre)
5:30PM- 6:00PM: The Pickwick Singers (thepickwickplayers.com)
3/23/2023 – BloomBars Day
12:00PM-12:45PM: Baba Ras D’s Harambee Experience
1:00PM-1:45PM: Kuumba Kids with Bashea Imana (kuumbakids.com)
2:00PM-2:45PM: Kindly (Band)
3:00PM-3:45PM: Wes Felton
4:00PM-4:45PM: Imani-Grace Cooper (https://www.imani-grace.com/)
5:00PM-5:30PM: Dior Ashley-Brown Feat: Wes Felton (https://www.diorashleybrown.com/)
5:30PM-6:00PM: DJ Wes Felton
12:00PM-12:45PM: The FreeStyle Dancers and Friends (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100054647220722)
1:00PM-2:00PM: Badger Crossing Band (www.BadgerCrossingBand.com)
2:15PM-2:45PM: Touch The Buffalo (https://www.facebook.com/TouchTheBuffalo/)
3:05PM-3:50PM: Sonny Wilde (https://www.instagram.com/sonnywildemusic/?hl=en)
12:00PM-12:30PM: Nrityaniketan (www.nrityaniketan.com)
12:45PM-1:30PM: Natalie Redd (www.iamnatalieredd.com)
1:45PM-2:30PM: Ari Voxx (www.AriVoxx.com)
2:50PM-3:40PM: Mojo Mothership (www.mojomothership.com)
4:00PM-4:55PM: Mama Moon and the Rump Shakers (www.mamamoonrumpshakers.com)
5:10PM-6:00PM: Carpathia Folk Dance Ensemble (www.carpathiadc.org)
12:00PM- 12:30PM: Kalanidhi Dance (www.kalanidhi.org)
12:45PM-1:45PM: The Singing Capital Chorus (https://singingcapitalchorus.org/)
2:00PM-2:45PM: Gary Jay & The FIRE (GaryJayFIRE.com)
3:05PM-3:50PM: Max Rosado (allmylinks.com/mrosadomusic)
4:10PM- 5:10PM: Jill Fulton Band (www.jillfultonband.com)
5:30PM-6:00PM: MITUVA Lithuanian Folk Dance Ensemble (https://www.lithuanianhall.com/malunas-senior-dance-group)
12:00PM-12:45PM: Serge Khrichenko One Man Orchestra (https://www.facebook.com/serge.khrichenko)
1:00PM-1:45PM: Round About (www.roundaboutrocks.com)
2:00PM-2:30PM: Flamenco Bravo! (https://www.facebook.com/ElArtedeFlamenco/)
2:50PM-3:50PM: The Continental Jazz Congress (https://www.instagram.com/continentaljazzcongress/)
4:10PM-5:10PM: SoundChekk Band (https://www.facebook.com/SoundChekk/)
5:30PM-6:00PM: ZIND Performing Academy (https://www.zindacademy.com/)
12:00PM-12:30PM: Mayur Dance (https://mayurdance.org/)
12:45PM-1:30PM: Griefcat (https://www.griefcat.com/)
1:45PM-2:30PM: (Eli)zabeth Owens (https://elizabethowensmusic.com)
2:50PM-3:50PM: Pete Rafle (PR Songsmith) (https://linktr.ee/prsongsmith)
4:10PM-5:10PM: The Chance Club (www.facebook.com/thechanceclub)
5:30PM-6:00PM: The Lincoln County Cloggers
12:00PM-12:30PM: Stanford O-Tone (https://stanfordotone.com)
12:45PM-1:30PM: Seiko & Junko Shimada (http://junmusic-office.com/)
1:45PM-2:30PM: Marilyn Duncan (https://marilynduncan.com)
2:50PM-3:35PM: The Love Station (https://www.facebook.com/TheLoveStation)
3:55PM-4:55PM: Rick Landers & Heartland (http://www.ricklanders.com)
5:15PM-6:00PM: DCFlutes (www.dcflutes.org)
12:00PM-12:30PM: Lucius Bennet III (www.luciusbennettmusic.com/) 
12:45PM-1:45PM: Chris Cassaday (www.chriscassadaymusic.com)
2:00PM-3:00PM: Red Reyne (https://www.redreyne.com/)
3:20PM-4:05PM: Tanqueray Hayward (www.mstqmusic.com)
4:25PM-5:10PM: Raccoon Recession Committee (https://www.facebook.com/raccoonrecessioncommittee/)
5:30PM-6:00PM: RISK Dance (https://www.instagram.com/risk.dance/)
12:00PM-12:45PM: Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers (www.brtc.us)
1:00PM-1:45PM: Empire Ives (https://www.instagram.com/empire.ives/)
2:00PM- 2:45PM: Alice Park (Facebook.com/yoooooalice)
3:05PM-3:50PM: Caz Gardiner (www.cazmusic.com)
4:10PM-4:55PM: The Knuckleheads (https://linktr.ee/The_Knuckleheads)
5:15PM-6:00PM: Tre. Charles (Trecharles.com)
12:00PM-12:30PM: Corazón Folklórico Dance Company (https://corazonfolkloricodc.com/)
12:00PM-12:30PM: Pitches Be Trippin’ (https://pitchesbetrippin.com/)
12:45PM-1:30PM: East of the River Boys & Girls Steelband (https://www.eotrsteelband.org/)
1:45PM-2:15PM: Sachiyo Ito and Company (https://dancejapan.com/)
2:35PM-3:35PM: Motherland House Concert (www.motherlandculturalconnections.com)
4:00PM-5:00PM: The Midnight Anthem (https://www.themidnightanthem.com/epk.html)

Interested in performing?

Applications are now closed for the Tidal Basin Welcome Area during the 2024 National Cherry Blossom Festival. Are you interested in performing on the Tidal Basin Stage during next year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival? Please click here to fill out the 2025 interest form. 


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Pet Comfort Stations

Pet comfort stations will be available at the Tidal Basin Welcome AreaBlossom Kite Festival, and Petalpalooza. Discover more pet-friendly events!


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. 

Street Closure Notice

3/18 – 4/2/23: In order to best accommodate the increased traffic around the Tidal Basin during Peak Bloom, the National Park Service will be changing traffic patterns in the area. Please be ready for one-way signage and road closures, including West Basin Drive for the Tidal Basin Welcome Area & ANA Stage.


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 Tidal Basin 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. 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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