Kenny Endo Contemporary Taiko, 45th Anniversary Tour: Breaking Through Tradition to Innovation

Kenny Endo Contemporary Taiko

Breaking Through Tradition to Innovation

Represented by Pasifika Artists Network

World-class artist Kenny Endo celebrates 45 years in taiko, his adventurous spirit at the vanguard of the genre. As a jazz percussionist and early innovator in Japanese taiko, he was the first non-Japanese national honored with a natori (stage name & master’s license) in classical Japanese drumming. With roots firmly grounded in tradition, he takes taiko in new directions by incorporating influences like funk, jazz, Afro-Cuban & Hawaiian, as he leads his ensemble –drums, vibes, ‘ukulele, flute, strings (koto, shamisen) — in performances that are nuanced, evocative, brilliant!

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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!

Music That Renews: American Roots

NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC

MUSIC THAT RENEWS: AMERICAN ROOTS

Music That Renews: American Roots, led by NatPhil’s own concertmaster Laura Colgate alongside NatPhil chamber players, welcomes the arrival of Spring and the cherry blossoms with music by American composers Valerie Coleman, Florence Price, Samuel Barber, Amy Beach, Jerod Tate, and George Gershwin.

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What Makes a Good Karaoke Song?

PLANET WORLD

What Makes a Good Karaoke Song?

What makes a great karaoke song? We all know it isn’t just about talent. In this virtual program, you’ll hear from karaoke pros about what songs get the audience rocking and what ones are guaranteed to clear the room. You’ll learn a little about different song writing techniques, and how the curators at Planet Word chose the songs for Unlock the Music, our participatory karaoke experience.

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!

The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade presented by Events DC

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade presented by Events DC

The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade®

PRESENTED BY EVENTS DC

The Nation’s Springtime Parade is returning to Constitution Avenue on Saturday, April 15, 2023 — reserve your seats today! Grand colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers, and performers burst down the Parade route in a spectacle of music and showmanship celebrating spring in Washington, DC.

Portions of the Parade (Constitution Ave between 9th & 15th Streets) are free to the public along the route and are first-come, first-serve.

Kick-Off The Festivities With Grand Marshals Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Visiting From Walt Disney World® Resort!

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Confirmed Performers

C+C Music Factory

Carson Kressley

Performance by Freedom Williams and multi-platinum selling group C+C Music Factory with their hit song Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now).

Emmy Award-winning TV personality Carson Kressley will be providing commentary from the street.

A LOOK BACK AT the 2022 PARADE
Grandstand Tickets Are Available Now!

Reserved grandstand tickets for groups and individuals are now available! Reserve a seat in the Telecast area at the National Archives (Between 7th and 9th Streets) for $40 each and the West End (Between 15th and 17th Streets) for $25 – $30. Individual tickets may be purchased based on the best available or by section. Group tickets will be assigned sections closer to the Parade date.

The 2022 Parade included: 

  • Grand Marshal Laz Alonso, star of Amazon Prime series The Boys and one of Variety’s “Top Ten Actors to Watch”
  • Taylor Dayne, award winning and Grammy nominated vocalist of the 1980’s hit “Tell It to My Heart”
  • Rare Essence, Washington’s premier Go-Go band for over four decades
  • Grammy nominated R&B crooner Freddie Jackson known for his hit song “You Are My Lady”
  • 90’s rap duo Tag Team, best known for their 1993 single “Whoomp! (There It Is)”
  • Wendy Moten, NBC’s The Voice runner-up in 2021 and Grammy-winning Nashville western swing band The Time Jumpers’s member.
  • American Idol’s 3rd place winner and award winning singer/songwriter, Grace Kinstler

Wondering who else performed at the 2022 National Cherry Blossom Festival? Check out the full Line of March below!

GETTING TO THE PARADE

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.

The one-mile length of the Parade route is accessible from multiple Metro stations. Ticketholders should confer their ticket purchase confirmation email with explicit instructions on walking from Metro to their seats. Spectators who are standing along the free & accessible portions of the route from 9th to 15th Streets should utilize the following Metro stops:

  • To stand on the north side of Constitution Avenue – Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter (Green/Yellow lines), Federal Triangle (Blue/Orange/Silver lines), or Metro Center (Blue/Orange/Red/Silver lines)
  • To stand on the south side of Constitution Avenue – L’Enfant Plaza (Blue/Green/Orange/Silver/Yellow lines) or Smithsonian (Blue/Orange lines)

Spectators should utilize the DC Circulator’s National Mall route for access to all portions of the Parade. The closest stops are located along Madison Drive NW. 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 the Parade route and along the National Mall.

Spectators on the north side of Constitution Avenue can use the station at 10th Street & Constitution Avenue NW or 14th Street & D Street NW/Reagan Building.

Spectators on the south side of Constitution Avenue can use the station at 14th Street & Jefferson Street SW / Washington Monument or 12th Street & Jefferson Street SW / Smithsonian Metro.

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

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!

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

Celebration Show

AN ODE TO DC IN SPRINGTIME

CELEBRATION SHOW REVISITED

Pop the popcorn and gather with the family to watch this hour-long television extravaganza celebrating the sights and sounds of DC in springtime.

The Celebration Show will premier online on Gather by Events DC (gatherthedistrict.com.com/cherry-blossoms-celebration) on Friday, April 9 at 8 PM; locally on WJLA-TV (ABC7) on Saturday, April 10 at 12 Noon or on ABC7 WJLA 24/7 News on April 11 at 10:30 AM EDT; and syndicated nationally throughout April, May, and June (check local listings).

CO-HOSTS

Drew Barrymore
Alison Starling

SEGMENT HOSTS

Kristi Yamaguchi
Michelle Marsh

PERFORMERS

Amy Grant
LeAnn Rimes
CeCe Winans
Norm Lewis
Lindsey Stirling
Samantha Diaz

PRESENTING SPONSOR

SUPPORTING SPONSOR

Amazon Logo Sponsor

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Celebration Show

AN ODE TO DC IN SPRINGTIME

CELEBRATION SHOW PRESENTED BY EVENTS DC

Pop the popcorn and gather with the family to watch this hour-long television extravaganza celebrating the sights and sounds of DC in springtime.

The Celebration Show will premier online on Gather by Events DC (gatherthedistrict.com.com/cherry-blossoms-celebration) on Friday, April 9 at 8 PM; locally on WJLA-TV (ABC7) on Saturday, April 10 at 12 Noon or on ABC7 WJLA 24/7 News on April 11 at 10:30 AM EDT; and syndicated nationally throughout April, May, and June (check local listings).

CO-HOSTS

Drew Barrymore
Alison Starling

SEGMENT HOSTS

Kristi Yamaguchi
Michelle Marsh

PERFORMERS

Amy Grant
LeAnn Rimes
CeCe Winans
Norm Lewis
Lindsey Stirling
Samantha Diaz

THE NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL CELEBRATION SHOW PRESENTED BY EVENTS DC AIRS NATIONALLY IN APRIL, MAY, AND JUNE 2021.

PRESENTING SPONSOR

SUPPORTING SPONSOR

Amazon Logo Sponsor

SEGMENT SPONSOR

Mars logo

SPONSORS

MEDIA SPONSOR

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Look & Listen: Japanese Art and Music

Freer and Sackler, Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art PRESENTS

Look & Listen: Japanese Art and Music

Explore traditional Japanese views of nature and the seasons through the music of the shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and beautiful paintings and woodblock prints from the museum’s collections. Event Link.

(Artist) Hokushu

Sakura Sundays

SAKURA SUNDAY

Sakura Sunday at National Harbor will feature a wide array of free cultural activities including Japanese inspired art creation, culinary classes, in person or virtual, and much more to be announced.

More to come soon!

CLOSEST METRO

Southern Avenue

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Petalpalooza

OUTDOOR EXTRAVAGANZA

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. 

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

WHAT HAPPENED AT PETALPALOOZA 2022

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 
BOOMBOX Boxing 
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 

Information 

#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.

CHASE MAIN STAGE

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
Juice 

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 

BETTER CITIES FOR PETS
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

MARS ARTS D.C. PERFORMANCE STAGE AND DANCE FLOOR

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. 

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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.

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.

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Traffic Advisory

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

CLOSEST METRO

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

GETTING TO PETALPALOOZA

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

METRO DESTINATION: 

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.

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

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!

Blossom Kite Festival

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! 

Make sure to sign up for email updates to be the first to know about the 2023 kite.

#BlossomKiteFestival

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.

Opening Ceremony

START THE FESTIVAL SEASON WITH US!

OPENING CEREMONY

CO-PRESENTED WITH THE JAPAN FOUNDATION

The National Cherry Blossom Festival’s signature Opening Ceremony is an artistic celebration of the 1912 gift of trees from Tokyo to Washington, DC, and an annual tribute to the longstanding friendship between Japan and the United States. This unique, one-time-only performance will feature special performances from acclaimed artists with ties to both countries.

Performers are announced below! Tickets are available to claim in late February 2023. Sign up for our emails to get early access — the performance will also be available via Livestream on the Festival YouTube channel, @CherryBlossFest.

2023 Opening CeremoNY pERFORMERS

Anna Sato & Toshiyuki Sasaki

Anna Sato is a Shimauta singer from Amami Islands and Toshiyuki Sasaki is a drummer. They originally formed the unit just to perform for Rencontres de Chants Polyphoniques, a music festival held in Corsica (France) in 2016, but officially made a debut as a duo after that. Shimauta repertoire is traditionally accompanied by Chijin drumming. While Sato keeps the fundamental structure of Shimauta singing with Chijin playing, she is also accompanied by the sound of western style drumming by Sasaki and changes up her choice of musical instrument from Chijin to Sanshin (three string banjo-like instrument) or Amami Tategoto (vertical harp). By doing so, the duo creates a completely original groove and produces the traditional music that is relevant to the present audience. They had a successful concert in Paris in 2017. Since then, they have released three full-albums and five 7-inch singles together. Most recently, they released a limited-edition album only for Europe and keep expanding the field of activities tirelessly.

Mika Stoltzman

Mika Stoltzman, called “High-wire jazz marimbist… an amazing, energetic performer ready for major exposure.” (LA Times) was born in Amakusa Island, Kumamoto, Japan, and now resides in Boston. 

Mika released her album, Mitsue, in 1998, Marimba Phase, in 2003. 

In 2010 also released a live DVD, MARIMBA MADNESS (Big Round Records). CDMikarimba (Video Art Music, Japan).

In 2013 released If You Believe,in 2013(TeeGa music,Japan) with Steve Gadd.

In 2017,Mika and Richard Stoltzman recorded a duo album with producer Stephen Epstein, guest artist Chick Corea and BMOP(Boston Modern Orchestra). This CD Duo Cantando released by DENON label (Nippon Colombia,Japan and Savoy record,US). In 2019, Classical CD Palimpsest (AVIE Record) and Jazz CD Tapereba (Big Round) released.  In 2022, Jazz CD&LP Sprit of Chick Corea ( Disc Union) and Classical LP SOLO (Disc Union) released.   

Also, her arrangement and performance of “Tokyo/Vermont Counterpoint” appears on Steve Reich’s album Triple Quartet (Nonesuch). She has also appeared on Richard Stoltzman’s album Goldberg Variations (BMG Japan) and Jo Hisaishi’s Asian X.T.C. (Universal Japan). 

Mika has performed 10 times at Carnegie Hall (Zankel & Weill),PASIC 2005&2007, Blue Note NY,Blue Note Tokyo,Cairo Jazz Festival, YOSHI’s CA and other Jazz club. On August 13th 2015, Mikarimba celebrated a sell-out concert at the Rockport Jazz Festival (MA) with Steve Gadd.

In addition to touring in 19 countries and 60 cities around the world. 

She premiered Marimba Concerto with the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra and Kumamoto Symphony Orchestra. She was also guest soloist in the Kracow Philharmonic in Poland, and Szombathey Symphony Orchestra in Hungary. 

In 2013, Mika’s guest performance of Chick Corea’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on Marimba (World Premiere) with Xalapa Symphony Orchestra in Mexico and Verona Italy. Also, Chick Corea’s Concerto recorded with Boston Modern Orchestra.  

Mika produced and performed the Amakusa Island Magic(International Music Festival)  2005-2008 and  “Kumamoto Red Music Festival” 2014 for celebrate her 50 years anniversary.

She has been performing actively with the duo “The Stoltzmans on Clarinet and Marimba” with Richard Stoltzman. They have been performing globally in New York, Boston, Austin, Buenos Aires, Beijing, Hong Kong, Italy, France, Germany and Japan. 

PETÆL

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PETÆL

Produced by Tanya Gabrielian, the Ryuji Ueno Foundation presents PETÆL. Miray Ito, violin and Isabelle Fromme, cello, two award-winning classical musicians blend their virtuosity with popular Japanese classics in a high-octane performance mixing tradition with genre-breaking fireworks.c

The Ryuji Ueno Foundation is dedicated to supporting excellence in classical music, broadening its relevance to new audiences and furthering innovation in the arts. The foundation supports individual artists to develop and explore their talent and achieve their full potential through number of programs.

Hailed by the London Times as “a pianist of powerful physical and imaginative muscle,” Tanya Gabrielian is also passionate about inspiring new generations of musicians and music lovers in diverse settings, dedicated to community engagement, education, and activism through art.

Violinist Miray Ito made her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of twelve and a few months later was awarded first prize at the Kocian International Violin Competition in the Czech Republic. Miray has since amassed a number of prizes, including laureate of the Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition, Young Artist of the Year by the Ruth Laredo Memorial Foundation, Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant, and the Joan Graham Award and Irene Kinsey Stare Award, both from the Tuesday Musicale of Detroit. She has performed as a soloist with orchestras including the Sendai Philharmonic, Toledo Symphony, and Yamagata Symphony and was a featured artist on NPR’s “From the Top” with Peter Dugan. Miray was accepted into The Juilliard School at sixteen and is currently finishing her studies with Li Lin. She plays a 1734 Pietro Guarneri violin on a generous loan from The Ryuji Ueno Foundation. 


Growing up in a family of artists, cellist Isabelle Fromme has established herself as a multifaceted musician. She has embraced diversity in her own career, with performances in world-renowned halls across the world, including the Berliner Philharmonie and the Musikverein in Vienna, festival appearances at the Kronos Festival and Potomac Music Lab, collaborating on the Grammy Award-winning album Four Questions with social activist Cornel West and the UCLA Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, the FLUX Ensemble and the legendary Mariachi Los Camperos, and community-focused performances, including concerts for Midnight Mission, Music for Food, and with LA Homeless Shelter and Services. Beyond music, Isabelle also finds time to create, working with photography, photo editing, special effects makeup, songwriting, and film writing.

PLAN YOUR VISIT

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.

 The show will be live-streamed on the Festival YouTube Channel.

 
  • All fans must provide either proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, taken within 72 hours of the event, or proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (14 days past final vaccination shot).
  • Negative COVID-19 tests, taken within 72 hours of the event, are required for guests from ages 3 to 12. Fans 2 & Under do not require testing.  
  • Live Nation will accept all FDA allowed COVID-19 PCR, Antigen, or Molecular Tests, that is date and time stamped, within 72 hours of the event.
  • Masks are required at all times, except when actively eating and drinking.
  • Bag Policy: The venue will only allow clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC tote bags no larger than 12″ x 6″ x 12″ and/or small clutch bags (4.5″x 6.5″)

Can’t wait for 2023? You can still watch the 2022 Opening Ceremony livestream below and please subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great Festival content!

a SNEAK PEAK OF PAST PERFORMANCES!

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Washington Post

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Embassy Of Japan

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

Pink Tie Party

A Spring Season Soirée

PINK TIE PARTY

Welcome spring with style and experience a world of dazzling flavor, incredible entertainment, and more for the 2023 Pink Tie Party, a reception-style event hosted by TCMA (A Drew Company) for the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

Don your finest pink attire to enjoy:

  • Culinary creations by TCMA Executive Chef Houman Gohary and the best bites of the DC area restaurant scene
  • Delightful cocktails and mocktails
  • And more, for a vibrant spring season soirée you won’t want to miss!

All funds support the mission of Washington, DC’s iconic National Cherry Blossom Festival, ensuring Festival events remain primarily free and open to the public.

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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.

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

GETTING TO PINK TIE DINNER PARTY

The one-mile length of the Parade route is accessible from multiple Metro stations. Ticketholders should confer their ticket purchase confirmation email that contains explicit instructions on how to walk from Metro to their seats. Spectators who are standing along the free & accessible portions of the route from 9th to 15th Streets should utilize the following Metro stops:

  • To stand on the north side of Constitution Avenue – Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter (Green/Yellow lines), Federal Triangle (Blue/Orange/Silver lines) or Metro Center (Blue/Orange/Red/Silver lines)
  • To stand on the south side of Constitution Avenue – L’Enfant Plaza (Blue/Green/Orange/Silver/Yellow lines) or Smithsonian (Blue/Orange lines)

Spectators should utilize the DC Circulator’s National Mall route for access to all portions of the Parade. The closest stops are located along Madison Drive NW. 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 the Parade route and along the National Mall.

Spectators on the north side of Constitution Avenue can use the station at 10th Street & Constitution Avenue NW or 14th Street & D Street NW/Reagan Building.

Spectators on the south side of Constitution Avenue can use the station at 14th Street & Jefferson Street SW / Washington Monument or 12th Street & Jefferson Street SW / Smithsonian Metro.

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

Restaurants


Explore this map and restaurant menus below for your evening!

Click on a restaurant to explore the menu

Grace’s Mandarin*
All Set Restaurant & Bar
The Daily Dish
The Dish & Dram

Click here to get your tickets

*Offers Sake Tasting Experience, must select Dinner with Sake Tasting Experience during registration.

Image of the stage at the Tidal Basin, cherry blossoms in foreground.

Tidal Basin Welcome Area & ANA Stage

Tidal basin welcome area & ANA stage

CELEBRATE CULTURAL DIVERSITY

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.

  • Performance will be featured on the stage from 12 PM – 6 PM during Peak Bloom, rain or shine.
  • Welcome Area is open 10 AM – 6 PM in addition to the performance times.
  • Exact dates TBD based on peak bloom period
  • All dates and hours are subject to change

Watch the blossoms real time

2022 TIDAL BASIN RECAP

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If you are interested in performing on the Tidal Basin Stage located at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area and ANA stage during the 2023 National Cherry Blossom Festival, please click the button below 

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!

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.

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

Image of DJ with angel wings on stage with large cherry blossoms in the background.

Cherry Night

CHERRY NIGHT

Part of the Festival’s Cherry Picks program, Cherry Night is an exclusive, one-night-only cherry blossom-themed celebration of DC nightlife through music, fashion, and food.

Selected venues throughout the DC area elevate the dinner scene with custom springtime menus, blossom décor, and live entertainment. Add the 2023 Cherry Night to your calendar for March 31st, and plan to wear your best PINK outfit to show off your spring spirit.

Sign up for the Festival’s emails for the latest updates on participating Cherry Night venues in 2023!

2022 CHERRY NIGHT EXCLUSIVE VENUES

The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse

Enjoy an unforgettable Cherry Night with great food, great sounds, and great vibes at The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse. A fun and casual neighborhood place where guests can come to hang out with friends while enjoying amazing food and live music.

Be the first to celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival with us by showing off your best pink looks and rocking to the sounds of Future Band DC, a band that’s heavily influenced by the Roots with a touch of Earth, Wind, & Fire. The band combines the very best of many genres of music, while entertaining and captivating audiences with their sincerity and power.

EAT, DRINK, and FLAUNT YOUR PINK!

Swingers Crazy Golf

A special PINK NIGHT at Swingers – DC’s best gourmet street food, banging beats and sticks it in Dupont Circle for Cherry Night. Get your PINK game-on as we turn everything pink for one night only, making crazy golf even crazier.

The Dew Drop Inn

Drop-in for a night to reminder with as we celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Cherry Night with the new release the city-wide Cherry Kolsch Beer. Put on your pink and dance all night long with the sounds of The Experience Band & Show. Happy hour all night when you wear your PINK.

metrobar

Metrobar photo

metrobar is DC’s top stop for drinks, food, art, and culture. We focus on bringing people together and connecting all 8 wards through great craft cocktails featuring local spirits, beer & wine, and good vibes. Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival with us by wearing pink, listening to the Too Much Talent Band, and enjoying two very special cocktails, the “Peak Bloom” and “April Showers.

Dirty Habit DC

Dirty Habit DC

Join us to celebrate the Sakura Season along with the National Cherry Blossom Festival at Dirty Habit DC. Enjoy Chef Edgar Escalante’s Yakatori Grilled fare, Mixologist Frank Jones Sakura inspired craft cocktails, and the sounds of DJ Eddo to celebrate friendship and Japanese culture. Everyone is encouraged to wear pink.

Fred & Stilla at The Ven at Embassy Row

Fred _ Stilla at The Ven at Embassy Row

Dance the night away at The Ven at Embassy Row’s Cherry Night! DJ A-Sonic will be mixing Asian Pop music in celebration of Cherry Blossom season. Stay in theme by wearing pink and get a taste of our Cherry Picks menu with our signature cocktail – The Cherry Blossom 75.

Tonic at Quigley’s

Tonic at Quigleys

Join Tonic as we celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival with Cherry Night! Featuring a live Jazz Band in our Garden Bar along with a specialty drink and dessert being served for one night only. Put on something pink and enjoy some live music!

Wunder Garten 

WunderGarten

Wunder Garten is proud to be a participant of the first ever Cherry Night. The night will be highlighted by Kirin Ichiban Japanese Beer, specialty themed craft cocktails, raffles, and giveaways, and beats by DJ Ruben. Guests will also enjoy themed cabanas and décor throughout the property. Wear PINK and you’ll get a free entry into the nights big raffle. Follow our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more information and updates.

Blackfinn Ameripub

Blackfinn

Join us in celebrating the beautiful cherry blossoms this season!

Enjoy dancing along to a DJ, food and drink specials, and enjoy themed items such as our Cherry Blossom Tini all night! We encourage you to get in the spirit of the season and wear pink!

Cherry Night Jazz Band & Poetry Open Mic East of the River at Busboys and Poets

Join us for an exhilarating night of live jazz, live art, poetry, food & specialty cocktails featuring The! Warshanna Quintet hosted by Orville Walker.

Put on something pink (encouraged, but not required) and join us for this Cherry Night Open Mic! Pick your pink. Choose from an array of pink cocktails, beer & specialty drinks.

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