What Makes a Good Karaoke Song?

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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!

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!

Scroll to check out performance photos! 

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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!

Cherry Blossom Jubilee

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Cherry Blossom Jubilee

Celebrate the Cherry Blossoms during the height of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. After Saturday’s Cherry Blossom Parade in D.C., stop by the heart of Alexandria the next day to enjoy cherry blossom-themed activities and other events. Kick off the celebrations at noon with a live performance by taiko drum group Nen Daiko by the Waterfront entrance. Afterward, view cherry-blossom-inspired works of art throughout studios and galleries on all three floors. Enjoy music and live art demonstrations from participating TFAC artists.

Schedule of Activities

Live Music:

Hands-on Projects between 12 – 3 pm:  

In the Studios:

Visit various studios and galleries throughout all three floors to view The 2022 Cherry Blossom Exhibition. Resident artists showcase their floral and festive designs for visitors to enjoy all month long! On display from Saturday April 2 to Sunday May 1.

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!

Southwest Chamber Players Gala 25th Anniversary Concerts

Southwest Chamber Players

Southwest Chamber Players Gala 25th Anniversary Concerts

The Southwest Chamber Players announce their triumphant return to the concert stage of Saint Augustine’s Episcopal Church with a pair of concerts Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 3, 2:30 p.m.. Following a two-year hiatus caused by the scourge of the coronavirus pandemic, this happy occasion will mark the amateur organization’s twenty-fifth anniversary. Founded in March 1997, the Players’ history has paralleled the growth and development of our Southwest neighborhood by mounting nearly two hundred concert programs.

These two (different) programs will feature works of the great masters Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Dvorak, Poulenc, Shostakovich, and others. The performers will include Southwesters Gwyn Jones, flute and her pianist Rosanne Conway; Caleb Johnson, violin and viola; and Joyce Bouvier. They’ll be augmented by longtime favorites Julia Goudimova, cello; Nancy Genovese and Harold Yaffe, clarinet; Dilyana Kirova, bassoon; Marje Palmieri, soprano, and Stephen Brown and David Ehrlich, piano. And cameos from the D.C. Public Library’s Brown Bag series’ Vasily Popov, cello, and Ralitza Patcheva, piano. A few newcomers will add sparkle: Mayron Tsong, piano; Paul Blanchard, tenor; U.S. military band members Luke Wedge, violin, and Hrant Parsamian, cello; and the Mtingo clarinet quartet.

To observe certain precautions, all attendees need to be vaccinated. Capacity will be limited to 75 people, and social distancing will be required.

The Friday night concert will be available to view online via a livestream. Click below to access.

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!

Minyo Blooms in Washington D.C // MINYO CRUSADERS Special Performance

The Japan Foundation, New York

Minyo Blooms in Washington D.C // MINYO CRUSADERS Special Performance

Join us at the National Harbor on (Sat) 3/19 4:00 – 5:00 pm (ET) for a special performance featuring MINYO CRUSADERS.

MINYO CRUSADERS is a 10-piece band known for their unique fusion of Japanese traditional folk songs called minyo, with various rhythms and beats inspired from Caribbean, Latin, and African music.

The concert will feature performances by MINYO CRUSADERS, along with explanations of minyo, and Japanese folk dancing. Attendees are welcome to join MINYO CRUSADERS for a special dance at the end of the concert once the choreography has been taught.

This performance is organized by The Japan Foundation New York in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan in the United States of America with The National Harbor.

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!

Sakura Matsuri festival at capitol building

Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival

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SAKURA MATSURI - Japanese Street Festival

The Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival is the largest celebration of Japanese culture in the United States. The festival features over 24 hours of Japanese cultural performances on four stages (including J-Pop, traditional Japanese music, and martial arts) and a diverse range of cultural exhibitors, artisan and commercial vendors of traditional and contemporary Japanese goods, and Japanese and other food and beverages. The festival also spotlights travel and tourism opportunities and innovative Japanese technologies.

2023 FESTIVAL AREAS

•             Arts & Culture
•             Japan Now!
•             Ginza Marketplace
•             Taste of Japan

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Swipe to check out the photos below from previous Sakura Matsuri Festivals!

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Street Closure Notice

4/15 – 4/16/23: Streets surrounding the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade route (7th – 17th Streets Northwest off Constitution Avenue) will be closed the morning of Saturday, April 15. Please note that the Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival will be taking place nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th streets NW and roads will be closed both Saturday and Sunday, 4/15 – 16.

Explore the Festival's Roots

Travel to Japan is open once again, and we invite you experience and explore Japan firsthand. Learn more about the Festival partners who would love to help you plan your trip!

PLAN 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. 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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Anacostia River Festival

Produced by 11th st bridge park and National Park Service

Anacostia river festival

The 11th Street Bridge Park and the National Park Service present the ninth annual Anacostia River Festival, a participating event of the 2023 National Cherry Blossom Festival. Join us as we celebrate Breaking New Ground: 100 Years of Innovation at Anacostia Park on May 20, 2023. This family-friendly event will be filled with fun outdoor activities, local performances, food trucks, and more! Visit bridgepark.org/ARF for more information. #DCRiverFest #DCBridgePark

Stay in the loop! Follow us on Instagram/Twitter: @dcbridgepark, Facebook: 11th Street Bridge Park for updates!

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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. From exciting events to convenient hotels, delectable Cherry Picks restaurants, 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.

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

SEGMENT SPONSOR

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SPONSORS

MEDIA SPONSOR

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

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SPONSORS

MEDIA SPONSOR

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.

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Tamagawa University Taiko and Dance Group US Tour 2024

Tamagawa University Dance and Taiko Group

North American Tour

Thundering taiko drumming meets traditional Japanese dance as nearly thirty drummers and dancers from Tamagawa University take the stage. It is one of the top-ranking taiko groups in Japan coming out of Japan’s top performing arts university. Tamagawa University Dance and Taiko Group has been touring the world since 1961, visiting Mexico, England, Greece, Canada, Malaysia, Indonesia, Africa and the United States. We have been touring extensively in East Coast since 2003, which includes performances at the Kennedy Center, the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC., the Subaru Cherry
Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia, and the NBA Half-time show at the Wachovia Center We are so excited to be a part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival again!

Explore the Festival's Roots

Travel to Japan is open once again, and we invite you experience and explore Japan firsthand. Learn more about the Festival partners who would love to help you plan your trip!

PLAN 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. 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!

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

Petalpalooza

OUTDOOR EXTRAVAGANZA

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!

SWIPE TO CHECK OUT PETALPALOOZA 2023!

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What's Happening at Petalpalooza presented by Chase

*Please note, these listings are subject to change

Metro 

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

FOOD TRUCKS
• Hotdog Hideout
• Halal Grille Food Truck
• Ribeye Philadelphia 

Put Some Spring in Your Swing
Golf Simulator sponsored by Chase

SHAKE SHACK

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.

Kilwins

Chicken & Whiskey

CHASE MAIN STAGE 
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
BetMGM 

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.

ARTECHOUSE XR EXPERIENCE

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.

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 Getting to the Blossoms Guide.

Travel 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)

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

STREET CLOSURE NOTICE

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. 

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 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.

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.

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.

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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!

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SUPPORTING SPONSORS

MEDIA SPONSORS

Supporters

Special Thanks

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

PLAN 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. 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

National Cherry Blossom Festival, Blossom Kite Festival Presented by Amazon

Spring On the Fun!

BLOSSOM KITE FESTIVAl

Presented by Amazon

Join us at the Washington Monument Grounds with activities, music, competitions, and performances. Kite enthusiasts, beginners, families, and friends are all welcome.  

The 2024 Blossom Kite Festival will feature: 

  • Sakura Taiko Fest at Sylvan Theater, produced by Miyako Taiko, a day-long celebration of dynamic traditional Japanese drumming.

  • Performances by Not a Saint Band,  Ian Carroll, and Guava Jelly. 
  • Mr. Mikio Toki, a master of traditional Edo-style kites, who is traveling all the way from Japan to showcase his kites for attendees!

  • Choreographed performances and demonstrations by Team KiteLife, Wings Over Washington Kite Club, and other nationally and internationally recognized professional kite fliers.

  • Adult Kitemakers Competition and Youth Kitemakers Competition.

2024 BLOSSOM KITE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

COMPETITION & DEMONSTRATION FIELD Sponsored by Hilton

National Anthem & Patriotic Kite Fly: 10 AM
Welcome Remarks: 10:10 AM
Kite Ballets: 10:45 – 11:15 AM
Featured Fliers Demo #1: 11:15 – 11:45 AM
Mikio Toki Kite Fly/Demo: 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Hot Tricks Showdown: 12:15 – 1 PM
Featured Fliers Demo #2: 1 – 1:30 PM
Adult Kite Makers Competition: 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Featured Fliers Demo #3: 2:30 – 3 PM
Rokkaku Battle: 3 – 4 PM
Awards and Kite Arch: 4 – 4:30 PM

FAMILY FIELD Sponsored by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (OAPI)

Practice Fly for Youth Kite Makers: 10:45 – 11:30 AM
Youth Kite Makers Competition: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Youth Kite Makers Awards: 12:30 – 1 PM
Benjamin Franklin Story Time: 1 – 1:15 PM
Nats Racing Presidents Bol Race: 1:45 – 2 PM
Bol Races & Guava Jelly Musical Performances: 2 – 4:30 PM

FAMILY FIELD Sponsored by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (OAPI)

Free Japanese Drum Performances: 12 – 5 PM

COMPETITION REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Adult Kitemakers Competition Registration………………………..10:00 – 12:00 PM

Youth Kitemakers Competition Registration………………………..10:30 – 11:30 AM

This year, the theme of the kitemaking competition is ‘Colors of the Wind’.

To fly a kite in the Adult Kitemakers Competition, Hot Tricks Showdown, or Rokkaku Battle, competitors must register either online in advance or at the Registration Tent on the day of the event. Registration is free of charge.

To fly a kite in the Youth Kitemakers Competition, youth competitors must register at the table located next to the Family Field Stage on the day of the event.

Registration for all other competitions will remain open until spaces are filled, or the competition begins.

Winners of each category will receive a prize!

A Look at the 2023 Blossom Kite Festival

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Share the event with your family and friends! Join the Blossom Kite Festival on Facebook.

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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

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the 2023 Official National Cherry Blossom Festival Kite will not be available at the Blossom Kite Festival. Kites will still be for sale on-site, with specific designs in limited quantities.

Make sure to sign up for email updates to be the first to know when the 2023 kite is available.

MAP YOUR BLOSSOM KITE FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE

#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 Getting to the Blossoms Guide.

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.

Health and Safety

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.

Please Note: To best protect and preserve the cherry trees, please do not touch or climb them, it’s against the law.

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!

PRESENTING SPONSOR

Supporting Sponsors

Media Sponsors

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. 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!