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February 8, 2023 – National Cherry Blossom Festival Announces Date for 2023 Beloved Blossom Kite Festival, Presented by Hilton 

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National Cherry Blossom Festival Announces Date for 2023 Beloved Blossom Kite Festival, Presented by Hilton

This Year’s Blossom Kite Festival Will Feature Free, Fun Activities, Music, Performances, and More 

Washington, D.C. [February 8, 2023] — National Kite-Flying Day is the perfect day for the National Cherry Blossom Festival to share all the ways attendees can “spring” on the fun of kite flying, including its signature Blossom Kite Festival, taking place Saturday, March 25, 2023 (10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) at the Washington Monument Grounds. Presented by Hilton, National Cherry Blossom Festival’s proud Premier Hotel Provider, the Blossom Kite Festival is free, fun, and open to the public and features activities, music, competitions, and performances suitable for all ages. 

“We welcome kite enthusiasts, beginners, families, friends, young, and old to join the colorful spectacle on the National Mall, with gorgeous views of the iconic cherry trees,” said Diana Mayhew, president and CEO of National Cherry Blossom Festival. “It’s breathtaking to see the kites soaring high in the sky near the Washington Monument and in neighborhood parks throughout the region during this iconic outdoor celebration of spring. We hope all participants will tag their photos on social media using the hashtag #BlossomKiteFestival for all to enjoy.” 

The Blossom Kite Festival showcases kite performances and competitions, kite-making activities, a Family Field with children’s activities, and more. Special guest, Mr. Mikio Toki, a master of traditional Edo-style kites, has traveled the world showcasing his kites and will travel from Japan to be at this year’s Blossom Kite Festival. 

FEATURED PARKS: People of all ages can join Blossom Kite Festival from their homes, favorite neighborhood parks, or anywhere around the world. Participating parks in all eight D.C. wards, Maryland, and Virginia will offer free activities for local residents between April 1 and 2.All interested parties can show off their skills, virtually learn how to make and fly kites, and take to the skies on March 25. Featured parks will be listed on the Blossom Kite Festival event page.  

Attendees at the Festival’s kite-flying activities can bring their own kites, purchase kites onsite, or pick up free kite kits they can decorate (while supplies last), courtesy of Hilton. Kite flyers can even purchase the official 2023 Festival kite onsite or online at National Cherry Blossom Festival Store.

COMMEMORATIVE KITES: Kite flyers can purchase commemorative kites from previous years (while supplies last) at the Festival’s online gift shop. The 2023 commemorative kite, featuring the work of the 2023 National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Official Artist Orlando Quevedo, will be available for purchase in March during the Festival at select events and in the online store. 
PLANNING YOUR FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE: The Festival begins March 20 and runs through April 16. Visit the Festival website to add the Blossom Kite Festival to your calendar. When planning your Festival experience, it matters where you stay. As Premier Hotel Provider, Hilton has over 100 properties in the Washington, D.C., area to meet the needs of any kite enthusiast seeking a staycation or vacation throughout the Festival season. Visit the Festival hotel page to learn more about recommended Hilton hotels.  

SPONSORS: The Blossom Kite Festival is presented by Hilton and supported by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (OAPI) and Chase. Media sponsors include Washington Parent, Washington Informer, and iHeart Radio. 


About the National Cherry Blossom Festival 

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the world’s great celebrations of spring. The 2023 Festival, March 20–April 16, includes four weeks of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Leadership Circle Sponsors for the 2023 National Cherry Blossom Festival are Events DC and Amazon. Visit National Cherry Blossom Festival and add the 2023 Festival and signature events to your calendar, or call 877.44.BLOOM for more information. Get the latest updates via email, and be sure to follow the Festival on Facebook (@CherryBlossomFestival), Instagram (@CherryBlossFest), Twitter (@CherryBlossFest) and YouTube (@CherryBlossFest). 

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