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2023 Hashtag: #SpringItOn 


Tuesday, February 28 – Sunday, January 28, 2024
10 AM – 5:30 PM 
Japanese Rinpa Screens | FREE

Explore a selection of screens painted in the Rinpa style, an integral part of traditional Japanese interiors.

1050 Independence Ave. SW 


Wednesday, March 1 
10 AM – 12 Noon
Kick-off Press Conference 
Livestream begins at 11 AM on YouTube @CherryBlossFest

Saturday, March 11 – Sunday, June 11 
PIXELBLOOM: Timeless Butterflies | [$] 

Experience a joyous audiovisual story that pays tribute to nature’s exuberance and the arrival of spring.
1238 Maryland Ave SW 

Thursday, March 16 
7-11 PM
Signature Event
Hosted by TCMA (A Drew Company) for the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Individual tickets: $225
Welcome spring in your finest pink attire and experience a world of dazzling flavors, incredible entertainment, and more! 

Don your haute 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 
  • An enticing silent auction 
  • And more, for a vibrant spring season soirée you won’t want to miss! 

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

Sponsors: ARTECHOUSE DC, House of Suntory, Chambord Liqueur, DoorDash. Media Sponsors: Washington Blade and Washingtonian 

Friday, March 17 
10 AM – 8:30 PM 
Blossoming Flowers in Japanese Art and Poetry | FREE 

Paintings and haiku from the Embassy’s private collection showcase the use of flowers as symbols for seasons and virtues.

Japan Information & Culture Center 
1150 18th Street NW 

Saturday, March 18 – Sunday, April 2
TIDAL BASIN WELCOME AREA & ANA STAGE, hosted with the National Park Service | FREE 
Signature Event 
More than 150 free, 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. The Welcome Area will feature resources, activities, refreshments, and more!

Pet Comfort station available, courtesy of PAWS & PETALS presented by Mars Petcare
Official merchandise available onsite for purchase

West Basin Drive (between MLK, Jr and FDR Memorials

Saturday, March 18 
10 – 10:45 AM  
SAAM Art & Me Preservation Family Workout: Blossom Buds | FREE 

Celebrate spring and DC’s beloved cherry blossoms with a festive virtual family workshop. 


Monday, March 18 – Sunday, April 16 
Signature program
ART IN BLOOM presented by Amazon | FREE 

2023 Official Artwork by 2023 Official Artist Orlando Quevedo, Park West Gallery Artist 

Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia 

The unique, one-of-a-kind sculptures celebrate spring throughout the Washington, DC area year-round in public spaces across the region! These sculptures, painted by local and international artists, are available via a map on the Festival website. Attendees are encouraged to Spring It On and find them all – and be sure to tag the Festival in your photos!


DC students from grades K-12 are invited to participate in the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Student Art Showcase by submitting a piece of artwork that celebrates the spirit of the blossoms, springtime, and friendship. All submissions will be added to a virtual gallery in late March on our website, where we will also host a People’s Choice vote! Select pieces will also be featured at Petalpalooza in a special installation and on water bottles provided by Corner Water. All entries must be submitted by March 15, 2023. 

Monday, March 18 – Sunday, April 16
Signature program

Spring on the flavor with the Cherry Picks program, a collaboration with the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) which showcases local DC restaurants featuring springtime dishes and specials throughout the Festival. Peruse our Cherry Picks directory listed by neighborhood and explore the region while you taste the flavors of spring. 


New this year, Cherry Hunt is an interactive Cherry Picks experience offering points and chances to win prizes for dining at cherry picks venues through the Goosechase app.

Monday, March 18 – Sunday, April 16
Signature program
CITY IN BLOOM – March 20 – April 16 | FREE

Local businesses show off their spring spirit with pink lighting, custom décor, and signature blossom decals adorning the region. The award-winning visual campaign welcomes residents and visitors alike to celebrate the season in Washington, DC, THE springtime destination.  

Monday, March 18 – Sunday, April 16
Signature program
PETAL PORCHES presented by Amazon | FREE

The Festival invites Washington, DC, and surrounding area residents to celebrate their cherry blossom and springtime spirit by decorating their porches, yards, and windows in all things pink and blossoms! Back for a third year, the program offers a friendly competition with online voting and prizes for the winners, including a neighborhood pop-up party for the Best Blossom Block on March 26. Festival attendees are encouraged to visit the Festival website for a map of Petal Porch locations and tag the Festival in photos on social media as they explore the regionwide celebration. 

Monday, March 20Sunday, April 9
10 AM – 6 PM
Blossoms @ Eastern Market | FREE  

Celebrate Eastern Market’s 150th Anniversary with an ongoing, free, open-to-the-public Cherry Blossom experience.  

Eastern Market North Hall 
225 Seventh St SE 

Monday, March 20 – Sunday, April 16
10 AM – 5 PM
Wishing Tree | FREE  

Guests will select a poem from our collection of poetry, write it on a slip of paper, and place it inside an origami paper petal ‘pocket’ that is adhered to the branches of the cherry blossom tree. At the end of the festival, the petals will be passed on to visitors in the museum as a symbol of friendship.   

Planet Word Museum 
925 13th Street NW 

Monday, March 20 – Thursday, March 23
Various Times 
Cherry Blossom Youth Webinars | FREE 

Discover Japanese symbols, values, and traditions associated with blooming cherry blossom trees. 


Wednesday, March 22
5:30 – 10:30 PM
Cherry Blossom Night at the Museum of Illusions | [$]

Come experience the ultimate cherry blossom date night at the Museum of Illusions Washington DC.

Museum of Illusions Washington DC
927 H St. NW

Thursday, March 23
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM 
Still Blooming Luncheon at the University Club | [$] 

Enjoy a conversation about the two formidable women, First Lady Helen Taft and the travel writer Eliza Scidmore, whose collaboration a century ago led to the capital city’s receiving the gift of flowering cherry trees from Tokyo. 

The University Club of Washington 
1135 16th St. NW 

Thursday, March 23
3 – 6 PM
U.S.- Japan International Exchange and Tourism Symposium 2023 | Hybrid, FREE 

Join experts from the U.S. and Japan in discussions about a broad range of cultural people-to-people exchanges.  

Willard InterContinental Hotel 
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW 

Friday, March 24 – Sunday, March 26
11 AM – 5 PM 
Union Station in Bloom | FREE 

A handmade and vintage market including 60+ talented makers from the D.C. Area pops up in Union Station.  

Union Station Main Hall 
50 Massachusetts Ave NE 

Friday, March 24
7 – 10 PM
Wizards Cherry Blossom Night | [$] 
Vs. the San Antonio Spurs 
Capital One Arena 
601 F St NW 

Saturday, March 25 
10 AM – 2 PM
National Cherry Blossom Festival Celebration at the Lab | [$] 

View the cherry blossoms through the eyes of a scientist and explore the history of cherry blossoms as you embark on a scavenger hunt throughout the entire Lab! 

Children’s Science Center Lab 
11948L Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax, VA 

Saturday, March 25
10 AM – 4:30 PM 
Signature Event 
BLOSSOM KITE FESTIVAL, presented by Hilton | FREE

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.  


  • Sakura Taiko Fest at Sullivan Stage, sponsored by Chase, produced by Miyako Taiko 
  • Mr. Mikio Toki, a master of traditional Edo-style kites, all the way from Japan 
  • Wings Over Washington Kite Club 
  • Live music, demonstrations, crafts, activities and more! 

When planning your Festival experience, it matters where you stay. Proud 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.  

Washington Monument Grounds & Featured Parks
Pet Comfort station available onsite, courtesy of
PAWS & PETALS presented by Mars Petcare

Saturday, March 25
12 – 5 PM
Sakura Taiko Fest | Hybrid, FREE 

The Sakura Taiko Fest has grown from a small concert first held in a dance studio to a full day of free, family-friendly taiko performances among DC’s famous cherry blossoms. Each year, we welcome a number of East Coast taiko groups and feature a variety of different taiko styles as a celebration of Japanese-American cultural and artistic traditions. 

National Sylvan Theater 
Independence Ave SW & 15th Street NW 

Saturday, March 25
5:00 – 6:30 PM
Signature Event
OPENING CEREMONY co-presented with The Japan Foundation | Hybrid, FREE

Celebrate the Festival’s roots and the gift of trees showcasing Japanese performing arts and culture. This one-time-only performance featuring world-renowned artists is a celebration of the friendship between the United States and Japan. 


  • Anna Sato X Toshiyuki Sasaki 
  • Mika Stoltzman 
  • PETÆL 
  • Travis Japan 

*NCBF merchandise sales available at this event

Warner Theatre & via Livestream

Saturday, March 25
7:30 – 9:30 PM
D.C. United Cherry Blossom Theme Night | [$] 

Vs. New England Revolution 

Audi Field 
100 Potomac Ave SW 

Saturday, March 25
10 AM – 5:30 PM
Ay-Ō’s Happy Rainbow Hell | FREE 

Immerse yourself in Japanese artist Ay-Ō’s world of sensory experience, exploration, and fun. 

Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art 
1050 Independence Ave. SW 

Saturday, March 25
1 – 2 PM
Film Screening x Tasting: The Zen Diary | FREE 

Director Yuji Nakae’s film of gratitude revolves around the art of simple cooking. Screening is followed by a free tasting. 

Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art 
1050 Independence Ave. SW 

Sunday, March 26
Petal Porches Best Blossom Block Pop-up Porch Party 

The neighborhood showing the most spring spirit through Petal Porches decorations gets a pop-up neighborhood party. 

Sunday, March 26
11:30 AM – 3 PM 
SAAM Cherry Blossom Family Celebration | FREE

Join SAAM for our annual celebration of spring and the blooming trees of DC.

Smithsonian American Art Museum 
8th and G St. NW 
F St. Plaza 

Sunday, March 26
1 – 2 PM
SAAM Virtual Beyond the Studio Workshop: Paper Flower Making with Emily Paluska | [$] 

Learn the fundamentals of creating one-of-a-kind floral design masterpieces. 


Friday, March 31
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Paws and Petals Yappy Hour | FREE

Join the National Cherry Blossom Festival for the Paws & Petals Yappy Hour at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington DC Convention Center.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington DC Convention Center
900 10th Street NW

Friday, March 31

This one-night celebration of DC nightlife offers free entertainment and custom menu items, and attendees are encouraged to dress in pink. RSVP is strongly encouraged. 


Saturday, April 1
Part of Signature Event Blossom Kite Festival
FEATURED PARKS: Featured parks in wards 1-7, Maryland, and Virginia will offer free activities and kites for local residents | FREE   

8 parks in DC (1 per ward) 
Ward 1: Palisades Recreation Field 
Ward 2: Banneker Recreation Center  
Ward 3: Lafayette Recreation Field 
Ward 4: Takoma Recreation Field 
Ward 5: Alethia Tanner Park 
Ward 6: Arthur Capper Community Center 
Ward 7: Marvin Gaye Recreation Center 

Prince George’s County: Bladensburg Waterfront Park 
Prince George’s County: Southern Regional Technical and Recreational Complex 

Long Bridge Park, National Landing

Saturday, April 1
9 AM – 1 PM
25th Annual National Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk | FREE  

Educational program to commemorate our 25th anniversary and the 35th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, to be followed by a non-competitive walk.   

National Japanese American WWII Memorial  
Louisiana, New Jersey, D St NW 

Saturday, April 1
9:15 – 11 AM
Credit Union Cherry Blossom 5K | Free for spectators 

Watch thousands of participants take part in the 5K event at the Runner’s Rite of Spring.  

Freedom Plaza 
14th and Pennsylvania Ave NW 

Saturday, April 1
10 AM – 3 PM
Japanese Culture Day | FREE  

Children and their families will learn about Japanese culture through reading, writing, and craft-making with Japanese cultural and linguistic professionals.  

Library of Congress 
10 First Street SE 

Saturday, April 1
10:30 AM – 3 PM
National Gallery of Art First Saturday | FREE  

Celebrate all things spring and cherry blossoms at the National Gallery of Art.  

NGA East Building 
150 4th Street NW

Saturday, April 1
11 AM – 5 PM
Blossom Fest | FREE 

Stroll through dozens of exhibitors while enjoying various spring activities, including a Build-Your-Own-Blossom with LEGO Discovery Center. 

Springfield Town Center 
6500 Springfield Mall, Springfield, VA 

Saturday, April 1
11 AM – 1:30 PM
Into the Woods at Frying Pan Farm Park | FREE   

Trek through nature trails and visit activity stations to experience the changes of spring.  

Frying Pan Farm Park 
2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 

Saturday, April 1 – Sunday, April 2 
11 AM – 6 PM
Art Blooms at Mosaic | FREE 

Take part in the nation’s favorite springtime celebrations with an outdoor festival with handmade and vintage vendors and special performances. 

Mosaic District 
2910 District Ave, Fairfax, VA 

Saturday, April 1
3 – 7 PM
Premier Event
Pink in the Park | [$]  

Experience live musical entertainment, culinary delights, and art installations in activated public spaces.  

Long Bridge Park 
333 Long Bridge Drive, Arlington, VA

Saturday, April 1
2 – 5 PM
Cherry Blossom Dance Party with the Mobile Art Lab | FREE  

Enjoy a cherry blossom-themed dance party in the park.  

New Waterfront Park 
1 King Street, Alexandria, VA

Saturday, April 1
2 – 5 PM
Smithsonian Cherry Blossom Festival | FREE 

Celebrate spring coming into bloom at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art with free attractions for all ages, including performances, curator tours, hands-on activities, a kimono pop-up, and more.   

Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art 
1050 Independence Ave. SW 

Saturday, April 1
6 – 7 PM
The 6821 Quintet at Millennium Stage | Hybrid, FREE 

International artists perform music to enrich the observation of the annual cherry blossoms.  

Millennium Stage | The Kennedy Center 
2700 F St NW 

Sunday, April 2
7:30 – 11 AM
50th Anniversary Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run | Free for spectators 

Watch elite athletes compete for $90,000 in prize money, followed by 15,000 runners running the annual “Runners Rite of Spring.”  

Washington Monument Grounds 
15th and Constitution Ave NW 

Sunday, April 1
8 – 10 AM
Cherry Blossom Family Bike Ride | FREE 

Morning ride to a pop-up location at Tysons Corner Center with giveaways, prizes, a bike repair center, and more! 

Tysons, Virginia 

Sunday, April 2
12 Noon – 3 PM
Oxon Run Pinknic and Kite Fly presented by Chase | FREE 

Join us for a community gathering full of kite-flying fun, giveaways, free food, entertainment, a ward 8 vendor market, and more!

Oxon Run Park
1200 Mississippi Ave SE, Washington, DC (DC-Ward 8)
Supported by Corner Water. Special Thanks to DC Government and Anacostia Parks and Community Collaborative

Sunday, April 2
Sakura Sunday | FREE   

Sakura Sunday features a wide array of free cultural activities, including Japanese-inspired art, music and dance, culinary delights, and more! 

National Harbor, MD 

Wednesday, April 5
1:05 – 4:05 PM
Blossoms & Baseball | [$]   

Watch the Washington Nationals take on the Tampa Bay Rays at this special blossom-themed game. 

Nationals Park 
1500 S Capitol St SE 
Washington, DC 20003 

Thursday, April 6
5:30 – 9:30 PM
Spring Sake Festival 2023 | [$]   

Join us for the First Annual Spring Sake Festival, where the “First” only happens once!

1155 14th St NW

Friday, April 7
6 – 9 PM
Paws and Petals Yappy Hour @ metrobar | FREE 

Grab your furry friend and celebrate Spring with metrobar’s Cherry Blossom Yappy Hour in collaboration with the National Cherry Blossom Festival!

metrobar DC
640 Rhode Island Ave. NE

Saturday, April 8
1 – 9 PM
Signature Event
PETALPALOOZA® at Capitol Riverfront, presented by Chase | FREE 


The National Cherry Blossom Festival is taking over the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood during this one-day event with music, art, and fun for all ages. This Festival finale event caps off the evening with the Official Festival Fireworks over the Anacostia River as the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge is lit up in pink. 

Pet Comfort station available, courtesy of PAWS & PETALS presented by Mars Petcare 
NCBF merchandise sales available at this event 

Saturday, April 8
2 – 8 PM
Premier Event
Jazz and Blossoms | FREE 

An afternoon of poetry, jazz-inspired performances, live art, lawn games, food trucks, and mocktails in downtown’s largest green space.  

Franklin Park 
1315 I ST NW 

Sunday, April 9
2:30 – 4:30 PM
Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting Ceremony | FREE  

Experience the once-a-year lighting of the Japanese Stone Lantern by the Cherry Blossom Princess representing Japan.  

Japanese Stone Lantern on Independence Avenue, SW 

Sunday, April 9
2 – 3:30 PM
Film Screening x Tasting: Ramen Heads | FREE 

Enjoy Director Koki Shigeno’s documentary portrait of ramen chef Osama Tomita is a foodie’s dream. Film screening followed by a free tasting of Ramen by Uzu. 

Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art 
1050 Independence Ave SW

Thursday, April 13 – Friday, April 14
2 – 9 PM
31st National Japan Bowl | [$]   

Watch as the Japan-America Society of Washington DC welcomes the country’s top high school Japanese language students to compete in the nation’s capital.  

College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center 
3501 University Blvd E, Hyattsville, MD 

Friday, April 14
6 – 7 PM
Tamagawa University Dance and Taiko Group U.S. North American Tour | FREE  

Thundering taiko drumming meets traditional Japanese dance as drummers and dancers from Tamagawa University take the stage.  

The Kennedy Center 
2700 F St NW 

Friday, April 14
6:30 – 10 PM
NCSS United States & Territories Celebration Gala | [$]  

Celebrate the crowning of the 2023 U.S. Cherry Blossom Queen with music, dancing, and exciting food stations.  

The Capital Hilton 
1001 16th Street NW 

Friday, April 14
7 – 10 PM
The Late Shift: Cherry Blossom Jubilee | FREE  

View cherry-blossom-inspired works of art throughout studios and galleries on three floors while enjoying music and live art demonstrations all evening. 

Torpedo Factory Art Center 
105 N Union Street, Alexandria, VA 

Saturday, April 15
10 AM – 12 Noon
Signature Event
Reserved grandstand tickets are $25-40; standing-room-only portions of the Parade are FREE

The nation’s springtime Parade celebrates the season on Constitution Avenue with giant helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands, and performers.  


  • Grand Marshals Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World Resort®  
  • Freedom Williams and multi-platinum selling group C + C Music Factory 
  • Leah Marlene of American Idol 
  • Omar Cardona of The Voice 
  • Parijita Bastola of The Voice 
  • Thelma Houston 
  • National Children’s Chorus 
  • 12 Marching Bands from across the country 

At the end of the Parade route, it’s non-stop fun in the grandstands! Join Tobi & Chilli from WASH FM and local performers who keep the energy blossoming all morning.

Constitution Avenue, between 7th & 17th Streets
Livestream available
NCBF merchandise sales available at this event

Saturday, April 15 | 10:30 AM – 6 PM
Sunday, April 16 | 10:30 AM – 4 PM
Premier Event

Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival | [$]  

The largest celebration of Japanese culture in the United States, with performances on four stages and a diverse range of cultural exhibitors and artisans. 

Pennsylvania Ave NW between 3rd and 7th Streets NW 

Saturday, April 22 at 1 PM
Sunday, April 23 at 8 PM
Televised 1- hour broadcast of the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC on WJLA ABC7 


  • Co-hosts Alison Starling and Robert Burton of 7News  
  • Street Reporters TV Personality Carson Kressley and Eileen Whelan of 7News 
  • Street Reporter and co-host Gio Benitez of Good Morning America 
  • Abbott Elementary Star and DC Area Native, Lisa Ann Walter, Honorary Marshal and Host

April 23 – June 30
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade presented by Events DC national syndication 


Saturday, May 20
1 – 4 PM
2023 Anacostia River Festival | FREE  

The 11th Street Bridge Park and the National Park Service present the ninth annual Anacostia River Festival.  

Anacostia Park
Good Hope Road SE & Anacostia Drive SE 

View a full list of events on the Festival website 


Each year the National Cherry Blossom Festival selects a group of young adults to be part of one of its most highly regarded and signature programs: the Goodwill Ambassador Program. Goodwill Ambassadors engage with the local community and act as cultural delegates supporting awareness of the Festival’s roots and representing the Festival at key events. 

HOTEL PROGRAM featuring Premier Hotel Provider Hilton 
Hilton is the proud Premier Hotel Provider of the 2023 National Cherry Blossom Festival. Whether you are looking for the understated luxury of the Sakura Lounge at the Conrad Washington, DC, rooftop bites and drinks at the Motto by Hilton Washington DC City Center, or the pet-friendly vibes as the Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington DC Convention Center, with over 100 properties in the D.C area, Hilton makes it easy for you to experience all that spring has to offer. 

Spring on the relaxation and book a staycation or a ‘holistay’ at one of our participating hotels on the Festival website, listed by neighborhood.  

Blossom Kids | Girl Scout Patch Program | Bloomin’ Junior Ranger Program 
The National Cherry Blossom Festival youth educational programs focus on the history of the Festival, connection to the local community, environmental stewardship and Japanese culture. Blossom Kids virtual content on the Festival website allows participants to create a free online account and earn blossom badges for completing activities. Be sure to also check out the joint patch program through the Girls Scouts Nation’s Capital and the Bloomin’ Junior Ranger Program through the National Park Service.  

Available in the online gift shop, including the 2023 Official Lapel Pin 

Pop-up merchandise sales will be available at:  

  • Opening Ceremony 
  • Tidal Basin Welcome Area  
  • Petalpalooza 
  • Parade 
  • Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival 
  • Art Blooms at Mosaic 
  • Union Station 

#BloomCam, brought to you by the Trust for the National Mall, in partnership with the National Park Service and Earthcam, is a 24/7, live, real-time view of the cherry trees lining the Tidal Basin, one of the most popular and iconic sites in Washington, DC. Positioned on the roof of the SALAMANDER Hotel in Washington DC, #BloomCam offers year-round views of the cherry trees and their seasonal changes to viewers worldwide and is highlighted on the Festival page during Bloom Watch as we await the peak bloom period. 

The National Cherry Blossom Festival partners with the Trust for the National Mall to preserve and protect the treasured cherry trees for future generations. The Adopt a Cherry Tree fund supports the year-round care the National Park Service provides for the trees around the Tidal Basin. Make a contribution today!