March 20 – April 14, 2019

NCBF Cherry Blossoms NCBF Cherry Blossoms

March 23, 2019



5 – 6:30 PM


Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street, NW (map)


FREE; Advance ticketing required. There will be a $5 registration fee when tickets are claimed.

Premium seating available with a $15 donation. The donation is processed via your ticket purchase on Ticketfly.


Coming soon!


Check back soon for information about the 2019 Opening Ceremony!

Kick-off the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival and watch world-renowned performers as we welcome springtime to Washington, DC and celebrate the anniversary of the gift of trees from Japan to the United States. Enjoy spirited traditional and contemporary performances in the historic Warner Theatre. The Festival heralds a natural treasure that unites our city, region, nation, and the world. The trees – both in Japan and the U.S. – always have symbolized birth and renewal. The Opening Ceremony celebrates the season through a showcase of great American and Japanese talent.

“Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live

The series, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, written by Naoko Takeuchi, debuted in Nakayosi, a leading girls’ comic magazine published by Kodansha, in 1991. As a new type of performance based on this series, “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live has clearly distinguished itself from a conventional musical. The full eighty-minute performance, with an overwhelming sense of speed, dance, images and special effects, premiered in Tokyo in August 2018 and again in Paris in November 2018, and was highly praised. The cast members of the show will make their North American debut at the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Opening Ceremony, where special selections from the show will be performed. This entirely new live performance is sure to captivate audiences around the world!


To request wheelchair seating or hearing-impaired seating (require ASL interpreter), contact the National Cherry Blossom Festival ticket manager at tickets@ncbfdc.org. Wheelchair and hearing-impaired seating requests are limited to two per patron.

Getting There:

Metro: The Warner Theatre is accessible through the Metro Center station. This can be accessed through the red, orange, silver and blue lines.

Watch highlights of the 2018 Opening Ceremony here and check out last year’s photos below!



Supporting Sponsors:

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