Program: D.C. Area Restaurants and Nightlife Will Take Center Stage Throughout 2023 National Cherry Blossom Festival 


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D.C. Area Restaurants and Nightlife Will Take Center Stage Throughout 2023 National Cherry Blossom Festival 


Washington, D.C. [March 1, 2023] The National Cherry Blossom Festival today announced that Washington, D.C. area restaurants and nightlife will once again take center stage throughout the 2023 National Cherry Blossom Festival, March 20-April 16. More than 100 local restaurants across D.C. and surrounding communities will showcase their best springtime menu items through the Festival’s Cherry Picks program, a collaboration with the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW). The Festival’s second annual Cherry Night will shine a light on D.C. nightlife on March 31, and the new Cherry Hunt will bring some delicious competition to the 2023 Festival, with points and prizes up for grabs. 

“The D.C. area has unique culinary and night life possibilities,” said Diana Mayhew, president and CEO of National Cherry Blossom Festival. “Cherry Picks, Cherry Night, and Cherry Hunt are perfect ways for residents and visitors to get to know new favorite restaurants, rediscover old favorite eateries, and welcome spring with a night on the town. We encourage people to gather a group of friends, neighbors, or family members – or all the above – to get a literal taste of spring and support local businesses starting March 20.” 

Cherry Picks offers dine-in, take-out, and delivery options from some of D.C., Maryland, and Virginia’s best restaurants creating unique and innovative menus inspired by the changing of the seasons. Cherry Hunt, a new interactive Cherry Picks experience, will offer points for dining at Cherry Picks venues and completing cherry blossom-themed challenges through the Goosechase app – with prizes for those earning the most points. 

Spotlight Cherry Picks (and Cherry Hunt) restaurants include: 

Article One – American Grill 

Ciel Social Club 


Cure Bar & Bistro 

Dirty Habit DC 


Figleaf Bar & Lounge at Hotel Zena 

Little Miner Taco 



Truluck’s Ocean’s Finest Seafood & Crab 


Cherry Night, an exclusive, one-night-only cherry blossom-themed celebration of D.C. nightlife, will take place on March 31 from 7-11 p.m. Select venues throughout the D.C. area will elevate their dinner scenes with custom springtime menus, blossom décor, and live entertainment for Cherry Night. A special cherry blossom-wrapped streetcar will be unveiled that evening at Focus Social Club (1348 H Street NE). 

Select Cherry Night venues include:

Dirty Habit DC 

Focus Social Club 

Hook Hall 



For the full list of participating Cherry Picks restaurants listed by neighborhood and more details about Cherry Night and Cherry Hunt, visit NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org/Where-To-Eat. 



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, will include 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. Add the 2023 Festival and signature events to your calendar, and visit NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org or call 877.44.BLOOM (877.442.5666) 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).