National Cherry Blossom Festival

The Nation's Greatest Springtime Celebration


MARCH 20 - APRIL 17, 2016

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Sing Into Spring Winners Selected

The winning vocalists will perform in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® on Saturday, April 16. More »

Now Accepting Applications for the Tidal Basin Welcome Area and ANA Performance Stage

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is now accepting applications for individuals and small groups for consideration to appear on the Tidal Basin Welcome Area and ANA Performance Stage. Apply by January 15 for first consideration! More »
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Parade Grandstand Tickets On Sale Now!

Standing room along the Parade route is free, but grandstand seats ensure the best view, and tickets are now on sale for individuals and groups of 10 or more. More »

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Three Yoshino Cherry Trees Planted at Capitol Heights Elementary School on November 20, 2015

The National Cherry Blossom Festival and The Japan-America Society of Washington DC planted three trees, one of which was a legacy tree, meaning it was grown from cuttings taken from the second generation of cherry trees that line the Tidal Basin. More »

Festival Launches 2016 Initiatives and Unveils Official Artwork

The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Hiroyasu Izumi, Deputy Chief of Mission of The Embassy of Japan, sponsors, and stakeholders joined Wednesday evening for a preview of the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20-April 17).   Speakers at the launch, presented by Guest Services, Inc., announced new and expanded events, and gave an introduction of […] More »

National Cherry Blossom Festival Wins First Place in BizBash Top 100 Events

  The National Cherry Blossom Festival came in first place as a “Top 100 Event in Washington, D.C.” in the Parades, Walks and Festivals category. Every year, BizBash researches events throughout Washington, D.C., and recognizes the most influential annual gatherings in the area. Additionally, the Festival was named as a “Top 100 Event in the […] More »
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Pink Tie Party

The springtime affair in Washington, kicking off the season of the blossoms in style, the annual Pink Tie Party is a fundraiser benefiting the National Cherry Blossom Festival. More »
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Opening Ceremony

Kick-off the 2016 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. More »

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade presented by Events DC

Enjoy this long-standing Washington tradition featuring lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, and family entertainment. More »

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Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival

Enjoy live music and entertainment for all ages preceding the Fireworks Show at 8:30 PM. More »

Blossom Kite Festival

Join us on April 2 for the Blossom Kite Festival! Celebrate the 50th anniversary of amazing kite flying on the National Mall. More »