March 20 - April 15, 2018

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Blossom Kite Festival

Join us on Saturday, April 1 for the Blossom Kite Festival featuring all day free family fun.

Join us at the Blossom Kite Festival this Saturday!

Join the National Cherry Blossom Festival at the Blossom Kite Festival Saturday, April 2 on the grounds of the Washington Monument from 10 AM – 4:30 PM. Celebrate 50 years of kite flying on the National Mall with day-long activities full of kite flying, kite making, demonstrations and more! A full schedule of the day’s FREE […]

Washington Monument Grounds- Kite Festival

17th St & Constitution Ave, NW

2018 Signature Event Dates

Mark your calendars for the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival: March 20 - April 15.

Festival Launches 2017 Initiatives and Unveils Official Artwork

The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Atsuyuki Oike, Deputy Chief of Mission of The Embassy of Japan, sponsors, and stakeholders joined Thursday evening at the Smithsonian American Art Museum for a preview of the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20-April 16). Speakers at the launch, presented by Guest Services, Inc., announced new and expanded events […]

2017 Signature Events

Mark your calendars for the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival! Pink Tie Party – Thursday, March 16 Opening Ceremony – Saturday, March 25 Blossom Kite Festival – Saturday, April 1 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® – Saturday, April 8 Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival – Saturday, April 15  

Youth Art Contest Online Voting is Now Open!

The Youth Art Contest and Community Art Show, coordinated in partnership with the DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative, provides a chance for DC students grades K-12 to showcase their artistic talent and get recognized for their beautiful achievements. This year’s artwork will celebrate 50 years of kite flying on the National Mall. The public […]


Silent Auction The Silent Auction is an exclusive part of the Pink Tie Party fundraiser. Gain access to an audience of over 800 influencers and tastemakers from Washington’s professional, social, sports, and media communities. Donors will be recognized with a link in the online Auction Catalog and a listing in the Pink Tie Party Program. […]


  Welcome Volunteers 1. Register here so we have all your contact info and shirt size! 2. Sign up for shifts! 2017 Festival shifts will be posted beginning February 10. 3. Use the Portal to change or cancel a shift. 4. Check out the Volunteer Handbook for Festival information and to prepare for your shifts. […]

High-Resolution Images

Find media-quality images of the cherry blossoms and signature National Cherry Blossom Festival events in this section. To download, click the thumbnail and a new window will open, where you can save the image to your computer. For additional images, contact Nora Strumpf. Please provide photo credit to National Cherry Blossom Festival. Scenic Views Signature […]