March 20 - April 15, 2018

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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.

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

Festival Merchandise Tent – Parade Day

2014 Parade All Star Tap Performer Materials

2014 Parade All Star Tap Performer Materials VIDEO: “Gonna Fly Now” Video MUSIC: “Gonna Fly Now” Music NOTES: “Gonna Fly Now”Production Notes  

National Cherry Blossom Festival Launches into 2018

The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Mr. Kazutoshi Aikawa, Deputy Chief of Mission of The Embassy of Japan, sponsors, and stakeholders joined on November 16, 2017 for a preview of the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20-April 15). Speakers at the launch, presented by Guest Services, Inc., announced new and expanded programming that will incorporate elements […]

2018 Signature Event Dates

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

Enter Now: Sing Into Spring Vocal Competition

The fifth annual Sing into Spring Vocal Competition is now open to all residents of DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The local competition will once again highlight the DC region’s outstanding local talent in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

2017 Festival Wins Eight Industry Pinnacle Awards

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is thrilled to have won eight coveted Pinnacle Awards from the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA). Each year, IFEA recognizes outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world. This year, the Festival is proud to have won […]

Anacostia River Festival

The National Park Service and the 11th Street Bridge Park present the third annual Anacostia River Festival, a premier event of the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival

The largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the U.S. with over 50 cultural groups.