March 20 - April 15, 2018

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Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival presented by Harris Teeter

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

Updated Tidal Basin Welcome Area and ANA Performance Stage Dates

The Tidal Basin Welcome Area and ANA Performance Stage will now open Saturday, March 18.

Updated Peak Bloom Prediction

The National Park Service has updated its peak bloom prediction to March 19 – March 22 due to recent temperature trends and the weather forecast for the next seven days. Peak bloom occurs when 70% of the Yoshino cherry trees, the most abundant of the 12 species around the Tidal Basin and East Potomac Park, […]

SHIFT Festival: Boulder Philharmonic “pop-ups”

Pop up performance by Boulder Philharmonic pop-ups an American Orchestras.

Tidal Basin Welcome Area and ANA Performance Stage Performance Guidelines & Application

Thank you for your interest in performing at the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s ANA Performance Stage at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area. Please read the following guidelines and find the application linked below.  PURPOSE:  The purpose of the cultural performances during the National Cherry Blossom Festival is to celebrate the friendship symbolized by the gift […]

Updated Peak Bloom Date Prediction Announced

The National Park Service (NPS) today updated its prediction for the peak bloom dates for the blossoming of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin. Based on bud development and expected temperatures, the NPS is now predicting that the trees will be begin peak bloom March 23-24. The peak bloom is defined as the period […]

Walking and Biking

Walking One of the best ways to take in the sights of any city is by foot, and that’s especially true in Washington, DC at cherry blossom time. With the vitality of spring and pleasant weather, enjoy the trip to the blossoms by foot, with landmarks and statuesque monuments along the way. The cherry blossoms […]

Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to your questions below. Questions about Cherry Blossoms When will the cherry blossom trees bloom? I want to see the cherry blossoms when they are in bloom. Which days should I plan my visit? When is the best time to see the cherry blossoms? Where are the cherry blossom trees located? How […]

Bloom Watch

Exactly when the buds will open is not easy to predict and it is extremely difficult to give an accurate forecast much more than 10 days before peak bloom. National Park Service horticulturists monitor five distinct stages of bud development and provide timely forecasts and updates. The table below will be updated as information is […]