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NCBF Cherry Blossoms NCBF Cherry Blossoms

April 02, 2016


10 AM – 4:30 PM


Grounds of the Washington Monument near 17th Street NW and Constitution Avenue (Map)




The National Cherry Blossom Festival is kicking off kite season and celebrating 50 years of kite flying on the National Mall! Carrying the legacy of the Smithsonian Kite Festival which first took place in 1967, the sixth annual Blossom Kite Festival showcases the creativity of kite makers and skill of fliers from across the US and other countries through a variety of competitions and demonstrations including a “kites of the decades” demonstation, Rokkaku Battles and the Hot Tricks Showdown. Bring your own kites or children can make a kite at an activity station (while supplies last) to fly on the Public Field.

Please note: drones are prohibited at this event.

The Rain date is Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 12 PM

Opening Remarks and Kick-off Kite Parade 10 AM
Kite Ballets & Demonstrations 10:30 – 11 AM
Adult Kite Makers Competition 11 AM – 1 PM
Demonstration: Kites of the Decades 1 – 2 PM
Hot Tricks Showdown 2 – 3 PM
Rokkaku Battle 3 – 4 PM
Puzzle Rokkaku 4 – 4:15 PM
Kite Arch and Awards 4:15 – 4:30 PM

Practice Fly for Youth Kite Makers 10:30 – 11 AM
Youth Kite Makers Competition 11 AM – 12 Noon
Youth Kite Makers Awards 12 Noon – 12:30 PM
Mini Rokkaku Practice 12:30 – 1 PM
Mini Rokkaku Challenge (ages 5-9) 1 – 1:30 PM
Mini Rokkaku Challenge (ages 10-15) 1:45 – 2 PM
Bol Races 2 – 3 PM
Family Open Fly 3 – 4:30 PM

Click here for more information on the Kite Makers Competition and here for competition rules and guidelines.

Getting there:

Metro: Smithsonian, Orange/Blue lines. Use Trip Planner.

Contact Information

P: 877.44.BLOOM (877.442.5666)
E: ncbf@ncbfdc.org

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