WASHINGTON, DC

March 15 - April 16, 2017

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Signature Events

Opening CeremonySignature Event

Opening Ceremony

Kick-off the 2017 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.

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Blossom Kite FestivalSignature Event

Blossom Kite Festival

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

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National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade presented by Events DCSignature Event

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.

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Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival presented by Harris TeeterSignature Event

Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival presented by Harris Teeter

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

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Art at the Center

Art at the Center

Free public art tour featuring Washingtonian and internationally recognized artist.

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An Introduction to Japanese Kyogen Theater by Shigeyama Kyogen Troupe

An Introduction to Japanese Kyogen Theater by Shigeyama Kyogen Troupe

A joint presentation of the Freer, The Japan information and Culture Center (Embassy of Japan) and the Japan Foundation.

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Film Screening: Mifune: The Last Samurai

Film Screening: Mifune: The Last Samurai

Academy award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki explores the career of Toshiro Mifune, one of the true giants of world cinema. Mifune made 16 remarkable films with director Akira Kurosawa during the Golden Age of Japanese Cinema, including Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Yojimbo. Together they thrilled audiences and influenced filmmaking around the world.

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Friday Gallery Talk: Orchid Exhibit Installation

Friday Gallery Talk: Orchid Exhibit Installation

Discuss the intricate planning and design process behind Orchids: A moment, the unique display of orchids in the Hirshhorn lobby.

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