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 can view the creativity of these students’ art at Pepco Edison Place Gallery through April 19, Tuesday through Friday from noon until 4:00 PM. Vote for your overall favorite here through Wednesday, April 13.
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 activities can be found here.
Blossom Kite Festival’s media partners are Washington Parent Magazine and BIG 100.3.
Stop by Family Day presented with the National Building Museum on Saturday, March 26th for a day full of family, festivities, and fun! Family Day is a child and family oriented event full of hands-on activities and games from 9AM – 5PM and includes folding origami, trying on tradition Japanese clothing, getting your picture drawn by Kawasaki’s DuAro Robot, and the celebration of parks, landscape, and of course, spring!
Family Day is presented with the National Building Museum, with supporting sponsors Odyssey Cruisers, Spirit Cruises, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and Carmine’s.
Come join us at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Millennium Stage for an evening of family-friendly, four-dimensional opera! Opera Pomme Rouge (OPR), founded two years ago by international opera director Anna Etsuko Tsuri, will present an abridged English version (45 minutes) of the family opera “Hansel and Gretel” at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. An interactive experience for all ages, the audience will have many opportunities to participate with props, sing and dance, and interact with the actors during this lively performance.
Metro: The Kennedy center is accessible through the Foggy Bottom metro station. This can be accessed through the orange, silver and blue lines.
$9.00 per adult, $7.50 per youth. Use promo code: Blossom2016 at the IMAX box office to save $2.00 on your ticket!
Tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.si.edu/imax. Or in person at the IMAX Theater box office at the National Museum of Natural History. For questions on your purchase or for group sales information you may call 866-868-7774.
National Parks Adventure Cherry Blossom Screening
Saturday, April 16th 2016
Johnson IMAX Theater
National Museum of Natural History
Runtime: 43 minutes
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service with National Parks Adventure 3D. Journey through some of America’s most majestic wild places and discover a tapestry of natural wonders that will inspire the adventurer in us all. The film features 30 National Parks including the Jefferson Memorial and the cherry blossoms! Join us for a Cherry Blossom Screening at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History on April 16th for a special introduction to the film by one of the National Mall’s Park Rangers. The Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater is located on the first floor of the National Museum of Natural History. Click here to learn more.
Nearby metro stations: Smithsonian and Federal Triangle
Free street parking is available but limited.
The National Museum of Natural History is accessible through the Federal Triangle and Smithsonian station. They can be accessed through the orange, silver and blue lines.
Tysons Corner Center 1961 Chain Bridge Rd. McLean, VA 22102 (map)
FREE; No advance ticketing required.
Stop by our inviting Fairfax County Visitor Center for all you need to know about the Festival. Pick up programs, schedules and even a free memento of the Festival! Then, find out all of the exciting things to do in the area while you’re here. Friendly, knowledgeable staff will give you “insider” tips on the most memorable places to visit, dine and shop. Meanwhile, you’ll be in Tysons Corner Center, one of the premier shopping locations in the entire country!
Metro: The Tysons Corner Metro is accessible from the Silver Line.
George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st St, NW (Map)
FREE; No advance ticketing required
Celebrate the culture and traditions of the Japanese island of Okinawa! Try your hand at origami, bingata textile painting and other art activities. Enjoy children’s stories, dance performances, and karate demonstrations. Learn about the geography and natural environment of the island, and take home an Okinawan souvenir. Organized in conjunction with the Okinawan Prefectural Government. All ages welcome. More information is available at http://museum.gwu.edu/okinawa-festival.
Metro- The museum is accessible walking distance from the Foggy Bottom metro station and can be accessed through the Orange, Silver and Blue lines.
Spring is right around the corner. In parks, gardens, forests, and fields, grass is turning green, flowers are in bloom, and tress and budding. Celebrate springtime in our nation’s capital and in the parks and green spaces in your life by joining us for a day of hands-on activities and games focused on parks, planning, landscape design, and architecture. Activities include: folding origami masterpieces, designing a memorial for the National Mall, constructing a tatebanko diorama, meeting DuAro (Kawasaki’s robot), trying on traditional Japanese clothing and learning more about the National Park Service’s Centennial celebration.
Southwest Waterfront – 600 Water Street, SW to the Waterfront Park and Titanic Memorial (map)
The event is still scheduled to happen as planned tomorrow (4/9), please check back here for updates.
Enjoy more than eight celebratory hours of free music, family friendly water-related activities, cultural experiences, live entertainment and delicious foods at multiple outdoor venues at the Southwest Waterfront.
CHERRY BLOSSOM PLAZA
• Harris Teeter Experience
• Cherry Blossom Photos – sponsored by Harris Teeter
• DC Dragon Boats and Excursions
• Beer and Cider Garden – sales stop at 8:15 PM, services stops at 8:30 pm • Product Samples provided – by Harris Teeter and Procter and Gamble
GANGPLANK MARINA/ COPPER BEACH PARK
• Food Truck Rally
• Coffee and Hot Chocolate Samples – sponsored by Dunkin Donuts
• Sailboat Making
• Hot 99.5 Music and Giveaways – special appearance by DJ Toby Knapp from 2-4 PM • Blossom Art
WATER STREET CIRCLE
• Food Truck Rally and Picnic Area
• Blossom Hair Styles and Photo Shoot – sponsored by Hair Cuttery
• Blossom Ink Temporary Tattoos
• Family Comfort Station sponsored by Pampers, Luvs and Dreft
• Paper Bag Puppets
• T-shirt Crafting – by Harbor Patrol
• Kasa Hat Creations
• Paper Kite Gliders
• Face Painting
• Family Games
• Koi Windsocks
We strongly encourage attendees to take public transportation to the Waterfront area. Metrorail- Orange/Blue lines to L’Enfant Plaza (0.7 miles to the Festival) or Green line to Waterfront (0.3 miles to the Festival) Metrobus- There are many options for bus routes near the Festival site. Use the Trip Planner There is no public event parking on Water Street, SW. Please utilize area parking lots on 4th Street, SW and by L’Enfant Plaza.
Attendees can access the Festival at multiple entry points, including the intersection of Maine Ave. SW and M St. SW as well as via several access points along 4th St SW towards Waterfront Park.
Fireworks Viewing Information: Attendees are encouraged to view the fireworks display along the waterfront closest to the Titanic Memorial. While there will be many vantage points along the waterfront the Waterfront Park is an ideal location. Please proceed to this area well in advance of the show for your safety and exit on walkways to 4th Street SW.
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
COMPETITION & DEMONSTRATION FIELD
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.