11 AM – 4 PM
Starting location: BicycleSPACE in Adams Morgan (Map)
$12 suggested donation per rider. Click here to register.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival “Petal” to the Parks Bike Ride is made possible through partnerships with BicycleSPACE, U.S. National Park Service, U.S. National Arboretum and National Turf Federation.
P: 877.44.BLOOM (877.442.5666)
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.
The Washington National’s held its annual Blossoms and Baseball game on Friday, April 1st, where season ticket holders and special guests celebrated cherry blossom season at National’s Park. The Blossoms and Baseball game, played against the Minnesota Twins, was held less than a week prior to the team’s Opening Day on Thursday, April 7.
Blossoms and Baseball will continue as the Washington Nationals and the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrate in DC all season long. All tickets purchased here include a $5 donation to the Festival, allowing Festival programming to remain free and open to the public.
Welcome Area open daily 10 AM – 7 PM
Performances daily 12 PM – 6 PM
1501 Maine Avenue, SW (Map)
Sunday, April 3
12:00 PM Carpathia Folk Dance Ensemble
12:45 PM O’Neill-James School of Irish Dancing
2:00 PM Abhinaya Tharangini
2:45 PM Batala
3:15 PM Team YSL
4:00 PM Onelight
5:00 PM Sub-Radio Standard
Metro- Smithsonian Use Trip Planner.
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 and media partners Washington Parent Magazine and 98.7 WMZQ.
Come out and dine in DC throughout the National Cherry Blossom Festival with the help of our Cherry Picks Restaurant Program produced with Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington! Restaurants in the DC area are participating to provide new experiences and creative springtime menus to bring the celebration of the blossoms to the dinner table! Cherry Picks will carry on throughout the four weeks of the Festival. Participating restaurants include Carmine’s, Daikaya, McCormick & Schmicks, and more! A full list or participants can be found here.
1:30 – 2:30 PM
The Plaza at CityCenter – H Street NW between 9th and 10th (Map)
The 6821 Quintet was specifically assembled for the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival by the Ryuji Ueno Foundation. Cleverly named to reflect the distance from Tokyo to DC, the group is comprimised Mayu Kishima (violin), Tim Park (cello), Meng Wang (viola), Mayumi Sakamoto (piano) and Andrew Kwon (violin).
Mayu Kishima (violin)
Mayu Kishima was born in Kobe, Japan. She has won a large number of prizes in competitions inside and outside Japan. In 2000, she caused a stir in the music world when she took top honors as the youngest-ever Japanese top prize winner in the Junior Division of the 8th Wieniawski International Competition for Young Violinists. Currently Kishima is based in Cologne and Paris and performs frequently in Europe.
Tim Park (cello)
Tim Park grew up in New York and began cello lessons at the age of eight. He entered the Juilliard School at eleven and continued his studies at Yale University. He finished his degrees in Germany. Mr. Park has been praised for his energetic and exhilarating performances as well as for his expressive and beautiful sound. Since its founding in 2005, Tim has been the cellist of the Erlenbusch String Quartet, a Berlin based group.
Meng Wang (viola)
Violist Meng Wang has established himself as a soloist, an avid chamber musician and a prominent orchestral musician. He has been a member of The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 2007 and regularly plays with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Deeply committed to chamber music, Mr. Wang has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Lars Vogt, Sharon Robinson, Chao-Liang Lin, the pop star Bono, and more.
Mayumi Sakomoto (piano)
Born in Japan, Mayumi Sakamoto made her orchestral debut with her hometown orchestra at the age of 11. She graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, where she also received the Douseikai Prize and the Yomiuri Prize. She obtained Konzertexamen from Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media in Germany and graduated with a scholarship from the Rohm Music Foundation. Her bold but delicate performances, filled with colorful and emotional sounds, have won great acclaim.
Andrew Kwon (violin)
Praised for his bold, no-compromise manner of playing as well as his sensitivity in ensemble settings, Andrew Kwon’s virtuosity and charismatic stage presence has captivated audiences throughout the world. Mr. Kwon first began his studies on the violin in Korea with his father, who was a choir and orchestra director. Andrew is currently studying with Herbert Greenberg at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.
Pepco Edison Place Gallery – 702 8th street NW Washington DC 20078 (map)
A sale of Vintage Japanese kimono, new cotton Japanese kimono and kimono inspired gifts plus a sale and book signing of “Kimono- Vanishing Tradition” by co-authors Paul MacLardy and Tena Turner. Proceeds benefits the National Cherry Blossom Festival and Japan-America Socity of Washington DC.
Metro: Gallery Place Chinatown (Use Trip Planner)
Time: 5 PM
Location: i Ricchi DC, 1220 19th Street NW, Washington D.C. (map)
Description: i Ricchi invites you to break away from the typical night out with a potent cocktail of creativity and social connection. This “art happening” to take place on Wed, 3/23, starting at 5:00 PM until the painting’s completion at Ristorante i Ricchi, 1220 19th St, NW; 1 block south of DuPont Circle Metro with free valet parking. Watch and interact with Shawn as he develops his canvas before your eyes. Have a cocktail or glass of wine at reduced Happy Hour prices or stay for a specially priced pasta dinner. The finished painting will then be auctioned, giving those present the opportunity to purchase an original work of art while making a donation to their charity of choice.
Metro: i Ricchi is 1 block south of DuPont Circle Metro with free valet parking (Use Trip Planner)
To learn more visit www.iricchidc.com or call us at 202.835.2021.
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18thStreet NW, Suite 100, Washington DC 20036 (Map)
FREE, pre-registration required
Award-winning GAMARJOBAT, the infamous mohawked pantomime comedy duo from Japan, has performed at over 200 festivals in more than 30 countries. These hilarious stage artists have fascinated audiences around the world with thoroughly-plotted acts and explosive energy without saying a word. Join Ketch, sporting a neon red mohawk, and Hiro-pon, donning a bright yellow mowhawk, as they transcend language and cultural barriers during their silent comedy performance.
Seating is limited and free registration is required. All ages are welcome. To be the first to register for this exciting event, sign up for the JICC mailing list at http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc
Metro: Faragut North Metro – Use Trip Planner