Included in admission to special exhibition ($12 for adults; $10 for students as well as visitors 62 and over); free for members and visitors 18 and under. Exhibition tickets can be purchased on The Phillips Collection’s website.
Take a tour of the exhibition “Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection” (http://www.phillipscollection.org/events/2016-02-06-exhibition-seeing-nature). Featuring 39 masterpieces spanning five centuries, this exhibition draws from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection to explore the evolution of European and American landscape art. Highlights include Jan Brueghel the Younger’s 17th-century allegorical paintings of the five senses that invite visitors to consider their own experiences of the world. Venice, one of Allen’s favorite cities, is sumptuously represented in the exhibition through stunning Venetian scenes by Canaletto, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, and J. M. W. Turner, among others. Other highlights include five Monet landscapes spanning 30 years, from views of the French countryside to his late immersive representations of water lilies, evocative works by Paul Cézanne and Gustav Klimt, and modern and contemporary perspectives by 20th-century artists as diverse as Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, David Hockney, Gerhard Richter, and Ed Ruscha.
$42 per adult (program + tea), $12 per adult (program only)
Japan meets America in the tale of Cho-Cho San and her lover Pinkerton. During a slideshow lecture hear excerpts from the short story that inspired Puccini’s beloved opera. Discover the prevailing attitudes that brought the couple together, and the “temporary wives” who became real-life “Butterflies.” Afterwards, enjoy a special Japanese-themed afternoon tea in the 1784 Historic House and take home a keepsake favor bag.
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.
2 – 9:30 PM
District Wharf – 600-650 Water Street, SW (map)
6 – 9 PM
Titanic Memorial, Southwest Waterfront Park (map)
Join us from 2 – 9:30 PM at the District Wharf for live music, beer garden, food trucks, all ages hands-on activities, and more
Join us from 6 – 9 PM at The Titanic Memorial for pre-fireworks entertainment
Check back soon for additional event details.
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. In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks display will be postponed to the following evening, Sunday, April 16 at 8:30 PM.
Grounds of the Washington Monument near 17th Street NW and Constitution Avenue (Map)
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is kicking off kite season. The seventh 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, 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 2, 2017.
Click here to view photos from the 2016 Blossom Kite Festival.
Congratulations to last year’s Kite Competition Winners:
Flat kites: Krishna Hari, Clarksburg, MD
Bowed kites: Kaziah Hall, Arlington, VA
Cellular kites: Phil Broder, Lewisberrry, PA
Flexible kites: Melissa Marpster, Glen Burnie, MD
Multi-line: David Ashworth, McLean, VA
Kite trains: Chuck Holmes, Spartanburg, SC
Special Recognition: Douglas and Rachel Mack, Lake Orion, MI
One of DC’s largest spectator events, the energy-filled National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC runs for 10 blocks along iconic Constitution Avenue. Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers, and performers burst down the Parade route in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the Festival. From the National Archives to the Washington Monument, spectators are wow-ed by the pageantry and excitement that is the nation’s premier springtime parade.
Metro: The one-mile length of the Parade route is accessible from multiple Metro stations. Ticketholders should confer their ticket purchase confirmation email that contains explicit instructions on how to walk from Metro to their seats. Spectators who are standing along the free & accessible portions of the route from 9th to 15th Streets should utilize the following Metro stops • To stand on the north side of Constitution Avenue – Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter (Green/Yellow lines), Federal Triangle (Blue/Orange/Silver lines) or Metro Center (Blue/Orange/Red/Silver lines) • To stand on the south side of Constitution Avenue – L’Enfant Plaza (Blue/Green/Orange/Silver/Yellow lines) or Smithsonian (Blue/Orange lines)
Spectators should utilize the DC Circulator’s new National Mall route for access to all portions of the Parade. Rides cost just $1 and buses arrive every 10 minutes. Changes will be made to the traditional route for the Parade, so riders are encouraged to check the DC Circulator website regularly for up-to-date information regarding the DC Circulator National Mall route service updates.
Multiple Capital Bikeshare stations are conveniently located for Parade attendees. For a complete list of Capital Bikeshare stations in the area, visit the Capital Bikeshare website. Anyone can ride for just $8 per day, $17 for 3 days, $30 for a month or $85 annually. Take a bike from any station, enjoy your ride, and return it to the station of your choice. Trips under 30 minutes are free.
Washington Monument Grounds, 15th and Constitution Ave., NW (Map)
World-class runners and 15,000 running enthusiasts tour the cherry blossoms in the 44th running of the annual “Runner’s Rite of Spring® in the Nation’s Capital. Closed to entrants; open for spectators.
Time: 10 AM – 2 PM Location:The Yards Park 355 Water Street SE Washington DC 20003 (Map) Cost: FREE
The Capitol Riverfront BID invites you to celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival at our Lantern Making Day in Yards Park! There will be two lantern-making sessions at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm. Other entertainment includes performances in Marshal Arts, Japanese Drumming, Moon Bounce, and more. Come celebrate Spring and the National Cherry Blossom Festival! “Visit the Yards Park website” (http://www.yardspark.org) for directions, transportation options, and the latest details.
Sully Historic Site, 3650 Historic Sully Way (map)
Pre-registration on-line. $28.oo per seat.
Visitors can learn about early Japanese-American history and view a small exhibit. Taste 3 kinds of green tea and enjoy a sample of sweets. Make your own fan and tour the historic house that was built in 1794 by Richard Bland Lee.
Metro- The Sully Historic House is located in Fairfax Virginia, 40 minutes outside of Washington, D.C.
Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic grants wishes for children in our region ages 2 ½ through 18 who are deemed medically eligible by a medical professional. The conditions we work closely with include, but are not limited to, cancer, pediatric AIDS, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Duchene’s muscular dystrophy, kidney and heart disease.
Walk For Wishes will feature local celebrities, games, facepainting, crafts, an opportunity to hear more about the wish experience and a lap around the picturesque National Mall. We invite the public to join us the day of the event, but also encourage pre-registration and fundraising at www.WalkForWishesDC.org.