$8 advance purchase for adults (until April 8), $10 thereafter and at the gate on the day of the Matsuri, children 12 and under are free
The Sakura Matsuri—Japanese Street Festival, the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the U.S., returns to the streets of D.C. on Saturday, April 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Held the same day as the Parade, this rain-or-shine event brings vibrant performances to four stages showcasing 30 cumulative hours of programming.
The daylong cultural celebration, presented by the Japan-America Society of Washington DC, enjoys a new location for 2016 in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood—at M Street and New Jersey Avenue SE, across the street from the Navy Yard-Ballpark Metro station. Sakura Matsuri welcomes more than 80 cultural groups, arts vendors and food booths to our celebration.
On Saturday, April 16, at 6:00 pm, Events DC presents Cherry Blast! Every spring this vibrant gathering proves a popular combination of Japanese sights, sounds and tastes, and this year, the event creatively spotlights all things related to anime, cosplay and gaming. This April, the fun launches in a new location –in the heart of downtown DC —at the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square.
The Japanese-inspired event brings the energy and excitement surrounding its pop cultural experiences to the Festival. At Carnegie Library, revelers can enjoy a range of activities from manga and gaming to electric drifting competitions. Attendees can also partake in creative cosplay contests and learn about the latest Japanese fashion trends – straight from the runway. And the opportunity to relish in mouth-watering Tokyo street food, sake tastings and sushi workshops are just a few of the experiences available. Just when guests think it can’t get any better, they discover DC’s largest Japanese-inspired dance party, which showcases Asia’s alluring club and techno scenes.
This convenient location offered by the National Park Service and its partners provides visitor services, first aid, food, souvenirs, books, and more. Park rangers and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the Festival. Visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival tent in the Paddle Boat Parking Lot for fun interactive entertainment, official merchandise, and more. Interested in applying to perform? Click here for guidelines and application.
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
FREE; Advance ticketing required. There will be a $5 registration fee when tickets are claimed.
Tickets will be available January 2017.
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. The Festival heralds a natural treasure that unites our city, region, nation, and the world. The trees – both in Japan and the U.S. – always have symbolized birth and renewal. The Opening Ceremony celebrates the season through a showcase of great American and Japanese talent. Check back soon for updates on who will be performing.
WHEELCHAIR AND HEARING-IMPAIRED SEATING REQUESTS
To request wheelchair seating or hearing-impaired seating (require ASL interpreter), contact the National Cherry Blossom Festival ticket manager at email@example.com. Wheelchair and hearing-impaired seating requests are limited to two per patron.
Metro: The Warner Theatre is accessible through the Metro Center station. This can be accessed through the red, orange, silver and blue lines.
Known as the springtime affair in Washington, the Pink Tie Party stylishly marks the end of winter and the official beginning of blossom season. Attendees will be delighted and entertained by delicious food and beverage stations, unique entertainment, and the friendly competition of the silent auction. The Pink Tie Party is an event not to be missed as influencers and tastemakers from DC and our region’s professional, sports, social and media communities come together to celebrate the cherry blossoms. Proceeds benefit the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc. a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the beauty of nature and international friendship through year-round programs, events, and education initiatives that enhance our environment, showcase arts and culture, and build community spirit.
Interested in joining the Pink Tie Party Host Committee? Supported by professional event, marketing, and development staff, the Host Committee is charged with the task of helping to garner involvement from industry, community and businesses to execute a successful event. Contact Lillian Iversen for more details.
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.
Location: The Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square – 801 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (map)
Cost: – VIP Admission (includes an extra hour of access to the event from 6 -7 PM, and a gift bag) – $150 – General Admission – $100 – Sponsor VIP Package – Click here to download more information.
Tickets: See below.
Explore the worlds of sake, shōchū, and craft beer alongside Japanese cuisine at the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Grand Sake Tasting! At this exclusive event, nineteen breweries directly from Japan will offer tastings of their craft beverages, among the world’s finest produced, creating a one-of-a-kind experience in the United States. Admission includes sake, shōchū, and craft beer tastings. The selection contains rare and luxury brand sake; highlights include:
Dassai “23” Junmai Daiginjo from the Yamaguchi Prefecture, which was served at the April 2015 State Dinner during Prime Minister Abe’s recent visit to the White House.
Nanbu Bijin “Southern Beauty” Nama Nama, Toubetsu Junmai from the Iwata Prefecture, an unpasteurized seasonal sake, bottled and shipped immediately to maintain its purity and quality. It is only produced once a year in extremely limited quantities.
Kubota Manju “10,000 Celebrations” Junmai Daiginjo from the Niigata Prefecture, one of the most famous and highly awarded sakes, setting the standard for others to be measured against.
Complementing the beverages, tastings of Japanese cuisine will be served by local restaurants including:
“Over 20 breweries showcased their best, ranging from sakes, plum wine, and beer [;] it was a match made in sake paradise. Each representative made sure to thoroughly explain the three to six options available per station.” – womanaroundtown.com “Overall, this was a great event that introduced some wonderful premium sakes to lots of eager sake lovers in Washington, D.C. It was a fantastic evening of sake and good fun.” – hakkaisan.com “I have never had sake that good before – and I probably never will again as all of the sakes I tried that night are in the top 1% of those produced in Japan.” – worldnomads.com
Event proceeds benefit the National Cherry Blossom Festival, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.Sponsor VIP Package – Click here to download more information.
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq 7th St-Convention Center (Green/Yellow lines).