Eat, drink and be cherry! Purchase tickets now for the Festival’s signature fundraiser, the Pink Tie Party presented by ANA, held Thursday, March 16 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW). Wear your finest “Pink Tie” cocktail attire and enjoy a fabulous evening filled with delicious spring-inspired cuisine and cocktails from local restaurants, silent auction spectacular, engaging experiences, and more. $300 Enhanced Experience (includes access to a special reception starting at 6 PM and give-away) $200 General Individual Admission
Proceeds help sustain the Festival’s year-round educational initiatives, maintain the quality and integrity of Festival events and ensure they remain primarily free and open to the public for generations to come.
A Touch Of Japan: Tea, Fans and Fun at Cherry Blossom Time
Sully hosts a fun program in conjunction with the celebrations all over the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Sample some green teas of Japan and try a sweet. See Japanese fans and colorful Japanese objects, then paint your very own fan. Optional tour of the 1794 house included. Two seatings: 11am and 1pm. Free parking. Located near Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, Va.
Dock 5 at Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE, Washington DC (map)
Events DC Cherry Blast is a multi-sensory experience celebrating Japanese culture. On Friday, April 14 from 7pm – midnight, immerse yourself in DC’s vibrant Tokyo night market as Dock 5 at Union Market will be transformed into a busy streetscape that highlights Japan’s dynamic culture and ambiance.
Night Market: A hustling-bustling, communal marketplace lined with an array of food and artisan vendors – curated by acclaimed Chef Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto.
Music Stage:Vibe to the pulsating sounds of live artists and DJs performing all night long.
Interactive Art Showcase: A spectacular display of works by DC-based artists inspired by Japanese culture and the spirit of the cherry blossoms.
Fashion Element:Immerse yourself in Japanese-inspired fashion with live mannequins mingling through the market displaying the latest trends from Tokyo.
eSports Lounge: A high-tech arcade exhibiting the dynamic live-action of competitive play from the world’s hottest and fastest growing sports sector.
VIP Lounge:An exclusive lounge providing an elevated experience for 200 guests including open bar with special cocktail pairings and curated Tokyo street food (VIP ticket required).
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.
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)
One of DC’s premier black-tie affairs; starting with a sushi & cocktail reception in the Marriott’s Sky View atrium follow by a full course duet dinner and dance. After dinner, the 2016 U.S. Cherry Blossom Princesses are introduced, our International Princess and our Special guest Japanese Cherry Blossom Queen. Then the spin of the Wheel – selecting the new 2016 U.S. Cherry Blossom Queen. Dancing starts after the coronation, until midnight.
The Marriott Gateway is accessible through the Crystal City Metro station. This can be accessed through the blue and yellow lines.
The National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) invites you to join us as we celebrate and introduce the 2016 U.S. Cherry Blossom Princess. At The Army and Navy Club at Farragut Square in Washington DC. 6pm-8pm. Hor’d ourves will be served.
Metro- The Army and Navy Club is accessible through the Farragut West and North stations. They can be accessed through the orange, silver and blue lines.
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.
$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.