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.
Proceeds from both events 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.
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.
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.
March 15-16 and April 18-20, as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival activities, the Embassy of Japan’s Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), Japan Foundation NY, and Blues Alley Jazz Society is proud to host five nights of emerging Japanese jazz talent during its Japanese Jazz Series at Blues Alley.
An American import, jazz first became popular in Japan in the 1920s and influenced a new frontier of Japanese jazz music. Highlighting Japanese modern culture in the motherland of jazz, the Japanese Jazz series features Japanese jazz performed by young Japanese and American artists.
Each evening of performances will have an 8 PM and 10 PM showing. Performances are typically 80-90 minutes.