Before You Arrive
There is much to consider when planning a trip to Washington, DC during the National Cherry Blossom Festival such as where to stay, where to eat, and how to get to the blossoms. To speak with an Information Specialist or to request printed information about the Festival, call 877.44.BLOOM (442.5666). The hotline is run in partnership with Destination DC.
Once in the DC Area
Stop by any one of our visitor centers:
NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL HEADQUARTERS
AT UNION STATION
March 13 – April 19; 10 AM – 7:30 PM (Mon-Thurs) ; 9:30 AM – 7 PM (Sat);
10 AM – 6 PM (Sun)
50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Start your journey enjoying all that the Festival has to offer with a stop at National Cherry Blossom Festival® Headquarters at Union Station. Shop for official Festival merchandise – shirts, hats, pins, and more! Also pick up free information about Festival events and programs.
TIDAL BASIN WELCOME AREA AND ANA PERFORMANCE STAGE – Paddle Boat Parking Lot
March 18 – April 2 ; Open Daily, 10 AM – 7 PM (Performances 12 PM – 6 PM)
1501 Maine Avenue, SW
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.
DC VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER
Mondays – Fridays, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW // 202.789.7000
In the District and wondering where to go? Make the DC Visitor Information Center your first stop. Speak with friendly and knowledgeable staff to answer all your questions, and receive free festival event schedules, tourist maps, city guides, sightseeing tips, and restaurant and hotel information.
METRO: Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center, Green/Yellow lines
VISIT FAIRFAX! INFORMATION CENTER
Mondays – Fridays, 10 AM – 6 PM; Sundays, 11 AM – 6 PM
1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22102 // 703.752.9500
Fairfax County, Virginia celebrates the National Cherry Blossom Festival at its Visitor Center in Tysons Corner Center. Stop by for free gifts, craft demonstrations, and other fun activities. Talk with visitor counselors about County tourist attractions and stay to shop in one of the premier shopping malls on the East Coast.
Throughout the festival’s duration, customers have the ability to reserve a parking space through Parkmobile as well as pay for on-street parking close to the festival with the Parkmobile app. Additionally, each time customers use Parkmobile to park in the Washington, D.C. area, they have the option of donating to the National Cherry Blossom Festival, using Zone 9810 in the app. Parkmobile is the preferred parking vendor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.