March 17 - April 15, 2018

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“Up in the Air” Kite Exhibition

Discover the artistry and construction of kites in their abundant colors and sculptural designs.

Blossom Kite Festival

Join us on Saturday, March 31, for the Blossom Kite Festival featuring all day free family fun.

Washington Monument Grounds- Kite Festival

17th St & Constitution Ave, NW

Update: Peak Bloom Predicted

The National Park Service today updated the predicted the peak bloom prediction of the cherry trees to March 27 – March 31. The National Cherry Blossom Festival will still begin on March 17 with the opening of the Tidal Basin Welcome Area and ANA Performance Stage. The Festival will continue as scheduled with four full weeks of programming through April 15. […]

Now Accepting Volunteers!

The National Cherry  Blossom Festival (March 20 – April 15, 2018) is seeking friendly, cooperative, and reliable volunteers of all ages! Get a behind-the-scenes experience of the nation’s greatest springtime celebration through a variety of exciting volunteer roles, including: Balloon handlers for the televised National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade “Kite Cops” to enforce safe kite-flying […]

National Cherry Blossom Festival Launches into 2018

The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Mr. Kazutoshi Aikawa, Deputy Chief of Mission of The Embassy of Japan, sponsors, and stakeholders gathered on November 16, 2017 for a preview of the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20-April 15). Speakers at the Launch, presented by Guest Services, Inc., announced new and expanded programming that will incorporate elements […]

2018 Signature Event Dates

Mark your calendars for the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival: March 20 - April 15.


Silent Auction The Silent Auction is an exclusive part of the Pink Tie Party fundraiser. Gain access to an audience of over 800 influencers and tastemakers from Washington’s professional, social, sports, and media communities. Donors will be recognized with a link in the online Auction Catalog and a listing in the Pink Tie Party Program. […]


  Welcome Volunteers 1. Register here to volunteer for the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival! Festival shifts will be posted beginning February 9, 2018. 2. Check out the 2018 Volunteer Handbook 3. Visit the Blog for special invites and updates. Supporting Sponsor Additional Support Provided By Lead Volunteers Lead Volunteer positions are filled on a rolling […]

High-Resolution Images

Find media-quality images of the cherry blossoms and signature National Cherry Blossom Festival events in this section. To download, click the thumbnail and a new window will open, where you can save the image to your computer. For additional images, contact Nora Strumpf. Please provide photo credit to National Cherry Blossom Festival. Scenic Views Signature […]