March 17 - April 15, 2018

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Fleeting Grace: Teachings of Cherry Blossoms

Time: 11AM-9PM Location: 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton, VA (map) Cost: FREE; No advance ticketing required. Studio galleries will exhibit artwork related to the Teachings of Cherry Blossoms. Glass artists will give demonstrations on how to create cherry blossoms with multiple techniques. Hula dance performances.

Madame Butterfly Tea

A lecture about Puccini's beloved opera Madame Butterfly followed by a Japanese-themed afternoon tea.

NEW DATE: Opening Ceremony

The National Cherry Blossom Festival has changed the date of the Opening Ceremony from Saturday, March 24, to Sunday, March 25, due to anticipated crowds expected in downtown DC for the March for Our Lives.

National Japan Bowl – Championship Rounds

The Japan Bowl® is an academic competition for high school students across the nation who are studying Japanese. Come watch the 26th National Japan Bowl championship rounds on April 13, 2018 at National 4-H Youth Conference Center.

Sing Into Spring Winners Selected to Perform in Parade

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is delighted to announce The GW Pitches, Emma G, and Summer as the winners of the 2018 Sing Into Spring competition. Selected following a live audition at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, DC – where 17 finalists went head-to-head to showcase their vocal abilities, the […]

Pink Tie Party presented by ANA

The springtime affair in Washington, kicking off the season of the blossoms in style, the annual Pink Tie Party is a fundraiser benefiting the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Newseum Nights: In Bloom

Don’t miss out on the first Newseum Night of 2018! Get up close and personal with the Newseum’s most popular exhibits while enjoying open beer and wine bars, light food, curator-led gallery talks, exclusive cherry blossom-themed activities, entertainment, and more.

Japanese Culture Day

Get introduced to Japanese culture through reading, writing, and craft making with Japanese cultural and linguistic professionals.

Japanese Garden Design

Calling all adult garden designers-in-the-making!

Events DC Cherry Blast!

Events DC Cherry Blast!, a premier event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, brings the sights, sounds, scents and tastes of Japan to Washington, DC, as Dock 5 at Union Market is transformed into a vibrant Tokyo streetscape featuring a night market with authentic street food curated by Chef Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto, craft vendors, interactive art displays and a pulsating soundstage with DJs and entertainers to fuel the dance party throughout the night.