March 17 - April 15, 2018

NCBF Cherry Blossoms NCBF Cherry Blossoms

April 07, 2018



1 – 9:30 PM; Fireworks display 8:30 PM (weather permitting)


The Wharf, 1100 Maine Avenue, SW




The inaugural Petalpalooza presented by Fresh Direct will make its highly anticipated debut at The Wharf, DC’s newest half-mile-long waterfront destination. Formerly known as the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival, Petalpalooza will include interactive art installations, larger-than-life games and activities, live music on three outdoor stages, a roller rink, a beer garden, a spectacular fireworks show by Pyrotecnico, and much more along the piers of the Southwest Waterfront, the “home of the cherry blossoms.”

Enjoy more than eight energetic hours of live music on three waterfront stages, including the iHeart Main Stage featuring (To Come), a floating “202 Stage” showcasing DC’s homegrown talent, and an Acoustic Lounge sponsored by Diet Coke. On the Fresh Direct 202 Pier, attendees will let the good times roll in the free roller skating rink, with special roller dancer performances throughout the day.

All are encouraged to release their inner aficionado with SPIN Bike Art, Japanese calligraphy, Gyotaku fish prints, plein air artists, and more. Plus, there will be no shortage of selfie-worthy snapshots, including an interactive “flower-by-numbers” wall sponsored by Diet Coke, life-sized photo frames, and “trick art” immersive optical illusions.

In the beer gardens on the District Pier and Transit Pier, guests can stay hydrated with free samples from LaCroix and Coca-Cola soft drinks for sale. FreshDirect will be giving away special snack packs for attendees, L’Occitane cherry blossom product samples will be distributed from the L’Occitruck, and children can make their own t-shirts with Harbor Patrol. Even four-legged friends can join the festivities with special amenities at Petalpalooza’s Pop-Up Puppy Parklet, sponsored by MARS Petcare.

Of course, the fireworks tradition lives-on, as a dazzling choreographed display of more than 4,000 effects lights-up DC’s night sky above the Washington Channel.


Getting There:

We strongly encourage attendees to take public transportation to the Waterfront area.
Metrorail- Orange/Blue lines to L’Enfant Plaza (0.7 miles to the Festival) or Green line to Waterfront (0.3 miles to the Festival)
Metrobus- There are many options for bus routes near the Festival site.  Use the Trip Planner
There is no public event parking on Water Street, SW. Please utilize area parking lots on 4th Street, SW and by L’Enfant Plaza.


Pedestrian Access
Attendees can access the Festival at multiple entry points, including the intersection of Maine Avenue, SW and M Street, SW as well as via several access points along 4th Street, SW towards Waterfront Park.


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