2012 National Cherry Blossom Festival Washington DC


In 1912, the city of Tokyo, Japan gave a gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees to Washington, D.C. Each year, America’s capital celebrates this gift, along with the arrival of spring, via the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Normally a two-week celebration, the upcoming festival will mark the 100th anniversary with a spectacular five-week event, which will take place from March 20 to April 27, 2012.

One of the highlights will be the opening ceremony on March 25 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Pre-show activities run from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and include musicians, a collection of cultural exhibits, and inspiring historical imagery. The ceremony, which begins at 5:00 p.m., will feature local officials, international dignitaries, and many well-known performers. Open to the public, the opening ceremony is free.  However, tickets are required. They will be available January 3, 2012. For more information, call 877.443.5666 or email ncbf@downtowndc.org

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