The 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off in the Nation’s capital the first day of spring, Friday, March 20, 2015. The annual event celebrates the thousands of cherry trees blooming throughout the city, frosting the trees in pink blooms and commemorating the symbolic relationship between the capital of Japan and the U.S. The green-centered event continues through Saturday, April 12 with events throughout the city and opportunities to view the stunning cherry blossoms for which it is known.
SIGNATURE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL EVENTS
Pink Tie Party Fundraiser – Thursday, March 19 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Wear your “Pink Tie” cocktail attire to the social event of the spring. Enjoy an evening of delicious cuisine, cocktails, live music and dancing as you help raise money for the National Cherry Blossom Festival not-for-profit organization.
National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony – Saturday, March 21 at the historic Warner Theatre
Welcome springtime to the Nation’s capital as you enjoy live entertainment from world-renowned performers and celebrate the gift of trees from Japan to the United States.
Blossom Kite Festival – Saturday, March 28 at the Washington Monument
Explore the five areas of the Blossom Kite Festival as kite flying season officially kicks off in Washington D.C. Watch in awe as U.S. and international kite makers and kite fliers demonstrate their skills and compete. Novices are welcome to bring their own kites on the Public Field and children can make kites at the activity station.
Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival – Saturday, April 4 at Southwest Waterfront
More than eight hours of live music, cultural activities, family friendly water fun, and delicious food are capped off with a fireworks show.
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® – Saturday, April 11 on Constitution Avenue
Witness the pageantry and spectacle of DC’s largest spectator event. The 10-block parade along historic Constitution Avenue features giant helium-filled balloons, elaborate floats, celebrity entertainers, and marching bands from across the country.
Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival – Saturday, April 11 – Pennsylvania Avenue, NW between 9th and 14th Streets
With over 50 cultural groups and 30 hours of performances of 4 stages, the Sakura Matsuri is the Nation’s largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture.
CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
The National Cherry Blossom Festival brings travelers from around the globe to the Washington D.C. area. DC area hotels recommend booking your accommodations early as availability typically becomes limited throughout the festival. The American Inn of Bethesda offers family-friendly accommodations just 4 short blocks from the Bethesda metro station which is a direct ride to downtown Washington, D.C. on the Red Line. Click here to check availability for Cherry Blossom Festival hotel accommodations.