Here’s When to Catch Cherry Blossoms in All Their Glory in D.C. This Year
The festival, which takes place March 15 through April 16, celebrates the anniversary of Tokyo’s gifting of the trees to the city back in 1912, and illuminates the city in breathtaking shades of pink.
Festivities kick off with the Pink Tie Party at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on March 16, where visitors can taste spring-inspired dishes and cocktails and more.
The opening ceremony follows on March 25 in the historic Warner Theater with Japanese theater and orchestra performances, while spectators can catch elaborate floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, and celebrity performances at the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 8.
The Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival, which is the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the U.S., takes place April 8.
In honor of the celebration, iconic buildings and transportation hubs will be lit in pink as part of the City in Bloom campaign, while the Cherry Picks Restaurant Program will feature more than 60 local restaurants offering spring-themed menus.
Hotels in the area will also be offering discounts and festival-inspired packages.