2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival Events in Washington DC

by McEnearney on March 27, 2019

the Jefferson Memorial during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Washington, DC


At the end of March going into April people all over the world come to Washington, DC to view the sea of pink and white blossoms of the cherry trees in full bloom! This is one of the year’s more anticipated events that marks the return of warm weather temperatures in the DMV.

The festival commemorates Japan’s historical gift to DC of Yoshino cherry trees that were planted around the Tidal Basin. The cherry blossoms distinctive short life span is what makes it so magical. You only get to witness the cherished spectacle for a moment before it is gone.

Make sure you put on your walking shoes and charge your cameras because you do not want to miss a moment of nature’s beautiful show!



Artechouse: in Peak Bloom

March 20-May 27 | Washington DC
$8-$15+ | Tickets

In Peak Bloom Artechouse

Photo courtesy of Artechouse


Artechouse offers a unique way to immerse yourself into an interactive digital art platform. Through the months of April and May, enjoy a walk through In Peak Bloom and experience the fragile beauty and transient nature of the cherry blossom in a new and extraordinary way.



Art at the Center  

March 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.. | Washington DC


Art at the Center Cherry Blossom

Photo Courtesy of the National Cherry Blossom Festival


You’ll be astounded by the art collection at The Walter E. Washington Convention Center! More than just a first-class Convention Center, the building houses one of the largest public art collections in Washington, DC outside of museums. Over 130 works of art include everything from awe-inspiring suspended sculptures to intimate photographs. The Center’s Collection includes works of world-renowned artists such as Kendall Buster, Ivan Chernayeff, William Christenberry, William Dunlop, Sam Gilliam, Stephen Hendee, Larry Kirkland, Sol LeWitt, Donald Lipinski, Tom Nakashima, Jim Sanborn, Pat Steir, Sarah Sze, Costas Varotsos and Yuriko Yamaguchi. Take a special tour to learn more about this amazing art and highlights such as the Shaw Wall, a 72’ wall of dynamic artwork that honors and celebrates the surrounding Shaw community.



Through the Lens: Tokyo Transect

March 28, 7:30-9:30 p.m.| Washington DC
$25 | Tickets


Tokyo Art Cherry Blossom

Photo Courtesy of David Guttenfelder


Experience Tokyo’s culture and their modern city life advantages and disadvantages through the lens of photographer David Guttenfelder. As David toured Tokyo, the largest city in Japan, he took hundreds of photos, from everyday life to the cherry blossoms, capturing his experiences and the lives of Tokyo’s residents. See all of his amazing photos during this event, many of which were taken on his smartphone, and hear what he has to say about his journey. He will answer questions at the end of the program.



Moet & Chandon for an Exclusive Tasting

March 29, 7 p.m. | Washington DC
$50 | Tickets


Moet and Wine Tasting Cherry Blossom


Enjoy high-end champagne such as Moet & Chandon Rosé Imperial and their Grand Vintage Rosé 2009 in a custom designed two-room suite decorated with soft pink tones! The event is located in the Watergate Hotel, so if you’re having too much fun you can book a stay right there at the hotel!



Blossom Kite Festival

March 30, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Grounds of the Washington Monument


Cherry Blossom Kite Festival

Photo Courtesy of National Cherry Blossom Festival


With the National Mall as the backdrop for thousands of kites taking flight, this event is one of the perennial favorites for local residents and visitors alike. Professionals and novices alike showcase their skill through a variety of competitions and demonstrations, Rokkaku Battles, and the Hot Tricks Showdown. Bring your own kite to fly on the public field or purchase one there. There’s even an activity station for children to make a kite while supplies last.



Blossom Bash

April 5, 6 p.m. | Washington D.C.
$55+| Tickets


Cherry Blossom Bash

Photo Courtesy of National Cherry Blossom Festival

iHeartRadio’s HOT 99.5 and 97.1 WASH-FM are hosting the 2nd Annual Blossom Bash, with headliner Megan Trainor and featuring MAX and Jake Miller. Enjoy a night of pop that is great for all ages!




April 6, 12-9:30 p.m. | Washington D.C

Petalpalooza Cherry Blossom

Photo courtesy of Doug Van Sant
Celebrate Spring with an all day and night affair on The Wharf’s half-mile stretch full of shops and restaurants! There will be multiple outdoor stages playing live music, a beer garden, all-ages activities, and product giveaways! A perfect event for everyone! So come on down and don’t miss out on the spectacular fireworks starting at 8:30 PM.



Cherry Blossom Night at D.C. United

April 9, 8 p.m. | Washington DC
$25+ | Tickets


DC United

Photo Courtesy of the National Cherry Blossom Festival


If you are a big soccer fan or want to enjoy a night of fun competition, then grab your friends and family and head down to Audi Field for a match between D.C. United and Montreal. The game will be cherry blossom themed including activities and celebrations. So come be a part of it all while supporting D.C. United.



National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

April 13, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Washington DC
Tickets start at $20 for grandstand seating
Free along the parade route


One of DC’s largest annual events full of color and cheer, the parade features giant colorful animated balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands, family entertainment, and celebrity appearances. This is an event that is anticipated all year! The parade steps off at 10 a.m. so plan to arrive early for the best views! Standing along the parade route from Constitution Avenue between 9th and 15th St NW is free.



District Winery Annual Rosé Party

April 28th, 12-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.
$49+ | Tickets 21+ only event

Rose Cherry Blossom (1)











Photo courtesy of Travel Zoo


There is no better way to end the National Cherry Blossom Festival than to enjoy rosé all day while taking in sweeping waterfront views of the Anacostia River from the rooftop of District Winery! Indulge in a variety of District Winery wines, a diverse menu, premium beverages, and live entertainment surrounded by breathtaking floral decor. For this event only, District Winery will be offering tastings of two new wines that have not yet been released to the public. One will be a sparkler and the other wine will be a Pinot Gris! This is one event you don’t want to miss!



For More Events or Information About the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Click HERE!

For directions please click HERE! Below is a map of where to walk to get the best experience when looking at the cherry blossoms. Enjoy!

Cherry Blossom Festival Map DC

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