Events and Activities

Jefferson memorial steps and the tidal basin with cherry blossoms

The Jefferson Memorial steps are a wonderful site to stop and enjoy the Cherry Blossom view.



The National Park Service and our partner, National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc. are proud to offer a wide variety of events and activities during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

For information about National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc. events including the Blossom Kite Festival, Japanese Street Festival, Southwest Waterfront Fireworks and more, visit National Cherry Blossom Festival Events.

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Tidal Basin Welcome Area
The National Park Service and our partner, National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc offer daily events and activities from March 28 to April 12 in the Tidal Basin Parking Lot. This area is located in the heart of the beautiful Cherry Trees.

Information Tents
10 a.m. - 7 p.m
Souvenir/Bookstore Tents
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Food Tents
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Stage Performances
12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

the Washington monument, cherry trees and paddle boats

Tidal Basin Paddle Boats
One of the best ways to experience the Cherry Trees is on a paddle boat! This year, Guest Services, Inc. is offering online paddle boat reservations during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Paddle boats are available daily from 10 am to 4 pm in the Tidal Basin Welcome Area.


Ranger-led Walks and Talks
Experience the Cherry Blossoms like never before! Park Rangers from the National Park Service offer guided walks and talks daily to help you learn about and appreciate the beautiful gift of the Cherry Trees. Running and bike tours, Pups 'n Petals Dog Walks and daily Cherry Chats open the door to your Cherry Blossom experience.


Become a Junior Bloomin' Ranger!
Pick up your Junior Bloomin' Ranger booklet at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area daily during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Complete the activites in the booklet and get a special Junior Ranger badge and certificate!

Visit the Junior Ranger Activity Zone in the Tidal Basin Welcome Area for additional family-friendly activities. Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm during the Festival.

Elsewhere During the Festival
Across the National Mall, our official festival partner, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc., is hosting a wide variety of exciting events and activities to celebrate the gift of the Cherry Blossom Trees.
red white and blue streaming kites in front of the washignton monument

Carol Highsmith Photo

Blossom Kite Festival
March 28th; 10 am to 4 pm
Washington Monument Grounds
The Blossom Kite Festival soars into spring and kicks off the kite flying season with five areas to explore and enjoy the Competition & Demonstration Field, Family Field, Kite Club Display Area, Activity Tents, and Public Field. Open kite flying is welcome on the Public Field. Bring your own kite, or children can make a kite to fly at an activity station (while supplies last).

blue and purple fireworks

Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival
April 4; 1pm to 9pm (fireworks at 8:30)
Southwest Waterfront (Waterfront-SEU Metro)
Enjoy more than eight celebratory hours of free music, family friendly water-related activities, cultural experiences, live entertainment and delicious foods at multiple outdoor venues at the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival.

big pink ballon in street parade
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
April 11; 10 am to noon
Constitution Avenue (7th to 17th St)
One of DC's largest spectator events, the energy-filled Parade runs for 10 blocks along iconic Constitution Avenue. Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers, and performers burst down the Parade route in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the Festival.
Japanese woman in pink kimono with purple umbrella
Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival
April 11; 10:30 am to 6 pm
Penn. Ave, NW (between 9th and 14th Streets)
The Sakura Matsuri –Japanese Street Festival is the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the U.S. with over 50 cultural groups, vendors and food booths, and over 30 hours of performances on 4 stages
Japanese woman lighting stone lantern
Official Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting Ceremony
April 5; 2:30 pm to 4 pm
Tidal Basin Area
Jointly sponsored since 1954 by National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) and the National Park Service, this venerable observance opens the NCSS Cherry Blossom Princess festivities. The ceremony features traditional Japanese music, the presentation of the United States and Japan Cherry Blossom Queens, along with the 2015 Cherry Blossom Princesses, and remarks by a number of dignitaries, including the Ambassador of Japan to the United States.
Anacostia River Festival
April 12; 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Anacostia Park

The National Park Service and 11th Street Bridge Park will present the first ever Anacostia River Festival on Sunday April 12th. Held in Anacostia Park, one of America’s 407 national parks and steps away from the future 11th Street Bridge Park, this free festival is a premier event and official closing of the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival. The Anacostia River Festival will other unique activities to engage families with the natural environment. More Information

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