Events and Activities
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.
Tidal Basin Welcome Area
Ranger-led Walks and Talks
Become a Junior Bloomin' Ranger!
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.
Blossom Kite Festival
Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival
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.
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
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
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