• Paddle boats in the tidal basin lined with cherry trees

    Cherry Blossom Festival

    District of Columbia

Events and Activities


Explore and learn with park rangers on walks, talks, tours, and more like the Pups 'n' Petals Dog Walk!


2015 Ranger-Led Programs

Daily Programs - March 28 to April 12

Cherry Blossom Ranger Talks
Daily 3/28 - 4/12, hourly 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Meet at Thomas Jefferson Memorial plaza.

Ranger Walking Tour
Daily 3/28 - 4/12, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meet at Lincoln Memorial plaza. Explore memorials and cherry blossoms on a guided walk.

Ranger Bike Tours
Saturdays & Sundays 3/28 - 4/12, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Meet at Thomas Jefferson Memorial plaza.
Bring your own bike, helmet, and water for a leisurely ride.

Run with a Ranger
Saturdays 3/28 - 4/12, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Meet at Washington Monument Lodge (15th St. adjacent to Washington Monument).

Pups & Petals dog walk
Sundays 3/28 - 4/12, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meet at Lincoln Memorial plaza.
Bring your furry friend for a walk among the cherry blossoms. All dogs must be leashed.

Lantern Walk
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 3/28 - 4/12, 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Meet at National Park Service Information Tent in Tidal Basin Welcome Area.
Bring your flashlight for an evening stroll.

Junior Ranger Activity Zone
Daily 3/28 - 4/12
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Children's activities with arts and crafts at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area

Junior Ranger Booklet
Daily 3/28 - 4/12
Available at NPS information kiosks throughout the park.
Complete the activity booklet to earn a Cherry Blossom Festival junior ranger badge.

Ranger Talks and Tours of the Memorials
Explore the park's memorials on short programs with rangers at the Lincoln, Vietnam Veterans, Korean War Veterans, World War II, Martin Luther King, Jr., Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson Memorials. Talks and tours start every hour on the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

For more programs all year long, refer to the.National Mall and Memorial Parks Schedule of Events.

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

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