Events and Activities
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!
Complete the activity booklet to earn a Cherry Blossom Festival junior ranger badge. Junior Ranger Booklets are available at the National Park Service Tent in the Tidal Basin Welcome Area and at NPS information kiosks throughout the park.
April 2nd; 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).
Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival
April 9; 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.
April 16; 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.
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
April 10; 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Tidal Basin Area
Jointly sponsored since 1954 by National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) and the National Park Service, this 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 Cherry Blossom Princesses, and remarks by a number of dignitaries.
Anacostia River Festival
April 17; 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The National Park Service and 11th Street Bridge Park will present the Anacostia River Festival on Sunday April 17th. 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 National Cherry Blossom Festival. More Information