Events and Activities

The National Park Service and our partner National Cherry Blossom Festival are proud to offer a wide variety of events and activities during the Cherry Blossom Festival including the Blossom Kite Festival, Japanese Street Festival, Captial Waterfront Fireworks during the Petalpalooza event, National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, and more.

Ranger standing with visitors under the Cherry Trees.
Ranger Programs

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Tidal Basin Welcome Area
TBD, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Begin your visit to the National Cherry Blossom Festival at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area, located off West Basin Drive, SW, on the northwest side of the Tidal Basin by the FDR and MLK Memorials. Information tents, food and souvenir sales areas, and first aid provide everything you need for a fun-filled visit. At the National Park Service Activity Tent become a Cherry Blossom Protector, earn a Bloomin’ Junior Ranger badge, and participate activities related to conservation and responsible recreation.
Education Program: Healthy Soil + Healthy Roots = Healthy Trees
TBD
Join a Park Ranger for this interactive education program, designed for children ages 8-12, which teaches kids that cherry trees need nutrient rich soil and strong roots in order to survive. The program will be offered each Saturday of the festival (March 19, March 26 and April 2) at1 p.m. Program length approximately one hour; meet at the National Park Service Activity Tent in the Tidal Basin Welcome Area.
Ranger tour
Jefferson Memorial Cherry Blossom Ranger Talk
TBD 10 am and 3pm
Join a Park Ranger and learn more about the history and lore of the cherry blossoms. Programs meet on the plaza in front of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.
Paddle boats on the Tidal Basin
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.

Elsewhere During the Festival
Across the National Mall, our official festival partner the National Cherry Blossom Festival is hosting a wide variety of exciting events and activities to celebrate the gift of the cherry blossom trees.

Kites flying in front of Washington Monument
Blossom Kite Festival
March 25, 2023
The Blossom Kite Festival soars into spring and kicks off the kite flying season with five areas to explore and enjoy. 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).
Cherry Blossom Queen lighting the lantern
Official Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting Ceremony
TBD
Join the National Conference of State Societies and the National Park Service for the traditional lighting of the Japanese Stone Lantern located among the cherry blossom trees on the Tidal Basin in Washington DC. The Stone Lantern Lighting Ceremony includes remarks by top US officials and Japanese diplomats, traditional songs and music.
Cherry Blossom Parade
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
April 15, 2023
Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Street NW
One of DC's largest spectator events, the energy-filled parade runs for 10 blocks along iconic Constitution Avenue. Giant colorful 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.
Geisha dancer in the Street Festival

Petalpalooza
April 8, 2022
This day-long all-ages celebration brings art, music, and play to multiple outdoor stages, interactive art installations through the Petalpalooza Art Walk. Captial Waterfront near the Navy Yard. Fireworks begin at 8:30 pm.

Last updated: December 12, 2022