Events and Activities

Spring on the tidal basin
Looking from the Jefferson Memorial across the Tidal Basin


NOTE: Many events associated with the cherry blossoms are being impacted by measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Please check this site regularly for updates.

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, Southwest Waterfront Fireworks, National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and more.

Tidal Basin Welcome Area - CANCELLED
Following DC Health's recommendation that non-essential mass gatherings be postponed or cancelled to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Tidal Basin Welcome Area will not take place this year.

The National Park Service and our partner, National Cherry Blossom Festival offer daily events and activities from March 20-31, April 4-5 and April 11-12 in the Tidal Basin Welcome Area. Located off Maine Avenue SW near 15th Street SW (across from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing) in the heart of the beautiful cherry trees, the area offers ranger programs and tours, musical entertainment, orientation services, food and beverage, and souvenirs.
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 in the Tidal Basin Welcome Area.
Ranger dog tour
Ranger 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. Bike tours, Pups 'n Petals Dog Walks and daily Cherry Chats open the door to your cherry blossom experience.
Junior Ranger Icon
Become a Bloomin' Junior Ranger!
The Bloomin' Junior Ranger tent is located next to the Jefferson Memorial and offers hands-on activities for children of all ages. Complete the activity booklet to earn a Cherry Blossom Festival Junior Ranger badge! Booklets are available at the Junior Ranger tent and at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area, as well as National Park Service informaion kiosks throughout the park.
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 - CANCELLED
Following DC Health's recommendation that non-essential mass gatherings be postponed or cancelled to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the kite festival will not take place this year.

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, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tidal Basin Area at Independence Ave and 17th Street, SW
Join the NCSS 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 Latern Lighting Ceremony includes remarks by top US officials and Japanese diplomats, traditional songs and music.
Cherry Blossom Parade
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
Saturday, April 4
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
Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival
April 4, 2020, 10 am - 6 pm
Penn. Ave, NW (between 3rd and 7th Streets, NW)
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
River Fest visitors looking through binoculars
Anacostia River Festival
April 5, 2020, 1 pm - 5 pm
Anacostia Park, Anacostia Drive and Good Hope Road, SE
The National Park Service and 11th Street Bridge Park will present the third annual Anacostia River Festival on Sunday, April 5. Held in Anacostia Park, celebrating its centennial in 2018 and steps away from the future 11th Street Bridge Park, this free festival is a premier event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Last updated: March 12, 2020