Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays: March 18-19, March 24-26, March 31-April 2, April 7-8
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Bring your flashlight for an evening stroll beneath the blossoms; evening is one of the best times to beat the crowds and enjoy the beautiful serenity of the Cherry Trees! This 1.8 mile, two hour guided walk around the Tidal Basin begins at 8 p.m. at the National Park Service tent in the Tidal Basin Welcome Area. Tours offered every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening between March 18 and April 8 (no tour on Friday, March 17 and Sunday, April 9).
Run with a Ranger
Saturdays: March 18, March 25, April 1, April 8
Meet at the Washington Monument Lodge on 15th Street. NW
Beginner and marathon runners alike will enjoy the beauty of the cherry trees on this informational and engaging 3.5 mile jog with a Park Ranger through the National Mall. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Washington Monument Lodge (15th St. between Madison and Jefferson Drives, adjacent to Washington Monument).
Pups ‘n’ Petals Dog Walk
Saturdays/Sundays: March 18-19, March 25-26, April 1-2, April 8
Bring your furry friend for a two-hour stroll among the cherry blossoms! Meet on the backside of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial (East Basin Drive) at 2 p.m. Don’t forget your leash (required), waste bags and water.
Ranger Cherry Bike Tours
Saturdays March 18, March 25, April 1, April 8
Meet at the Lincoln Memorial Plaza. Bring your own bike, helmet, and water for a leisurely ride beneath the blossoms. The three-hour tour is on Saturdays at 1 p.m.
Birds and Blooms
March 18, March 25, April 1, April 8
Join a Park Ranger for a bird walk among the cherry blossoms. Meet at the World War II Memorial contact station at 7:30 a.m. and remember to bring your binoculars!
The Team that Gave us the City’s Symbols of Peace: April 1, April 8
The behind-the-scenes tale of the Americans and Japanese who coordinated Tokyo’s 1912 gift of 3000 Japanese cherry trees to Washington will astonish. Facts are better than fiction in this teamwork of visionaries! Begins at 1 p.m. at the Japanese Lantern on the Tidal Basin (west end of Kutz Bridge along Independence Avenue).
Meaning of the Cherry Blossom Festival: Readings from the Masters: March 18, April 2, April 9
Travel back in time to discover the meaning of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Join us for readings from the first description of the Japanese festival (Tale of Genji, 11th century), the remarkable Kabuki play, Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees (18th century), and Eliza Scidmore’s description of the festival that inspired her to push to establish cherry trees in Washington (1891). Program starts at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial bookstore at 1 p.m.