WASHINGTON — Billed as “The Nation’s Greatest Springtime Celebration,” the National Cherry Blossom Festival is underway now through April 12.
Locals are likely familiar with big festival events that include the parade down Constitution Avenue, a day of music and fireworks on the Southwest Waterfront and a colorful display of kites flying on the Washington Monument grounds.
But let’s explore a few of the lesser known festival opportunities.
What: Area celebrity trainers lead group classes featuring yoga, zumba and dance from around the Globe like salsa and Afro-Cuban.
Where: Washington Monument Grounds
When: Saturdays — March 21, 28 and April 4
What: Japanese Jazz Series
When: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., March 23, 24, 25
Where: Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW
What: “A Blossoming Problem: The Disruptive Impacts of Climate Change on Nature’s Calendar”
When: March 26
Where: World Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th St., NW
What: Rugby tournament features the top high school/college teams in U.S.
When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 28 and 29
Where: Rosecroft Raceway, 6336 Rosecroft Drive, Fort Washington, MD 20744
What: Celebrates and educates about Japanese American patriotism and perseverance during World War II
When: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., March 28
Where: Intersections of D Street and New Jersey Avenue and Louisiana Avenues NW
What: 1st festival game is last Washington Nationals preseason game vs. New York Yankees
When: 1:05 p.m., April 4
Where: Nationals Park, 1500 S. Capitol St. SE (Green Line)
More information: Ticket prices include a $5 donation to the festival
What: Features a fashion show, makeovers and seasonal snacks
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 11
Where: 1961 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons Corner, VA 22102 (Silver Line)
When: Throughout the festival
More information: Preregistration guarantees boat availability
$15.00 per hour — 2 passenger boat
$24.00 per hour — 4 passenger boat
The U.S. Park Service sponsors a visitor information booth at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day during the festival. It’s near the paddle boats in the Tidal Basin parking lot. Also in that spot, visitors will find food vendors and a gift shop that includes books and souvenirs.