WASHINGTON — The parade is just one of several can’t-miss events during the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Enjoy fireworks, concerts and other family-friendly entertainment around the Tidal Basin and National Mall. Below are some notable highlights.
Sunday, March 25, 5–6:30 p.m., Warner Theatre (Updated: Friday, March 16)
The event will feature traditional and contemporary performances by singer T.M.Revolution, Japanese drummers Miyako Taiko, the 6821 Quintet and more.
Pink Tie Party
Thursday, March 15, 7–11 p.m., Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Enjoy delicious food highlighting D.C.’s culinary scene, an open bar, “unique” entertainment and a silent auction.
SAAM Cherry Blossom Celebration
Saturday, March 24, 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Kogod Courtyard
This celebration of Japanese culture features music and dance performances, face painting and cherry-blossom-themed crafts.
Sakura Taiko Takeover
Sunday, March 25, noon–6 p.m., ANA Performance Stage
Enjoy Japanese drumming and dance performances. For more information, check out the festival’s official page.
Blossom Kite Festival
Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m., on the National Mall near the intersection of 17th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW
Watch colorful kites soar above the cherry blossoms. Bring your own kite or buy one. Children can also make their own at an activity station and there will be “pet comfort services,” including waste bag distribution, treats, and water stations using bowls with potable water. Competitions and demonstrations are also planned.
Saturday, April 7, 1–9:30 p.m., The Wharf
Formerly known as the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival, Petalpalooza features interactive art installations, games and activities, live music, an 8:30 p.m. fireworks show (weather permitting) and more. Pets comfort services will be provided again (waste bag distribution, treats, and water stations using bowls with potable water), as well as a chance to meet to adoptable dogs from the Humane Rescue Alliance from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m.–noon, on Constitution Avenue NW, from Ninth to 15th streets NW
Saturday, March 24 to Sunday, April 8, noon–6 p.m. daily at the Ana Performance Stage
For other daily activities, check out the Events and Activities page.
Ranger-led Lantern Walks
March 31–April 1, 8 p.m. at the National Park Service tent in the Tidal Basin Welcome area
Beat the crowds and bring your flashlight for a 1.8 mile, two-hour guided walk around the Tidal Basins.
(Note: Walk dates have been changed due to new predicted peak bloom dates.)
Run with a Ranger
March 17, 24 and 31, 8 a.m. at the Washington Monument Lodge (15th Street between Madison and Jefferson Drives, adjacent to the Washington Monument)
Take a 3.5 mile jog with a park ranger under the beauty of the cherry trees.
Ranger Bike Tour
March 17, 24 and 31, 1 p.m. departing from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial (East Basin Drive)
Bring your bike and take a leisurely, three-hour ride beneath the blossoms.
Pups ‘n Petals Dog Walk
March 17–18, March 23–25, March 30–April 1, 2 p.m. outside the Franklin Delano Roosevelt bookstore
Enjoy a two-hour stroll among the cherry blossoms with your favorite furry friend.
Birds and Blooms
March 17, 24 and 31, 7:30 a.m. at the World War II Memorial contact station
Bring your binoculars to see the birds among the blossoms.
(You can also find a full list of events on the festival’s official page.)