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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Best Cherry Blossom Festival events this week: Blossom Bites by Bike Tour, Festival Family Days


Blossom events this week include the festival’s opening ceremony. (Megan Rossman/The Washington Post)
Everything’s coming up cherry blossoms — and even earlier than expected, thanks to all the warm weather we’ve been having. But even though those blooms might drop early, the centennial celebration is just getting going. Here are some of the best cherry-related events in the coming week.

Blossom Bites by Bike Tour

Bike and Roll, a bike rental and tour company, and DC Metro Food Tours team up for a three-hour food and bike tour with a cherry blossoms theme. Nosh on tastings from three top D.C. eateries as you pedal through the Dupont Circle, U Street and Logan Circle neighborhoods. Reservations required. Fee includes guide, bike rental, cherry-inspired bites and a bottle of water. Not recommended for age 12 and younger.

Fridays and Saturdays at 4 p.m. through April 27. Old Post Office Pavilion, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-683-8847. www.bikethesites.com. $79.

2:46 and Thereafter

In collaboration with the Tokyo-based artist collective DanDans, this exhibit highlights 18 Japanese artists’ responses to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan. (The exhibit’s title refers to the time of the quake.) The works are in a variety of media, including painting, video, sculpture, photography and drawing. The closing reception features a special performance by Japanese artist On Megumi Akiyoshi.

Closing reception Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.; exhibit closes Sunday. Edison Place Gallery, 702 Eighth St. NW. 202-483-1102. Free.

Cherry Blossom Festival Family Days

Two days of family fun include hands-on activities, interactive art demonstrations and performances by the Nen Daiko taiko drummers, the National Ballet of Japan and pianist Motoki Hirai. Kids can also meet and take photos with Snoopy, the Lorax and other characters.

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 877-442-

5666. 202-272-2448. www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org. Free.

The Art of Kabuki

Traditional dance master Bando Kotoji demonstrates scenes from famous Kabuki plays, offering special onstage instruction for some audience members. Scenes include “Yoshino-yama,” set on a famous Japanese mountain known for its cherry blossoms.

Saturday at 2 p.m. Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. www.asia.si.edu. Free.

Cherry Blossom Bike Ride and Cycle Expo

Take one of four 10-mile guided rides along the Capital Crescent Trail. Ride leaders include Redskins defensive end Kedric Golston, “The Biggest Loser” TV show contestant Stacey Capers, cyclist and diabetic John Anderson and a Wounded Warrior soldier rider. Each ride is paced based on experience; registration required. Rides are limited to 100 people per group. Sponsored by the American Diabetes Association.

Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Georgetown Waterfront Park, Water Street from 31st Street to Key Bridge. 202-331-8303. www.diabetes.org/cherryblossom. Free.

National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony

To launch the centennial celebration, this ceremony features traditional and contemporary performances that highlight the gift of the trees. Performers include D.C. native and mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves-Montgomery; Grammy-nominated singer Sara Bareilles; Misia, Japan’s most popular female R&B singer; and traditional Japanese musician Hideki Togi.

Sunday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. 877-442-5666. 202-249-3400. www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org. Free.

Library of Congress Cherry Blossom Lecture

John Malott, the president of the Japan-America Society and former ambassador to Malaysia, discusses the 1912 gift of the cherry trees. Thursday at noon. Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-4604. www.loc.gov. Free.

Kyogen and Reading Performance

This performance spotlights Kyogen, a form of traditional Japanese comic theater, and a reading by Japanese actress Keiko Matsuzaka.

Thursday at 6 p.m. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. 800-444-1324. www.kennedy-center.org. Free.

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