Cherry Blossom events
Tuesday, March 26
●National Cherry Blossom Festival Cultural Performances at the Tidal Basin. Celebrate cultural exchange through the arts with dance, music and strolling entertainment on stage. Tidal Basin Welcome Area, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW, Metro: Smithsonian
●Tidal Basin Paddle Boat Rentals presented by Guest Services. Board a paddle boat and enjoy the view of the cherry blossoms. Advanced reservations are available at tidalbasinpaddleboats.com. $12 an hour for two-passenger boats, $19 an hour for four-passenger boats. Tidal Basin Boathouse, 1501 Maine Ave. SW. Metro: Smithsonian. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
●Official Cherry Blossom Food Tour. Experience the festival through the history, the architecture and the food. Expand and challenge the palate with an array of dishes inspired by cherries and the area’s Japanese influence. Cost: $49 per person. 700 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Metro: Eastern Market
For details on all events, visit nationalcherryblossomfestival.org. The Cherry Blossom hotline is 877-
44BLOOM (442-5666). All events are free unless otherwise noted.