Highlights of the Cherry Blossom Festival

The cherry blossoms' blooming period is projected to run through April 11.
The cherry blossoms' blooming period is projected to run through April 11. (2008 Photo By James M. Thresher -- The Washington Post)
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Friday, April 3, 2009

The blossoms are bursting, and no matter what your interest -- photography, bicycling, art, etc. -- there is an official National Cherry Blossom Festival event for you.

For an interactive guide to the festival, including daily photos,

video and visitor tips, go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/cherryblossoms . For more information on events, call 877-442-5666 or visit http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.


PHOTO SAFARIS Learn tips and techniques for taking pictures of the blossoms. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, April 11 and April 12 6:15 to 8:30 a.m. and 3 to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday and April 10 6:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. (all digital) and 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunrise Safari meets at the Tidal Basin welcome area (near the paddle boats), 1500 Maine Ave. SW. Afternoon Safari meets at the FDR Memorial Bookstore/Visitor Center, West Basin Drive near Ohio Drive SW (Metro: Smithsonian). 877-512-5969, 202-537-0937 or http://www.washingtonphotosafari.com. Sunrise Safari, $64-$99. Afternoon Safari, $59.

BEYOND THE TIDAL BASIN: INTRODUCING OTHER GREAT FLOWERING CHERRIES Explore the U.S. National Arboretum's collection of flowering trees with this self-guided tour. Daily 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through April 12. 3501 New York Ave. NE. 202-245-2726 or http://www.usna.usda.gov. Free.

COMMUNITY CHERRY BLOSSOM ART SHOW The blossoms are the inspiration for works by area students. Daily 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. through April 12. Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE (Metro: Union Station). 202-289-1908 or http://www.unionstationdc.com.

NETSUKE: MINIATURE ART IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND These miniature figurines were originally used as fasteners for pouches and kimonos in Japan during the 17th century and have become their own work of art. About 100 of these carvings will be on display. Weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through May 29. Embassy of Japan, Japan Information and Culture Center, 1155 21st St. NW (Metro: Foggy Bottom). 202-238-6949 or http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc/index.htm. Free.

THE BLOSSOM SECRETS STROLL Learn about the history of the trees on this walking tour. Fridays 10 a.m. to noon, Saturdays and Sundays 2 to 4 p.m. and Mondays 10 a.m. to noon, through April 12. Smithsonian Metro station, 1200 Independence Ave. SW. 800-979-3370 or http://www.washingtonwalks.com. $10, age 3 and younger free.

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE BLOOMIN' JUNIOR RANGER Children ages 6 to 12 can learn about the cherry blossoms and what it takes to be a National Park Service ranger through origami and puzzles. Fridays-Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through April 12. Tidal Basin welcome area (near the paddle boats), 1500 Maine Ave. SW (Metro: Smithsonian). 202-426-6841 or http://www.nps.gov/cherry. Free.

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE RANGER TALKS Take a tour and learn about the trees, their history and the so-called Cherry Tree Rebellion. Daily at 10:30 a.m., noon and 2, 3:30, 5 and 7 p.m., through April 12. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Ohio Drive SW; Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW (Metro: Smithsonian). 202-426-6841 or http://www.nps.gov/cherry. Free.

RIVER BLOSSOMS TOURS View the blossoms and the monuments during a 90-minute narrated boat ride. Weekdays at noon and 2 p.m. and weekends at 10 a.m., noon and 2 and 4 p.m., through April 12. (Sold out today and Saturday.) Washington Marina, 1300 Maine Ave. SW (Metro: Smithsonian). 301-765-0750 or http://www.dc-cruises.com. $22, $11 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free.

TARGET TIDAL BASIN STAGE CULTURAL PERFORMANCES Musicians and dancers perform. Daily at noon, through April 12. Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW (Metro: Smithsonian). Free.

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