Washington, DC Cherry Blossom Festival Guide Washington, DC Cherry Blossom Festival Guide

Wedding Photos

Under a Canopy of Petals
Trying to get the perfect shot during cherry blossom time leaves some photographers exhausted and relieved.

Photos by: The Washington Post, washingtonpost.com


Time-Lapse Photos

Watch the cherry blossoms burst into bloom with pictures taken daily at the Tidal Basin.

Photo Gallery

View festival events and scenes of the Tidal Basin this season.

Panoramic Photo

Take in a 360-degree view of the blossoms by the water's edge at dawn. At Dusk | At Night


Feel the essence of a warm spring day when the cherry trees are at peak bloom.

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In the News

Under a Canopy of Petals

There is one group of people who will slump over, exhausted and relieved the blossom season is over and the official festival ended yesterday: wedding photographers.

Drizzly Day Fails to Drown Marchers' Enthusiasm

Why would anyone go to a parade when it's 48 degrees and raining buckets, and winds gusts are whipping around at 35 miles per hour?

See the Buds by Night

Pssst. Hey, you, cherry blossom lover. There's a secret way to see Washington's fabled flowerets without the crowds.

Find Joy in Lesser-Known Groves

The Tidal Basin has been mobbed for days with blossom lovers, but the two-week-long pageant doesn't end in the District.

Ten Ways to Marvel at the Blossoms

We've compiled 10 ways to marvel at the pink and puffy white flowers and experience Japanese culture during the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Live Discussion

National Park Service's chief horticulturalist discusses everything you want to know about the cherry blossoms, the trees, the history and the activities in the nation's capital.

Event Calendar

Saturday, April 8

National Cherry Blossom Parade

Floats, balloons, marching bands and Pat Sajak.

Saturday, April 8

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

A cultural block party with food, music, martial arts and karaoke.

Saturday, April 8 - Sunday, April 9

Cherry Blossom Rugby Tournament

More than 40 teams from the U.S. and Canada get their scrum on.

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