2010 Cherry Blossom Festival March 27 - April 11

Early bloomers

The blossoms hit their peak bloom period on March 31, but are still visible on the Tidal Basin.

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Avoid the crowds

Leave the Tidal Basin behind and find cherry trees in the suburbs.

 
 

Plan your visit: Festival highlights

MAR

Smithsonian Kite Festival

One of the opening events of the annual Cherry Blossom madness, the kite festival features colorful kites soaring over the Mall.

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Cherry Blossom Bike Tours

Bring your bike and helmet for a three-hour tour of the Tidal Basin led by National Park Service rangers.

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Live at the Sylvan Theater

Watch traditional Japanese dancers, local musicians or other entertainers for free every day at noon.

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Modern Japanese fashion

The Textile Museum displays more than 40 unconventional, cutting-edge garments from the Mary Baskett collection.

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Blossoms after dark

Festival lanterns light the way on these informative nighttime walks, led by park rangers.

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APR

Japanese fashion

Dr. Hiroshi Narumi, a professor from Kyoto University of Art and Design, examines fashionable Japanese subcultures since World War II.

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Cherry Blast

A late-night showcase of cutting-edge art, videos and dance, with live music and DJs.

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Fireworks show

The skies over the Southwest Waterfront light up with pink fireworks in honor of the Cherry Blossom Festival.

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Lantern-Lighting Ceremony

The 359-year old stone lantern is lit in a formal ceremony featuring traditional Japanese performers, dignitaries and the Cherry Blossom Princesses.

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Blossoms by Bike

Bike the Sites leads a daily two-hour tour -- bike rental included -- around the Tidal Basin.

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Live at the Sylvan Theater

Watch traditional Japanese dancers, local musicians or other entertainers for free every day at noon.

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Ceramics from Japan

The "Cornucopia" exhibit collects three centuries of work by potters from the southern island of Kyushu.

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Gala Dinner Cruise

Drinks, dancing and a four-course dinner on the Odyssey, with a side of Potomac River views of the blossoms.

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The Grand Ball

This formal black-tie sushi reception and dinner features the presentation of the Cherry Blossom Princesses, followed by entertainment and dancing.

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Cherry Blossom Parade

Floats, giant balloons, marching bands and other entertainers fill Constitution Avenue from Seventh to 17th streets.

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Corcoran Family Day

The Corcoran offers free admission for hands-on Japanese music lessons and a cherry blossom photo contest.

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Festival dates     Peak bloom period

 

News from the festival

Untold story of the first blossoms

The history of the Japanese couple behind the first planting of cherry blossoms is anything but rosy.

Tips, maps and features

From The Going Out Gurus

  • Where to eat
    There aren't many dining options near the cherry blossoms, but these are worth the walk.
  • Top sandwich shops
    Bringing a picnic to see the blooms? These shops turn bread and toppings into an art form.
  • By paddle and pedal
    Make reservations now to view the blossoms by paddle boat or take a bike tour.

Maps and Guides

Photos and Video

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