The National Cherry Blossom Festival is heading into its second full week, and the fun is just getting started (let’s just hope the blossoms cooperate). Each week during the festival, which runs through April 14, we’ll pick some of the activities you won’t want to miss.
For a complete list of blossom-related events, go to wapo.st/cherry2013.
This multisensory party, now in its fifth year, is held at a different location every year. This time, it’s a warehouse in Northeast Washington. Videos will be projected onto the walls and onto five-foot-wide balloons, painting the space with color and light. There will be music, a performance by an aerial theater troupe, an absurdist picnic and the first Cherry Vogue Dance Contest. “Everywhere you look there’s something to see and experience,” says Philippa Hughes, founder of Pink Line Project, which organizes the event. For age 21 and older; ID required.
Friday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. 500 Penn St. NE. 877-442-5666. www.nationalcherry
“People don’t realize how much there is to do at the Kite Festival,” says Danielle Piacente, National Cherry Blossom Festival spokeswoman. And she’s right. The event on the Washington Monument grounds is a jam-packed day of kite-flying, beginning at 10 a.m. with the launch of the Centennial Kite Arch and followed by kite ballets and demonstrations, a kite-making competition (the grand prize is airfare for two on Turkish Airlines) and a kite aquarium demonstration, among other activities. Watch master kite makers demonstrate different techniques of kite flying. There will be activities and competitions for children. The schedule is subject to change, depending on wind and weather.
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration for the competition is on site. Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 877-422-5666. www.nationalcherry
Sample Japanese cuisine from top area restaurants, including Daikaya, Tako Grill, Toki Underground and Zengo. Twenty sake and craft beer brewers, including Coedo Beer, Born Sake and Kubota Sake, also will offer tastes. The fundraiser benefits the National Cherry Blossom Festival. “In order to help keep a majority of the events free and open to the public, we do fundraisers like this,” Piacente says. Attendance is limited to 350 and tickets are expected to sell out.
Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. Historical Society of Washington, Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW. 877-422-5666. www.national
Nature is the focus of this year’s kimono exhibit, curated by Tena Turner and Paul MacLardy, the author of “Kimono, Vanishing Tradition.” “The Japanese show so many different things on their kimono,” MacLardy says. “The kimono can tell you what class you are, how old you are, it will tell the history of Japan, there will be scenes from the past, there will be myths.” The exhibit features 18 kimonos with descriptions explaining the symbolism of each. For three days during the exhibit, racks of kimonos, priced from $10, will be for sale, as well as accessories, earrings and wallets made from vintage kimonos. Proceeds benefit the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the Japan-America Society.
Through April 30. Visitors should call the hotel to check availability of the exhibit. Fundraiser, Monday from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday from noon to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from noon to 7 p.m. Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-554-8588. www.nationalcherry