Forget the frigid temperatures of days past. Spring is officially here, which means cherry blossom mania is about to reach its full apex of all things pink. The National Park Service predicts peak bloom will begin on March 23-24 this year, meaning you can expect a camera-wielding stampede to swarm the Mall later this week. Here's a map of the Tidal Basin and its surrounding area, plus a guide to the biggest blossom-inspired festivals, parties and events.
National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony
Performers include soprano Asako Tamura, silent comedy group Gamarjobat, shamisen duo Dois Hazuki, jazz composer Miho Hazama and the 6821 Quintet. From 5 to 6:30 p.m. Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW. Free advance tickets have been distributed; walk-ins will be admitted on a space-available basis beginning at 4:45 p.m. nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.
Open to all ages, activities include origami, tatebanko dioramas and more. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. nbm.org.
Cherry Blossom Beer and Wine Festival
Two weekends of live entertainment, food trucks and unlimited tastings of more than 100 beer and wines. From 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. The Yards, 1300 First St. SE. Also on April 9 at 500 New York Ave. NW. drinkthedistrict.com. $35-$45.
Japanese Culture Day
Activities include origami, tiara-making, karate and trying on kimonos. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. loc.gov.
Blossom Kite Festival
Sixth annual festival includes kite-flying competitions and demonstrations. Bring a kite or make one at the activity station. Rain date is April 3. From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Washington Monument grounds, near 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.
Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk
More than 15,000 people are expected to participate in the “Runner’s Rite of Spring.” 7:20 a.m. Washington Monument grounds, near 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. cherryblossom.org. Registration is closed.
Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival
Day-long festival features music, family-friendly nautical activities and food. Fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m., rain or shine. From 1 to 9 p.m. Southwest Waterfront, 600 Water St. SW. nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.
Smithsonian American Art Museum Cherry Blossom Celebration
Family-friendly event begins with a taiko drumming performance on the F Street sidewalk. Other activities include dance and music performances, cherry blossom-themed crafts and face painting. From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and G streets NW. americanart.si.edu.
Official Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting Ceremony
Historic lantern at the Tidal Basin is lit. 2 p.m. Japanese Stone Lantern, Independence Avenue and 17th Street SW. nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
Ten-block parade includes floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands and musical performances from the "Jersey Boys" cast, Tiffany, Raheem DeVaughn and more. From 10 a.m. to noon. Constitution Avenue between Seventh and 17th streets NW. nationalcherryblossomfestival.org. Grandstand seating is $20; standing between Ninth and 15th streets NW is free.
Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival
The largest one-day Japanese culture festival in the United States has moved from Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. More than 80 cultural groups, arts vendors and food booths are expected. From 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Capitol Riverfront, M Street and New Jersey Avenue SE. sakuramatsuri.org. $8 online, $10 day of festival. Age 12 and younger free.
Japanese-inspired party includes Tokyo street food, a drift car showcase and cherry blossom-inspired art show. From 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square, 801 K St. NW. eventsdccherryblast.com. $20 general admission; additional fees for sake/sushi tasting, whiskey tasting and dance parties.
Anacostia River Festival
Second annual festival includes kayaking, art projects, musical performances and more. From 1 to 5 p.m. Anacostia Park, Anacostia Drive and Good Hope Road SW. bridgepark.org/ARF.