Celebrate the cherry blossoms with spring-themed virtual and in-person events hosted by the National Cherry Blossom Festival
The National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20 – April 11) is a citywide event that celebrates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees to Washington, DC by the mayor of Tokyo. This year's festival features a range of spectacular virtual and in-person celebrations, from porch decorations across the city to an art scavenger hunt to virtual editions of the Opening Ceremony and Pink Tie Party . Local restaurants even get into the spirit with the Cherry Picks program, while DC-area hotels offer blossom-themed packages, deals and discounts. Read below for marquee events and make sure to check out our other cherry blossom content.
Virtual Opening Ceremony for the National Cherry Blossom Festival – March 20
The National Cherry Blossom Festival and the Japan Foundation will join together to bring you an exciting virtual opening ceremony featuring performers from DC and Japan. Liven up your living room with this epic spring celebration filled with riveting artistry and spectacle. The free event requires registration, which will be open at the end of February.
Petal Porch Parade Touring – March 20 – April 11
Presented in tandem with Amazon, the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s new Petal Porch Parade asks DMV residents to decorate their porches, yards and windows to conjure springtime spirit throughout the area. Registration to participate is open through March 15, and decorations will be in place throughout the festival (March 20 – April 11). Petal Processions will be held on April 10 and 11 as a grand culmination, with the procession set to visit select Porch Parade neighborhoods, including 10 donated Toyota vehicles painted by DC artists. Visit the festival’s website for more information on how to participate and safely enjoy this exciting new spring initiative.
Art in Bloom – March 20 – April 11
Custom cherry blossom public art sculptures will be placed at 25 distinct DMV locations throughout all 8 DC wards, as well as Northern Virginia and Maryland. Challenge your friends and family to discover all 25 and note that successfully completed hunts will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Post your poses with the pieces on social media using the hashtag #ArtInBloom. Check the festival’s website for updates on the promotion.
Pink Tie Party – March 27
Dress up at home like you’re at the year’s biggest ball during the 2021 Pink Tie Party. Typically a black tie fundraising affair in-person, this year’s edition will allow you to join revelers from all over the world virtually. Expect engaging entertainment (including sake experts!), friendly competitions and plenty of springtime pageantry. A $100 ticket includes dinner from a local restaurant (a full list will be available online) and a Pink Tie Party At-Home kit featuring items provided by event sponsors. Tommy McFly and Kelly Collis will host the interactive evening.
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Blossom Kite Fly – March 27-28
Although this annual tradition can’t take place on the National Mall this year, you can still enjoy a festive springtime kite celebration from home in 2021. Register for the Blossom Kite Fly before March 15 and you will receive an official National Cherry Blossom Festival kite and a limited edition t-shirt. Additionally, also on March 15, virtual workshops and demos will be available online to prepare you for the official fly on March 27 and 28. Make sure to share your kite-flying experience on social media with the hashtags #BlossomKiteFly and #StepIntoSpring.
National Cherry Blossom Festival Virtual Celebration Show presented by Events DC – Premieres April 9
Cherry blossoms lining the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial - National Mall - Washington, DC
As the festival winds down, hang out at home and wrap it all up with one more epic celebration show presented by Events DC. Expect cherry blossom-inspired performances and activations during the broadcast, which will premiere on Gather by Events DC on April 9, with a showing on WJLA the next day. The show will also air through nationally syndicated outlets through June.
Enjoy additional virtual components
For a live bloom cam of the Tidal Basin, cherry blossom-inspired artwork, a student art showcase, the Blossom Kids youth program and important updates, you’ll want to make sure you regularly visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s website and social media throughout the coming weeks. Stay in-the-know and participate in the Cherry Picks program, which features special dishes and discounts from DMV restaurants. There’s also City In Bloom, which will offer impressive blossom-flavored light displays at locations throughout the District, perfect for capturing during your safe travels through the city.