About the National Cherry Blossom FestivalEach year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring in Washington, DC, the gift of the cherry blossom trees, and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. The Festival produces and coordinates daily events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Events are primarily free and open to the public. The 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival will be held Thursday, March 20 through Sunday, April 13. The average peak bloom date is April 4.
Signature events that all festival goers should not miss out on are the following:
- Pink Tie Party fundraiser - Thursday, March 20 at the Ronald Reagan Building
- Family Days - Saturday & Sunday, March 22-23 at the National Building Museum
- Opening Ceremony - Saturday, March 22 at The Warner Theatre
- Blossom Kite Festival - Saturday, March 29 on the grounds of the Washington Monument
- Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival - Saturday, April 5 along the southwest waterfront
- National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® - Saturday, April 12 along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th streets, NW
- Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival - Saturday, April 12 centered at Pennsylvania Avenue and 12th Street, NW
Take the METRO
- Metro opens doors and gets you to most National Cherry Blossom Festival events. View Metrobus and Metrorail station maps on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority website.
- For a more enjoyable trip, take Metrorail during non-rush hours to the Smithsonian Station (Blue/Orange lines). Alternatively, the L'Enfant Plaza Station (Blue/Yellow/Green lines), 7th Street & Maryland Avenue exit, is only an extra 10-minute walk to the blossoms and much less crowded. To determine point-to-point directions and trip times, use Metro's Trip Planner.
- Customers are encouraged to use their SmarTrip® to receive a $1.00 discount per trip. Click here for Metrorail fares.
- Metrobuses that stop within ½ mile of the Tidal Basin include the 7Y, 11Y, 13F, 13G, 16F, H1, L1, N3, P1, V7, V9, X1 and 52. For more information about specific routes and fares, visit the WMATA website.
Take DC Circulator
Easy access to Downtown attractions and museums via the DC Circulator allows you to come early or stay late and take advantage of more than just cherry blossoms! The DC Circulator is all about downtown Washington, DC. Its five routes link cultural, entertainment and business destinations within the city's central core.