The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. (March 20 – April 12, 2015) features weeks of outdoor events and family friendly activities, most of them free, and for others deals are available, especially if you’re looking for National Cherry Blossom tours. Scroll down for a lineup of events and the best deals available now, plus some savvy tips for getting around and enjoying the experience.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the annual blossoming of the cherry trees at the Tidal Basin and the Washington Monument, with a nod to the 1912 friendship gift of 3000 cherry trees from Japan to the United States.
National Cherry Blossom Festival
WHAT: The National Cherry Blossom Festival events and activities.
WHEN: March 20 – April 12, 2015.
WHERE: Festival events and programs take place throughout Washington, DC, such as The Tidal Basin, West Potomac Park, Washington D.C., a short walk from the Jefferson Memorial. Other locations below.
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Cherry Blossom Ticket Deals
Tour cherry blossoms for less with these deals for cruises, walking tours, and photo tours. The following tours are offering special ticket promotions via trusted discount and deal sites, some for around half off. Follow the links to find out more and book tickets for less directly from the ticket offer source.
- Cherry Blossom Cruise on the Potomac
- Cherry Blossom Scavenger Hunt
- Cherry Blossom River Tours
- Cherry Blossom Happy-Hour Cruise
- Cherry Blossom Fireworks Cruise
- Cherry Blossom Potomac River Cruise
- Cherry Blossom Springtime Harbor Cruise
- Blossom Secrets Stroll Walking Tour
National Cherry Blossom 2015 Festival Events
Find details for all events including the signature events. Find out more info on events and tickets on the National Cherry Blossom Festival site:
- March 19: Pink Tie Party fundraiser at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
- March 21: Opening Ceremony at Warner Theatre
- March 21: Family Days presented with the National Building Museum.
- March 21, 28, April 4: Step Into Spring Fitness Programming on Washington Monument grounds.
- March 28: Blossom Kite Festival on the Washington Monument grounds.
- April 4: Fireworks Festival presented by Procter & Gamble Premium Brands.
- April 11: Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival.
- April 11: National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.
- March 28 & April 13: Festival Welcome Center & free Performance Stage at the Tidal Basin.
- Peak Blooms: The National Park Service predicts these closer to the event. Stay tuned for 2015 dates.
- Cherry Blossom Locations: Find them around the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park, in East Potomac Park (Hains Point), and on the Washington Monument grounds. For specifics on cherry blossom tree varieties and where they’re located, see the National Park Service cherry blossom page. There’s also a National Cherry Blossom Festival app on the main website (under the Visitor Information tab).
- Best cherry blossom viewing: Rent a Tidal Basin Paddle Boat. (Reservations recommended.)
- Best way to get to the Tidal Basin: Take the Metro Blue or Orange lines to the Smithsonian Station (less than half a mile to the Tidal Basin). Then walk west on Independence Avenue to 15th Street. Turn left and head south along 15th Street.
- Best place to park: Finding a parking spot during the festival can be challenging. Look for street parking near the Basin (very limited). The East Potomac Park parking lot at Haines Pt. has limited free parking (320 spaces) that fill up fast (900 Ohio Dr SW, Washington D.C., 20024).
- Dogs allowed: Dogs, on leash, are allowed on the National Mall and Memorial Parks.
- See the Parade on TV: The Parade airs locally in a delayed telecast on WUSA 9.