The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C., in March and April, features weeks of outdoor events and family friendly activities, most of them free, and for others deals and discounts 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.
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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 and April but you can enjoy the blossoms and deals longer.
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.
Cherry Blossom Ticket Deals
Tour cherry blossoms for less with these mostly half price deals for cruises, walking tours, and photo tours.
Staying over? Book a Hotel Deal: If you’re coming from out of town, Budget Travel recommends the fashionable and eco-friendly Hotel George, a 15-minute walk from the festival. To find the best hotel deals and packages at anytime, see our Washington D.C. hotel reviews page on TripAdvisor.
National Cherry Blossom 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:
- Pink Tie Party fundraiser at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
- Opening Ceremony at Warner Theatre.
- Family Days presented with the National Building Museum.
- Step Into Spring Fitness Programming on Washington Monument grounds.
- Blossom Kite Festival on the Washington Monument grounds.
- Fireworks Festival presented by Procter & Gamble Premium Brands.
- Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival.
- National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.
- Festival Welcome Center & free Performance Stage at the Tidal Basin.
Savvy Tips for Enjoying the DC Cherry Blossoms
- Peak Blooms: The National Park Service predicts these as the event dates approach.
- 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.