Plan A Weekend To See The Cherry Blossoms

March 15th, 2021 by

pink cherry blossoms in focus with more branches blurred in the background
Spring is here, and that means that the picturesque pink cherry blossom trees will soon be in bloom around the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C. These trees were a gift from the mayor of Tokyo City more than a century ago, and to commemorate the generous gesture, the capital will celebrate with the National Cherry Blossom Festival! After a year off, the festival is back with new ways to participate, so whether you’re headed to D.C. or tuning in online, make plans to catch the cherry blossoms in bloom!

When and Where

The Cherry Blossom Festival traditionally celebrates the blossoming of the gorgeous pink cherry trees around the Tidal Basin. There will also be events and attractions around the D.C. area. The dates of the festival are intended to coincide with the return of the pink petals, and this year’s festival is set for March 20 through April 11. This year’s Cherry Blossom Festival will also feature online events to allow everyone to enjoy the seasonal celebration from the comfort of home.

Springtime Fun

As part of the festival, 25 imaginative artists from around the nation have sculpted giant works of art. These impressive blossom sculptures will be on display throughout Washington D.C., and guests are encouraged to explore the neighborhoods around the capital to see them all. The festival’s website will also have a map to help you locate all the sculptures. On March 27 and 28, the skies in D.C. and beyond will be filled with kites for the Blossom Kite Fly. You can register online starting now, and the festival website also has virtual workshops and demos to help you get ready for the occasion.

Virtual Events

On March 20, the opening ceremonies will be presented online, and you can watch a spirited performance by artists from Japan and Washington D.C. as they celebrate the start of the festival. On March 27, the annual Pink Tie Party will be held online as well, and you’re encouraged to dress sharp to participate with your household. This fundraiser helps make the festival a success year after year, and for 2021, it will be held in a digital space. On April 9, the National Cherry Blossom Festival Celebration Show will feature music and dance in celebration of the festival’s springtime beauty. Even if you’re not headed to the capital for the festival, you can still see all the brilliant blossoms thanks to their online BloomCams, and the festival will also provide digital tours of the Tidal Basin in bloom.

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