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    National Cherry Blossom Festival 2019

    It’s Cherry Blossom time in DC! The 2019 Festival is currently being held through April 14, with the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

    More than 40 events make up the 2019 Festival and we have many of those events posted on the Give Back Team Facebook page under our events tab.

    PEEK BLOOM 2019?
    Peak bloom for the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin has been predicted for April 3rd through the 6th! The National Park Service defines the peak bloom date as the day on which 70% of the blossoms of Yoshino cherry trees that surround the Tidal Basin are open.

    One of the earliest recorded peak blooms occurred on March 15, 1990, while the latest recorded peak bloom occurred on April 18, 1958.

    The DC Circulator’s (free) National Mall route makes stops directly on the Tidal Basin at the Jefferson and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials, as well as other popular sites near the cherry blossoms.
    Metro: Use the Blue, Orange or Silver lines and exit at the Smithsonian Metro stop. From there, it’s a 10-15 minute walk to the Tidal Basin Welcome Area, located at 1501 Maine Avenue SW.
    Metrobus: The 32, 34 or 36 routes will drop you at the National Mall, near the Washington Monument. A 10-minute walk south will bring you to the welcome area.

    Saturday, March 23:
    Opening Ceremony (tickets required)
    Watch world-renowned performers as we welcome springtime to Washington, DC!

    Saturday, March 30:
    Blossom Kite Festival (free)
    This annual DC tradition showcases the creativity of kite makers and skill of fliers from across the US and other countries through a variety of competitions and demonstrations, Rokkaku Battles, and the Hot Tricks Showdown.

    Saturday, April 6:
    Petalpalooza (free)
    Petalpalooza will feature live music on multiple outdoor stages, a beer garden, all-ages activities, product giveaways, spectacular fireworks show by Pyrotecnico, and much more along the piers of the Southwest Waterfront.

    Saturday, April 13:
    National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade®
    See Elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers, and performers perform as you watch the parade.

    2019 Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival
    Come and enjoy the tastes, sounds, and culture of Japan.

    For more activity and things to do during the festival, visit

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