2020 Cherry Blossom Festival: Things to Do

2020 Cherry Blossom Festival: Things to Do

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2020 Cherry Blossom Festival: Things to Do


The National Cherry Blossom Festival marks the unofficial start of Spring in the DC region and most residents will agree that by mid-March we are READY for some warm weather – even if we do tend to get all of our snow right around then. With the trees in bloom, the grass becoming greener, and the sun shining a little longer each day, it’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy some of the events that the season has to offer!

Check out the list below for some of the events happening during the Festival which runs from March 20 through April 12, 2020:

  • Blossom Kite Festival. Saturday, March 28. Free. Held at the base of the Washington Monument, the Blossom Kite Festival includes competitive battle and tricks competitions but is also an opportunity to bring your own kite or, for kids, to make one on-site. You can find more about it here.
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. Saturday, April 4. Standing room is free; stadium seating requires tickets. The parade runs along Constitution Avenue between the National Archives building and the Washington Monument and features performers, marching bands, giant balloons, and floats, many related to the general cherry blossom theme. You can find more specific information about the parade here and buy tickets here.
  • PetalPalooza. Saturday, April 11. Entry is free. Hosted at the newly constructed Wharf area (formerly known as the Southwest Waterfront), this afternoon and evening festival includes a range of entertainment and eating options capped by evening fireworks along the waterfront. You can find logistical details about PetalPalooza here.


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