If this year’s winter deep-freeze put you down in the dumps and has you itching for spring, the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. is the perfect event to get you feeling good about the season to come.
Taking place from March 20 – April 13, the festival celebrates the coming of spring in the D.C. area. With a decidedly outdoor focus, there are plenty of options for those looking to take in art, music, festivities and much more.
Washington’s cherry trees come thanks to a gift from the citizens of Japan for the United States. Located in three National Park locations — East Potomac Park, West Potomac Park, and along the grounds of the Washington Monument — their bright white blooms are eye-catching and fragrant.
No matter how you choose to take in the cherry blossoms, you’ll be amazed by their breathtaking beauty. Jump on a boat cruise down the Potomac River for a unique perspective on the trees as well as area landmarks. Rent a bike and go for a two-hour ride based around the festival. Or take part in one of D.C.’s special “photo safaris,” where a guide will take your around the cherry blossom area for a closer-up, first-hand look.
In honor of the friendship between the U.S. and Japan, there are plenty of cross-cultural events taking place in conjunction with the 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival. Take in the opening ceremony, featuring influences from a number of cultures. Check out the Grand Sake Tasting, featuring 20 Japanese master sake brewers pouring (and taking about) Japanese sake and beer.
Other festival activities include plenty to do with kites — namely, a kite-building/decorating workshop for kids as well as the Blossom Kite Festival on the National Mall. Enjoy the fresh air as you fly a kite while surrounded by the city’s incredible foliage.
Many of the events and activities at the National Cherry Blossom Festival are free, meaning it’s a great chance to get the family outside to experience the beauty of these incredible trees while taking the sights and sounds of the capitol region.
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