It’s Cherry Blossom Festival Season — Here’s Why Cherry Blossoms are Significant to the DC Area

Every year, the annual Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the most attended events in the DC area. The festival’s history first began in 1912 when Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gifted 3,000 cherry trees to the city of DC. Since then, the festival has celebrated the ongoing friendship between the US and Japan, as well as Japanese culture, performance, food and natural beauty. 

This year’s Cherry Blossom Festival takes place from March 20 to April 14, 2019. The festival spans four weeks and usually welcomes more than 1.5 million people at its various events and activities. Most events are free and open to the public, so you won’t want to miss out on any of these incredible cultural offerings. 

Here are just a few of the main events: 

The Pink Tie Party – Friday, March 22 at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

Opening Ceremony – Saturday, March 23 at the Warner Theater

Blossom Kite Festival – Saturday, March 30 on the grounds of the Washington Monument

Blossom Bash Presented by iHeartRadio – Friday, April 5 at The Anthem 

Petapalooza and Fireworks  – Saturday, April 6 at the Wharf 

Cherry Blossom Festival Parade – Saturday, April 13 along Constitution Avenue