National Cherry Blossom Festival

Sunday, Apr 11, 2021

Washington, DC 20001

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Schedule of Events

Credit Union Cherry Blossom Virtual Run

The virtual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile and 5K invites runners and walkers to celebrate spring by completing 10 miles or 5K amidst the cherry blossoms in their own communities. For more details click here.

Cost: $35
Location: Washington Monument Grounds, 130 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20006

Cherry Blossom Viewing over the Centuries, a video series

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of sakura with a new video series from the Library of Congress: Cherry Blossom Viewing over the Centuries. Three short videos highlight Cherry Blossoms in Japanese Culture,Tokyo's Gift of Friendship, and Fleeting Beauty, Enduring Traditions.

Cost: Free

Petal Porch Parade

The National Cherry Blossom Festival has always been the nation's greatest springtime celebration! Since we cannot gather together this year, we are inviting residents of the DMV region to unleash their creativity and celebrate their cherry blossom spirit by decorating their porches, yards, or windows. Help us spread joy to your neighbors and connect communities across the region!

The National Cherry Blossom Festival will produce a virtual map with the locations of all registered Petal Porches, so you can plan a walk or drive around your neighborhood to see and share in the celebration of spring.

The Petal Porch Parade will take place from March 20 until April 11. On the weekend of April 10-11, a Petal Procession will drive through select Petal Porch Parade neighborhoods in and around DC. Register by March 15, and get your neighbors involved too for the chance to have the Petal Procession cruise through your neighborhood!

Check out the Petal Porch Parade map.
It's time to tour the Petal Porches! Go for a walk or drive around your neighborhood, take pictures of the Petal Porches you find, and tag us on social to help share the joy! The more people who take part, the more springtime celebration there is to share, so get your friends and neighbors involved!

Virginia Park Highlands Series in Bloom

Let your spirits soar at Virginia Highlands Park where you can elevate your kite-flying skills with our public-use kites. Don your pink spandex for outdoor Zumba classes. Soak in the cherry blossom spirit through art installations and musical performances.

Cost: Free
Location: Virginia Highlands Park, 1600 Hayes Street South, Arlington, VA 22202

6 AM - 11 PM: ChalkWalk

Visit DowntownDC's ChalkWalk to step into an immersive spring art experience. This unique, Instagrammable and cherry blossom-inspired 3D art installation is a backdrop you don't want to miss to celebrate spring in the city!

Cost: Free
Location: The Gallery Place Alley off 7th Street NW (between H & G)

Sakura Sunday

Sakura Sunday at National Harbor will feature a wide array of free cultural activities including Japanese inspired art creation, culinary classes

Cost: Free
Location: National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor, MD 20745

7 PM - 8:30 PM: Cherry Blossom Cocktails- From Flower to Fruit

Experience DC's favorite flower like never before! Using curated cocktails, we'll share the colorful history behind the cherry blossoms.

Cost: $30

3 PM - 4 PM: Anacostia river Festival

We usually celebrate together but this year the 11th Street Bridge Park is excited to announce our virtual festival: Anacostia Park: Past, Present & Future! Tune in to the 11th Street Bridge Park's Website to enjoy a word from our community/ partners, oral histories from residents, musical performances and much more! Visit for more information about this very special virtual event. Please also follow up on all social media platforms @dcbridgepark!

Cost: Free

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