Its time for the National Cherry Blossom Festival – yet again!

Over a Century of Flowers and Friendship.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the city of Washington, DC made over 100 years ago by Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo. That little gesture was the beginning of several floral exchanges, including our gift to Japan of flowering dogwood trees which was the start of their annual dogwood festival. Don’t you just love stories like this?

Weeks of Art, Culture, Natural Beauty, and Community Spirit
There is plenty of time to discover everything that’s going on during the 2013 National Cherry Blossom Festival, and it’s a lot. We’ve highlighted a few can’t miss exhibits, events, and resources to help plan your Festival experience.

On Exhibit: Rare Paintings, Concerts and More

Freer Museum - Arts of Japan exhibit features unparalleled collection of Japanese screens, paintings, ceramics, sculpture.

Library of Congress - Sakura: Cherry Blossoms as Living Symbols of Friendshipexhibition deepens the understanding of Japanese culture and intellect.

Philips Collection - Photography exhibit based on the influence of Japanese culture on European art.

S&R Foundation Cherry Blossom Concert Series - World class Japanese artists performing at the Kennedy Center.

Blossom-Themed Events

From cherry-inspired cuisine and cocktails at the Pink Tie Party to creative flying objects at the Blossom Kite Festival, you will not be at a loss for things to do. Below are just a few signature events on the agenda.

March 20: Pink Tie Party

March 23: Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremonies

March 30: Cherry Blossom Kite Festival

April 6: Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival

April 13: Cherry Blossom Festival Parade |Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival

Additional Resources

But wait, there’s more. This year’s festival promises to be DC’s greatest springtime celebration to date. Here are some helpful resources to help you plan your adventure.

National Cherry Blossom Festival – Official Site

National Cherry Blossom Festival – Facebook Page

Cherry Blossom – Bloom Watch

Cherry Blossom Activity Planning

National Cherry Blossom Festival Events

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