Cherry Blossom Festival Continues Through April
Peak bloom may have struck a little early this year, but if you missed this year’s Cherry Blossoms, fear not! April has plenty of opportunities for you to get out of the house and down to the Tidal Basin to take in the last of spring’s gorgeous blooms, and make the most of the pleasantly temperate pre-summer DC air.
Early in the month, the National Mall will be playing host to the Blossom Kite Festival on April 2nd, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Smithsonian Kite Festival. Competitions and demonstrations featuring kite fliers from around the world will start at 10am and run through the early evening, with an open fly from 3pm to 4:30.
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One week later, the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival will light up the skies with a pre-July display. A little closer to the ground, live music and entertainment will take place ahead of the 8:30pm show. The festivities start at 1pm, with photos, food trucks, temporary tattoos, and other family friendly fun.
The 16th is when the festival gets going in earnest, with a full day packed with events. The fun starts at 10am with the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, featuring balloons, floats, marching bands, celebrities, and performers along Constitution Avenue between 9th Stand 15th St NW.
From 10:30 to 6:00, M Street and New Jersey Ave SE will be shut down for the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival. The celebration of Japanese culture will include cultural groups, art vendors, and food booths. Tickets start at $8 until April 8th, when the cost rises to $10 per adult, with children 12 and under free.
But the party doesn’t stop at 6pm. From 6 to 2am, the Cherry Blast will take over the Carnegie Library for a late night party celebrating Japanese culture from a more pop cultural angle. Manga, cosplay, and sake tastings are just a few of the fun things planned for the event, which will culminate in a dance party. Tickets for Cherry Blast start at $20 for general admission, and $75 for inclusive Full Experience tickets and $125 for VIP tickets.
For more information about the Cherry Blossom Festival, visit the Cherry Blossom website here.
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