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Guide to the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC

Nothing signifies the arrival of spring in the nation’s capital quite like the blooming of the cherry blossom trees and the National Cherry Blossom Festival to celebrate the occasion. Visitors descend upon Washington, DC each year to admire the 3,000-plus trees. The festival, which runs from March 20 – April 11, 2021, is full of both virtual. And in-person events that honour American and Japanese cultures and represents a close bond forged between the two countries. That began with Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki’s gift of the trees back in 1912.

Virtual Opening Ceremony for the National Cherry Blossom Festival

The National Cherry Blossom Festival and the Japan Foundation will join together to bring you. An exciting virtual opening ceremony featuring performers from DC and Japan. Liven up your living room with this epic spring celebration filled with riveting artistry and spectacle. The free event requires registration, which will be open at the end of February. 

Petal Porch Parade Touring – March 20 – April 11

Presented in tandem with Amazon, the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s newPetal Porch Parade asks DMV residents to decorate their porches, yards and windows to conjure springtime spirit throughout the area. Registration to participate is open through March 15, and decorations will be in place throughout the festival (March 20 – April 11). Also, Petal Processions will be held on April 10 and 11 as a grand culmination, with the procession set to visit select Porch Parade neighborhoods, including 10 donated Toyota vehicles painted by DC artists. Visit the festival’s website for more information on how to participate and safely enjoy this exciting new spring initiative. 

Art in Bloom – March 20 – April 11

Custom cherry blossom public art sculptures will be placed at 25 distinct DMV locations. Throughout all 8 DC wards, as well as Northern Virginia and Maryland. Challenge your friends and family to discover all 25 and note that successfully completed hunts will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Post your poses with the pieces on social media using the hashtag #ArtInBloom. Check the festival’s website for updates on the promotion.

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Pink Tie Party – March 27

Dress up at home like you’re at the year’s biggest ball during the2021 Pink Tie Party. Typically a black tie fundraising affair in-person, this year’s edition will allow you to join revellers from all over the world virtually. As well as, Expect engaging entertainment (including sake experts!), friendly competitions and plenty of springtime pageantry. A $100 ticket includes dinner from a local restaurant (a full list will be available online) and a Pink Tie Party At-Home kit featuring items provided by event sponsors. Tommy McFly and Kelly Collis will host the interactive evening. 

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National Cherry Blossom Festival Virtual Celebration Show presented by Events DC – Premieres April 9

As the festival winds down, hang out at home and wrap it all up with one moreepic celebration show presented by Events DC. Expect cherry blossom-inspired performances and activations during the broadcast, which will premiere on Gather by Events DC on April 9, with a showing on WJLA the next day. The show will also air through nationally syndicated outlets through June.

About Destination 

Moreover, Destination DC, the official destination marketing organization for the nation’s capital. Is a private, non-profit membership organization of 1,000 businesses committing to marketing the area as a premier global convention. Tourism and special events destination with a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historic communities.

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