Japanese Jazz Day

Japanese Jazz Day

A must-see Grand Finale to the Festival featuring leading Japanese Jazz musicians. The lineup includes 3 Grammy nominees, including pianist Makoto Ozone with the U.S. Army Blues, made possible with the support of the Onward brand, KASHIYAMA.

Cherry Blossom Jubilee

Cherry Blossom Jubilee

Torpedo Factory Art Center hosts a FREE Alexandria satellite celebration for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Join the fun with a lively afternoon of hands-on activities and performances. Find inspired works of art to shop and explore on all three floors. Easily accessible by Water Taxi and Metro, too.

Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the nation’s largest number of publicly accessible working-artists’
studios under one roof, with more than 165 artists in 82 studios and seven galleries on three floors.
Housed in a converted munitions plant on the banks of the Potomac River, it is now the creative engine that drives Northern Virginia’s cultural scene. During the Cherry Blossom Jubilee, find a free lively afternoon of hands-on activities and cultural performances. Create blossom-inspired art guided by artists from the Art Center community. Visit select studios on all three floors to see artists demonstrate their talents. Find original works of art to shop and explore throughout the building. The Art Center is located steps from Alexandria City Marina and the Alexandria Water Taxi. Located in Old Town Alexandria, it is accessible by the Blue and Yellow Metro lines via King Street Station and the free King Street Trolley. There is ample street and garage parking nearby. For more information, visit torpedofactory.org, call 703-746-4570, or email torpedofactory@alexandriava.gov.
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Japanese Culture Day

Japanese Culture Day

The Japanese Culture Day provides an exciting opportunity for K-12 children, their families, and teachers to learn about Japanese culture through reading, writing, and craft-making with Japanese cultural and linguistic professionals. The Japan-America Society of Washington DC (JASW) will provide Japan-In-A-Suitcase, a program that introduces Japan and its culture. The National Conference of States Societies (NCSS) will bring cherry blossom princesses to make tiaras with children. Coinciding with the Olympics in Tokyo, Tsuyoshi Takemori from DC Yamato-juku Club will demonstrate Karate with his students. Karate will make its debut appearance at the Summer Olympics in 2020. He also plans to teach Kata to the audience, the solo form of the discipline; no violent movement is involved. The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States —and extensive materials from around the world —both on-site and online. Japan-In-A-Suitcase will be presented at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., followed by Karate demonstration by Tsuyoshi Takemori. Takemori will be on-site between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to answer Q&A. Thomas Jefferson Building is one block from Capitol South Metro station. No parking on site is available.

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Petal Paddle

Boating in DC: Petal Paddle

Guest Services, Inc. will host cherry blossom-themed recreational activities including kayak rentals at District Wharf. Additional information about the activity is outlined below.

Petal Paddle Tours | Every weekend during the Festival from 10 am –5 pm

Get a different view of the world-famous cherry blossoms from the water with a one-hour self-guided tour that departs from the District Wharf Boathouse. This activity is great for all ages. Participants can book a single kayak for $25.00 or double kayak for $35.00. Reserve your kayak tour at BoatinginDC.com.

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Hornblower Cruises

Cherry Blossom Festival Cruises by Hornblower

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28th National Japan Bowl

28th National Japan Bowl

The National Japan Bowl is a Japanese language and culture competition for high school students. Come observe students from across the country test their knowledge in this fun quiz competition!

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Fleeting Beauty, Enduring Traditions: Blossom Viewing over the Centuries

Fleeting Beauty, Enduring Traditions: Blossom Viewing over the Centuries

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division curators Mari Nakahara and Katherine Blood will present an illustrated talk about their new book “Cherry Blossoms: Sakura Collections from the Library of Congress,” published by the Library in association with Smithsonian Books. The book highlights the rich connections between Japan’s centuries-old blossom viewing traditions and contemporary American counterparts through a stunning variety of artifacts housed at the Library: vintage photographs, unique watercolor drawings, colorful woodblock prints, and cleverly designed posters by both Japanese and American artists. The presenters will provide new insights into the Library’s cherry blossom collections and will feature a variety of recently acquired gifts, including National Cherry Blossom Festival (NCBF) posters from 1987 to the present and NCBF and National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) Princess programs starting from 1949. The authors will also present new and ongoing cross-disciplinary research discoveries featuring signature collections in the Library’s Asian, Geography and Map, and Manuscript divisions.

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Blossoms by Bike

Blossoms By Bike: Bike and Roll DC

For the seventeenth year, Unlimited Biking (formerly?Bike and Roll DC) will offer the Blossoms by Bike tour. Come bike the sea of pink and white blossoms that surround the Potomac Tidal Basin to East Potomac Park and beyond with the only official bike tour of the Festival!

With rides beginning March 20, celebrate the arrival of spring on two wheels and witness the natural beauty of our Nation’s Capital at its peak. Bike rentals are also available for those wanting to explore the blooms on their own. Try one of our E-Bikes for an unparalleled experience.

Blossoms by Bike will depart daily from the National Mall location at L’Enfant Plaza from 9:30-11:30, 12 –2 pm and 3 –5 pm. The ride begins and ends at the Bike and Roll National Mall location at 955 L’Enfant Plaza. (Dates offered: March 20–April 12; Metro: L’Enfant Plaza.)

To make your reservation and secure your spot on one of their tours, please click?here.

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Kendra Gives Back to the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Kendra Gives Back to the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Join us at Kendra Scott Georgetown as we launch the 2020 National Cherry Blossom Festival Charm! During the festival, 20% of all sales from the charm will benefit the festival, but on March 11th, come sip, shop, and celebrate the start of the festival with 20% of ALL sales benefitting the National Cherry Blossom Festival from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm on March 11th!

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Cherry Blossom Night at D.C. United

Cherry Blossom Night at D.C. United

D.C. United will be taking on a home match against New York City FC with Cherry Blossom themed activations, activities, and celebrations. Come out to support local DC sports and be a part of the festival!

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Lee Ufan: Open Dimension

Lee Ufan: Open Dimensions

This exhibition could not be any boulder. For the first time in the Hirshhorn’s history, its outdoor Plaza will be transformed by a singular artist.

Lee Ufan: Open Dimensions an ambitious site-specific commission by the celebrated Korean artist Lee Ufan. The expansive installation, featuring 10 new sculptures from the artist’s signature and continuing Relatumseries, marks Lee Ufan’s largest single outdoor sculpture projectin the US, the first exhibition of his work in the nation’s capital, and the first time in the Hirshhorn’s 45-year history that its 4.3-acre outdoor plaza has been devoted, almost in its entirety, to the work of a single artist. Each of Lee’s sculptures responds to the Museum’s unique architecture and continues his practice of placing contrasting materials, such as stainless-steelplates and boulders, in dialogue with each other to heighten awareness of the world, in his words, “exactly as it is.”

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Edo Avant-Garde

SMITHSONIAN FREER SACKLER: EDO AVANT GARDE

Discover the pivotal role Japanese artists of the Edo era played in setting the stage for the modern art movement in the West in this documentary film, with director Linda Hoagland in person. Click here for details.

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Cherry Blossom Celebration

Cherry Blossom Celebration

A special weekend event for all ages alongside the Blossom Kite Festival on the National Mall. Click here for details.

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Living Flowers: Ikebana Demonstration

Living Flowers: Ikebana Demonstration

Enjoy a rare opportunity to enter the world of Japanese living art with Naohiro Kasuya, the iemoto (headmaster) of the Ichiyo School of Ikebana in Tokyo. Click here for details.

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Japanese Fashion Family Day

Japanese Fashion Family Day

Celebrate Japanese fashion! This museum family day will feature kimono, happi coats, accessories, and the creativity of contemporary Japanese fashion designers. Enjoy performances of traditional dances from Okinawa. Watch a kimono dressing demonstration and draft a kimono design. Make a cherry blossom pendant to take home.

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Bangkok Joe’s
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202-333-4422
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3000 K st NW
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Bindaas
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202-516-4326
Address

2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006
3309 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008

Phone
202-333-5222
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3207 Grace Street NW
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Tonic at Quigley’s Pharmacy
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(202) 296-0211
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2036 G Street NW,
Washington, DC 20052

Burger, Tap & Shake
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202-587-6258
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2200 Pennsyvlvania Avenue, NW Washington DC 20037

Chaia Tacos – Foggy Bottom
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202-333-5222
Address

3207 Grace Street NW
Washington DC

District Commons
Phone
202-587-8277
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2200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20037

Farmers Fishers Bakers
Phone
202.298.8783
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3000 K Street NW
Washington Harbour
Washington, DC 20007

Founding Farmers – DC
Phone
202-822-8783
Address

1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

Tonic at Quigley’s Pharmacy
Phone
(202) 296-0211
Address

2036 G Street NW,
Washington, DC 20052

CIRCA – Foggy Bottom
Phone
202-506-5589
Address

2221 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20037

Farmers Fishers Bakers
Phone
202.298.8783
Address

3000 K Street NW
Washington Harbour
Washington, DC 20007

Founding Farmers – DC
Phone
202-822-8783
Address

1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

Roof Terrace Restaurant – The Kennedy Center
Phone
202-416-8555
Address

2700 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20566