Perform at the Tidal Basin

Tidal basin welcome area & ana stage


Thank you for your interest in performing at the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s ANA Stage at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area. Please read the following guidelines and find the application linked below.?


The purpose of the cultural performances on the ANA Stage during the National Cherry Blossom Festival is to celebrate the friendship symbolized by the gift of flowering cherry trees from Tokyo to Washington, DC and to demonstrate cross-cultural exchange through a dynamic mix of American, Japanese, and other cultural performing arts.


Tidal Basin Welcome Area – National Cherry Blossom Festival and National Park Service. Limited performer parking along westbound?Independence Avenue SW, west of 15th?Street SW.

Performances will be featured on the stage from Noon – 6 PM on the following days, rain or shine:
March 20 & 21, 2021
March 27 & 28, 2021
April 3 & 4, 2021
April 10 & 11, 2021
Additional weekdays while the trees are blooming (exact days TBD) (All dates and hours subject to change.)


Interested in performing on the ANA Stage located at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area during the 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival? We can contact you when we have set the schedule and the application is open. If you would like to be contacted, please complete the 2021 ANA Stage – Interested in Applying form.


Artists are encouraged to perform family-friendly dances, demonstrations or music that are upbeat, festive and reflective of the celebratory nature of the festival. Performances/demonstrations should be no less than 30 minutes in length and no longer than 60 minutes. Performance time allotted to each group will depend on schedule/stage availability, diversity of programming, and appropriateness of act.

Performance Appropriateness

The Festival is subject to strict National Park Service regulations and guidelines regarding the type of performance, type of instruments and volume levels that are permissible on park property.?Merchandise of any kind, including CDs, may not be sold.?Cultural, non-commercial performances are encouraged. Encouraged performances are those that:

  • incorporate live music
  • offer a cultural or traditional performance
  • are enhanced by cultural or traditional costuming
  • present a performance offering that is upbeat and enjoyed by many demographics solicit crowd interaction


Performances are on a voluntary basis; no compensation is available. Monetary tips cannot be received.

Load-In and Load-Out

Set-up will take place immediately prior to the performance, and load-out immediately following.?Load-in/out assistance will be provided with volunteer assistance. Vehicles are not permitted in the stage area – the Loading Zone is approximately 300 yards from the stage; all gear will have to be transported by hand and/or handcarts.


Parking is extremely limited. A parking pass (one vehicle per performer/group) may be available. The Festival cannot guarantee parking for any artist.


Each performance group must bring its own instruments, props, etc.?A sound system with technician will be provided.? See “Venue Details” below for more information.


A drum kit, keyboard stand and bench will be provided.


Banners or signs must be self-standing and be displayed for the duration of the performance only. All banners and signs are subject to approval.


Special equipment and labor needs must be indicated on the application.?Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate these needs.?If your group requires special mats or ground covering (for dance/martial arts, etc.) you must provide them.


The Festival will take measures to publicize your performance, including but not limited to, on the Festival Website ( and the Festival’s ANA Stage Facebook Page, the Official Festival Guide, and day-of signage.

Rain or Shine

Tidal Basin Welcome Area performances will take place rain or shine. This is an outdoor stage. In the event of inclement weather, performances may be stopped for safety reasons at the discretion of the stage manager, sound technician, electrician, or the National Park Service. Performances will begin again according to the performance schedule; schedules may be adjusted to accommodate all performers.

If you have any questions, please contact the?Tidal Basin Production Manager.