Happening throughout the greater Washington, DC area,, the blossoming Cherry Blossom trees provide the city with one of its most prized aesthetic details. The product of a century-plus old gift from Japan, this foreign plantlife complements world-famous DC attractions like the National Mall with its colorful loveliness. When spring turns and the weather warms, DC celebrates with the beloved annual National Cherry Blossom Festival.
The festival will run for three straight weeks this year, featuring several different events alongside the ongoing bloom watch, where we wait to as many flowers to blossom throughout the trees as possible. As can be seen in our previous blog post about where to see the Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC, there are several places to hang out and enjoy the trees’ beauty. Some of the best locations to see cherry blossoms in Washington DC include the Washington Monument Grounds and East Potomac Park. West Potomac Park, however, is probably the most popular spot, as it sits on the serene tidal basin with the Jefferson Memorial sitting stoically in the distance.
While seeing the trees is a major part of the festival, the gatherings are tied together by an extensive calendar of events set to take place throughout the three weeks. The National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony will happen on March 21st at the Warner Theatre, with several world-class performances. One of the other attractions we are looking forward to is the Hiroshi Sugimoto exhibition, entitled Conceptual Forms and Mathematical Models, which features amazing geometrical creations from the Japanese artist.
The events push on with a wide range of attractions, extending from the arts to physical fitness. The changing of the seasons, blooming of the trees and the activity of the festival all combine to make this an absolutely wonderful time to be in Washington DC. Be sure to check out the trees and some festival events this March and April all over Washington DC.
March 20 – April 12