Many DC attractions are supposed to be representative of the whole nation, but the annual Cherry Blossom Festival feels like an event that’s truly unique to the city itself. Celebrating the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the mayor of Tokyo over a century ago, each year the Cherry Blossom Festival marks the unofficial beginning of spring in the DMV.
This year’s events are scheduled to run from March 20 to April 14, and will include a variety of special events, exhibits, displays, and more. Highlights include the opening ceremony featuring live music and dance at the Warner Theatre on March 21, the Blossom Kite Festival on March 28 at the grounds of the Washington Monument, the Cherry Blossom Parade on Constitution Avenue on April 4, and the Anacostia River Festival on April 5.
Most events are free, but some require ticket reservations. Check the website for details and a full schedule of events.