Nothing Says Spring in DC Like Cherry Blossoms

National Cherry Blossom  Festival 2014

It’s Not Too Late to Celebrate the Cherry Blossoms

Ahhhh it’s my favorite time of year again (don’t be surprised if you see me type that a few more times this year. I’m fickle like that).   Spring time in DC makes the dreariness of winter seem like a distant memory.  The soft pastel pallet that is offered by the cherry blossoms makes my spirit smile.  They are a reminder that every season has its purpose, that after the storm new things are born.  The cherry blossom festival has been a coveted time for Washington for many years. I always take this time to expose my children to the cultural events the celebration has to offer and I hope you get to experience them as well. Don’t fret if you haven’t done any celebrating yet.  The peak time of the blossoms is April 9th and the street parade is upcoming. Below is a list of events I think a lot of you will enjoy.  And an added feature this year is Uber is offering pedicabs!!!!


April 12,

Annual Cherry Blossom Parade  10am-noon

Location: Constitution Avenue – From 7th to 17th Streets, NW (map)
Cost: Starting at $20 for Grandstand Seating.  Standing along the Parade route from Constitution Avenue between 9th and 15th streets, NW is FREE and open to the public. Arrive early for the best views.
Tickets: Purchase Grandstand seats

Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival

Time: 10:30 AM – 6 PM
Location: 12th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (map)
Cost: $10, children 12 and under free. $8 for a limited time when purchased

American Art Cherry Blossom Family Celebration

Time:  11:30 AM – 3 PM
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum – 8th & F Streets, NW (Map)
Cost: FREE


April 13

Lantern Making Family Day at the Yards Park

Time: 10 AM – 2 PM
Location: The Yards Park – 10 Water Street, SE (map)
Cost: FREE

Don’t forget! May local restaurants participate in the celebration by offering seasonal items with cherry blossom flair!



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