A trip to the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. is one you won’t soon forget. It’s the ultimate celebration of spring, the gift of the cherry blossom trees, and the enduring friendship between the people of Japan and the United States.
This year’s festival will run from March 20th through April 13th, 2014. There will be tons of daily events featuring diverse and creative programming. It will promote traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty and community spirit. Most of the events are free and open to the public.
Here are a couple of events you should know about…
March 20-April 13, 2014
Community Art Show
Students from DC public and public charter schools in grades K through 12 will participate in the Youth Art Contest and Community Art Show. A creative theme is developed and contest entries are judged by a panel at the Festival. It takes place in the Pepco Edison Place Gallery at 702 8th Street, NW.
March 20-April 13, 2014
Tidal Basin Paddle Boats
What a view! You’ll be able to see the Jefferson Memorial and the Japanese Cherry Trees from the water. Spend some time alone or take a family outing. You can soak up some sun in your very own Tidal Basin Paddle Boat in Washington, D.C.
March 22, 2014
National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony
The Warner Theatre will play host to the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Opening Ceremony. You can take in spirited performances in this historic setting. It’s a free event, but advance ticketing is required and at this point tickets have been claimed. Walk-ins will, however, be accepted at 4:45 p.m. on the day of the event if space is available.
March 29, 2014
Blossom Kite Festival
The Blossom Kite Festival allows you to enjoy competition and the beauty of the sky during the most amazing kite flying on the National Mall.
Mach 29, 2014
Cherry Blast: Art + Music Dance Party
This is a multi-sensory, multi-media, musical experience. It will be held at Blind Whino, a dedicated art space.
With all of these great events during the nation’s greatest springtime celebration, don’t miss out on making the trip. As you begin planning, take a look at two of our Select Registry members in the area.
Embassy Circle Guest House is a beautifully restored mansion at 2224 R St. NW in Washington, D.C. You’ll find world-class accommodations and architectural splendor at this grand, private residence. The elegant, boutique bed and breakfast is housed in a beautifully renovated former embassy in Dupont Circle. It’s just steps away from Georgetown, offering beautiful rooms with original artwork, delicious and healthy breakfasts, and private bathrooms with luxury toiletries.
An equally amazing option is the Swann House at 1808 New Hampshire Avenue N.W. in Washington, D.C. This bed and breakfast makes its home in a circa 1883 mansion. It will envelop you in the grandeur of a bygone era while offering all the modern conveniences that are necessary. It’s also conveniently located in Dupont Circle, in close proximity to The White House, Smithsonian Museums and National Zoo.
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