Cherry Blossom Festival

Here we are just barely out from under snow and it’s time once again for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which starts this Saturday, April 3.    This year is the 98th year we celebrate those famous trees – 3,000 of them – a gift from the people of Japan to the City of Washington.

The Festival

The National Park Service has predicted the cherry blossoms will be at their peak from April 3 to- 8, but there will be plenty to see for at least a week after because early AND late-bloomers are represented there around the Tidal Basin.   Here’s a nice rundown of the types of cherry trees on view.

Upcoming Events

The following are some of the Japanese-themed or cherry-blossom-related events coming up soon:

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade Saturday, April 10; 10:00 a.m., Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Street NW

Second Annual Cherry Blast Offers an Evening of Eclectic Art:
April 2; 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m., 1701 Florida Ave, NW, Washington, DC 200
April 3; 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m

Eighth Annual Anime Marathon Film Festival:

April 3; Times TBD.  Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art – 1050 Independence Avenue, SW

Daily Performances at Sylvan Theatre
March 27-April 11; held daily
Washington Monument Grounds – Independence Ave SW & Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW.

Fireworks Show with Musical Prelude April 3; 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.,  Waterfront Park – 600 Water Street, SW

The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internments Camps, 1942-1946 Mar 05, 2010 – Jan 30, 2011; Check museum hours.  Renwick Gallery – Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW.

Tomorrow: Great off-Mall  places to see cherry blossoms.
Posted bu Susan Harris