Each year, in March and April, millions of people flock to Washington, DC, to experience the beauty of the National Cherry Blossom Festival when thousands of cherry blossom trees bloom along the Tidal Basin.
Today marks the average peak bloom date for the cherry blossom trees, and while the actual bloom date is difficult to predict, the National Park Service predicts that this spring’s peak bloom period is between April 8 and 12.
If you’re planning a visit, a stroll along the Tidal Basin is a must, but here are some other ways you can also celebrate the festival in the nation’s capital:
With all the walking you’ll do in DC, you’re sure to build up an appetite. Satisfy your taste buds at one of the 90 DC-area Cherry Picks restaurants that are joining the festival celebration. This year, for the 12th year running, the area’s top restaurants and chefs are serving special menus that offer a variety of cherry-infused drinks and dishes.
Get spectacular, panoramic views of the cherry blossom trees on a Cherry Blossom River Tour. The 50-minute tour provides visitors with up-close views of the Washington and Jefferson memorials and the Kennedy Center. Tours take place Friday-Sunday now through April 19.
Feeling adventurous? Segway Into Spring on an 1.5-hour-long guided Segway tour of the cherry blossom trees, Tidal Basin and Potomac Park, while learning about the history of the festival and surrounding area. Riders must be at least 16 years old to participate.
From art shows to parades, the festival offers a variety of affordable, family-fun entertainment for festival-goers of all ages. On Saturday, April 5 the Southwest Waterfront — the home of the cherry blossoms — will host hours of live music entertainment on multiple stages, followed by an 8:30 pm fireworks show. The largest event during the festival — the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade — will take place from 10 am to noon on Saturday, April 12, between 7th and 17th streets on Constitution Avenue. The parade will feature celebrity performers such as Candice Glover and Regina Belle, as well as marching bands and cherry blossom-inspired floats, balloons and costumes.
Can’t make it to DC this spring? Check out our list of other cherry blossom festivals in the US — there might be one closer to home for you to celebrate!
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