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10 Things to do in D.C. to Celebrate Cherry Blossom Season

By Kate Oczypok | April 2, 2018 | Culture

Springtime in D.C. is synonymous with the annual blooming of cherry blossoms. Here are 10 cherry blossom festival-inspired events to celebrate the season.

Check out Sakura Yume/Cherry Blossom Dream


The perfect date night activity, this exhibit at ARTECHOUSE has guests stepping into a moonlit, floating environment where koi fish and cherry blossoms react to you being there. There’s also a lantern “lit” street that comes to life with your footsteps. There’s even an augmented reality cocktail bar at the mezzanine level. 1238 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, D.C.

See In Bloom: A Photographic Celebration of the Festival

Blind Whino hosts an exhibit of local photographers who shoot the blossoms and festival displays in all their glory. Local photographer Dagmara Weinberg will have his photos on display as well. 700 Delaware SW, Washington, D.C., 202-554-0103

Visit the “Up in the Air” Kite Exhibition


The Mansion at Strathmore is hosting an exhibit on the artistry and construction of kites. Enjoy learning about the progression of kite flying throughout history and modern kite makers and kite flyers. There are also displays about developing kites for aerial photography and indoor kite performances. 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD, 301-581-5100

Participate in Cherry Blossom Yoga

All levels are welcome at this free yoga class on April 5 to celebrate the cherry blossom season at Freedom Plaza. Class starts at 5:30 p.m. and attendees should bring their own mat and water. The event is sponsored by the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID), the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Aetna, and ProYOGA Corporate Wellness. 1455 Pennsylvania NW, Washington, D.C.

Do the 20th Annual Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk


This short and non-competitive walk commemorates the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 as well as the 20th anniversary of the walk itself. During the walk, learn about Japanese American patriotism and tenacity during the second World War. April 7 only, 10 a.m., National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism During World War II, Louisiana Ave., New Jersey Ave. & D Sts. NW, Washington, D.C.

Take an Odyssey Cherry Blossom Cruise

Check out the blossoms from the water with Odyssey Cruises. Odyssey offers brunch, lunch and dinner cruises. Grab all your friends and spend an afternoon or evening sipping wine, dancing to live music and snapping gorgeous photos of the cherry blossoms in full bloom. 600 Water St. SW, Washington, D.C., 202-488-6000

Visit the The Willard Rosé Romp


Rosé lovers will adore this afternoon on the Willard’s outside terrace. Enjoy famous rosé wines from Chateau d’Esclans with spring-inspired food from the Willard. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Bachelor Boys. April 7th, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

Watch the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run and 5K Run/Walk

Get up early April 8 to check out what Washingtonians call “the runner’s rite of spring.” While entries are now closed, the event is still free to spectators. Watch 16,000 runners compete for $80,000 in prize money in a thrilling finish. Washington Monument Grounds, 15th St. and Constitution Ave. NW

Catch the National Cherry Blossom Parade


One of the biggest events in D.C. is the National Cherry Blossom Parade which runs 10 blocks along Constitution Ave. This year’s parade includes appearances by ‘90s hip-hop group Arrested Development, The Voice contestants Billy Gilman and Sarah Potenza, extreme pogo stunt team XPOGO, and more. Constitution Ave., 7th to 17th Sts. NW

Stop by the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival

The largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the country comes to D.C. April 14. The celebration is presented by the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C. and includes 80 cultural groups, arts vendors and food booths. Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 3rd and 7th Sts. NW

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