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Simon Bull - Official Artist of the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival |  Photo: Steph Choi for Average Socialite

Simon Bull - Official Artist of the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival | Photo: Steph Choi for Average Socialite


Signature Events

* Dates TBD: Tidal Basin Welcome Area and ANA Performance Stage

Premier Events

  • Saturday, March 23: SAAM Cherry Blossom Celebration

  • Saturday, April 13: Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival

  • Saturday, April 14: Anacostia River Festival produced by the 11th Street Bridge Park

  • TBD: Blossom Bash Concert at the Anthem

New Events in 2019!

  • Wednesday, April 13: Blossoms & Baseball with the Washington Nationals

Hint For The Average Socialite: For a schedule of events click here! Events are primarily free and open to the public. Ticketed events are included here!

- Enter the #TravelBlossomsHere giveaway here to win tickets to Japan! For every 100 entries they receive, ANA will donate a cherry blossom tree to be planted in the community. The winner will be announced by 4/19/2019.

Hilton Guests to Experience National Cherry Blossom Festival Like Never Before
Guests who book the National Cherry Blossom Festival packages at 46 select Hilton properties in the area can unlock a Petal Pass, which includes specialty experiences to enhance their stay during the festival. These unique activities and offerings include:

  • A traditional Japanese tea ceremony at the Washington Hilton

  • Wine & Paint Cherry Blossom Night at the Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/Bethesda

  • 20% off merchandise at the festival’s official headquarters at Union Station

  • 50% off the Cherry Blossom Breakfast Buffet at the Hilton Arlington Virginia

  • Specialty Japanese whisky tasting at the Capital Hilton

  • A National Cherry Blossom Festival kite at the Blossom Kite tent on March 30

Hilton Honors members will also have the chance to experience select exclusive offerings using their Honors points. Visit for more information on exclusive access to these experiences and many more. To enroll in Hilton Honors click here.

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Event Highlights

Friday, March 22: Pink Tie Party Presented by ANA 

The Pink Tie Party is an event not to be missed as more than 800 influencers and trendsetters come together for one of the most buzz-worthy events of spring. Proceeds benefit the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc. a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the beauty of nature and international friendship through year-round programs, events, and education initiatives that enhance our environment, showcase arts and culture, and build community spirit.

Must be 21 and over to attend. 

Be sure to purchase your ticket by midnight on 12/31/18 to take advantage of the early bird rate - $180 per person. Regular tickets are $225 per person starting 1/1/19.

Pink Tie Party |  Courtesy of NCBF

Pink Tie Party | Courtesy of NCBF

Saturday, April 6: Petalpalooza

Formerly known as the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival, Petalpalooza will include interactive art installations, larger-than-life games and activities, live music, a beer garden, a spectacular fireworks show, and much more! 

Petalpalooza |  Courtesy of NCBF

Petalpalooza | Courtesy of NCBF

Saturday, April 13: National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC

You’ve heard it here first – tickets for grandstand seating at the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC are now available! Join thousands of spectators on April 13, 2019, as exciting entertainers, elaborate floats, gigantic helium balloons, and more head down iconic Constitution Avenue in a grand celebration of spring in Washington, DC.

Grandstand tickets ensure the best views of all the performances from the comfort of your own seat. A limited quantity of Grandstand tickets for the telecast area (sections 1 - 26) are also available. Be sure to purchase your ticket before they sell out.

Bringing a group of 10 or more to Washington, DC this spring? Group tickets available here.