2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival Signature Events
When are the cherry trees in bloom?
This year's festival marks the 105th celebration of Tokyo, Japan's 1912 gift of over 3,000 cherry blossom trees to Washington, DC and the American people. The festival celebrates "Sakura," the annual blooming of the breathtaking cherry blossoms on the picturesque Tidal Basin. This year's festival spans a 4-week time period from March 15 through April 16.
2017 National Park Service Peak Bloom Prediction:
March 19- March 22.
The total blooming period (before, during, and after) peak bloom usually lasts about 14 days.
For the best information and updates on this year's blooming forecast, check the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival website, specifically their official Bloom Watch page. This page also includes historical averages showing the specific dates of the different stages of bud development and bloom over the last 25 years.
Full bloom is defined as when 70% of the blooms are open. The blooming period (when at least 20% of the blooms are open until the pink petals fall and the green leaves appear) typically lasts about 14 days total.
If you miss the blooming of the cherry trees, check out my "Gardens in DC" page which features some of the area's favorite historical points of interest.
Visit the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival Events page for a complete listing and description of all festival activities and signature events.
Here are a few specific dates and events:
March 15 - April 2: Dates featuring the official Festival Welcome Area and Performance Stage offered by the National Parks Service and its partners. The welcome area is located in the Tidal Basin paddle boat parking lot at 1501 Main Avenue, SW, and will provide a variety of services including first aid, food pavilions, souvenirs, books, and more. The Welcome area is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with performances daily from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
April 1: Blossom Kite Festival from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Washington Monument.
April 8: National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets.
April 15: Southwest Waterfront Fireworks and Festival - an all-day festival followed by fireworks at 8:30 p.m.
Some fun and informative cherry blossom-related websites to check out:
* The official 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival website
* The official blooming forecast page
* The National Parks Service's page for the 2017 Cherry Blossom Festival - when on this site, go to the "Plan Your Visit" tab and scroll down to both events and activities as well as ranger programs.
* The KidFriendly DC website
* My website's page on other Gardens and Horticultural points of interest in DC