Washington’s famous cherry blossoms are set to hit peak bloom this weekend as the National Cherry Blossom Festival draws big crowds for its annual parade and Japanese street festival.
The National Park Service says the trees are predicted to be in peak bloom Saturday through Tuesday. They bloomed about the same time the past two years. With most trees in bloom this weekend, organizers expect big crowds around the Tidal Basin and National Mall. READ MORE
WASHINGTON — The cherry blossoms are revealing their beauty, and after a long, cold winter, they are a welcome sight.
The cherry blossoms are expected to be in peak bloom through Tuesday — just in time for the final weekend of the 2015 Cherry Blossom Festival.
Read some tips to have fun and avoid major crowds on WTOP.com.
It’s the million dollar question Dennis Potts is accustomed to getting every year, sometimes from folks as far as Japan: When will those Kenwood Cherry Blossoms reach peak bloom?
As a general rule, the Kenwood trees reach peak bloom about three to four days after the Tidal Basin cherry trees, which are exposed to more sunlight.
With the National Park Service estimating an April 8-April 11 range for peak bloom downtown, you can expect the roughly 1,200 Kenwood cherry trees to hit the peak bloom period anywhere from April 12-20, Potts said.
Read more on WTOP.com.
NPS: Cold weather won’t wilt cherry blossoms’ peak bloom date
WASHINGTON — It’s unseasonably cold and areas to the north and west of D.C.could get snow Friday — the first day of spring. But the cold snap isn’t changing the predicted peak bloom date for Tidal Basin cherry blossoms.
“We expected the colder weather,” says Michael Stachowicz of the National Park Service — National Mall and Memorial Parks.
He’s sticking to his prediction announced in early March for a peak bloom date to be April 11-14 for the 2015 season.
Read more on WTOP.com.
WASHINGTON — Billed as “The Nation’s Greatest Springtime Celebration,” the National Cherry Blossom Festival is underway now through April 12.
Locals are likely familiar with big festival events that include the parade down Constitution Avenue, a day of music and fireworks on the Southwest Waterfront and a colorful display of kites flying on the Washington Monument grounds.
But let’s explore a few of the lesser known festival opportunities on WTOP.com.
Dulles, DCA look pretty in pink
Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport are getting into the Cherry Blossom Festival spirit, with pink lighting and cherry blossom-themed promotions.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has bathed the exterior of Dulles’ main terminal in pink lighting, and at National, pink lights have been added to the parking structures, visible through the glass walls of the garages.
Read more on WTOP.com.
Opening Remarks 10 a.m.
Step into Spring Kick-off Parade
Competition & Demonstration Field
Kite Ballets and Demonstrations 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Adult Kite Makers Competition 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Soar into Spring Demonstrations 1 – 1:30 p.m.
Hot Tricks Showdown 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
International Kite Demonstrations 2:30 – 3 p.m.
Rokkaku Battle 3 – 4 p.m.
Puzzle Rokkaku 4 – 4:15 p.m.
Kite Arch & Awards 4:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Youth Kite Makers Practice Fly 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Youth Kite Makers Competition 11 – noon
Youth Kite Makers Awards noon – 12:30 p.m.
Mini Rokkaku Practice 12:30 – 1 p.m.
Mini Rokkaku Challenge (ages 5-9) 1 – 1:30 p.m.
Mini Rokkaku Challenge (ages 10-15) 1:45 – 2 p.m.
Bol Races 2 –3 p.m.
Family Open Fly 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Welcoming remarks: 1-1:30 p.m.
The U.S. Navy Ceremonial Band and Color Guard: 2:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Wil Gravatt Band, country and honky tonk: 3:30 – 4 p.m.
Blues Alley Youth Orchestra: 5-5:45 p.m.
The U.S. Army Band Downrange: 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
The U.S. Army Blues Swamp Romp: 8:15 p.m.
Nen Daiko, Japanese taiko drumming
Big Chimney, bluegrass: 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
Feedel Band, Ethio jazz, funk and soul: 2:45 – 3:30 p.m.
Baltă Mare, Gypsy brass and strings: 4 – 5 p.m.
Pablo Antonia y La Firma, salsa, merengue: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Joe Keyes & The Late Bloomer Band, Conscious funk: 7 – 8:15 p.m.
Amidon Bowen Elementary Youth Choir: 1:30 – 2 p.m.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington: 2:30 – 3 p.m.
Shizumi Kodomo Dance Troupe, Japanese dance traditions: 3:30 – 4 p.m.
Cantaré, Latin American Musical traditions: 4:30 – 5 p.m.
American University Takabushi Soran Dance Team, Thai, Filipino and Japanese dances: 5:30 – 5:45 p.m.
For those who plan to attend, organizers strongly encourage the use of public transit to get to the Waterfront area.
Read more about the event on the Cherry Blossom Festival's website.
Georgetown widens sidewalks for weekend foot traffic
WASHINGTON — Elbow room is tight along Georgetown’s sidewalks during an average weekend.
Throw in the masses arriving for the peak bloom of the cherry trees, and there could really be congestion.
But the Georgetown Business Improvement District (GBID) is turning to an idea tried only three times before: It will widen the sidewalks along M Street from 6:30 p.m. Friday until 5 p.m. Sunday.