Thursday, March 21, 2024

Get Out! Get Out! Cherry Blossom Festival Events Are Happening All Over Town for the Next 3 Weeks!

by Peggy Robin

You know all the events at the Tidal Basin for the first weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival will all be mobbed, so I'm not going to list them here, but will suggest activities at other, possibly less crowded location. Or possibly not. But you won't know till you go.

My suggestions are:

Petal Porches
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - Sunday, April 14, 2024

All over DC people have decked out their front porches and facades with cherry-blossom themed decorations and lights.

For all the details, including the interactive map to find the decorated Petal Porches near you, go to:

You can go directly to the interactive map at:

Japanese Culture Day
Saturday March 23 from 10am - 3 pm
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
10 First Street SE

Japanese Culture Day will feature family activities, including Japanese drum and traditional dance performances, storytelling, and arts and crafts from Japan. Children, families and teachers can learn about Japanese culture through reading, writing and craft-making with Japanese cultural and linguistic professionals. In connection with this event, Japanese-American author Misa Sugiura will present a book talk about her series “Momo Arashima,” with focus on her research and incorporation of Japanese folklore, mythology, and legends into her middle grade fantasy novel. Advanced timed-entry reservations are recommended at Free same-day tickets will be made available at 9 a.m., using the same link.

Japanese Fashion Family Day
Saturday March 23 from 10am - 3pm
The George Washington University Textile Museum
701 21st Street NW

Celebrate cherry-blossom season at the museum with a family day featuring Japanese kimono, “happi” coats and crafts for all ages. Performances of traditional Okinawan dance will showcase the colorful costume of the islands, and guests can enjoy the beautiful melodies of Japan’s national instrument, the “koto.” Design your own kimono bookmark, make a cherry blossom pendant or join us for a family-friendly tour of the galleries, including Japanese textiles on display in Irresistible: The Global Patterns of Ikat.

You can find dozens more events on the Cherry Blossom Festival website at -- and most of them are FREE.

The "Get Out!" highlighted events of the week are posted on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Thursday.

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