Thursday, April 11, 2024

Get Out! Japanese Street Festival, April 13-14 - Final Weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival 2024

 by Peggy Robin

Celebrate Japan at Sakura Matsuri Festival 2024 - This Weekend!
Japan-America Society of Washington DC’s Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival is the largest celebration of Japanese culture in the United States.
Date & Time: Saturday, April 13, 10:30 am – 6:00 pm 
and Sunday, April 14, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Pennsylvania & Constitution Aves. between 3rd - 7th St NW Get directions

Over two days, Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival brings Japan into the heart of the Nation’s Capitol. Stretching from 3rd to 7th streets NW on Pennsylvania Ave at the base of Capitol Hill, the festival features over 24 hours of Japanese cultural performances, authentic Japanese food and beverages, handmade Japanese crafts, and so much more.

Japan-America Society of Washington DC’s Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival, along with our National Japan Bowl Japanese Language Competition, celebrate the cherry trees that Japan gifted to the United States over 110 years ago, and which have come to define springtime in the Nation’s Capitol. We are proud to join this cooperative effort alongside the Embassy of Japan, the Government of the District of Columbia, the National Park Service, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc., National Conference of State Societies, and many other dedicated partner organizations. The Sakura Matsuri is proud to participate in the National Cherry Blossom Festival as a Premier Event.

Matsuri Pro-Tips

  • If attending Saturday, Try to arrive before noon or after three o’clock to avoid the post-Parade rush and potentially longer lines at the entrance gates. Buy your tickets online in advance for fastest entry.
  • If you plan to have lunch in the Taste of Japan area, grab your food early! Lines from noon to 3 can be long.There will also be a wide range of Japanese snacks available at the Matsuri Markets. You are welcome to bring food and non-alcoholic beverages into the Matsuri.
  • If you plan to watch performances, some seating will be available, but feel free to also bring a packable chair.
One Day Ticket - Advanced (available April 1 - 12)
One-day admission to the Sakura Matsuri for either Saturday or Sunday - you decide.  $15.00 Booking Fee: $0.60
Two Day Ticket - Advanced (available April 1 through 12) Admission to both days of the Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival! $25.00 Booking Fee: $1.00
The Get Out! event of the week is posted on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Thursdays.

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