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Experience Wonder and Beauty: National Cherry Blossom Festival Returns To DC’s Tidal Basin March 20

2022 marks the 110th anniversary of the gift of the trees from Japan to Washington

Photo: S.Stanton for Visit Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The cherry blossoms are something to see every year. Starting Sunday, March 20, the month-long National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the arrival of spring in the DMV area. It features programs that recognize traditional and contemporary arts, a welcoming atmosphere for people from all over the United States and throughout the world.

2022 marks the 110th anniversary of the gift of the trees from Japan to Washington.

At the Tidal Basin Welcome Area, which will open every day at 10 a.m. from March 19 to April 3, visitors can hear representatives of the U.S. National Park Service talk about the history of the trees. And kids can have fun with activities designed to educate them.

Ways To Celebrate the Cherry Blossoms in Alexandria

From noon to 6 p.m. during the period mentioned in the above paragraph, live performances will take place on the All Nippon Airways Stage. View the full schedule of performances HERE. For more information about the Tidal Basin Welcome Area and ANA Stage, click HERE.

Two special programming days are returning this year – BloomBars’ Day on Thursday, March 24 and Passport DC Preview Day on Thursday, March 31.

Concessions will be available via food trucks, and a large beverage tent will be managed by Old Ox Brewery.

Unable to see the blossoms in person? Check out the #BloomCam to take in the beautiful scene around the Tidal Basin.

Organizers encourage attendees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the health and safety of performers. They ask that people experiecning symptoms stay home and enjoy the Festival online.

A press release states: “Please review event details on the Festival website to determine whether proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend. Please note that safety requirements may change, so attendees are encouraged to sign up for Festival emails to receive the latest updates.”  

Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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