Do This: Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival (4/4/20) (Postponed)

Himeji Castle and cherry blossoms (Photo Credit: Jeremy Bailey)

NPS’s current forecast for peak bloom this year is March 27-30. Not too far away!

(Editor’s Note: Due the coronavirus pandenic, the festival has been postponed. When a new date is announced, we’ll update this post.)

One way to celebrate is the annual Sakura Matsuri festival, celebrating Japanese culture.

They’ll have four stages with live performances and music, plus artists exhibits and lots of food. I’m especially keen to check out the Ishida Bonsai or the Sogetsu Ikebana (flower arranging) exhibits. Okay, the food is a huge draw as well. Many local restaurant will have booths, like Ramen by UZU (at Union Market) and Sushi Taro.

This marks the 60th edition, and has become the largest such celebration in the U.S., drawing over 40,000 people each year. It happens right after the National Cherry Blossom Parade.

Get your tickets here.

Tickets are $10 in advance ($15 at the door; children 12 and under are free). 10:30am-6pm.

Pennsylvania Avenue NW (between 3rd and 7th Streets)

Author: Jeremy Bailey

Writer and editor living in Washington, D.C.

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