2021 Washington, D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival Guide

Every year, millions gather in Washington for the nation's greatest springtime celebration — the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival commemorates the U.S.'s enduring friendship with Japan and signifies the start of spring through celebrations of traditional and contemporary arts and culture.

The 2021 Cherry Blossom Festival will take place March 20-April 11. Though things may look a little different this year, the innovative celebration will continue to honor the tradition of the festival while ensuring the health and safety of participants.

When Will Peak Bloom Be?

The obvious stars of the festival are the thousands of cherry trees that line the Tidal Basin and National Mall. Peak bloom is the enchanting moment when more than 70% of the famous Yoshino cherry trees blossom simultaneously, creating a breathtaking sea of pink petals.

The exact date of the cherry blossom peak in Washington, D.C. is tricky to predict as it depends heavily on the season's weather. It typically occurs between late March and early April and lasts around seven to 10 days. In the last 30 years, the average peak bloom date was March 31. The National Park Service typically provides peak bloom updates throughout March.

However, peak bloom is not the only time to see these gorgeous flowers. If you miss the main bloom, there are dozens of other varieties of cherry trees that bloom at different times.

What to Do at the Cherry Blossom Festival

The 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival will be the first to feature both in-person and virtual events. For folks in Washington, giant cherry blossom sculptures will be placed throughout the city, featuring local and national artwork. Visitors are encouraged to locate and interact with these icons for chances to win prizes.

Visit Station 4 in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood and you may just find your next spot on the Blossom Hunt.

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Visit the National Mall, Tidal Basin and Jefferson Memorial to take in the natural beauty of the cherry blossoms, or check out the various parks, gardens and museums in the area.

In lieu of a parade, residents all over the city will harness their creativity and the spirit of the celebration to decorate their homes, porches, yards and windows for the Petal Porch Parade.

Where to Eat in Washington, D.C.

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The city is home to a variety of cultural cuisines from all over the world. You'll find many excellent options for dining within walking distance from the main festival areas at the Tidal Basin and National Mall, including restaurants, bars and even some mouthwatering food trucks. Many restaurants are creating seasonal, cherry blossom themed menu items to honor the festival. Support local restaurants by dining in following COVID-19 safety protocols, or take your food to go and find a pleasant place to picnic in one of the many parks and gardens.

Visit Station 4 During the Cherry Blossom Festival

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Station 4 is conveniently located less than a mile away from the National Mall in the southwest waterfront neighborhood of Washington, D.C. We offer creative new American fare paired with craft cocktails for a true foodie experience.

The Station 4 executive chef will be treating diners with daily vibrant spring specials. From the bar, the talented bartenders will be serving a Cherry Blossom martini and rotating cocktail specials. Stop in during the Cherry Blossom Festival for bottomless brunch, lunch or dinner inside our chic dining room or outside in our outdoor dining area. Reserve your seat or place an online order for carryout or delivery.