The National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks-off with a free family festival with crafts and activities focused on architecture, the blossoms, and Japanese arts and design. This is one of the season's best events for kids in the Washington DC area. Participants can build cha-shitsu tea house structures, construct cherry blossom popcorn trees, decorate a wind chime, make wafuku-clothed paper dolls, dress-up in traditional Japanese clothing, create a spring-theme pinwheel and more. Performers from the area and across the country entertain the crowd throughout the weekend. New groups in 2014 include the Capitol Movement dancers, Blues Alley Youth Orchestra jazz musicians, Greenbelt S.I.T.Y Stars jump rope team, Joy of Motion Dance Center's DanceFusion Jazz Project, and more.
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March 22-23, 2014
Sat. 10 am - 4 pm, Sun. 11 am - 4 pm
National Building Museum
401 F Street NW Washington, DC
The closest Metro stop is Judiciary Square
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The National Building Museum is America's leading cultural institution dedicated to advancing the quality of the built environment by educating people about its impact on their lives. Through its exhibitions, educational programs, online content, and publications, the Museum has become a vital forum for the exchange of ideas and information about the world we build for ourselves. The building is one of the most interesting architecturally in Washington DC.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation's largest springtime celebration including three weeks of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. The Festival commemorates the anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan. See the Calendar of Events for the National Cherry Blossom Festival