12 Ways to Celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Capitol Riverfront

Spring has sprung which means the National Cherry Blossom Festival has begun! While it may look different than in years past, there's still plenty to celebrate in Capitol Riverfront while remaining safe and healthy. You could pick up a new hobby at the Blossom Kite Fly, expand your culinary horizons at Cherry Picks participating restaurants, or simply appreciate the beauty of the blooms right here in the neighborhood. Check out the twelve ways you can celebrate cherry blossom season virtually and here in CapRiv.

Check Out the Sculpture in Canal Park 

Next time you're out for a stroll in the neighborhood, stop by the southern block of Canal Park for a little Cherry Blossom Festival cheer. As part of this year's Cherry Blossom Festival "Art in Bloom" campaign, a welded metal cherry blossom sculpture by local artist Steve Rands is set in the park. As one of 26 sculptures throughout DC, this work of art invites the community to step into spring. The artist drew inspiration for the sculpture titled "MXY-7" from the history of the cherry blossom trees in DC as a gift from the Mayor of Tokyo, Japan and the arc of the relationship that the U.S. and Japan have shared since then. Post a photo with the sculpture, tag @capitolriverfront, and use the hashtags #StepIntoSpring and #CapRiv to be entered for the chance to win a $100 gift card to a neighborhood restaurant. 

Visit The #CapRiv Blossoms

The Tidal Basin isn’t the only place in the District with Instagram-worthy spots with cherry blossom trees. Canal Park is home to several trees expected to be at peak bloom around April 2 - April 5. Stop by Lot 38 to grab a cup of coffee-to-go and take a walk through the park to admire the blooms.

Make & Decorate Your Own Kite

If you registered and picked up a kite from the BID, you'll have the kit to create your own kite which you can then decorate and bring to the #BlossomKiteFly. Follow that up by checking out the National Cherry Blossom Festival website for demos and workshops on how to best fly a kite or make your own simple kite with items lying around your home. 

Take To The Skies 

Grab your family and your kites to head down to Yards Park or Canal Park for Blossom Kite Fly weekend on Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28. Share your kite fly experience by tagging @cherryblossfest and @capitolriverfront with the hashtags #StepIntoSpring and #BlossomKiteFly on Instagram or by texting 202-519-5090. 

Explore Cherry Picks 

Taste the flavors of spring at your favorite neighborhood restaurants through the RAMW and NCBF Cherry Picks program. Eateries in Capitol Riverfront and throughout the District are showcasing spring-inspired dishes available to take to-go or to enjoy in their dining room or on their patio. Explore culinary treats across lunch, dinner, and dessert from ABC Pony, CIRCA Navy Yard, District Winery, Hatoba, Ice Cream Jubilee, Osteria Morini, and RASA.

Attend A Drive-In Movie 

Celebrate the start of blossoms and baseball season with an outdoor, drive-in movie with your friends and family. The Capitol Riverfront BID, Washington Nationals, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival have teamed up to bring drive-in movies back to Buzzard Point just in time for Opening Day weekend. The Blossoms + Baseball Drive-In Pop-Up Movie Series will feature “42" and “A League of Their Own” on Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April 3 at 7:30 pm down at The Stacks. It’s not baseball without hot dogs! The Swizzler food truck will make an appearance on Saturday so you can get your hands on a gourmet dog. Plus, all proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Living Classrooms Foundation.

Tune into the Paws & Petals Parade 

Enter your furry friend into the virtual Paws & Petals Parade to show off their spring spirit. Dress your pup up in all the cherry blossom and spring-inspired items, snap a 10-second vertical video, and send it to the NCBF by Wednesday, March 24 for the chance to be featured. Just want to experience a cuteness overload? Tune into @cherryblossfest on Instagram on Saturday, April 3 to watch the parade.

Take an Evening Stroll

Take advantage of the warmer weather and head on an evening stroll through the neighborhood to the #CityInBloom. Throughout the city, businesses and buildings will be going pink for the National Cherry Blossom Festival with decals, decor, and lighting. Snap a selfie with your loved one at your favorite set-up and tag us @capitolriverfront to share the love. 

Hop On A Bike

Hop on a Capital Bikeshare and take to the streets to hunt for the blossoms in Capitol Riverfront and beyond. There are nine bikeshare stations to choose from throughout the neighborhood. Our suggestion? Start your ride at the New Jersey Ave & M St station to peek at the trees in the northern block of Canal Park and head onwards to Capitol Hill to see some impressive blooms. 

Shop All Things Pink

Commemorate the 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival with a gift to a friend or yourself. Shop local retailer Steadfast Supply online or in-store for cherry blossom-inspired items like tea towels, jewelry, artwork and more. 

Unleash Your Inner Artist

Local artist Samantha Testa aka Painted Palettes released a free video tutorial teaching you how to paint your very own cherry blossom branch with watercolor in just fifteen minutes. You'll need your own supplies, but she's provided a suggested list of the paints, tools, and paper and where to get them. If you'd rather a professional print, check out her online shop for cherry blossom prints and greeting cards. 

Run, Blossom, Run!

Participate in the virtual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run by running or walking a 5K route of your choosing on your own time through April 11. Lucky for you, we already have a 2.5K pre-made route you can repeat twice to complete the run. To formally enter the race, the entrance fee is $35 and you can register to run through April 9.