2007 National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington DC
March 31 – April 15.
There is no nicer experience than strolling the Tidal Basin under the flowering cherry trees on a war day in spring. The blooms are beautiful and fragrant, the atmosphere festive, the people friendly. A perfect day. Spring is the perfect time of year to come to Washington DC and not only for the Cherry Blossom Festival. The weather is nice, not too hot, not too cold. It is a good opportunity to see the whole city.
Of course, Mother Nature has been known to mess things up so to speak. Warmer weather means the trees will bloom before festival day, but that does not stop the people of Washington from throwing one big party. Yes there are trees blooming already, but they are a different variety, one that normally blooms in late winter. So far the famous Japanese trees are not and it looks good for this year.
The “Blossom Secrets Stroll” Walking Tour Metro is the first event of the festival and if you can arrange to take it, do so. You will learn everything there is to learn about the trees and then some.
Date(s): Mar 30, 2007 – Apr 02, 2007
Time: Friday & Monday at 10 am – Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm
Location: Tour begins outside Smithsonian Metro Station – Independence Ave. exit. There is a fee for this event, $10 children under 3 are free, but if you are going to bring a child that young, bring a stroller, even if your 3 year old thinks a stroller is not for such a big kid. And don’t let the rain stop you. This is a rain or shine event.
The entertainment stage will be over by the Jefferson Memorial and there will be various acts every day at noon. So if you work in the area, brown bag your lunch and come and enjoy one of the free events.
Get your cameras and walking shoes ready. There will be photo safaris every day lead by an expert photographer. Check them out on the events page. There are several different ones available.
If a bicycle is more your style, there is something for you also. Everyday there will be guided bicycle tours of the Cherry Blossom Festival. The cost is $30/adult, $20/child (12 & under) – includes bike rental, helmet, & bottled water.
National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day and Opening Ceremony at the National Building Museum
This is a day long family event, with activities for everyone. It is the official launch of the Cherry Blossom Festival and not to be missed if at all possible.
And of course what is a festival without a parade and The Cherry Blossom Festival has a super one on Saturday April15.
From the beginning with the Family Day event to the end with the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, there will be something for everyone, so many things in fact that it will be impossible to do everyone of them. There is even a rugby tournament. Keep checking the web site for more details. This is an outdoor event and things can change. Make this the year you come to Washington DC and make the Cherry Blossom Festival the reason why.