Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Things to do at the National Cherry Blossom Festival

This has been an odd year where weather is concerned. Usually by this time flowers are blooming and signs of spring have been in the air for weeks. However, not until this week has Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia seen too many signs of spring. Looks like the last of the snow is about to be gone (hopefully!) for this winter.

This year's festival runs from March 20, 2015 to April 12, 2015. Will we see blossoms during the actual festival? As of right now, it's a strong possibility towards the end of the festival. According to the National Park Service's peak bloom prediction is from April 11 to April 14 (these dates have remained the same throughout March each time I checked).

However, if you're planning to attend the National Cherry Blossom Festival even if the peak hasn't arrived there is still lots of fun to be found. By the second half of March there should definitely be some blossoms to see, and even if they are not showcasing their beauty in full, it's still a great time of the year to be in the U.S. Capital.  

Here are some photos from previous festival years (one of which had about 50 percent blossoms in view during the festival) and our family and friends had a great time even without the peak views.

cherry blossom bud
Cherry blossom bud taken in March 2013 during the festival

Lots of performances to be expected during the National Cherry Blossom Festival

The Blossom Kite Festival is scheduled for March 28, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The kids enjoy sending messages to their friends in Japan

Visitors can view the lovely artwork and messages sent from children in Japan
Chances are many blossoms will be visible before the peak arrives

Festival gear and souvenirs

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