Thursday, March 24, 2011

Stand With Japan Tonight: Festival Kickoff Saturday

NCBF Family Day at National Building Museum
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the region's annual alarm clock for the start of tourist season. But this year, it will act in part, as an acknowledgement of the devastation and suffering happening in Japan as we speak. Along with the other benefits and relief fundraisers happening in DC, NCBF organizers are hosting a Stand With Japan event tonight. Details available here, but basically this is a walk of reflection from Sylvan Theater on the Mall to the Tidal Basin and ending at the Washington Monument. The ceremony will begin at 6:30PM tonight at the outdoor theater (15th St and Independence Ave SW).

As for the actual Cherry Blossoms, the peak days for viewing are next Tuesday-Saturday. These are the best days to view the thousands of cherry trees on and around the tidal basin area of the District. Not the only days, but the days with the highest yield of pretty pink flowers. So, not all at once you guys...

The official start to the National Cherry Blossom Festival is this Saturday March 26. All the crowded craziness kicks off with Family Day and Opening Ceremony at the National Building Museum. Actually, there are a ton of events Saturday including "Arts of Japan" tour at the Freer Gallery, "Blossoms by Bike" ride and several walking tours. All told, dozens of events will be held over the two week festival and the official Festival happenings can be found here.