The 2023 National Cherry Blossom Festival

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Beautiful sakura blossoms during spring season in the park. Flora pattern texture. Long banner

Those flying in and out of Dulles-Washington on Southern Airways will want to be sure to take time and enjoy the National Cherry Blossom Festival this year.

Happening from March 20 to April 16, 2023, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC, and celebrates the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. Today’s Festival now spans four weeks and welcomes more than 1.5 million people to enjoy diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Events are primarily free and open to the public.

Events include Petapalooza, The Blossom Kite Festival, The National Cherry Blossom Parade, and more!