Guide to DC Cherry Blossom Season 2019

Hello all!

It’s getting to be my absolute favorite time of year in DC: The Cherry Blossom Festival! Each Spring, Washington, DC goes all out to celebrate this occasion with tons of events, parties, concerts, and more throughout the city. My favorite Pop Up Bar always has a fun theme, there are free concerts along the Wharf, a massive parade downtown, and lots of fun galas hosted at museums and event spaces!

This year’s festival runs from March 20 through April 14, with the downtown Cherry Blossom Parade on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

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While it’s fun to plan for all these seasonal events, it can actually be quite hard to time “peak bloom” (when the blossoms are at their fullest). The past few years have had late frosts, which pushes the trees from blooming back to late April. Luckily, there are websites devoted to tracking peak bloom such as DC’s Cherry Blossom Watch. Peak bloom this year is scheduled for the first week of April! The blooms are fleeting, so it’s best to stay on track and go in the middle of the bloom so you don’t miss them.

Here’s a rundown of events I’m looking forward to this year:

Best places to catch peak bloom:

Restaurants featuring special themed dishes:

  • Milk Bar – limited edition Cherry Rose Cookie.
  • Baked and Wired – Cherry Blossom Cupcakes coming soon!
  • The Oval Room – the savory appetizer special is a Cherry Blossom Cured Hamachi with Sakura shoyu and pollen gentle, for dessert, a Cherry Blossom Ice Cream Cake with laurel, cherries and rooibos tea, and a refreshing springtime specialty cocktail: the Spring Snow.
  • Ambar is creating a specialty cocktail consisting of cherry-infused rakia, lime juice, simply syrup infused with cherries, and a spritz of absinth, garnished with a cherry.
  • List of Cherry Picks Restaurants
  • A few more restaurants with special dishes and cocktails for the season.

I also just stumbled across this curated Smithsonian Cherry Blossom playlist to prepare for the season. It certainly gets me excited for the upcoming festivities!

I hope this guide helps with planning for your best cherry blossom experience this year – whether you’re a DC local or visiting from out of town! If you need additional information, this Washington DC article provides further research into where to stay and special seasonal deals.  Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions as well!

XOXO

Parisa

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