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The Cherry Blossom Festival started in 1927
The Cherry Blossom Festival started in 1927 | © EastVillage Images / Shutterstock
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This Year's Cherry Blossom Fest in D.C. Kicks Off on March 15th

Picture of Luke Abrahams
Social Content Editor
Updated: 30 March 2017
Spring is here, so that means Washington, D.C. will be hosting its annual National Cherry Blossom Festival five days earlier this year…

The annual festival, which takes place March 15 through to April 16, celebrates the anniversary of Tokyo‘s gifting of the trees to the city back in 1912. The ultra-pink festival kicks off with the Pink Tie Party at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on March 16, where visitors can down super flowery-inspired cocktails and more.

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© NattyC / Shutterstock

On March 25, the opening ceremony, which will see the Warner Theatre transformed into all shades of pink, will host several classical renditions of famous European and American composers. Kids can look forward to the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 8, where you’ll see a load of elaborate giant helium balloons, marching bands and the odd celeb.

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Wait, there’s more. If you’re partial to a bit of kite flying, you and your little tikes can play lift off at the Blossom Kite Festival on April 1.

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© Andrei Medvedev / Shutterstock

Afterwards, ditch the kids (with someone you know, of course) and take full advantage of the Cherry Picks Restaurant Program, where you’ll be able to eat at more than 60 local restaurants offering spring-themed menus. NOM!

In Japan? Check out when the country’s famous cherry blossom trees explode into life!