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Where to Find Cherry Blossom-Inspired Food, Drink & Experiences in Washington, DC

Dig in to our guide to finding peak flavors and fun during peak bloom

Nothing signifies the arrival of spring in the nation's capital quite like the blooming of the cherry blossom trees and the National Cherry Blossom Festival. But spring is blossoming off the National Mall as well, in the form of cherry blossom-inspired flavors, tours, specials and events from DC businesses. Read on for the District's plethora of options that will take your spring celebration to the next level.


Check out the Cherry Picks Program

Savor the taste of spring thanks to the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Cherry Picks Program, run in collaboration with the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. During the festival, participating restaurants highlight creative spring menus. New this year: the Festival is partnering with the Flave App where users can document their Cherry Picks journey to earn points to redeem exclusive rewards and engage with the local foodie community.


See ‘ISEKAI: Blooming Parallel Worlds’ at ARTECHOUSE

ISEKAI: Blooming Parallel Worlds (opens March 9) invites you on an immersive journey through multiple parallel worlds to celebrate the cherry blossom season. Drawing inspiration from the Anime subgenre Isekai, the exhibit offers cutting-edge, immersive digital art, guiding visitors through an enchanting multiverse adventure. Purchase tickets through this link for 10% off!


Book a spring getaway at a DC hotel

Spring makes for a great time to visit Washington, DC, as the city comes alive with cherry blossom fever. Hotels all over DC are offering awesome springtime deals throughout the coming months.


Mark the calendar for the Pink Tie Party (March 15)

National Cherry Blossom Festival

National Cherry Blossom Festival

The Pink Tie Party raises funds for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, ensuring events remain primarily free and open to the public. The elaborate cocktail party brings on the fun with lots of features: spring-inspired cuisine, a silent auction, live music and dancing. Tickets to this event are limited and guests must be 21 and over to attend.

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Attend Bloomaroo at The Wharf

Visit The Wharf on March 30 for Bloomaroo®, a free spring extravaganza featuring a full day (2-9 p.m.) of cherry-blossom themed art, music, fireworks and family-friendly fun along the waterfront. Enjoy beer gardens on District Pier, fireworks and live music. You can also check out more than 80 shops and restaurants along The Wharf.


Take in Jazz & Blossoms at Franklin Park

Jazz & Blossoms

Jazz & Blossoms will take over Franklin Park on Sunday, April 7. The free outdoor event will celebrate the beauty and nature of the city with a musical backdrop, observing the National Cherry Blossom Festival and featuring Grammy award-winning hip-hop trio Digable Planets. Additional performances include Daylight DC, Madison McFerrin, JoGo Project and the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra. Jazz & Blossoms will also include swag giveaways, mural walls, food trucks, haiku-writing, face-painting and much more.


Waltz down CityCenterDC's Palmer Alley

CityCenter Palmer Alley Cherry Blossom Lanterns

Palmer Alley is one of the many highlights of CityCenterDC. The alley offers a majestic walk decorated with different seasonal features throughout the year. The fixtures, picturesque and begging for Instagram love, currently offer lanterns in shades of pink along with dangling blossoms in honor of cherry blossom season. While there, explore the 10-acres of shops, cafes, restaurants and public space.


Create petals from paintstrokes

Cherry blossom paint workshops

Unleash your creativity at blossom-themed workshops around the city:

  • Discover different watercolor techniques and enjoy a themed cocktail at Shilling Canning Company. (March 21)
  • Learn from the official artist of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Nicolas Shi, in a workshop at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. (March 24)
  • Join Right Place Studio at Capital Hilton for a watercolor workshop paired with a seasonal cocktail. (March 29, April 12)


Sip through the Spring Sake Festival

Spring Sake Festival

Experience the essence of spring and the art of sake appreciation at Hotel Zena's Spring Sake Festival. Mingle with sake professionals, explore over 80 varieties of imported and craft sake and indulge in seasonal delights amidst the cherry blossom season.


Take a water taxi to experience the cherry blossoms

The Wharf Water Taxi

City Cruises by Hornblower offers safe water taxi service throughout the cherry blossom season. Routes that connect to The Wharf, Georgetown, Old Town Alexandria and National Harbor are all featured. You'll be able to enjoy breathtaking views of the city and cherry blossoms as you meander down the Potomac River. According to the National Park Service, peak bloom for 2024 was reached on March 17. The best viewing of the cherry blossom trees typically lasts four to seven days after peak bloom begins, but the blossoms can last longer under ideal conditions.


Treat yourself with seasonal flavors from Olivia Macaron

Olivia Macaron Cherry Blossom Flavors

The French macarons from Olivia Macaron are sure to delight, made with fresh ingredients and looking almost too-good-to-eat. Seasonal selections include rose, lychee rose, raspberry and cherry blossom flavors, available locally and shipped nationwide.


Enjoy cherry blossom-themed offerings at DC hotels

Santé Cherry Blossom Tea

Some of DC’s finest and most historic hotels can immerse you in cherry blossom spirit this spring:


Pedal past the petals with Potomac Paddle Club

It’s bring-your-own-beer, bring-your-own-food and bring-your-own-cooler when you hop aboard with Potomac Paddle Club, which offers a vessel for you and your friends to take in the scenery near the cherry blossoms and enjoy an on-the-water picnic. 


Wine and dine in a blooming oasis at Residents Café and Bar

Residents Cafe Cherry Blossom Decor

Known for extravagant seasonal decor and curated menus, Residents Café and Bar pulls out all the stops for cherry blossom season. Launching March 12, enjoy bites and cocktails under a blanket of pink cherry blossoms, with favorites like the Sakura Spritz cocktail (with flavors of lime, morello cherry, sakura sochu, sparkling sake and cherry blossom petals) making a return.


Book an excursion with DC Design Tours

Add education to your cherry blossom sightseeing with DC Design Tours this spring. The company is offering two excursions: one that encounters the beautiful blossoms on the Tidal Basin (March 17 to April 6) and another that goes in-depth at Cleveland Park (March 17-30), a lesser-known prime spot for blossoms with plenty of history of its own. Use the code "DCDESIGNBLOOM" for 10% off your tickets.


Savor cherry blossom offerings from Dog Tag Bakery

DC's Dog Tag Bakery features an array of cherry blossom-inspired creations beginning March 18. Choose from an unbelievable variety that includes cherry blossom tarts, donuts cookies and breakfast pastries. You can also purchase specially themed gift boxes. To make things sweeter, every purchase goes to support veterans and military families.

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