PHOTO: Sakura Sunday 2019 courtesy of Japanese American Society
The Washington, D.C. region has long treasured cherry trees since they made their initial debut at the Washington Tidal Basin more than 100 years ago as a gift from Japan. This year's cherry blossom season runs from Thursday, Mar 21, 2019 – Sunday, Apr 14, 2019 and you can find frequently asked questions about the National Cherry Blossom Festival here. As for the real business of looking at the cherry blossoms in full bloom, the predictions have been wildly off the last few years so I won't even begin to speculate on that!
If you are looking to join in Washington, D.C.'s festivities in celebrating, one of the most popular events is the National Harbor's Sakura Sunday. I think this might be because it's FREE! This official participating event of the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival will occur on Sunday, April 14, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. At the free festival, guests can enjoy authentic Japanese Cherry Blossom bloom traditions including traditional Japanese picnicking with food available for sale, a sake, rosé and beer garden, a Japanese Market and Japanese-inspired music and entertainment.
PHOTO: Sakura Sunday 2018 courtesy of the Japanese-American Society
Throughout April, the celebration continues at National Harbor with various offers throughout the destination including special cherry blossom spa treatments at the Gaylord National’s Relâche Spa, themed cocktails and menu items at various restaurants and bars and overnight hotel packages. Visitors can also unwind at National Harbor, stroll and shop along the tree-lined promenades (where last year they planted an additional 100 cherry blossom trees); relax in one of two of the largest spas in the D.C. region (Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center’s Rêlache Spa or the spa at MGM National Harbor), or dine at one of the more than 40 restaurants.
Visitors to National Harbor have easy access to the Washington D.C. Tidal Basin cherry trees via water taxis from National Harbor.