As soon as cherry blossoms start to show up on trees, 🌸🌸🌸 specials begin to pop up on DC menus.
Want to celebrate peak bloom with food and drink? Check out our roundup of cherry blossom specials from sake tasting to pink cupcakes and limited-time restaurant menus.
What are you hungry to sample this Sakura season?
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DC's cherry blossom season is the perfect time to celebrate the pink-and-white blooms and learn about Japan and Japanese culture. Feeling inspired to plan your own Japan-inspired adventure? From cooking classes, sake, art and performances, bonsai and more, you can still get up close and personal with Japan even if you're not able to hop on a plane and travel there.
Check out our recommendations for ways to elevate this spring's cherry blossom viewing and experience Japanese culture right here in DC!
Spring fever is in full bloom as cherry blossom celebrations spring up all across DC 🌸🌸🌸
From the annual parade, street festivals, sake and wine tastings, and more, check out some of the best ways to celebrate Japan’s famous gift to the District beyond the Tidal Basin.
What cherry blossom events are on your can't-miss list?
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Think the Tidal Basin is the Only Place to See Cherry Blossoms in DC? Think Again!
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Cherry blossom season isn't complete without experiencing this ancient Japanese rice wine
In Japan, there’s a long tradition of cherry blossom viewing, or Hanami, which includes picnics with snacks and sake in the park under the trees with family and friends. I fondly remember spending all day at the cherry blossom festival when my family lived in Okinawa. It felt like everyone on the island had converged to the same point at the same time, much like the people that crowd the Tidal Basin during peak bloom.
Sake's popularity has finally found footing in the US. Sake today is where wine was in the 1980s—transitioning from a bourgeois beverage for special occasions to the mainstream. has grown over the years. Luckily, several DC restaurants, markets and liquor stores have large sake selections, diverse picks and knowledgeable servers to help you create your own Hanami experience.
Here are several places around town to broaden and educate your sake palate.
Spring has gotten off to an early start this year temperature-wise, but springtime blossoms and events are in full bloom this month 🌸🌸🌸
You won't want to miss all the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrations, the sound of music as National Symphony plays in locations across the city, National Women's History Month events galore, exciting and inspiring film festivals, an unique, immersive theatre experience, a daring high wire act, get a taste of Iceland, and more!
We've curated 100+ (our biggest list yet!) awesome and unexpected things to do this month that will make you see why spring in DC is simply the best!
Is it just us or did January just fly by?!
The holidays might firmly in the rear-view window, but there's plenty of things to be excited about this month. Take part in Black History Month events across DC, enjoy a winter wonderland and Polar Bear Plunge at Ice Yards, try your hand at a craft project and explore the museum at Renwick's Handi-Hour, learn the fine art of lock picking, catch the King Tut immersive exhibit and Ride the Cycle before they're gone, and so much more!
We've curated 70+ awesome things to do this month, so read on and make plans to make the most of your February . . .
DC jump starts 2023 with a month full of awesome things to do.
Residents and locals looking to embrace the best of winter can head to any number of ice skating rinks and warm up with hot chocolate and seasonal cocktails. The winter edition of Restaurant Week returns this month, celebrate the Lunar New Year at the annual Chinese New Year parade and other celebrations, celebrate Martin Luther King's birthday with special tributes, partake at the Fire and Ice Festival, and more!
Check out our guide to the most awesome and unexpected events coming to DC this January.
Bundle up and get going --adventures and a whole new year are in front of you!
If you’re looking for a healthy and refreshing w.ay to kick off 2023, how about enjoying the great outdoors with a “first day hike" (or walk if that's more your speed.)
Hundreds of free, guided hikes will be organized in all 50 states on New Year's Day for a "first day hike," but just because DC hasn't gained that elusive statehood stamp doesn't mean you have to miss out. Where there's a will, there's a way and there are plenty of great places to get out and enjoy a peaceful winter walk.
Of course, there's always Rock Creek Park, but let us introduce you to nine less obvious, but still awesome, places.
It's not too late to make plans for ringing in 2023. While big parties can be fun, there are more ways to celebrate that don't include expensive tickets or dressing up in bow ties and Spanx. Check out our curated suggestions for how to say good-bye to 2022 and hello to the new year!
Look up, down, and all around. Adventures can be found everywhere -- if you're curious enough to look. k for it