Music makes everything better, including looking at DC's cherry blossoms. In case you just want to wander the sakura blossoms and not just photograph them (is that even possible?), we've created a music playlist as a soundtrack to the annual celebration to get you in the mood.
Based on things associated with cherry blossoms and springtime in DC, you'll find a mix of songs from international and DC artists, including Will Eastman, IMKA, Aaron Abernathy, Nappy Nappa, The Other Guys and James Bangura.
Hit play and immerse yourself in a full sensory Hanami (flower viewing) experience.
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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!
Cherry blossoms and pink-and-white bloom related events are popping up across the city, but that's there are plenty of other things to do this month.
Museums are slowly starting to re-open, Georgetown Glow makes its spring debut, outdoor movies return, live music on porches and in a secret garden, and more! We've found 20+ of the best springtime events for everyone from singles to families to enjoy before the cicadas and DC's humidity show up.
If you're interested in more local adventures, make sure to check out our DMV-focused content or contact us to custom-design your DC experience.
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 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.
Who says cherry blossoms get to steal the spring flower spotlight? There are plenty of stunning floral displays that will be blooming in D.C. this upcoming season! While the cherry blossoms grab all the attention, there's an abundance of spring flowers that often get overlooked—most of which can be found in grand displays across our very own city!
Hopefully, after getting your fill of the cherry blossoms, you’ll be inspired to learn more about the other plant life blooming around our nation’s capital. Daffodils, tulips, redbuds, and more are just waiting to be discovered.
The Tidal Basin is arguably the most well-known spot in DC to see cherry blossom, but I'll let you in on a secret: The famous blooms can actually be found all around the city. Yep, it's a fact. The Tidal Basin just has better PR.
If crowds aren't your thing or you're just over the Tidal Basin hype, we've scouted 14 alternative,-- but still amazing spots! -- where you can see these natural beauties in all their pink and white glory minus the Disneyland level crowds.
After what feels like an eternity of sleet, snow, and freezing temperatures, DC is starting to thaw out. Which means you can pause the "Bridgerton" binge and get off the sofa and get outside without multiple layers!
Need some motivation to put down the remote?
Here's what's coming up: The Cherry Blossom Festival returns, there's an underground art exhibit, a festival about language, a weekend celebration of International Women's Day, rare hip hop recordings, garden happy hours, and more! We're curated plenty of online options too if you're not quite ready to come out of hibernation.
With 20+ activities for every interest, see what's blooming in DC this month!
Cool and unexpected places for Black history are all around you
There are are some that believe places like the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial are the be-all-end-all of where to go for Black history, but that's not true.
Black history is embedded in DC's DNA in places that are obvious and many others that are not. From Benjamin Banneker Park to Frederick Douglass' first home in DC, here are some sites worth the hike to discover how significant African American contributions have been not only in Washington, D.C., but in the nation.
Looking for some creative, last minute ideas to spice up your date night for Valentine's Day? You're in luck!
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we came up with a few unexpected and totally fun date night ideas. Check out all our unexpected date ideas below!
P.S. These don’t have to be only for Valentine’s Day. You can also use this as a go-to list for excuses for a date night.
Celebrate Black history every day
Historian, scholar, and writer Carter G. Woodson created Negro History Week, the precursor to Black History Month, from his rowhouse in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood in 1926. The home, owned by the National Park Service, is currently closed due to COVID (definitely worth a visit when it reopens) but you can pay a visit to the Carter G. Woodson Memorial located at 9th Street and Rhode Island Avenue, NW, which is a couple of blocks from his house.
We've put together several other ways to celebrate Black History Month this February and beyond. We've got recommendations for deep discussions and black love book clubs, walking tours and cultural breaks, and more.
Look up, down, and all around. Adventures can be found everywhere -- if you're curious enough to look. k for it