Washingtonian.com’s Cherry Blossom Festival 2012 highlights 19 National Cherry Blossom Festival must-dos. This year marks the festival’s centennial celebration, and festivities will be held from March 20 – April 27, 2012. There are over 150 events planned for this year’s festivities and some of our favorites are:
The sixth annual Pink Tie Party fundraiser at the Renaissance Mayflower on March 20 from 7 to 11 PM. This year’s kickoff to the Centennial Celebration will be hosted by renowned chefs José Andrés and Roy Yamaguchi. Tickets ($200) can be purchased here.
The second annual Blossom Kite Festival. The festival includes numerous demonstrations and competitions, such as the Hot Tricks Showdown (master kite flyers have 30 seconds to show off what their kite can do), a kite-making competition (broken down into three age categories), and the Rokkaku Battle, where flyers battle it out to be the last kite in the air. The fun starts at 10:30 AM on March 31, and is free to all. If it rains, expect the festival to be pushed back to April 1.