Washington, D.C.National Cherry Blossom Festival

National Cherry Blossom Festival

A City in Bloom

National Cherry Blossom Festival

March 20 – April 13, 2019

Blossoming cherry trees symbolize the arrival of spring and blanket the area surrounding the Tidal Basin and Jefferson Memorial with vibrant pale pink and white flowers.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual three-week, city-wide event featuring over 200 international cultural performances and more than 90 other special events.

A room with a view

A room with a view

No other hotel in D.C. offers such breathtaking views of the cherry blossoms as Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C., and nothing can compare to waking up to a sea of pink. With the National Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom package, guests can enjoy this incredible backdrop from the comfort of their room. The package includes: guest room or suite with exclusive views of the Tidal Basin, minimum two-night stay, daily USD 50 dining credit for Muze restaurant or in-room dining, cherry tree seed kit, and complimentary valet parking.

Take part in the beauty of

The start of Spring in D.C.

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Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. is the closest hotel to the beautiful display of natural grandeur. The fastest and easiest way to reach the Tidal Basin is to walk from the hotel’s garden along the pedestrian path that runs in front of the hotel. The path will take you over a pedestrian bridge dropping you off on the opposite side of the street, and from there the blossoms are just a crosswalk away.

Cherry Blossom Festival Signature Events

  • Opening ceremony – March 23
  • Blossom Kite Festival on the National Mall - March 30
  • Petalpalooza Festival on the Southwest Waterfront with live music, fireworks, games, and more – April 6
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade – April 13

Cherry blossom season is the most beautiful time of the year to see the memorials on the Tidal Basin.

The Jefferson Memorial is a city landmark where you can learn about the life and contributions of the third US president and writer of the Declaration of Independence. Constructed as a dome, the memorial is supported by a circular colonnade composed of 26 ionic columns, the hotel’s lobby is fashioned after the memorial’s design.

Stroll along the water’s edge to the FDR Memorial and you will find a park-like atmosphere with waterfalls and bronze statues honoring President Roosevelt.

Further along the Tidal Basin is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Read the quotes and honour the contributions of America’s most recognized civil rights leader.

During the Cherry Blossom Festival, over 100 cultural performances and demonstrations are held featuring traditional and contemporary Japanese music, dance, song, and martial arts.

Located just steps away from the hotel is the new District Wharf. The waterfront neighborhood boasts local restaurants and shops, water activities, and entertainment. District Wharf is also a great place to view the beautiful blooms and take part in exciting events.

Petalpalooza Festival will have the Wharf awash in Pink. Experience free cherry blossom-themed fun with live music, art, games, a pop-up roller rink, and s’mores at the outdoor fire pit. Rock out to local bands at three outdoor stages.

Peep the Petals from a Pink Kayak toward East Potomac Park for a new view of the cherry blossoms. The loop is ringed with multiple species of cherry blossom trees and offers amazing options for seeing even more blooms beyond the Tidal Basin.

Events at Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C.

Cherry Blossom Treatment

A seasonal full body ritual inspired by Japanese tradition. The journey commences with the application of a warmed exfoliating cream with Cherry Blossom rice powder. A second exfoliation uses mitts that soften the skin and invigorate the body. A full-body massage follows using melted aromatic shea butter to usher in blissful relaxation. The treatment concludes with a unique foot massage based on reflexology to revive vital energy.
USD 255, Monday - Thursday
USD 275, Friday - Sunday

Cherry Treats

Join us in Muze restaurant and Empress Lounge for special cherry infused dishes and cocktails.

A history of friendship

Every year Washington, D.C. welcomes the arrival of spring with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, a tradition that showcases the beautiful gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the city of Tokyo in 1912, given as a symbol of lasting friendship between the two cities.

Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. boasts cherry trees that were planted during the hotel’s opening by the daughter and granddaughter of Mayor Yukio Ozaki who originally gifted the trees to Washington, D.C. Today guests can enjoy a front-row seat to the beautiful flowering trees without ever leaving the grounds.