The 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival®


Fairfax County Joins the National Cherry Blossom Festival®

Go Beyond the Basin with a Self-Guided Garden Tour 
March 20 thru April 13, 2014

The National Cherry Blossom Festival returns March 20 to April 13, 2014 with nearly four glorious weeks to celebrate the gift of the Tidal Basin Cherry Trees to the United States from Japan in 1912.

What better time to experience nature's beauty than during the Festival! Just minutes from DC, Fairfax County is the place to stroll and enjoy several splendid gardens, which welcome National Cherry Blossom Festival visitors with a special gift (check in at each location's main information desk).



Between March 20th and April 13th, the visitors of the National Cherry Blossom Festival are invited to plan a self-guided tour of the area's splendid gardens. In addition to the District's iconic Tidal Basin and the U.S. National Arboretum, plan stops at the following not-to-miss sites in Fairfax County! (Be sure to call for the hours and directions!) 


River Farm

River FarmA historic 25-acre site on the banks of the Potomac River, River Farm was once part of George Washington's original five farms, and currently the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society. The grounds offer spectacular river views, a wildlife garden and delightful children's areas, including the Fairy Tale and Hummingbird gardens. More information>

703-768-5700 - Free Admission


Green Spring Gardens

Green Spring GardensThere's something here for everyone: a wooded stream, valley with ponds, a native plant garden, over 20 thematic demonstration gardens, and a greenhouse filled with tropicals. It's an outdoor classroom, a museum and a national historic site. More information>

703-642-5173 - Free Admission


Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

More than 100 cherry trees surrounding a lovely lake, an extensive shade garden, native wildflowers, gazebos, birds, butterflies, seasonal blooms and foliage. More information>

703-255-3631 - Small Entrance Fee




Tysons Corner Center 
Second Level on Nordstrom Wing
1961 Chain  Bridge Rd.
McLean, VA 22101
More information> 

The official Fairfax County Capital Region Visitor Center in Tysons Corner Center (on 2nd level outside Nordstrom) is "Festival Central" in Fairfax County. The public is invited to stop in for free gifts, Festival schedules and information on activities throughout the region. The visitor center will also host a special event on April 5th from 12pm - 2pm with craft demonstrations and more!

The Visitor Center is also participating again this year in the Petal Pass Program. The limited edition keepsake Petal Pass is your ticket for exclusive deals throughout the Festival, and a great way to explore the region during the nation's greatest springtime celebration! Passes are available for free at neighborhood Capital One Bank® branches throughout the region beginning March 17, 2014. Show the pass at the Center and receive a lovely free gift!


4603 Green Spring Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22312
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Children's Cherry Blossom Celebration

Saturday, April 5
1:00-3:00pm * $10/person

Celebrate spring and the gift of cherry trees at Green Spring Gardens. Learn about the cherry tree history and the fascination that brings so many visitors to Washington every year. This open house format includes origami, crafts, and cherry tree 'hunt'. No reservations required.

Japanism in Fashion

Sunday, April 6
1:00-3:00pm * $29
Reservations Required.

Cherry blossoms bring to mind another gift from Japan: the influence of Japanese aesthetics on Western fashion. View gorgeous avant-garde designs that combined Japanese motifs with 19th-and 20th-century Western silhouettes. Discover elements of the kimono in tea gowns and opera coats and hear about Japanese designers who are redefining fashion worldwide today.

Tasting Party: Umami Means 'Delicious'

Saturday, April 12
10:00am-noon * $30/person

Sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami. Celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival with the fifth taste that's fundamental to Japanese cuisine. Explore the  savory taste of umami, its history, health benefits, and the taste research science behind it. Sample umami-rich foods and learn how to use its attributes to enhance your cooking.


Tysons Corner Center
First level, near Macy's wing
1961 Chain Bridge Rd.
McLean, VA 22101
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Blossoming Paper - March 20th through April 13th
March 20 through April 13
Macy's Court

Tysons Corner Center is proud to be a new addition to the National Cherry Blossom Festival in 2014. From March 20th through April 13th, Tysons Corner Center will feature an explosion of culture dedicated to traditional Japanese art forms and honoring the celebration of the beauty and culture that is the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Located in Macy's Court, Cherry Blossoms will come alive and surround the spectacular works of art by Voyo Woo in her paper cutting exhibit entitled ‘Blossoming Paper'. Tysons Corner Center will be in bloom as we create new traditions in tandem with a century-old, cultural staple in the Washington, D.C. area.


Cherry Blossom Web Cam

Click the image below to visit the live web cam of the Tidal Basin, Washington, DC's most famous cherry blossom-viewing spot!




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