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2016 Cherry Blossom Festival Activities

In the DC area, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is celebrated in the spring! For one exciting week during the 4-week National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Cherry Blossom Princesses and Junior Princesses attend several private and public events. Please see the schedule of public events listed below. Some events are free and some require tickets. The last day to purchase tickets is Friday, April 8th, if the event is not sold-out before the deadline. The links to purchase tickets are included with each public event requiring tickets.

Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting Ceremony
Sunday, April 10th (Seating opens at 2:30 PM; program starts at 3:00 PM)
Japanese Rock Garden at the Tidal Basin - Independence Avenue and 17th St SW, Washington, DC

The ceremony takes place at the newly dedicated Japanese Rock Garden and is put on by the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS), in conjunction with the National Park Service National Capital Region. Please join us for an exciting program, which includes traditional music by the Toho Koto Society of Washington, DC and songs by the Washington Japanese Choral Society.
Cost: Free

Celebration of States and Territories
Monday, April 11th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
The Army and Navy Club - 901 17th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20006

The Celebration of States and Territories is presented by the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS). Enjoy an exciting evening featuring food and drink from around the country.
Cost: $40 per person. Please note that a nominal service fee will be applied to all tickets at the time of purchase.
Attire: Gentlemen are required to wear a coat and tie. Ladies attire should be of a comparable degree of formality.

Link for Tickets: http://bit.ly/ncsscelebration2016


Grand Ball and Sushi Reception
Friday, April 15th from 6:30 PM to 12 AM
Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel - 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202
The Official Cherry Blossom Grand Ball and Sushi Reception presented by the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS). Enjoy a fabulous cocktail and sushi reception prior to dinner, a plated multi-course meal with dessert, an exciting program that includes many special guests along with the introduction of the 2016 Cherry Blossom Princesses and the official coronation of the new United States Cherry Blossom Queen, a silent auction, and dancing to the sounds of a live band and DJ. This is an event not to be missed!

Cost: $75 (Youth Ticket for Ages 12 and Under) / $150 (Pearl Level Ticket) / $200 (Gold Level Ticket). Tables are also available for purchase. Please note that a nominal service fee will be applied to all tickets at the time of purchase.

Attire: Black Tie Optional

Link for Tickets: http://bit.ly/ncssball2016



National Cherry Blossom Parade
Saturday, April 16th from 10:00 AM to NOON
Constitution Avenue (Between 7th and 17th Street NW) Washington, DC
The energy-filled National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade runs for 10 blocks along iconic Constitution Avenue. Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers, and performers burst down the Parade route in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the Festival. The beautiful Cherry Blossom princesses will be part of the parade.

Cost: Free (except for Grandstand seating) Tickets for Grandstand seating can be purchased with prices starting at $20

Link for more information and purchasing Grandstand Tickets: http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/parade2016/

Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival

Saturday, April 16th from 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Capitol Riverfront (M Street and New Jersey Ave, SE)
The Sakura Matsuri-Japanese Street Festival is the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the U.S.

Cost: $8 if purchased by 4/8, $10 thereafter and at the gate, children 12 and under are Free
Link for more information and purchasing Tickets: 

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