Comment from Washington DC Expert:Vera
There is an Opening Ceremony on the first day- which is impressive- but for locals there is one event that truly kicks off the festival, and that is the Kite Festival. On the grounds of the Washington Monument, dozens of people come out to fly kites, show off stunts and tricks, and compete for prizes. It’s fun for the kids, and will make you feel like a kid even if you don’t bring any along.
But here’s your real insider tip: Though it is a two-week festival, the best time to plan to see the blossoms at peak bloom is usually between March 31st and April 4th. I can’t promise anything, but as a local I’m telling you this is what I’ve seen, so I hope it helps! Oh and by the way, nothing is more peaceful, calm, and romantic than a moonlit walk under the blossoms...
Reply by Washington DC Expert:Vera, USA, October 2011
I'm just begining research for a family vacation to Washington DC. Planning the best time to go is my first question. I think you may have answered it for me with your insight to the Cherry Blossom Festival. We live in Southern Calif. so we are use to good weather. The weather in DC is a concern of mine and I don't want to tramatize my family with an extream weather change especially since my 3 yr old grand daughter will be with us. It looks like this time next year will be a good time for us to go. Planning this special trip will take much more research but I think I have a good start with your comments. Thank you.