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Springtime in America's Capital
By QB Social Butterfly
Spring is around the corner and the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. is one of the best ways to celebrate it. The festival is made up of fantastic springtime events that stretch from March 20 to April 27. Each year, it is planned to coincide with the flowering of the famous trees, and many events are free. (Give it up for Japanese folklore!) Listed below are some of the best ones to attend.
March 24, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Symposium: The Japanese Influence on American Craft
Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium. Admission is free.
March 31, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Blossom Kite Festival
Washington Monument grounds. Admission is free. Registration required to participate in kite flying contests.
March 31, 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m.
Grosvenor Auditorium at National Geographic. $5 per film.
April 6, times vary
Film Series: Japanese Divas
East Building Auditorium. Admission is free.
*this event will occur every Friday and Saturday through May 5
April 11, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Japanese Way of Tea
Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan. Admission is free.
April 13, 6 – 11 p.m.
Spy at Night
International Spy Museum. Admission pertains to exhibit entry costs.
April 21, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Green Spring Gardens. Admission is $15.
There are many more events during the festival, all of which you can explore here.