Cherry Blossom Festival Begins March 23
The National Cherry Blossom Festival’s opens March 23 at the Warner Theatre and will feature American pop singer Andy Grammer, jazz pianist Chihiro Yamanaka, and violinist Nanae Iwata. Free online registration is required in advance. Taste of Japan returns, after a two-year hiatus, in April at the Carnegie Library. The city’s Japanese restaurants will help celebrate the gift of cherry blossom trees to D.C. from Japan from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is only open to the first 350 people who purchase tickets. Tickets are $100 per person; $150 per person for an exclusive preview hour starting at 6 p.m. Proceeds will go to the festival, a nonprofit. The parade takes place April 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. Grammy award-winning artist Mya and Elliott Yamin of American Idol will be joined by the University of Maryland’s GYMKANA, seen on America’s Got Talent; the Washington Wizards Girls; D.C. Rollergirls; eight marching bands from across the country; the Youth Choir and All-Star Tap Team. Although free along the parade route, prime grandstand seating is available for $20 through Ticketmaster or by calling 800-745-3000.