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Exploring Arlington's Cherry Blossom Festival: Embrace the Beauty of Spring

Exploring Arlington’s Cherry Blossom Festival: Embrace the Beauty of Spring

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Springtime in Arlington heralds the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, a celebration of nature's splendor and the vibrant spirit of our community. From March 20 to April 14, 2024, the DC region will come alive with the delicate hues of cherry blossoms, offering residents and visitors alike the opportunity to immerse themselves in the beauty of this beloved tradition.

A band playing on stage at the cherry blossom festival.
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Key National Cherry Blossom Festival Events
Mark your calendars for the festival's key events, each offering a unique opportunity to revel in the beauty of spring:

Pink Tie Party: Kick off spring at the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Pink Tie Party on the evening of March 15, 2024. Experience the sights and flavors of global locations as the festival ignites at the historic Union Station in Washington, DC.

Opening Ceremony: Join the Arlington community in welcoming the blooming cherry blossoms with a spectacular opening ceremony on Saturday, March 23, 2024.

Blossom Kite Festival: Take to the skies on Saturday, March 30, 2024, at the exhilarating Kite Festival, where colorful kites dance against the backdrop of cherry blossoms.

PetalPalooza: Celebrate spring on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at PetalPalooza, a joyous day of music, food, and family fun amidst the blossoming cherry trees.

Parade: Conclude the festival in grand style on Saturday, April 13, 2024, with the iconic Cherry Blossom Parade, a dazzling procession of floats, performers, and marching bands.

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Pink in the Park in Arlington
The Art of Pink will serve as the kick-off for Pink in the Park series in National Landing. Creating a temporary mural park at Met Park, four artists will paint several large sculptural walls in Met Park, creating a vibrant installation themed with pink and the Cherry Blossoms. An opening celebration on March 23rd will include art vendors, live art activations, food and music. The murals will stay up the duration of the Pink in the Park series and will be removed on April 14th.

A cemetery with rows of headstones and cherry blossom trees.

Arlington’s Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots
Escape the bustling DC crowds and explore Arlington's picturesque cherry blossom viewing spots:

Cherrydale: Wander along Lee Highway near N Monroe St and immerse yourself in the abundance of cherry trees in the Cherrydale neighborhood.

Quincy Park/Central Library: Enjoy a leisurely picnic amidst cherry blossoms at Quincy Park or explore the scenic grounds of the Central Library.

Welburn Square: Discover the ornamental cherry trees of Welburn Square in Ballston, a serene oasis within walking distance of Quincy Park.

Arlington National Cemetery: Pay tribute to history and nature at Arlington National Cemetery, where majestic cherry blossoms adorn the grounds.

Gravelly Point: Indulge in picnics and plane-watching at Gravelly Point, offering breathtaking views of cherry trees across the river along the Mount Vernon Trail.

Navy Merchant Marine Memorial: Pause at the Navy Merchant Marine Memorial on the Mount Vernon Trail to admire the original cherry trees across the river, accessible by bike.

Celebrate the beauty and wonder of spring at the National Cherry Blossom Festival, related area events, and serene Arlington locales. From captivating art installations to serene cherry blossom viewing spots, there's something for everyone to enjoy during this cherished annual tradition. Embrace the spirit of the season at Westmont Apartments and create unforgettable memories amidst the blooming cherry trees of Arlington.

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