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Cherry blossoms’ peak bloom expected around March 15

Blossoms in Washington, D.C. The Yoshino Cherry trees

Blossoms in Washington, D.C. The Yoshino Cherry trees usually remain from four to 10 days from the earliest bloomers. Photo Credit: AP / Jacquelyn Martin

The National Cherry Blossom Festival will be in full bloom from March 15 through April 16, and it’s always one of the sweetest annual events in Washington, D.C.

Peak bloom is expected to occur between March 14 and 17, according to the U.S. National Park Service, though the blossoms can remain up to 10 days. But there are many other joys to be had for visitors, including the Blossom Kite Festival on April 1, a parade on April 8 and the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival on April 15. For more information, go to nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

Beyond the blossoms, other festivals are set to spring up in Washington, such as Passport DC, a celebration of international culture that includes the Around the World Embassy Tour (May 6), in which 40 embassies will open their doors to guests, and the Embassy Chef Challenge (May 24).

Other events include the 20-mile DC Bike Ride on May 14; a JFK Centennial Celebration at the Kennedy Center through May 29; and the DC Jazz Festival from June 9 to 18 (go to dcjazzfest.org for the full schedule and ticket info).

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