WASHINGTON — Nothing draws swarms of people to the District quite like cherry blossom season, but one weekend in particular might see some extra crowds.
The 2020 projected peak date for the trees is Saturday, March 21 through March 24. The blossoms have already started their blooming stages, with some trees seeing the first signs of life across the DMV.
According to analysts and officials with the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, the March 21 weekend is the time period where roughly 70% of the trees will be in blossom. The trees can hold their gorgeous pink luster for up to 10 days, with some lasting even longer.
The trees have started blooming earlier than last year. Green bud stage, the first of six stages of the trees, happened on Feb.28, six days earlier than in 2019. A day before the bloom announcement on March 3, the buds reached the second stage of bloom: visible florets. That's a stage that the trees didn't reach until March 17 last year!
The annual Cherry Blossom Festival will have a slew of events beyond just experiencing the trees, with everything from Sakura Matsuri Japanese street festival, a parade, and even Petalpalooza, which will feature live music and art vendors.
For the full roster of events, as well as parking and other accommodations, click here
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