National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
10 a.m. to noon
This year’s parade will feature Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek as the grand marshal, along with performances from former “American Idol” finalist Kimberly Locke and other musicians.
Constitution Avenue from Seventh to 17th streets
Free for standing along the parade route; $17 for grandstand seats on Constitution Avenue, which can be purchased at Ticketmaster
11 a.m to 6 p.m.
A Japanese street festival featuring Japanese arts and crafts, food and drink.
Pennsylvania Avenue between 10th and 14th streets, and 12th Street between Pennsylvania & Constitution avenues; Free
The 22nd Annual George Washington Invitational Regatta
Friday: Noon to 5 p.m.; Satuday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The GW men’s and women’s crew teams compete against collegiate programs from across the country. This event is popular every year, especially if the weather is nice, as spectators line the waterfront from start to finish. Races go off about every six minutes, so the excitement rarely wanes.
Potomac River near Washington Harbor and Thompson Boat Center; Free
Prelude to the Fireworks
5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Music and activities leading up to the fireworks.
Waterfront Park, 600 Water St. S.W.
Entry is free, food and beverages for purchase.
National Cherry Blossom Festival
8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
One of the main events of the Festival is the fireworks show.
Southwest Waterfront, 7th Street & Maine Avenue, S.W.; Free
Blossom bloom dates:
Mach 28-April 11; Peak dates: April 1-4