Weekend Outlook – Take a walking tour of the cherry blossoms

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Head to the Washington National Cathedral for cherry blossom sightseeing.

You may have missed cherry blossom season when the pandemic hit last year, but you can make up for the lost time this weekend.

Join a walking tour in Cleveland Park to admire the cherry blossoms on Friday, watch performances by Japanese artists on Saturday, then round out the weekend by stopping at Georgetown for afternoon tea at a cherry blossom pop-up lounge.

Friday 

Cleveland Park Cherry Blossom Walking Tour

If you’re looking for a gorgeously scenic but not too crowded spot to walk among the District’s cherry blossom trees, take a guided tour through the charming residential area of Cleveland Park, where the Washington National Cathedral is located. The tour will stop at several sites, like Bishop’s Garden, for walkers to admire the abundant flowers.

Meet outside the Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Daily, 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. $35. Find more information here.

Saturday 

Sakura Matsuri – Virtual Community Gathering

Tune in to the first installment of the “Sakura Matsuri – Year in Bloom” virtual event series this weekend featuring performances by Japanese groups ranging from taiko drumming to classic martial arts. Participants can peruse Japanese crafts, purchase items and learn more about Japanese culture through virtual expo booths. Attendees also have the opportunity to engage with performers, vendors and other guests through the event chat. 

Online. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Find more information here.

Sunday 

Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea Pop-Up Lounge

Celebrate cherry blossom season by heading over to Fairmont Washington Hotel in Georgetown for afternoon tea in a private “Cherry Blossom Pop-Up Lounge.” The lounge’s menu includes savory sandwiches like smoked salmon roulade, sweet treats like a “Rose Petal Scone” and loose-leaf teas. Space is limited, so reserve a two-hour time slot and ensure you adhere to social distancing rules when you attend.

Fairmont Washington Hotel, 2401 M St. NW. Select times available. $53 per person. Find more information here.

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