Petalpalooza, formerly known as the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival, is one of the highlights of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This family-friendly event presented by Chase takes place in the Capitol Riverfront, one of Washington D.C.’s expanding neighborhoods south of the U.S. Capitol between Capitol Hill and the Anacostia River.
People of all ages can celebrate spring along the banks of the river with events like live music on several outdoor stages, a beer garden, family-friendly activities, interactive art installations, and a fireworks show.
Although it's just a small part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which runs from March 20 to April 12, 2020, Petalpalooza is certainly a spectacle, with great waterfront views.
Date, Times, Locations, and Transportation
In 2020, the Petalpalooza event falls on April 11 with entertainment going from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. The day of fun ends with a display of fireworks by Pyrotecnico at 8:30 p.m.
Petalpalooza takes place at the Yards Park at 355 Water Street Southeast in Washington, D.C. Attendees are encouraged to take public transportation. The closest Metro stop is Navy Yard-Ballpark (use the green line). There are also Capital Bikeshare stations located nearby and around the city; the service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For tips on getting to the other festival events, check out these Cherry Blossom Festival transportation resources.
Other Cherry Blossom Festival Events
When the cherry blossoms begin to bloom in the nation's capital around late March, fundraising events and special occasions are already in full swing.
On March 20, 2020, the fun kicks off with the Pink Tie Party presented by All Nippon Airways, a fundraiser benefiting the festival that offers guests samplings of D.C. cuisine, an open bar, and live entertainment while mingling with over 800 local influencers and trendsetters. This event is held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
The official opening ceremony for the 2020 National Cherry Blossom happens on March 21, when world-renowned Japanese and American artists play traditional and contemporary performances at the historic Warner Theatre. Enjoy the ceremony that's co-presented by The Japan Foundation; tickets are required and free, other than a $5 processing fee.
Held at Washington Monument National Monument on March 28, 2020, the Blossom Kite Festival is free and presented by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. This fun event shows off the innovation of kite makers and kite-flying abilities of people from the U.S. and around the world through competitions, demonstrations, and more.
Other events occur throughout the rest of March and the first half of April. Be sure to stop by some of the Japanese heritage exhibits and festivals throughout the month if you're visiting Washington, D.C.