As the end of cherry blossom season draws near, National Harbor is paying homage to our Japanese friends with Sakura Sunday.

Have a drink in the sake garden and stay to see classical Japanese dance performances on the main stage. The National Harbor businesses will be competing in a sakura-themed window contest, so make sure to see them all!

Sakura Sunday is an official event of the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Japanese dancers

Event Details

WHEN: Sunday, April 14, 2019 | 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
WHERE: National Harbor | 165 Waterfront Street | National Harbor, MD
PARKING: 3 hourly parking garages

sakura, tasting

What can you see and do at Sakura Sunday?

  • Browse the Japanese Market for housewares, gifts, food, and more.
  • Watch the Japanese cultural demonstrations including music, martial arts, dance, and cosplay.
  • Try some delicious drinks at the sake and beer garden.
  • Get your bliss on in the zen garden.
  • Muse Paint Bar will be hosting cherry blossom-themed painting lessons.
  • Sample delicious food and buy some to have a traditional Japanese picnic.

Who will be performing at Sakura Sunday?

Pianist and composer Ai Yamashita will be performing with the Ai Sakura Band. The crowd will be dazzled by the drums of the Okinawa Cultural Performance troupe, and Kuro Pop is an all-girl cover band from New York that will have you dancing before you know it.

Martial arts demonstrations by the Capital Area Budokai/Kenokai and classical Japanese drum performances by Nen Daiko will be on the main stage as well.

Ai Yamashita

Courtesy of Ai Yamashita

For more information, visit the National Harbor event page for Sakura Sunday. To register for the Muse Paint Bar class on painting cherry blossoms, visit their event page for April 14. The group class is $35 per person.

**All photos in this article are courtesy of National Harbor unless credited otherwise.

Are you heading to National Harbor for this last Cherry Blossom Festival event? What are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments!