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Schedule of Events
Washington DC Cherry Blossom Program Events
Payment Portal for Dues ($175), Princess Fees ($550), Junior Princess Fees ($105 without Sash; $155 with Sash; $45 Additional Guests)
Saturday, April 8,  2023

The Junior Cherry Blossom Princess Program is a cultural program and celebration for young girls ages 5 to 12 years old held each year in Washington, DC during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. 


The 2023 Program will commence with the Sashing event on Saturday April 8, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Capitol Hilton.


 Other events for Jr. Princesses include the Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting, Afternoon Tea/Fashion Show and Grand Ball.  RSVP Required

Sunday, April 9, 2023

Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting Ceremony - Join NCSS and the National Park Service for the traditional lighting of the Japanese Stone Lantern, located amidst the cherry blossom trees (map located here). Lantern is approximately 375 years old and weighs over 4,000 lbs and given as a gift by Japan in 1954.  Musical Prelude starts at 2:30 PM with ceremony beginning at 3 PM until 4:30 PM.

Wednesday, April 12th, 2023

Congressional Reception - An annual event since the 1950s, the Congressional Reception draws numerous members of Congress and foreign diplomats, who escort Cherry Blossom Princesses representing their respective states, territories, or embassies. 

Friday, April 14th, 2023

Join top officials and diplomatic leaders for one of our nation's most beloved spring traditions – the Official NCSS States & Territories Celebration Gala!  


Enjoy fabulous food created by the Capital Hilton's amazing Chef and his team, fresh sushi prepared by the Sushi Chefs of Washington, delicious desserts, and an open bar.  Music and dancing start immediately with a program that includes special guests, the introduction of the 2023 Cherry Blossom Princesses, and the official coronation of the new United States Cherry Blossom Queen featuring the priceless MIKIMOTO Ceremonial Crown.

Time: 6:30 PM to 10 PM

Location: Capital Hilton, 1001 N. 16th St. NW, WDC 20001

Ticket Pricing:

​$250 - adults 16 and over 

$200 - children up to 15 years old

Parking: Capital Hilton - Valet Only $59.00

               1120 Vermont Avenue, LAZ Parking - $10.00

NCSS Celebratory Gala Tickets
Saturday, April 15th 2023

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade - The newly-crowned US Cherry Blossom Queen and her Japanese counterpart make their first public appearance during the National Cherry Blossom Parade presented by Events DC. 

Sakura Matusri Japanese Street Festival  - The Japan-America Society of Washington DC presents the annual Japanese Street Festival, a vibrant afternoon featuring Japanese food, merchandise, arts and culture.

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