NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE SOCIETIES

Schedule of Events

Washington DC Cherry Blossom Events
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Saturday, April 2, 2022

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 2022 Program will commence with the Sashing event on April 2, 2022 at 2:00 PM. Other events for Jr. Princesses include the Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting, Afternoon Tea/Fashion Show and Grand Ball.  RSVP Required

Wednesday, April 6th, 2022

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. Held at Google from 6:30-8:30pm on Capitol Hill.  Congressional staff, Hill journalists, international diplomats, and other VIP guests mix and mingle while discussing major issues of the day. This year’s Honorary Co-Chairs for the program are TBD

Sunday, April 3, 2022

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.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Afternoon Tea and Fashion Show -Join us for a traditional Afternoon Tea and watch as the Cherry Blossom Princesses exhibit beautiful Kimonos and fashions from Lily Pulitzer at the beautiful Ritz Carlton - Washington.  This event will be held at the  starting at 2:30 and running until 4:30.  Tickets are available through sending a request above.  Prices are $105/adult and $55/Child through March 27th after which tickets are $120/$70.  Special meal requests are available at time of purchase.

Friday, April 8th, 2022

NCSS Cherry Blossom Grand Ball - The NCSS Cherry Blossom Grand Ball is the signature event where we celebrate the 2021 Cherry Blossom Queen and crown the 2022 US Cherry Blossom Queen. Join us in celebrating this monumental event.  The Grand Ball will be held at the Capital Hilton  starting at 6:30 PM.  Tickets are available through sending a request above.  Prices are $185/adult and $80/Child through March 27th after which tickets are $200/$95.  Ticket price includes a wonderful Sushi Reception before dinner.  Special meal requests are available at time of purchase. 

Saturday, April 9th 2022

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  - (Also Sunday April 10th)  The Japan-America Society of Washington DC presents the annual Japanese Street Festival, a vibrant afternoon featuring Japanese food, merchandise, arts and culture.