Get those cameras ready 📸 - the flower blooms are coming!
Most years, thousands of visitors flock to the Washington, DC region between March and April to capture the 3,000- plus Cherry Blossom trees blooming along the Tidal Basin with the scenic backdrop of the National Monuments. The magnificent display of colorful trees signals that Spring has finally arrived...it is also typically one of the busiest times in D.C.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival which runs from March 20 - April 11, 2021 honors American and Japanese cultures. This year's festival is prioritizing the health and safety of participants. The program will contain both virtual and in-person events for everyone to enjoy.
If you're planning to visit, Prince William, VA is just a short drive from DC and the perfect place to stay. Home to historic sites & battlefields, Marine Corps Base Quantico, over 36 square miles of parks and greenspace, as well as Instagram-worthy Flower Festivals.
Pick fresh Tulips from the millions of bulbs planted during The Festival of Spring or enjoy the largest collection of Virginia Bluebells in the area at The Bluebell Festival.
Hurry up, reserve your affordable hotel and celebrate SPRING in Northern Virginia, USA!
1) Experience DC's Cherry Blossoms
National Cherry Blossom Festival
March 20 - April 11, 2021
(Peak Bloom: April 2 - 5, 2021)
The Capital Tidal Basin
Washington. D.C. 20003
(Pictured: The Tidal Basin in Washington DC)
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual festival that celebrates the gift of the cherry blossom trees and their symbol of enduring friendship between the citizens of Japan and the United States.
Schedule of popular 2021 events:
Virtual Opening Ceremony: March 20
Art in Bloom: March 20
Blossom Kite Fly: March 15, 27 and 28
Virtual Pink Tie Party: March 27
Virtual Celebration Show: April 9
Petal Porch Parade: April 10 and 11
**Additional details regarding the Festival's activities and tour schedules can be found on the event website. **
When staying in Prince William, VA, you can easily access the Cherry Blossom Festival via:
Virginia Railway Express (VRE) - take either the Manassas Line or the Fredericksburg Line to Union Station in Washington, DC.
* Parking Tip: Use a parking app like Parking Panda or ParkWhiz to reserve your parking space in DC
SAVE WITH AFFORDABLE DC AREA HOTELS!
2) Pick your own tulips and daffodils
The Festival of Spring
Mid-April 2021 (exact dates are weather dependent)
(Peak Bloom - TBD)
11008 Kettle Run Road
Nokesville, VA 20181
(Pictured: Burnside Farms)
Burnside Farms, located in Nokesville, VA plants more than 2.5 million tulips and daffodils for one of the most spectacular pick-your-own flowers event in North America. The Festival of Spring typically begins mid-April. Exact timing is challenging to predict due to spring weather patterns. Please check Burnside Farm's Facebook page prior to visiting to verify field status and admission times.
Festival of Spring
Burnside Farms is a family-friendly farm with plenty of shaded areas and picnic tables. So, stop by one of the many restaurants at Virginia Gateway, get your food to go, and enjoy it while marveling at thousands of tulips and daffodils.
3) Enjoy Virginia Bluebells
Bluebell Fields in Bloom at Merrimac Farm
April 9-11, 2021
15020 Deepwood Lane
Nokesville, VA 20181
Celebrate nature with a visit to one of the largest patches of Virginia Bluebells in the area. Merrimac Farm is a protected farm located on 302 acres in Nokesville, VA. Join the Merrimac Farm team on April 9th, 10th, and 11th to welcome spring, celebrate nature, and view the fabulous Virginia Bluebells that carpet the Cedar Run shoreline for nearly a mile. Their staff will be offering info on self-guided tours, handing out bingo card games for the kids, and available to answer any questions you might have about the farm and their beautiful Bluebells.