About the Festival

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About the Festival

The Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival is the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the United States and is proud to be the grand finale of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.  Performers and vendors travel from all over the country and the world to Washington, DC to share their love of Japanese culture and traditions with the Festival attendees.

The Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival is excited to return to the Capitol Riverfront Neighborhood in 2017 - anchored at the corner of M Street and New Jersey Avenue, SE.

How to Get to the Matsuri

icon  METRO:  The Sakura Matsuri is just across M Street, SE from the Department of Transportation exit of the Navy Yard-Ballpark Metro station - just follow the blossoms from the platform!  If you're coming from the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, we're only 3 stops down the Green Line from the Archives-Navy Memorial stop at 7th and Pennsylvania Avenue.
icon  Capital Bikeshare: There is a bike dock right next to the Sakura Matsuri at 1st & N Street SE, and several others in the neighborhood.  Ride on down from almost anywhere in DC!
icon  Car Parking: There is also plenty of parking in the area, and you can even reserve it!  Click here to reserve a spot at a Colonial Parking lot nearby!
icon  DC Circulator Bus:  This $1 bus runs every 10 minutes from Union Station to the Navy Yard-Ballpark Metro Station!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
We get a lot of unique questions, and we've gathered them all here in our FAQ to help you out!  If you don't see your question answered there, please call or e-mail us!

EntrancesWe'll have 2 entrances to the Sakura Matsuri at the following locations.  Purchasing a ticket at the gate is $10 for adults, free for children 12 and under and is cash only the day of the Matsuri.  ATMs will be located at all entrances.

icon  New Jersey Avenue and M Street, SE
icon  First Street and N Street, SE

GettotheFunFastBoth the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and Sakura Matsuri are on April 8, so Metro ridership will be heavy. Metro fare lines can be long, so try to buy your Metro SmarTrip fare ahead of time. If you purchase your fare Saturday morning, you should buy a round-trip ticket to avoid a second wait at the machines in the afternoon.

Sakura Matsuri tickets can be bought in advance online and at the gate on the day-of for $10 with children 12 and under always free. Ticket sales on the day of the festival are cash only. There will be special entrance lanes for pre-paid ticket holders, so we encourage you to get your Sakura Matsuri tickets on-line before you come, though we will have ATMs stationed at each entrance.