A Japanese-inspired event that brings the energy and excitement
surrounding its pop culture experiences to Washington, DC.


A New and enhanced Cherry Blast will transform Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square as a premier 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival event on April 16. Cherry Blast will bring Japanese-inspired flair with experiences that will dazzle and delight residents and visitors alike – while creating lasting impressions of DC’s treasured springtime tradition. Explore some of the exciting Cherry Blast experiences below.

Reserve Parking

If you need parking for Cherry Blast, be sure to plan ahead and book parking for your trip to the Carnegie Library. We have teamed up with Parking Panda, the nationwide leader in online parking reservations, to make parking easy and stress-free. Click here to view real-time availability and pricing and select the best option before your trip or on the go!

Sushi & Sake Workshops

Sample delectable sushi and savory sake selections from top sophisticated chefs and baristas entrenched in the Japanese culinary world. Workshops offered every 30 minutes from 6:30pm to 1:00am. Timeslot sign-up provided in purchase confirmation email.

Cherry Blast Dance Party

Experience an amazing line up of electrifying DJs presented by NYX Entertainment & Events, including NYXLIVE4 and DJ Mario Venechi.

Otakon Cosplay Competition and Dance Party

Come dressed up in your favorite cosplay ensemble and be entered to win fun prizes. Enjoy DJ LJ MTX and DJ Leko presented by NYX Entertainment & Events. You do not have to be dressed in cosplay to enjoy the competition showing and dance party.

Best Buddies Tokyo Street Food Experience

Indulge your taste buds at the Tokyo street food landscape. Clusters of street vendors within this Tokyo street replica will give attendees an opportunity to revel in Japanese inspired food in a sensory filed environment.

Manga Vendors

No Japanese inspired event is complete without manga vendors who will surprise and delight revelers with endless displays of comics and cartoons that span a broad range of genres-from action-adventure, comedy and mystery to the heart- pumping romance, science fiction and horror.

Anime Fashion Show

Get ready to immerse yourself in Japanese-inspired fashion with the anime fashion show that will showcase cutting-edge trends and fashion pieces straight off the runway and the streets of Tokyo.

ESA Gaming and Hyperfest USA Drift Car Competition

In staying true to Japanese culture, cherry blast will an outdoor gaming experience with today's favorite video games for compete in, as well as a drift car showcase presented by Hyperfest/USA Drift that highlights neon lights, jaw-dropping art and eye-popping spoilers. The drift car showcase will also include a competition for enthusiasts to participate and wow cherry blast attendees.

Live Painting & Cherry Blossom Inspired Art Show

Karlisima Rodas-Israel, Jay F. Coleman, David Amoroso, Pedro Garcia, and Luis Del Valle will paint live with their diverse artistic style in large scale unique canvases. Additionally, over 60 local and international artists will display their cherry blossom inspired art.

Get Ready To Immerse yourself in Dc's

$20 6 – 10p

General Admission

Includes: Manga Vendors, Tokyo Street Food Experience, Live Painting & Cherry Blossom Inspired Art Show, Gaming & Drift Car Competition, Anime Fashion Show; Free admission for children under 10!


Sake/Sushi Tasting

Sample sushi and sake selections from top chefs and baristas. 6:30 to 9:30.


Cosplay Dance Party

Come dressed up in your favorite cosplay ensemble. Participants will be entered to win fun prizes.


Japanese Whiskey Tasting

Experience various styles and flavors of Japanese Whiskey.

$25 10 – 2a

Cherry Blast Dance Party

(For ages 21+) Experience live musical performances and an amazing line up of electrifying DJs and bands.


For all of the previous experiences.



Includes the full Events DC Cherry Blast experience and access to the VIP Suite

Elite Sponsors

  • Multimedia Solutions
  • Pepsi

Diamond Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

  • DC Commision
  • Japan Parts
  • Japanese Classics

Media Partners

  • DC Magazine
  • City Paper
  • WP

About Events DC Cherry Blast!

On Saturday, April 16, at 6:00 pm, Events DC presents Cherry Blast! Every spring this vibrant gathering proves a popular combination of Japanese sights, sounds and tastes, and this year, the event creatively spotlights all things related to anime, cosplay and gaming. This April, the fun launches in a new location –in the heart of downtown DC —at the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square.

The Japanese-inspired event brings the energy and excitement surrounding its pop cultural experiences to the Festival. At Carnegie Library, revelers can enjoy a range of activities from manga and gaming to electric drifting competitions. Attendees can also partake in creative cosplay contests and learn about the latest Japanese fashion trends – straight from the runway. And the opportunity to relish in mouth-watering Tokyo street food, sake tastings and sushi workshops are just a few of the experiences available. Just when guests think it can’t get any better, they discover DC’s largest Japanese-inspired dance party, which showcases Asia’s alluring club and techno scenes.

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