The long-awaited peak bloom is here and to celebrate, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite cherry blossom-related activities in the District this season. **As of publication, all deals are live and tickets to events are still available.
Washington’s premiere technology-driven art museum has just debuted a seasonal exhibit inspired by the District’s annual cherry blossom display. “In Peak Bloom” features digital art installations inspired by the flower’s physical form as well as what they symbolize. The exhibit also highlights five pieces by women artists and woman-led art collectives who interpret the cherry blossoms’ beauty and short lifespan through a variety of interactive media. Exhibit is open now until May 27.
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Ave SW
Sherry Blossom Festival
Estadio is continuing its tradition of spotlighting the Spanish fortified wine during the District’s Cherry Blossom Festival. In its fourth year, the programming features several sherry-centric events and a custom tasting menu crafted by Chef Rufino Bautista with sherry pairings to complement dishes like Rhode Island Calamari a la Plancha and Seared Wagyu Bocadillo. The special offering includes a welcome sherry cocktail (try the Sherry Asada; $12), three savory courses paired with sherry and naturally, an unforgettable Moscatel sherry float to top off the meal. The whirlwind experience is a journey into the world of the traditional aged wine, which is produced in the Jerez Region of Spain. While you sample dry sherry styles ranging in age – manzanilla, amontillado, and oloroso – be sure to ask your server about the drink’s fascinating production methods and long history.The menu will be available through April 14 and for $60 a person, it’s a steal. Estadio’s general manager Jennifer Lucy calls it her team’s “hard sell” on the sometimes misunderstood fortified wine. – Catherine Trifiletti
Estadio, 520 14th Street NW
The Observation Deck at CEB Tower
Celebrate the beautiful springtime blossoms with festive drinks and sweeping city views from 400 feet up. The Observation Deck in Arlington is offering three specialty cocktails to honor the season and its unique aerial vantage of the trees– the Cherry Blossom After Dark, the Blossom View and the Sakura Spritzer will be available until April 14.
1201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 31 and 32 floors
Cherry Blossom PUB
Drink Company’s third annual Cherry Blossom Pop-Up Bar (PUB) is open and ready for business. The bar, with a room featuring a giant ramen noodle sculpture and another decorated with peonies, roses and cherry blossoms, serves specialty cocktails honoring Japanese culture. Stop by to try the “Honeydew, Honey See,” which incorporates the flavors of traditional Japanese sake, or the “Way of Tea” made with green tea syrup. Open now until April 21.
1843 7th St NW
The blossom boss, included with one of the luxury hotel’s packages, is an on-site “cherry blossom concierge” who scouts out and recommends the best spots to view the cherry blossoms’ blooms. This package also includes 20 percent off suite-level accommodations, two Pop of Pink cherry blossom cocktails from the in-hotel Quill bar and an in-room, welcome cherry blossom dessert.
The Jefferson, 1200 16th St NW
DBGB Kitchen and Bar
Join famed chef Daniel Boulud and DBGB’s Executive Chef Nicholas Tang for a celebratory spring feast on April 5 in honor of the cherry blossoms. The four-course, prix-fixe menu includes soft-shell crab grenobloise, canard montmorency and spring rhubarb mille-feuille, along with a paired wine pour for each course. Tickets are $148 per person and can be purchased here.
DGBG DC, 931 H St NW
Join Kingbird at the Watergate Hotel for Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea featuring a selection of teas, sandwiches and desserts for $55 per person. The desserts available during the tea include the pain de Gênes served with chocolate crémeux, the Brady Chocolate Truffle, homemade scones and signature cherry blossom macarons. Guests can add a glass of pink, bubbly Veuve Clicquot Champagne rosé for an extra $20. Now through April 14, reservations required.
2650 Virginia Ave. NW; call (833) 304-4830