Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossom Season in DC. And at Dulles.

It’s cherry blossom season in many parts of the country right now. And in Washington, DC the National Cherry Blossom Festival is in full swing.

Festival events are scheduled through mid-April. But the National Park Service declared Thursday, March 23 as the day that the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin reached peak bloom.

Travelers heading to or from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) will also be able to celebrate cherry blossom season. As per tradition, the Dulles terminal is lit in pink.

And you can tell the IAD team is pretty darn excited about the display this year.

Travel news from airports here and there

Tuesday already?

Stuck at the Airport is still doing some catch-up up on news, snaps, and travel tidbits airports shared on Monday.

Like the pink cherry blossom lighting at Reagan National Airport (DCA).

The links to short films courtesy of the SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

The Women’s History Month factoid about Willa Brown – who was the first Black woman to earn both a pilot license (1938) and a commercial license (1939), courtesy of Long Beach Airport (LGB).

And the announcement from Tampa International Airport (TPA) about TPA To Go – a new food delivery service in the airport.

Washington, DC-area airports celebrate Cherry Blossom Festival

(Washington Dulles International Airport, photo by J. David Buerk)

The month-long National Cherry Blossom Festival is underway in the Washington, D.C. area and even the airports are getting into the spirit with cherry trees in bloom and buildings lit in pink at night.

Pink lighting is illuminating the iconic main terminal of Washington Dulles International Airport and the parking garage stairwells at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Inside the airports, there are cherry blossom-themed promotions and entertainment scheduled through April 16.

There will be Cherry Blossom stilt walkers strolling through airport halls pre-and post-security from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays (March 24, March 31, April 7 and April 14).

Photo courtesy Sidney Woods

Entertainment on tap includes souvenir photos, paint sessions with a Japanese Sumi-E artist (black ink painting) and performances by Cellist Peter Kibbe at Dulles International on Thursday, April 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and at Reagan National on Friday, April 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Several restaurants will be offering pink-themed menu selections and drinks through April 17 and shoppers who spend more than $100 (pre-tax) on food or retail can turn those receipts in for a free National Cherry Blossom coaster set.

Social media followers of the airport Facebook pages can also win free ticket to official Cherry Blossom Festival events. Details here.




Cherry Blossom Festival at Washington’s Airports

From now through April 14, Washington’s airports are having a Cherry Blossom Festival with everything from cherry blossom-themed cocktails and food to pink-lighted displays.


Reagan National Airport has pink lighting shining through the glass block walls in the stairwells in the parking garages and banners in front of all of the terminals.

At both Reagan and Dulles International airport, food and retail specials include cherry blossom shirts, handbags, and other apparel; cherry blossom pink martinis and other cherry blossom themed beverages, donuts with cherry blossom pink frosting, custom cherry blossom nail designs and more.