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Bloomaroo at The Wharf

Thanks for attending Bloomaroo at The Wharf presented by Lexus. 

Mark your calendar for next year's free family-friendly celebration of spring and cherry blossoms.

Bloomaroo at The Wharf returns on Saturday, April 6, 2024.

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2023 Festival Schedule

Due to the National Weather Service Advisory for High Winds on Saturday, April 1, Bloomaroo was rescheduled to Sunday, April 2.

🌸 Activities & Fireworks:

2pm-9pm — Grab a drink at our Cherry Blossom Bar on District Pier, picture yourself in a Lexus, and visit the DC Lottery tent to spin the prize wheel to win cash and DC Lottery swag
2pm-6pm — Activities throughout The Wharf include koi kite decorating, a haiku creation station, karaoke stage, balloon artists, a blossom beauty bar, matcha tea and sake sampling, Ikebana demonstration, performance by the taiko drum ensemble Nen Daiko, and so much more
~8:30pm — Blossom Fireworks Finale

🌸 Live Music Schedule:

Dance and sing to some of our favorite bands throughout the day on the District Pier Stage and Transit Pier Blossom Lounge courtesy of Washington Gas, a WGL Company.

Transit Pier Blossom Lounge

2:00-3:30pm — The Experience Band & Show
4:00-4:45pm — Japanese Festival Dancing
4:45-6:15pm — Jimi Smooth & HitTime

District Pier Stage

2:30-4:00pm — Pebble to Pearl
4:30-5:00pm — Nen Daiko Drummers
5:00-6:30pm — Chuck Brown Band
7:00-9:00pm — Royals

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2023 Frequently Asked Questions

What date is the Bloomaroo event?
Bloomaroo was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 1, 2023. However, due to the National Weather Service Advisory for High Winds on Saturday, April 1, Bloomaroo was rescheduled to Sunday, April 2, 2023.

The event timeline remains the same. We look forward to celebrating the cherry blossoms with everyone this Sunday, April 2 from 2pm-9pm, with fireworks at 8:30pm.

Do I need a ticket?
Bloomaroo at The Wharf is FREE to attend; no tickets are needed. Drinks are available for purchase at designated event bars and at all Wharf bars and restaurants. You must be 21+ to consume alcohol.

What activities are there at the event?
Bloomaroo has a full lineup of music, activities and experiences throughout the day. Dance along to live music on the District Pier and Transit Pier stages while sipping on special cherry blossom-themed drinks and cocktails. Enjoy performances by the taiko drumming ensemble Nen Daiko on District Pier. Try matcha tea and sake, make an origami crane, and watch an Ikebana (flower arranging) demonstration in our Taste of Japan area at The Grove. Sing your heart out at our public karaoke stage near Recreation Pier. Explore family-friendly activities including koi kite decorating, balloon artists, and flower vendors in the Kids Zone near The Green. Don't miss the fireworks show at 8:30pm!

What activities will you have for kids and families?
The whole Bloomaroo event is free and family-friendly, however, a majority of the family-focused activities are on the southeastern side of The Wharf. The Kids Crafts zone features koi kite decorating, balloon artists, and flower vendors. The Taste of Japan area features traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, matcha tea sampling, and an Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) demonstration. Nearby, have fun with karaoke and face painting at the Blossom Beauty Bar.

In addition, District Pier and Transit Pier Floating Stage feature family-friendly live music and performances by Japanese cultural groups, including Japanese Festival Dancers and Japanese taiko drumming ensemble Nen Daiko. Don't miss the fireworks show at 8:30pm!

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Is this event pet-friendly?
Pets are allowed in outdoor spaces throughout The Wharf and the festival area. However, we do expect very large crowds during the event, outdoor areas may be hot or cold, and there is a fireworks show at 8:30pm, so please plan ahead for your pet's comfort and safety. The recommended pet relief area is Benjamin Banneker Park near 9th and Maine Ave SW.

Are there any cherry blossom drink specials?
From March 20-April 2, visit participating Wharf restaurants to enjoy their delicious cherry blossom-inspired cocktails and enter for your chance to win a $100 restaurant gift card or the grand prize Wharf hotel stay and dining experience. Participating restaurants include Canopy CentralDel MarThe GrillWhiskey CharlieMoon RabbitBrighton SW1Kirwan's on The Wharf, Hank's Oyster Bar and Cantina Bambina. View their cocktails here.

Will there be live music?
Bloomaroo features two stages with popular bands playing live music all day long. Thanks to Washington Gas, a WGL Company, the Transit Pier Floating Stage will feature The Experience Band & Show and Jimi Smooth & HitTime between 2-6:15pm. The District Pier main stage features back to back performances by Pebble To PearlChuck Brown Band, and Royals from 3-9pm.

Will there be fireworks? What time?
Fireworks will be shot off from a barge in the Washington Channel around 8:30pm.

What is the best way to get to The Wharf?
Plan for lots of vehicular traffic and limited parking on Saturday. Instead of driving, ride the Metro to Waterfront Station and walk one block to The Wharf, or ride Metro to L’Enfant Plaza and connect to The Wharf on the free Southwest Shuttle. Or consider taking Bikeshare or riding with Alto—a new rideshare service. Download the Alto app and use code BLOOMAROO23 for $10 off two Alto rides. Enter the code into the 'Promotions' tab and book your ride to The Wharf!

If you can’t avoid driving, plan to utilize one of the nearby off-site parking garages (view PDF map), including Ace Parking at L’Enfant Plaza (420 10th St SW), L'Enfant East Parking Garage (840 D St SW), or the 1100 4th St SW Garage.

What happens if it rains?
A few sprinkles can’t keep us down. Unless the weather poses a hazard, the event will happen rain or shine.

Where are the public bathrooms at The Wharf?
Public restrooms are located throughout The Wharf at the Fish Market, Transit Pier, 800 Water Street, in the Oculus, and at The Terrace. View the public restrooms on the Event Map.

Can I bring chairs and coolers?
Chairs and coolers are not permitted at The Wharf at any time. Learn more about The Wharf’s Code of Conduct.

Can I drink alcohol outdoors?
In the District of Columbia, it is against the law to consume alcohol in public, including in the streets, parks, and piers at The Wharf. At The Wharf, you may only consume alcohol inside restaurants, within restaurants' licensed patio areas, or within the licensed event footprint on District Pier. No outside alcohol is permitted.

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