Sakura Taiko Fest 2022 and The Blossom Kite Festival is Saturday!

photo raymond fudge

“March 26 @ 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

After a two-year COVID hiatus, the Sakura Taiko Fest is back! Join us in DC on March 26, 2022 for a full day of awesome drumming! We’ll have performances by Kyo Daiko, River City Taiko, Nen Daiko and Dounen Daiko, Miyako Taiko, MHTX, and students in the Mark H Taiko School so this is sure to be a spring event you do NOT want to miss!

The Sakura Taiko Fest has grown from a small concert first held in a dance studio to a full day of free, family-friendly taiko performances in downtown DC. Each year, we welcome a number of East Coast taiko groups and feature a variety of different taiko styles as a celebration of Japanese-American cultural and artistic traditions.

12:00pm: Welcome and opening!
12:10pm: Mark H Taiko Intermediate Styles Class
12:20pm: Mark H Taiko Recreational Taiko Class
12:30pm: Audience Participation!
1:00pm: River City Taiko
1:45: Miyako Taiko
2:30pm: Kyo Daiko
3:15pm: Nen Daiko & Dounen Daiko
4:00pm: Audience Participation!
4:15pm: MHTX
4:45pm: Mixed ensemble finale – Shin-En”

Photo by Brett Weinstein

“On Saturday, March 26 at 10 a.m. ET National Cherry Blossom Festival will kick off kite-flying season with the Blossom Kite Festival on the grounds of the Washington Monument, for the first time since 2019. This year marks the 55th anniversary of the beloved springtime kite-flying tradition, and the iconic outdoor event is fun, free and open to the public.


The 2022 Blossom Kite Festival will include:

Kite competitions and demonstrations, including a stunt kite performance by 180GO!

Family Field featuring a youth kite makers competition, Bol races, and a musical performance by Guava Jelly

Kite making activities, large yard games, springtime crafting, and fun educational activities


Saturday, March 26, 2022
10:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET


Constitution Avenue and 17th Street NW

Please note that Metro train travel is strongly recommended for Saturday, March 26 due to road closures for citywide events.


For the health and safety of all participants, the Festival encourages eligible attendees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, in alignment with CDC recommendations. In adherence to the latest National Park Service guidelines, masking will not be required for Blossom Kite Festival due to low community transmission of COVID-19 in the District of Columbia. Attendees are encouraged to wear masks according to their personal level of comfort, and handwashing stations and hand sanitizer will be available onsite.”

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