(1) What is Sakura Matsuri?

The Sakura Matsuri-Japanese Street Festival is the largest celebration of Japanese culture in the United States. The Matsuri boasts four stages of performances (including J-pop, traditional Japanese music and martial arts), alongside hundreds of cultural exhibitors and vendors with Japanese products and food!

(2) When/Where is Sakura Matsuri?

Location: Pennsylvania & Constitution Aves. 3rd-7th St NW, Washington, D.C. Our Entrances are located at:

  • 7th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
  • Between 6th and 7th Streets on Constitution Avenue, NW
  • at John Marshall Park, next to the Canadian Embassy

Date & Time:

  • Saturday, April 13, 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, April 14, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

(3) Can I bring my own food/water into the Matsuri?

Yes, you can, however no outside alcohol can be brought to the Matsuri. If you have dietary requirements, download our Guidebook App to search the menus of the food vendors to see what options they have for you.

(4) What happens if it rains?

The Sakura Matsuri takes place rain or shine so dress for the weather and come on down!

(5) How much do tickets cost?

Visit our ticket sales page for pricing – tickets range from $15 – $20 for a one-day ticket.  Children 12 and under always free. Purchase tickets here.

(6) Can I use my credit/debit card?

Most booths at the Matsuri will accept credit cards. In our Guidebook app, each food vendor listing states whether they take credit cards or not . All sales stations managed by the Sakura Matsuri do also – such as Beer Gardens, Sake Tasting Pavilion, and Matsuri Markets.

(7) Are there ATMs?

We will not have ATMs at either the entrance to or within the Sakura Matsuri so please bring any cash you want with you.

(8) Can I come back in if I leave?

Yes – get a hand-stamp when you enter and that will serve as your return ticket, or you can go to one of our 3 paid entrances when you exit and get your hand stamped then.

(9) Can I bring my dog?

Yes − but they will need to be on a leash. If your dog displays any aggressive behavior, we may ask you to leave the Matsuri.

(10) Where can I find the event map?

You can access the event map here.

(11) What are the COVID-19 policies for Sakura Matsuri?

The Matsuri will strictly adhere to DC Government public health guidance related to outdoor public events. Please refrain from attending if you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms. The Matsuri team continues to closely monitor the situation and will update guidance as warranted by circumstances. Follow our Twitter (@jas_wdc), Facebook (@jas.wdc), and Instagram (@jaswdc) feeds for further information and updates.

If you have any other questions about the festival on your mind, feel free to contact us at sakuramatsuri@jaswdc.org