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First held in 1961, the Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival is now the largest one-day exhibition of Japanese culture in the United States. The Sakura Matsuri is held each spring as the grand finale of the
National Cherry Blossom Festival. On good weather days, it has drawn
over 40,000 visitors in 7 hours.

Since 2018, the Sakura Matsuri has been held on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW between 3rd to 7th Streets on the same day of the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.

The Sakura Matsuri is a family-friendly festival. Every year, over 100 vendors and performers become part of the festival and share Japanese culture, performance, and food with attendants!


There are 7 different ways to be part of the Sakura Matsuri:

Please click the below links and fill out the online applications! If you need a PDF application, please contact sakuramatsuri@jaswdc.org

Vendor/Performer Applications will reopen later this year. 

If you have questions, please email volunteers@test.sakuramatsuri.org.