Not Many Blossoms Yet, But Plenty of Festival Fun to Be Had

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    Friday's rain should clear out just in time for folks to enjoy all the events going on this weekend for the Cherry Blossom Festival. News4's Megan McGrath is live from the Tidal Basin with a look at what to expect this weekend. (Published Friday, Apr 4, 2014)

    It felt like the winter that would never end, but despite the chill lingering in the air, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is well under way.

    Granted, the blossoms' peak bloom dates aren't until April 8-12. Here are about a dozen ways to have fun in the meantime:

    • Kimono Fundraiser -- Wednesday, April 2 through Friday, April 4. View more than 1,000 kimonos at the Mandarin Oriental (1330 Maryland Ave. SW). Free.
    • Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival -- Saturday, April 12, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission $8; free for kids ages 12 and younger. Enjoy Japanese food (including plenty of sushi), catch live performances and shop in the Japanese market.

    Find more events here.

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