The 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival is scheduled for March 20 – April 11.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival, one of the world’s greatest celebrations of spring, announced today that the 2021 Festival, scheduled for March 20 – April 11, will proceed, but with changes due to ongoing restrictions caused by Covid-19. Designed to incorporate both virtual and personal experiences, the Festival will present a series of entertaining hybrid events and community outreach programs that adhere to city and CDC guidelines put in place to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
To ensure maximum engagement and event attendance, most 2021 Festival programming will be free and open to the public, including a one-hour nationally syndicated television show; 20 large, vibrant cherry blossom sculptures displayed in dozens of locations throughout the city; and locally curated community experiences that focus on music, cuisine, and visual arts presentations
For more details, visit nationalcherryblossomfestival.org or follow the Festival’s social media pages on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Kimpton Banneker: New History-Rich Hotel to Open Doors in Heart of Washington, DC
Kemmons Wilson Hospitality Partners recently announced plans to open the 144 room Kimpton Banneker Hotel in the heart of Washington, DC in early 2021. Valor Hospitality Partners will manage the development and ongoing hotel operations. The new hotel will be located on the historic Embassy Row in the former Kimpton Rouge 16th Street Northwest Space, which is undergoing a $20 million renovation to become a 10-story distinct and sophisticated boutique hotel, engaging guests in the rich history and urban culture of the nation’s capital. Designed by Mason Studios, The Banneker will feature curated artwork throughout, along with 3,800 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space, an intimate and relaxed French bistro, and a year-round rooftop bar and open air deck with iconic views of the Washington Monument and the White House, which sits just six blocks away.
The Banneker’s name itself is a nod to Benjamin Banneker, a significant figure in the history of Washington, DC Banneker was one of the country’s major Black innovators who, aside from contributions to astrology, mathematics and civil rights, played an integral role in surveying the land that would become the nation’s capital.
For more info visit: https://thebanneker.com
Ford’s Theatre: Virtual Events
Ford’s Theatre – Where Abraham Lincoln’s Legacy Lives.
The site of Lincoln’s assassination, Ford’s Theatre offers museum exhibits, live theatre and immersive learning. Join us live as we stream events with historians, artists and leaders on these virtual events. Or take an intimate, guided tour and explore the Lincoln assassination story in more depth.
You can also watch the events on our website, Facebook Live, YouTube or Twitter. Or join a virtual field trip with our education team, hosted via Zoom.
National Native American Veterans Memorial
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian has established a National Native American Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC opened to the public on Veterans Day 2020, this tribute to Native heroes recognises for the first time on a national scale the enduring and distinguished service of Native Americans in every branch of the U.S. military.
An elevated stainless-steel circle balanced on an intricately carved stone drum, the design of the National Native American Veterans Memorial is simple and powerful, timeless and inclusive. The design incorporates water for sacred ceremonies, benches for gathering and reflection, and four lances where veterans, family members, tribal leaders, and others can tie cloths for prayers and healing.
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