Sakura Matsuri is a Japanese cultural festival held in Washington DC every when the cherry blossoms are blooming. There are exhibits, food, entertainment, the works. It's quite fun.
Given Mother Nature's [rainy, windy] mood lately, there may not be as many of the actual cherry blossoms to take in though :-(
Note that there is a $5 charge to get in this year. Details on the festival can be found here.
If you want to meet at the station at noon, the best way to get into Washington on a day like this is to park at a metro station and ride in.
As Daryl will no longer be able to host this event details for meeting in transit have changed. I'll be leaving from the Orange line's New Carollton station no later than 11:30am, traveling directly to Federal Triangle station and walking up to the 12th St. entrance to the festival. If you'd like to catch me in transit, just give me a call at[masked]-9097. For ease of access you can purchase your festival ticket online HERE using a credit/debit card. They'll be accepting cash only for day-of ticket purchases made at the gate. To plan out your Metro ride use the travel planner at www.wmata.com or Google. Meeting at the entrance to the festivities will be a challenge, and I'm not sure what to expect as this is the first year things will be restricted to paid entrants so I will attempt to meet you guys at the post office directly across from the Federal Triangle station up until ~12:15pm. Otherwise call/text when you arrive if you'd like to meet up.
If you're coming in from Shady Grove, you'll arrive at around the same time as the rest of us if you board at 11:23.
For those of you coming from Baltimore, Amtrak is an option. If you board Train #153 at Penn Station at 10:43, you'll arrive at Union Central in Washington at 11:30 Those of us already on Metro and transferring will be coming out of Metro Central around 11:54.
We don't have to travel as a group the entire time especially some people are bringing friends and/or family. Feel free to just pop up and say hello and enjoy the festival in your time. Any other questions/concerns feel free to discuss below or shot the host a message. :o)