Celebrations

We draw on cultural traditions from across Asia in festivals and events that bring the museums to life for visitors of all ages. Immerse yourself in celebrations featuring art, music, theater, dance, and food that highlight local and international artists and communities.


Nowruz: A Persian New Year Celebration

Sunday, March 8, 11 am–5 pm
Freer and Sackler

Ring in the Persian New Year at our twelfth annual Nowruz celebration! Celebrate Persian culture and the arrival of spring with free attractions for all ages, including performances, storytelling, hands-on activities, and more.

The celebration includes:

  • haft sin table displays, featuring seven symbolic objects to welcome the new year
  • the interactive storytelling performance The Conference of the Birds
  • chances to create your own Nowruz crafts, including decorated eggs
  • traditional Persian music and dance
  • food, drinks, and sweets, all available for purchase
  • the featured exhibitions Engaging the Senses, Feast Your Eyes, and Shaping Clay in Ancient Iran

This event is made possible by the Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar Persian Cultural Celebrations Fund.


Cherry Blossom Celebration

Saturday, March 28, 11 am–5 pm
Freer and Sackler

Celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival at this special event for all ages! Explore Japanese art and culture by enjoying musical performances, making art, and taking a tour of Hokusai: Mad about Painting and Meeting Tessai. Try Japanese bookmaking, listen to taiko drumming, and join the kite festival on the National Mall. Japanese-inspired food and drink are available for purchase.

Take part in these activities:

  • Make a Japanese book with artists from Pyramid Atlantic
  • Decorate kites on the Freer plaza and fly them on the National Mall
  • Join a tour of Hokusai: Mad about Painting and Meeting Tessai
  • Check out Japanese painting materials with museum conservators
  • Enjoy taiko drumming on the Freer steps
  • Browse vintage kimono at a Kyoto Kimono trunk show
  • Purchase Japanese-inspired food and drink