Metro calendar

Tuesday, April 4- Thursday, April 6

Concerts at Union Station 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Union Station Metro: Union Station (Red Line) Admission: Free See Japanese cultural demonstrations and performances, including Asian dancers, singers and musicians.

Saturday, April 8

The Parade of the National Cherry Blossom Festival 10:00 a.m. to noon Constitution Ave, NW from 7th to 17th streets Metro: Federal Triangle (Blue and Orange lines) or Archives-Navy Memorial (Blue and Green lines) Admission: Free

This Washington tradition is known as the "largest spectator annual spectator event". This year's parade features Pat Sajak from "The Wheel of Fortune" as grand marshal and Miss America 2006 Jennifer Berry. Other parade highlights includes marching bands, floats, giant balloons and plenty of entertainment.

45th Annual Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Metro: Federal Triangle (Blue and Orange lines) Fee: Free

Sakura Matsuri is one of the nation's largest Japanese street festivals. The festival features various traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through arts and crafts, performing arts, Japanese food and a Japanese marketplace.

Saturday, April 8- Sunday, April 9

Cherry Blossoms from the River Tour 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Washington Marina - 1300 Maine Ave. SW Metro: Waterfront-SEU (Green line) Admission: $15 adults; $10 children View 500 Cherry Blossoms from the Potomac River. Tours depart every two hours from Washington Marina near the Tidal Basin.

The Blossom Secrets Stroll 2:00 pm - rain or shine Meet outside the Smithsonian Metro Station - Independence Ave. Exit Metro: Smithsonian (Blue and Orange lines) Admission: $10 adults

Hear the stories and secrets about the Cherry Blossoms during this walk featuring not only cherry trees and other trees of D.C. Learn about the woman whose cherry tree vision lives on today and a Japanese lantern older than the United States itself.

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