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Cherry Blast 2016

Saturday, April 16th, from 6pm - 2am


2016 Cherry Blast

A Japanese-inspired event that brings the energy and excitement
surrounding its pop culture experiences to Washington, DC.



On Saturday, April 16, at 6:00 pm, Events DC presents Cherry Blast! Every spring this vibrant gathering proves a popular combination of Japanese sights, sounds and tastes, and this year, the event creatively spotlights all things related to anime, cosplay and gaming. This April, the fun launches in a new location –in the heart of downtown DC —at the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square.  The Japanese-inspired event brings the energy and excitement surrounding its pop cultural experiences to the Festival. At Carnegie Library, revelers can enjoy a range of activities from manga and gaming to electric drifting competitions. Attendees can also partake in creative cosplay contests and learn about the latest Japanese fashion trends – straight from the runway. And the opportunity to relish in mouth-watering Tokyo street food, sake tastings and sushi workshops are just a few of the experiences available.  As part of the programing Art Whino will curate a massive group art show featuring cherry blossom-inspired pieces as well as showcase the artwork of Roger Snider.

Saturday, April 16th, from 6pm - 2am

Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square

801 K Street, NW Washington, DC 20001

This is a ticketed event and tickets can be purchased HERE

Sushi & Sake Workshops

Cosplay Competition

Tokyo Street Food Experience

Manga Vendors

Anime Fashion Show

Gaming & Drift Car Competition

Live Painting & Cherry Blossom Inspired Art Show



About our Partners:

Events DC
Events DC is the face of conventions, sports, entertainment and cultural events within our nation’s capital.  As the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, Events DC leverages the beauty, history and diversity of the most powerful city in the world to attract and promote an extensive variety of events, resulting in amazing experiences for residents and visitors alike, and generating economic and community benefits for the city.
Our success comes by focusing on divisions that reflect three lines of business: Conventions and Meetings, Sports and Entertainment, and Special Events, where we make a range of strategic investments in the region’s marquee sports, entertainment and cultural properties. Each division is driven by the desire to bring stellar events to Washington, DC by providing superior customer service to our clients and visitors.


The National Cherry Blossom Festival


The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation's greatest springtime celebration. The 2014 Festival, March 20 - April 13, includes three spectacular weeks and four weekends of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. The 2014 Festival commemorates the 102nd anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.




About the Roger Snider
Roger Snider began shooting memorable photos as a child, learning first to snap photos from high above the earth while working with his father, an aerial photographer. While he tends to keep his feet on the ground these days, his early experience remains evident in his determination to always capture the largest possible picture regardless of the assignment.  Known primarily for his work these last six years as the man behind the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man in the World” campaign, Roger's versatility and ability to move seamlessly between the worlds of fashion, advertisting, editorial, and photojournalism have made him one of the most demanded photographers in the country. Whether it be on a 20 story billboard in Hollywood or Manhattan, in Time Magazine or National Geographic, campaigns for Toyota and Geico, or his well-known series of romanticized tricked-out big rigs around the world, Roger's work is everywhere you look.  Often called in to re-imagine troubled campaigns, Roger's flexibility on set, rapport with subjects, and ability to get and deliver the needed shots quickly and on schedule put him at the top of a game otherwise riddled with unmet expectations and less-than-perfect results. Educated first in an airplane and then earning his B.F.A. at the University of Florida, Roger cut his teeth on the gallery scene in New York City before relocating to Los Angeles in 2003



Participating Artists in Cherry Blossom Inspired Group Art Show

Anna rose soevik
Bagger 43
Brendon Palmer-Angell
Briana Hertzog
Bryan Collins
Caia Kooman
Chris B. Murray
Chris Bishop
Chris Sheridan
Cita Sadeli 'Chelove
Craig Skibs Barker
Czr Prz
Damon Lucas
Dave Lowell
El Estabo
Fithi Abraham
Gabriel Pons
Graham Franchoise
Greg Ferrand
in.fa.mousIKB Imani
Jacob Eveland
Jacobe Noonan
James Walker
Jason Limon
Jason White
Jeremiah Ketner
John Wentz
Joseph Martinez
Josh Taylor
Josie Morway
Kat Gun
Kevin "Double Down" Bednarz
Lou Pimentel
Marka 27
Mas Paz
Matt Corrado  
Mc Baldassari
Melanie Pruitt
Mr. Christopher
Nick Zimbro
Nightmare Mikey
Nils Westergard
Patrick Haemmerlein
Richard Salcido
Rodrigo Pradel
Santos Shelton
Shawn Yu
The Tonus
Thom Glick
Tim Rodgers
Tony Philippou
Toobz noel
Ursula Xanthe Young
Walt Hall
Yuhmi Collective