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Cherry blossom festival to bloom at the Mosaic District this weekend

Art Blooms at Mosaic in 2022 (photo by Katie Dance)

The Mosaic District will celebrate an unusually long cherry blossom season this weekend with the return of its annual Art Blooms festival.

Organized in partnership with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the two-day event will bring artisan and farmers’ markets, live entertainment and family-friendly activities to the Merrifield neighborhood from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (April 6-7).

Typically open on Sundays, FreshFarm’s farmers market will also be present at the Mosaic District this Saturday for the Art Blooms festival. More than 50 local produce and food vendors are expected, along with a pumpkin painting area for kids.

An additional 90 vendors selling artwork, clothes and other handmade goods will be on site from URBN Market.

Festival emcee Tommy McFly will kick off the live entertainment around 10:45 a.m. on both days.

Saturday, April 6

  • 11 a.m. — Vienna Singing Princesses
  • Noon — The Cassaday Concoction
  • 2 p.m. — A Mosaic Partners Fashion Show
  • 4 p.m. — The Significant Others

Sunday, April 7

  • 11 a.m. — Vienna Singing Princesses
  • 11:15 a.m. — Tiny Dancers
  • 12:30 p.m. — School of Rock
  • 4 p.m. — So Fetch

Other attractions will include a games corner, spring-themed selfie stations created by the Merrifield Garden Center and the option to sip cocktails from participating restaurants in the Mosaic District while walking outside.

Complimentary shuttles will be provided from the Dunn Loring Metro station, according to the event page.

The famed Yoshino cherry trees at the Tidal Basin in D.C. reached peak bloom — when 70% of their flowers have opened — on March 17, the second-earliest date on record. But inconsistent weather this spring has kept trees around the D.C. area flowering for much longer than usual, according to the Washington Post.

In addition to attending Art Blooms at Mosaic, those looking to celebrate the extended bloom without leaving Fairfax County can still visit the Children’s Science Center lab in Fair Oaks Mall, where they can make a kite and origami and partake in an educational scavenger hunt. Timed tickets are available for $15.

Though it’s not part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival this time, the Tysons Community Alliance is bringing back its Pedal with Petals Family Bicycle Ride. This year’s event will take place on May 11 during National Bike Month at the Tysons Concourse business park (1593 Spring Hill Road).

Registration for family and advanced bicycle rides is now open. There will also be a food truck, free bike repairs, a DJ and other activities.

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