Volunteer Role of the Week: 2018 Petcare Team

Let’s take a look at the new 2018 Petcare Team Shifts this week!

Love dogs? You’ll love this new volunteer opportunity with the Festival! This year the Festival is teaming up with Mars Petcare and its BETTER CITIES FOR PETS(TM) program to ensure the Festival is “Pet Ready” and dogs attending are healthy, happy and safe. As part of the partnership with Mars Petcare, the Festival will provide pet comfort services throughout the Festival. Events include Blossom Kite Festival, Petalpalooza and Tidal Basin will have this service!

Team members will be on-site at the pop-up comfort station located at the FDR Memorial and engage with attendees to highlight responsible pet ownership and the importance of creating more pet-friendly spaces, as well as giving attendees pet perks!

Because of the shift in peak bloom we have new shifts!

Sign up on the site!

Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

Tips for Volunteering at Blossom Kite Festival

The Blossom Kite Festival is a fun tradition. If you are volunteering for this event, you will have a great time.  You will also have a full day. Here are a few tips to help improve your shift:

1. Plan ahead

You can research metro at “ridemetro.org”. You can check out routes and fares of buses and metro trains.  Metro doesn’t start running until 7am on Saturdays.  You may need to carpool or ride on Uber/Lyft.  There are garages in the area but they will be crammed full with all the other people attending the festival.  Public transportation is the best way to come, if you can.

2. Check the weather and wear layers

If you have an earlier arrival time, it will be chillier.  Layers all you to adjust throughout the day.  I usually bring thin gloves.  It makes a difference when it is windy.  If you are working with arts and crafts, fingerless gloves are useful.

3. Wear sunscreen

Even if it is cloudy, you are still getting plenty of sun.  Bring sunglasses too.

4. Bring snacks

It helps to have snacks with you. I try to have trail mix, a piece of fruit and my water bottle.  The Festival provides Kind Bars, if you don’t like those, bring your own!

5. Wear comfortable shoes

Sometimes the area can get dusty or muddy.  My favorite type of shoes to wear at the kite festival are gardening crocks.  They are comfortable to stand in and easy to wash off.

6. Charge your phone

Make sure you have any contact information you need or at least get your team leader’s phone number when you arrive on site.

7. If you need a break

check with your volunteer lead/contact to make sure you aren’t leaving an area without having a replacement.

8. Notice what is around you.

You might be working with a craft table and someone could still ask you: “Where is the bathroom? Nearest ATM? Metro?”  If you don’t know the answer, don’t guess.  Direct attendees to the Information Tent to answer any questions.

9. Be flexible.

Sometimes you may be asked to move to a different area than what you were assigned.  The staff always appreciates a willingness to help out.

10. Have fun!

Ask attendees what they like about the Blossom Kite Festival.  Make sure you look up during your shift!  You can see some incredible works of art flying around.



Volunteer Role of the Week: Union Station Merchandise Kiosk

Let’s have a look at the Union Station Merchandise Kiosk shift this week!

Union Station Store 2Union Station Kiosk

National Cherry Blossom Festival official merchandise is sold every year at our Merchandise Kiosk on the Union Station. There are lots of festival-related items to sell and volunteers will have an opportunity to access every festival item in the kiosk.

Union Station Store

Volunteers will see what goes into preparing sales of official Festival Merchandise from start to finish. The role includes assisting tourists with selecting the perfect National Cherry Blossom Festival keepsake, kindly sharing directions and National Cherry Blossom Festival information with visitors, and assisting with organization and restocking of merchandise as needed.

This is not only a role of selling merchandise, but also educating tourists about our nationally-renowned annual Festival!


2017-NCBF-Union StationVolunteers will work with Dyane and the rest of the super fun Union Station team, who always make the work exciting and interesting.

There are only 2 volunteers scheduled at a time for the kiosk, not a crowded shift and it’s even indoors!  Volunteers always enjoy and have fun!

Happy Hour Tonight- Cancelled

EEC Hospitality Subcommittee has made the decision to cancel tonight’s Volunteer Happy Hour ahead of the snow that’s coming our way. Stay safe out there and stay tuned for the next Volunteer Social Event!

Free Lunch Time Concert – The 6821 Quintet & Kunihiko Murai

6821The 6821 Quintet (cleverly named to reflect the distance from Tokyo to DC) consists of international artists coming together to fulfill the understanding that music brings disparate cultures together. The group will put on performances during the National Cherry Blossom Festival in March, and will be showcasing their musical artistry at various venues around the DC area.


Collaboration with composer Kunihiko Murai

kkKunihiko Murai (composer and producer)
Kuni Murai is a Japanese composer and producer based in Los Angeles. He has written over 300 songs and 30 film scores, including Tampopo. His hit song Tsubasa wo Kudasai (Wings to Fly) is published in school music books across Japan and has been covered by hundreds of artists
around the world. As the founder of Alfa Records, he has produced internationally renowned artists such as Yumin and Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO). Today, he continues to compose music for recording artists, the stage and the screen. Most recently, he composed the musical La Comtesse de Cagliostro, which had a successful run in Tokyo.


Time: March 26, 2018 at 12:10 PM

Location: National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium

Please register HERE!

Volunteer Opportunities for Anacostia River Festival!

Anacostia River Festival is one of the Premier Events of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.  This family-friendly event gives guests the opportunity to take a canoe and explore the River, ride in the bike parade, play lawn games with families and experience Southeast DC’s local arts scene!


We are excited to promote volunteer opportunities for this Premier Event! Check them out below.

Shift Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018

Volunteer Roles:

  • 6 Directional  Volunteers        8:30AM – 1:30PM (Openers)
  • 6 Directional  Volunteers        1:00PM – 7:00PM (Closers)
  • 6 Transportation / Shuttle Stop Volunteers 12:00PM – 7:00PM

Volunteer Role Descriptions:

  • Directional Volunteers – Assigned to key access locations throughout the Festival Site to check-in, direct & assist Community Partners, VIPs and Guests throughout the Site
  • Transportation / Shuttles Stops  – Assigned to Shuttle Stops to Meet & Greet Riders/Guests

Please contact Linda Lindamood at LLindamood@Linderglobal.com if you’re interested in volunteering

Looking forward to seeing you in the Anacostia River Festival!

Dates of Tidal Basin Volunteer Shifts Changed!

2016 Cherry Blossoms at Tidal Basin (23)

The peak blossom time was just announced! It will be from March 17 to March 20! That being said, we are sorry to inform our volunteers: we have to change the volunteer shifts for Tidal Basin because of this exciting news.


March 17 to April 1! 

We are sorry for canceling all the shifts after April 1, but you can still check on our website for new shifts for the Tidal Basin Welcome Area!

Click HERE to sign up to volunteer and enjoy the early blossoms!

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