Volunteer Role of The Week: Office Corporation

Let’s have a look at the Office Corporation shift this week!

office help

As the festival goes on, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is having more office administrative tasks that need to be completed in order to support the signature events. There is a need of volunteers interested in performing various office tasks. It is also a very good opportunity to take a closer look at how the events are prepared and what is involved in the festival.

The office tasks include merchandise inventory, auction assistant, blossom decal delivery, events preparation, sponsor recaps mark up, mailing assembly, etc.. Volunteer should remain professional in an office environment. The familiarity with Google Drive, such as Docs, Sheets, and G-mail is a plus!

Want to be an office volunteer? Contact Eagle of Volunteer Department at yzhang@ncbfdc.org. Please also feel free to contact if you have any questions! Looking forward to seeing you in the office!

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!

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!

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!

Volunteer Orientation is MARCH 7!

We are now officially one week out from Volunteer Orientation on March 7th at 5:30 PM! An “open-house” style event, Orientation is the time to learn about the Festival events for which you are volunteering! See below on what to expect:

How does it work?

Each room is assigned a different event or topic for you to learn, each with half hour sessions (with the exception of Parade, this has only one (1 – hour) session).  Throughout the night, you’ll have the opportunity to visit up to FOUR different presentations.  The sessions all start and stop at the sound of a bell!  You do not need to be signed up for an event to attend the session.

How do you make the most of this time?

  • Visit the room for each of the events you are signed up for or are interested in.
  • Signed up for Tidal Basin or a Merchandise Shift at Union Station? It would be helpful to attend the Information Session as well since you will be interacting with the most tourists.
  • Ask questions! Festival Staff will be stationed throughout the event so ask away!
  • Sign up for shifts in the Innovation Center! There will be giveaways for onsite signups!
  • Introduce yourself to your fellow volunteers!
  • Returning Volunteer? Pick up your 2017 Pin!


Schedule of Events

5:30pm – Doors Open, Snacks Available

6:00pm – Opening Remarks in Lobby by the Snacks

6:05pm – 1st Bell, head to your 1st class!

6:35pm – 2nd Bell, 2nd Class and Parade Session Begins

7:05pm – 3rd Bell, next class or visit Other Programs, check out Merchandise, or                     learn about the Festival at Information!

7:35pm – 4th Bell…last class or utilize this time to seek out staff and get your                                   questions answered!

8:00pm – Event Concludes, see you next at the Festival!

Orientation Map – Plan your evening ahead of time!



Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center

901 K Street NW

11th Floor

Washington, DC 20001

Please RSVP HERE, and don’t forget to bring your PHOTO ID!

See you on Wednesday, March 7th!

Can’t make 2018 Volunteer Orientation? We’ll have a few of the presentations available for download afterwards.  Email cmurphy@ncbfdc.org to request a presentation.

Happy Hour! Time to get Your Pink on!


A little birdie said that all volunteers are invited to happy hour! Mix and mingle with volunteer pals and meet some new people. Start off the season by having a festive evening. Grab some free appetizers and enjoy discounted beverages.

What: Happy hour, mixer, socializing
When: March 2, from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Where: Heavy Seas Alehouse, 1501 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209 (by Roti)

The closest Metro is Rosslyn (orange, blue). There are parking garages nearby. Hourly parking is approximately $16 for two hours. This varies by garage and is just an estimate.

Please join us for conversation, stories about your favorite NCBF event and just having fun. Please RSVP  HERE on the Volunteer Facebook Page!

Volunteer Role of the Week: Petalpalooza Activities!

This week, let’s take a look at the Activities shift at PETALPALOOZA!!

Formerly known as the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival, Petalpalooza is a full day event that includes 3 stages of live music, huge art installations, arts and crafts, photo moments, and games with an amazing Firework Finale!

Not only will Activity Volunteers get to engage with guests of all ages at activity tents throughout the event, Volunteers for the second Petalpalooza shift (5:30 PM – 10 PM) will have a chance to volunteer with the view the amazing Fireworks show!

Petalpalooza takes place on Saturday, April 7th at The Wharf. Click HERE to check it out and register for the shift!


Meet Your EEC Subcommittee Members: Vol. 1 – Krystal Johnson

1.  Why do you volunteer for the National Cherry Blossom Festival?

I volunteer for the National Cherry Blossom Festival because it’s always an amazing and fun time. It’s great to see everyone together and see the excitement from everyone.

2. What is your favorite blossom event and why?

My favorite blossom event is a tie between the Fireworks Festival and the Parade! Both events are so fun and they bring everyone together.

3. How would you describe Washington, D.C. to a friend?

I would describe Washington D.C. as an amazing place with lots of culture and with a million things to do. It’s a place where you will never be bored.

4.What are three hobbies that you enjoy?

My top three hobbies are reading, shopping, and social media.

5.  Where are you originally from? How long have you lived in the area?

I am originally from Springfield, MA and I have lived here for 14 years.

6. What are you most excited about seeing in the Festival events this year?

I am most excited to see the floats for the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade this year! They are always amazing and beautiful.

7. Have you attended any previous Festival events?

Yes I have attended many of the previous events throughout the years.

8. What is your favorite D.C. restaurant?

My favorite DC restaurant is Busboys and poets. I love the fact that the food is amazing and that on some nights they have poetry and spoken word.

9. What do you picture when someone mentions the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade?

When someone mentions the cherry blossom parade I think of the absolutely gorgeous floats, the celebrities and the most important part, fun!!

10. What else do you want to share about yourself?

One fun fact about me is that I absolutely love Disney! I actually used to work for them when I was in college.


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