While Tuesday, March 19th, marks the official first day of spring, celebrations for this blossoming season kicks off a few days earlier. That’s because the third annual U District Cherry Blossom Festival kick off on March 16th! Here’s what to expect this year.

According to organizers, this year’s festivities will start on the 16th and continue until April 1st.

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“As the cherry blossoms start to bloom all of Seattle comes alive—and nowhere more than the U District,” states the event. “In honor of the historic cherry blossom viewing on the University of Washington Quad, over 80 U District business have come together to present a special menu featuring a variety of cherry and blossom-themed food, drink, and retail specials!”

Every year, thousands of people from the area head to the University of Washington campus to check out the cherry blossoms on the Quad.

“The historic cherry trees were a gift from Japan and are nearly 90 years old. Originally planted in a grove at the Washington Park Arboretum, they were moved to the UW campus in 1964 where they continue to bloom today,” states the U District.

Among the festivities this year is the Seattle Cherry Blossom Run taking place on March 23, 24 and 30!

Green buds are now visible, according to Cherry Blossoms at UW, and the trees typically bloom late March through April.

U District Cherry Blossom Festival

When: March 16th to April 1st
Where: The Quad – University of Washington