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2018 Calendar of Events

20-April 15: NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL Take your boat up
to D.C. and see the kick-off the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival on March 24th. Watch world-renowned performers welcome springtime to Washington, DC and celebrate the anniversary of the gift of trees from Japan to the United States. The Festival heralds a natural treasure that unites our city, region, nation, and the world. The trees – both in Japan and the U.S. – always have symbolized birth and renewal. The Opening Ceremony celebrates the season through a showcase of great American and Japanese talent. Visit www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org for more information.

27-29: WASHINGTON CAPITAL BOATING SHOW Hundreds of boats displayed by the region's premier dealers—Prince William Marina, Hoffmasters Marina, Tyme N' Tyde and Lake Country Marine. New and used boats displayed both on land and water. For more information email sales@hoffmasters.com or call 703/494-7161.

30TH ANNUAL POTOMAC WATERSHED CLEANUP DAY The largest regional event of its kind, the Cleanup provides a transforming experience that engages citizens and community leaders. Visit www.fergusonfoundation.org for more information.

14: NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL PARADE Take your boat up to D.C. and see one of DC’s largest spectator events, the energy-filled National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade which runs for 10 blocks along iconic Constitution Avenue. Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers, and performers burst down the Parade route in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the Festival. From the National Archives to the Washington Monument, spectators are wow-ed by the pageantry and excitement that is the nation’s premier springtime parade.Visit www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org for more information.

28: WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL Join in the excitement of the 10th Annual Wine and Food Festival at National Harbor; bringing together world-renowned chefs, artisanal craftsmen, and culinary pioneers with thousands of Metro DC’s foodies. Visit www.nationalharbor.com for more information.

TBD: BLESSING OF THE FLEET 10AM–2PM Sponsored by the members of the Occoquan River Maritime Association (ORMA), all boats in the vicinity of the Occoquan River are invited to join in this time-honored tradition which began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing communities. A blessing from the local clergy was meant to ensure a safe and bountiful season. First responders and local dignitaries will board a boat hosted by Prince William Marina and initiate the event at 10AM. An orderly procession of boats wishing to participate will move downriver along the Prince William County shoreline. Each boat will be recognized and blessed while passing a chaplain's station vessel moored at the Belmont Bay Harbor fuel dock. Please continue to the Potomac River to avoid congesting the Occoquan River.

14: OCCOQUAN RIVERFEST  Free festival highlighting the cultural, historical and recreational dynamics of the Occoquan Region. Live music, live painting, free rides on Miss Rivershore, ghost tours, wood carving demonstrations and more. Visit www.nvrpa.org or call 703/690-2121 for more information.

2: 4TH ANNUAL RACE FOR LINMARIE 5K & 10K FUNDRAISER Put on those tennis shoes and race, run, or walk, to glorify, honor, and remember Linmarie as well as other loved ones who have touched our lives while faced with a difficult battle. What better way to support one another and honor those gone than to gather together and make a morning truly about empowering our friends/family and keep memories vibrant. To register or for more information visit www.linmariestrong.com

Extreme Recess gives children ages 4-24 with physical and developmental challenges the opportunity to participate in adaptive watersports, allowing them to realize a physical potential previously unimagined while having the time of their life! Call 703/494-7161 or visit dreamsforkidsdc.org for more information.

Visit us at the nation’s oldest and largest in-water powerboat exhibition. Located in Annapolis, Maryland, the show features everything from luxurious motor yachts and trawlers to high-performance boats and offshore fishing machines. There are family cruisers, center consoles, inflatables and the world’s largest power catamaran section. Attendees will also find a wide selection of marine equipment, high-tech electronics, accessories, gear and related services such as boating lessons, rentals, insurance firms and lending institutions. Visit www.annapolisboatshows.com for more information.

TBD: WINTERFEST Presented by Occoquan River Communities, Santa Parade and Holiday Market. More information to come.

TBD: HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE OF LIGHTS The Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights is a favorite holiday celebration in both Old Town Alexandria and Washington, DC. Festively decorated pleasure boats light up the sky along the Potomac River including 50 powerboats, sailboats and the District's fireboat, the John Glenn spouting water 70 feet into the air. The brightly lit boats are creatively decorated as they compete in categories such as "Best in Show," "Best Thinking Outside the Christmas Box," and "Hardiest Souls." The parade is the culmination of a full weekend of holiday festivities throughout Old Town Alexandria. For the Boat Parade Schedule visit www.dc.about.com.