The 61st Annual Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival will bring Japan into the heart of the Nation’s Capital on Saturday, April 15th and Sunday, April 16th. Stretching from 3rd to 7th streets NW on Pennsylvania Ave at the base of Capitol Hill, the festival features over 24 hours of Japanese cultural performances, authentic Japanese food and beverages, and handmade Japanese crafts. Additional details can be found on the event website. In response to the festival MPD has released a traffic advisory with several road closures to keep in mind if traveling to or from GW this weekend.
The following streets will be posted as Emergency No Parking and closed to vehicle traffic from Friday, April 14, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. to Sunday, April 16, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.:
- Constitution Avenue from 3rd Street to 7th Street, NW
- 4th Street from Madison Drive to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
- 6th Street from C Street to Constitution Avenue, NW
- Pennsylvania Avenue from 3rd Street to 7th Street, NW
Additionally, the following Metro Bus routes will detour from 5:00 a.m. Saturday until 11:59 p.m. Sunday:
- 32,36 Pennsylvania Avenue
- Buses will operate between a bus stop located on Pennsylvania Ave NW at 21st St (stop ID #1001182) and Southern Avenue, Naylor Rd, and Friendship Heights Stations.
- P6 Anacostia - Eckington northbound to Rhode Island Ave Station
- Buses begin detouring on I St SW at 4th St, resuming regular route on 11th NW at G St.
- P6 Anacostia - Eckington southbound to Anacostia Station
- Buses begin detouring on 11th St NW at E St, resuming regular route on I St SW at Wesley Pl.
- 70 Georgia Avenue - 7th Street
- 79 Georgia Avenue - MetroExtra
- Buses will operate between Silver Spring Transit Center and a bus stop located on 7th at F St NW (stop ID #1003417).
- 74 Convention Center - SW Waterfront northbound Convention Center
- No detour
- 74 Convention Center - SW Waterfront southbound Buzzard Point
- Buses begin detouring on 7th at E St NW, resuming regular route on 7th St at G St SW.
For timely traffic information, please visit twitter.com/DCPoliceTraffic.