Upcoming Events

Join the Illinois State Society Young Professionals and the DC Illini as we celebrate Unofficial at Ivy and Coney (21+ and cash only). A dollar from every Goose Island purchased goes towards the DC Illini scholarship fund!

Wristbands for this event are $10 and can be purchased until midnight on March 29, 2019 on the DC Illini website.

NOTE: A wristband is required to participate in this event. A wristband entitles you to reduced beer prices (while supplies last). If you’re unable to purchase a wristband prior to the event, please bring cash to the event to purchase. A majority of the proceeds go towards supporting the D.C. Illini Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to area high school students to attend the University of Illinois. If you have questions, please email eventsdcillini@gmail.com.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting Ceremony (Free event). Join the National Conference of State Societies (NCS) and the National Park Service for the traditional lighting of the Japanese Stone Lantern at the Tidal Basin, located amongst the Cherry Blossom trees. The Lantern is only lit once a year during the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Midwestern State Societies of Washington DC’s Cherry Blossom Reception (IL State Society members only). Join the Midwestern State Societies of Washington, DC at the annual reception hosted by QAI at 101 Constitution Avenue NW. Suite 901E.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Kimono Fashion Show and Luncheon. Watch Cherry Blossom Princesses exhibit Kimonos provided by the Kimono Society of Washington, DC and enjoy a luncheon. 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Purchase tickets at www.statesocieties.org.

Friday, April 12, 2019

NCSS Cherry Blossom Grand Ball and Sushi Reception. The signature event where we celebrate the 2018 Cherry Blossom Queen and crown the 2019 U.S. Cherry Blossom Queen. Ticket includes a Sushi Reception, dinner, drinks, and dancing. Sushi Reception at 6:00 p.m.; Ball begins at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Pricing:

$175 Early Bird (Ends March 18)

$200 Standard General Admission (Sales March 18-March 31)

$225 Last Chance Admission (Sales April 1-April 7)

Purchase tickets at www.statesocieties.org.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. The newly-crowned U.S. Cherry Blossom Queen and her Japanese counterpart make their first public appearance.

Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival. The Japan-America Society presents the annual Japanese Street Festival. Visitors to the NCSS tent can mingle with the 2019 U.S. Cherry Blossom Queen and International Cherry Blossom Princesses. Click here to buy advance tickets.