Petalpalooza fireworks are on April 6 starting at 8:30 p.m.; Photo by Doug Van Sant

On Saturday, April 6 from noon to 9:30 p.m., Petalpalooza returns to The Wharf for its second year. The event features live music on three outdoor stages, interactive art installations, larger-than-life games and activities, a beer garden, free product giveaways, a spectacular fireworks show by Pyrotecnico, and much more along the piers of the Southwest Waterfront.

Enjoy more than nine energetic hours of live music on three waterfront stages, including the Main Stage, the Centennial Stage and the Acoustic Lounge. Performers include White Ford Bronco, a local favorite 90’s cover band; Broke Royals, named one of the best up-and-coming bands in DC by CBS News; and Austin Ellis, a Maryland native made famous on “The Voice.”

Throughout the day, guests can play a game of Giant Jenga, plant a flower and decorate a pot, take a floral photo, and watch a car transform with blossoms as it is painted by WANADA—Art of Motion.

Four-legged-friends can also join the fun thanks to a pet comfort station, offering shade, water and relief for dogs. Fireworks cap the evening at 8:30 p.m., where a dazzling, choreographed display of more than 4,000 effects will light up the Southwest night sky.

The fireworks display may be viewed from all locations within the event, with the best views being on District and Transit Piers, and Wharf Street. The fireworks can also be viewed from East Potomac Park.

Petalpalooza is presented by CHASE and hosted by The Wharf, with support by Mars Petcare and its Better Cities for PetsTM program. Additional supporters include Hilton, Temple University and LaCroix. Media partners are 97.1 WASH-FM and 98.7 WMZQ.

The event is part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, held from March 20 to April 14. Visit or call 877.44.BLOOM for more information, or check out Facebook (CherryBlossomFestival), Twitter (@CherryBlossFest) or Instagram (@CherryBlossFest).

By Southwester Staff

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