Flower Mart at the Washington National Cathedral

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Next to cherry blossoms, nothing heralds the arrival of spring in Washington, DC, like the annual Flower Mart on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral. A combined floral celebration and outdoor spring festival, Flower Mart has been delighting Washingtonians and visitors every spring for more than 75 years. Held on Friday and Saturday of the first full weekend in May, Flower Mart has something for everyone: floral displays sponsored by various embassies and their floral designers; sales of plants, herbs, food, and gifts; live entertainment; games and activities for children; and rides on an antique carousel.

Each year, Flower Mart honors a different country whose ambassador serves as the honorary chair. The food, culture, arts and crafts of that nation are featured.

The days of Flower Mart are among the few times each year when the central tower of the Cathedral is open for visitors. Purchase a ticket to climb to the top of the Cathedral’s 300-foot tower where you will enjoy the view from one of the highest spots in D.C. With 333 steps, it’s a rigorous climb (and not for those who are afraid of heights), but along the way you will see a demonstration of the bells and learn about the architecture of the Cathedral.

More earthly delights can be found by strolling the 59 acres that make up the Cathedral Close. Pick up a self-guided garden tour flyer in the Herb Cottage Gift Shop. Highlights include the Bishop’s Garden and Olmsted Woods, a five-acre oak and beech forest, named for landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. Flower Mart is sponsored by All Hallows Guild, which uses the proceeds to maintain the Cathedral’s grounds and gardens.

Travel Tips

Flower Mart is held rain or shine. In fair weather, daily attendance is about 10,000 people. Expect crowds and consider using Metrorail.

Flower Mart 2015 will be on Friday, May 1st from 10 am – 6 pm and Saturday, May 2nd from 10 am – 5 pm.

For more information, visit www.cathedral.org/ahg/fm/index.html.

Travel Information

Flower Mart at the Washington National Cathedral
Wisconsin and Massachusetts Aves., NW
Washington, DC 20016

Hours: Friday, 10am to 6pm
Saturday, 10am to 5pm

Admission: Free. However, there is a fee for some of the activities.

Parking: Limited parking is available in the Cathedral’s underground parking garage.

Metrorail: Shuttle buses run from the Tenelytown-American University stop on the Red line.


  1. Linda Weaver says

    Do you think this would be suitable for middle school kids,
    I have two buses in DC on the 3rd and they would like to
    visit the festival?

    • The District says

      The festival has activities and vendors for all age groups. There are rides, climbing walls, games, food, vendors, and of course flowers. The rides, food and vendors cost money, so they would need to have spending money. While there, the kids could also tour the Cathedral, and view the free performances.

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