Let Us Entertain You - A Sampling of Flower Mart's Fun
Entertainment and Special Events Occur Both Days - Most are Free of Charge. Small fees for puppet shows, carousel rides and children's rides and games. This year (our 77th) will be a celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of the All Hallows Guild.
Music and Dance
Come to Flower Mart to see and hear an amazing variety of performers on our main stage (in front of the Cathedral) for FREE!
Friday - The Schools are pulling out all the stops with dance and musical groups of all types - acapello singers and choruses throughout the day. Musical performances by the Close Schools (Beauvoir, National Cathedral School for Girls and St. Albans). These artists include choral performances, hand bells, dancers, an orchestra, jazz bands, string and wind ensembles, a percussion band and barber shop quartet.
10 am The Mabuhay Dancers start the day off on the Main Stage. Mabuhay is a Filipino Dance group performing a mix of traditional Filipino dances.
10:30 am Cathedral Voices will perform inside the Cathedral
11 am The Gravel Road Bluegrass Group playing a mix of acoustic blues, bluegrass, R& B and original songs. This group has performed before and are back by popular demand.
12 Noon we have the beautiful dance group - Taai Academy, an Indian dance Company
12:30 pm The Davison Duo - a Bethesda Brother & Sister Act performing their acoustic guitars. They have performed the National Anthem at Nationals, Orioles, Terps and other local professional teams.
1:00 pm Traditional Nepalese Dancers
1:30 pm Close Encounters STA/NCS
2 pm The Fairfax Chinese Dancers will vividly portray the life and culture of difference Chinese ethnic groups in China and Taiwan.
2:30 pm Noah Getz Jazz Band. Noah Getz is a jazz and classical saxophonist hailed as a highly skillful and adventurous player.
3 pm Step Afrika Youth Ensemble. The rhythms will have you "stepping lively"
3:30 pm Sitar Center All Saints Jazz Band
4 pm Our Finale - The Washington Revels will once again "bring in the May" with singing, dancing and plenty of audience participation!
Tower Climbs ($10 per person). On Saturday, take a strenuous climb for a beautiful city view. Climb the 333 steps to the dizzying heights of the bell-ringing chamber in the great Central Tower of Washington National Cathedral, 300 feet above the ground. Hear a demonstration of the bells and learn about the architecture of the Cathedral. The Tower is open to the public only once or twice a year. Tower Climbs will be featured Saturday, 10 am to 3:30 pm (except noon) every half hour. $10 per person. View these photos by Vasu Jagannathan, to get a sense of the drama and beauty of a Tower Climb, click here.
Gargoyle Tours A limited number of docent-led Cathedral Gargoyle Tours will be offered to the public on Saturday, May 7. This is a unique opportunity to get "up close and personal" with some of the gargoyles and grotesques on the Cathedral. Tickets may be purchased at Flower Mart for $20 per person.
Self-guided Tours of the medieval Bishop’s Garden and the beautiful Olmsted Woods and Amphitheater. No registration needed. Pickup your brochure guide at the Herb Cottage or the All Hallows Guild Booth.
International Floral Displays Inside the Cathedral, the beautiful “Flowers Around the World” floral displays make the Nave even more breath-taking. Floral arrangements created by Washington Embassies give you a rare look at countries around the world through flowers. Viewing the displays, both days of the Mart - Free.
All Hallows Guild Centennial Tent will be located at the NW corner of the Cathedral. Purchase gifts from the All Hallows Guild's Herb Cottage Gifts, enjoy a piece of our 100th birthday cake, make a reservation for Tea in the Tower, learn more about the work of the Guild - and pick up a Flower Mart t-shirt or All Hallows Guild Centennial tote bag free!
Booths - Booths - Booths
Gift Vendors More than 80 boutique booths will encircle the Cathedral reminiscent of medieval days and will bring a marvelous selection of gifts. Shop On! Many of our vendors return year after year, but new ones are always added.
White Elephant Booth Our donors open their attics and cupboards providing treasures to delight you! As always - a wide array of collectibles, jewelry, china, crystal, prints, baskets and many other items for the home and Mother's Day - a bargain shoppers paradise.
NCS-STA Used Book Tent A huge tent with an amazing variety of books (over 10,000 books!)- most priced between 50 cents and four dollars. We sell: hardback and paperback fiction, architecture, mysteries, children's books for all ages, classics, poetry,plays, Non-fiction books include history, travel, cooking, gardening, sports, self-help, child-rearing, and arts among others. Come browse - You won't be disappointed.
Premier Plants Visitors to Flower Mart 2016 will be treated to an amazing selection of shade, partial shade and sun loving perennials, annuals, herbs and numerous award winning and new plants at the Premier Plant Booth. If you have questions about your garden, or what plants would be best for you, the Montgomery County Master Gardeners will once again be at Flower Mart to help with your gardening questions.
Food At the Mart
You will not go home hungry from Flower Mart. There will be everything from traditional festival foods, barbecue, pizza, smoothies, Sunshine Catering grilled delicacies, soft ice cream, funnel cakes, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries and, of course, lobster rolls served both days.
Entertainment For Children
Antique Carousel is set up for Flower Mart each year and is a favorite of young and old. Lovingly restored, each hand-painted animal is a work of art with special significance.
Master Puppeteers present a whimsical show, with charming puppets. The all-volunteer puppeteers have been working together for 40-plus years to delight Flower Mart audiences. Each year the show’s theme reflects the overall theme of Flower Mart. Two morning shows (10 am & 11 am) and three in afternoon (1 pm, 2pm & 3 pm). Children under 12 years of age, $1.; adults $2. Enter the show from the Good Shepherd entrance on the Cathedral's North Side.
Children's Games and Rides include a cake walk, a giant slide, games and mechanical rides (such as: Twister, the Tubs of Fun and self-propelled Dixie Jr. Whirly Bird, Dixie Jr. Ferris Wheel). A Moon bounce and two climbing walls will also be available. Rides and Games are ticketed. Run by parent volunteers from Beauvoir—the Cathedral’s Elementary School.
Terry Bender, Organ Grinder, and Wastel, the little monkey, who will wiggle his ears, tip his hat and his talking parrot will play their magical tunes both days. The Organ Grinder is a popular tradition at the Washington National Cathedral Flower Mart in Washington, DC each spring. He is always a "crowd pleaser" particularly with the younger set. Watch this video of Terry and his adorable animal friends draw the children to his spot along South Road with upbeat street organ music."