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. The 78th annual Flower Mart, May 5th and 6th, 2017 will be a celebration of the beginning of the All Hallows Guild's 2nd Century as stewards to the gardens and grounds of the Washington National Cathedral.
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 on both Friday and Saturday.
Friday - (performance schedules will be posted in April)
Saturday - (performance schedules will be posted in April)
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 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 2017 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."