At Washington National Cathedral
First Friday & Saturday of May
Since 1939, All Hallows Guild has held Flower Mart as a benefit for the Cathedral’s gardens and grounds. Join us for two days of fun and activities for the entire family.
Thank you to all who made the 79th Annual Flower Mart a success!
Thousands of visitors enjoyed Flower Mart 2018. We look forward to seeing you next year on the first Friday and Saturday in May.
Flower Mart is Washington’s premier outdoor family festival. Join us on the grounds of Washington National Cathedral for two days of fun and activities.
What's at the Flower Mart?
Ride our Antique Carousel
All Hallows Guild’s antique carousel is a favorite of the young and young at heart. It dates from around 1890, and is one of only two surviving carousels manufactured by the U.S. Merry-Go-Round Corporation. The carousel was purchased by the Guild in 1963 and we continue to restore and refurbish this historic treasure. As the centerpiece of this years Flower Mart, the carousel will be located prominently on the Cathedral's North Lawn.
International Floral Display
Washington Embassies and their floral designers will again install gorgeous displays that highlight each country’s natural and cultural heritage in the nave of the National Cathedral. Bring your camera! The floral display is open both days of Flower Mart. Admission is free.
Cathedral Tower Climb
Get a bird’s eye view of DC and enjoy an up-close view of the Cathedral’s gargoyles! Guided Tower Climbs will be offered during Flower Mart on Saturday, May 5th. The tour begins at the Cathedral’s crypt level and participants climb over 300 steps - stopping at the bells in the Central Tower to see a ringing demonstration by the Washington Ringing Society and Cathedral Carillonneur Ed Nassor. Climbers must be a minimum 48 inches tall in order to participate. Tower climb tickets are $20 per person and are non-refundable.
Explore our Booths
Purchase spring plants for your garden, find treasures at in our White Elephant Tent, and shop for a wide array of merchandise at over 80 boutique booths. Flower Mart is the perfect place to find gifts for Mothers Day, graduations, and something special just for you!
This year we are moving the used book sale from the tent on the North Lawn to the retail area in the B-2 garage lobby. Be sure to come in and browse through a great selection of children's books!
Enjoy Great Food
Flower Mart has everything from barbecue and smoothies to funnel cakes and lobster rolls. Don’t forget to stop by The Episcopal Church Women’s booth for their array of tempting homemade baked goods – including their famous shortbread!
Activities for Children
In addition to our carousel, Flower Mart has an entire Children’s Area with a huge array of games and carnival rides. You can also take a break inside the Cathedral’s Bethlehem Chapel, where our Master Puppeteers will present their delightful puppet show. Tickets for the rides, games, and the puppet show can be purchased at the ticket booth in the Children’s Area. Don’t miss Terry Bender, the organ grinder, who will be entertaining the crowds on South Road.
Throughout both days of Flower Mart, entertainers perform on the main stage in front of the Cathedral (or inside in the event of rain). We will present a wide-ranging array of talented singers, dancers, musicians, and choral groups. The popular Washington Revels ring in May and close out Flower Mart on Saturday afternoon.
Taste in the Tower
Take a break during Flower Mart to enjoy a seated luncheon in the St. Paul Room on the seventh floor of the Cathedral’s South Tower. Timed seatings will be available each day.
Flower Mart 2018 in the News!
In addition to being featured as one of the Washinton Post's Weekend "Best Bets", Flower Mart received television news coverage from NBC Washington and Fox 5 DC's Good Day DC and Evening Newscast. Flower Mart was also featured in many online publications - including WTOP's Top Spring Events in DC, Trip Savvy, Cultural Tourism DC, and Metro Weekly. Flower Mart, once again made BiZBash's list of DC's Top 100 Events of the year!
Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!
Many thanks to our 2018 corporate sponsors: Lydia Benson Realtor - sponsor of the Children's Book Sale; Headfirst Summer Camps - sponsor of the Children's Area; Cathedral Commons - sponsor of the International Floral Display; Passport DC; Eagle Eye Tutoring; Serra Stone Corporation; Marks Education; Andropogan Associates; BOWA Builders; PNC Bank; TTR Sotheby's International Realty; Suburban Hospital; and Sibley Memorial Hospital. All featured on the 2018 Flower Mart tote bag - get one FREE at the All Hallows Guild Tent.
Rosalynn Carter & Mayor Bowser are our Honorary Chairs
The former First Lady, and the Mayor of the District of Columbia will again serve as Honorary Chairpersons for Flower Mart 2018. We are fortunate to have Mayor Muriel Bowser return this year to help cut the ribbon an officially open Flower Mart 2018! In her letter of support, Mrs. Carter notes that Flower Mart "raises funds critical to maintaining the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral. Thanks in part to these efforts, the Cathedral grounds remain one of the largest and most beautiful green spaces in Washington, D.C." We have also received a letter of support from First Lady, Melania Trump.
Become a Part of
We invite you to join us as we celebrate and raise funds for the gardens and grounds of Washington National Cathedral. Flower Mart couldn’t happen without the hundreds of volunteers who help each year. We also rely on our generous donors to allow us to continue to hold this festival that has delighted Washingtonians and visitors since 1939!