United States Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Nightlife Where to Stay Neighborhoods Events Getaways All Washington, D.C. National Cathedral Flower Mart 2020 A Spring Festival at the Washington National Cathedral By Rachel Cooper Rachel Cooper Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Rachel Cooper is a travel writer who has lived in the Washington, D.C., area for more than 25 years. She is also the author of several books covering the capital and mid-Atlantic regions. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 03/23/20 Share Pin Email Paul Franklin / Getty Images The National Cathedral Flower Mart is Washington, D.C.'s spring festival for garden enthusiasts and families that features annuals, perennials, landscape exhibits, Olmsted Woods, and Garden tours, musical entertainment, gourmet food, a book sale, and children's activities such as a rock wall, moon bounce, a mini-Ferris wheel, and a century-old restored carousel. Held on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral annually since 1939, the Flower Mart is sponsored by the volunteer organization All Hallows Guild. The festival encircles Washington National Cathedral with its tents and includes more than 80 booths offering gardening items, handbags, jewelry, and more. Additionally, embassies and international floral designers will be bringing an extraordinary display of floral arrangements to decorate the event space. The Flower Mart is also a part of Passport D.C, an annual celebration of international culture with tours of more than 70 embassies and hundreds of events including street festivals, performances, and exhibitions. Event Highlights and Participating Embassies As a special treat during the National Cathedral Flower Mart, the Washington National Cathedral invites attendees to climb to the top of the Cathedral's tower and see a spectacular full view of the day's festivities. This 333-step climb to the bell-ringing chamber gives you access to a view from 300 feet above the event. One of the most popular and unique attractions at the Flower Mart, the International Floral Exhibit lines the nave of the Cathedral with beautiful floral displays created by many of the city’s foreign embassies to showcase their countries’ native flowers, histories, and cultures. International embassies participating in past years include the Republic of Armenia, Bangladesh, Hong Kong Special Administration Region, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Turkey. Other highlights of the Flower Mart include the All Hallows Guild Centennial Tent, SUPER Premier Plants Booth, the 1890's Wooden Traveling Carousel, a Kid's Corner activity center, Tea in the Tower servings, and the Iron Florist Competition. The mayor of the District of Columbia cuts the ribbon to open the event. Additional Details and Transportation Options The Flower Mart is a great place for the whole family, featuring festive foods, children's rides, hand-crafted gifts, and thousands of flowers and herbs to see. Not only can you buy all sorts of flora for your home at Flower Mart, you and your kids can also learn about the history of the All Hallows Guild at the Centennial Tent or have a catered tea in the historic Cathedral Tower for individuals or groups. As the National Cathedral is located in northwest Washington, it can take a bit longer to get to than other popular destinations like the Washington Monument or the White House, but that also means you're more likely to find parking. Additionally, the closest metro station is Cleveland Park and buses run by the Cathedral, so you can also access the grounds via public transportation. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Love Architecture? Take a Tour of the Washington National Cathedral Your Guide to Bavaria, Germany's Second Largest State 10 Best Spring Events in Washington, D.C. 8 Best Events in the Washington D.C. Area in February See the World's Embassies at Passport DC Weather and Festivals in the Capital Region in May The Best Monuments and Memorials in Washington, D.C. The Best Southeastern US Destinations to Visit in the Spring Explore The Best Gardens in the Washington, D.C. Area Best Ways to Enjoy the Washington, D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival Best 2019 Washington DC Food Festivals and Events The Best Time to Visit Washington D.C. 12 Best Things to Do Near Reston, Virginia Festivals and Events in the Capital Region This October Fun Free Things to Do in Washington, DC 12 Best Fall Festivals Around Washington, D.C.