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Weekly Scoop: DC Flower Mart

May 4, 2010

Time for our DC pick of the week!

If you’re in the area, this Friday and Saturday (May 7th and 8th) is the Cathedral Flower Mart–an annual outdoors spring festival on the beautiful grounds of the Washington National Cathedral.

There will be:

  • plant sales (both annuals and perennials)
  • floral and horticultural displays, including the 5th annual international floral exhibit, called “Flowers Around the World”
  • garden tours
  • more than 50 booths selling art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, crafts, and garden items
  • a book sale
  • delicious food and treats (chocolate-covered strawberries, funnel cake, hot dogs, burgers, Southern fried chicken, Cajun shrimp…you name it!)
  • music and entertainment, including bands and singing groups (I sang there once with my high school’s Chamber Choir!)
  • rides on the antique wood carousel
  • a mini-Ferris wheel
  • a rock-climbing tower
  • a moonbounce
  • carnival games
  • and more!

If you haven’t yet been inside the cathedral, this is the perfect opportunity.  The cathedral sits up high on what is known as Mount St. Alban, so if you make your way to the highest tower you will have a breathtaking view of the city.  Construction on the cathedral began in 1907, and it is the 6th largest cathedral in the world and is the 2nd largest in the U.S.

This is the Flower Mart’s 71st year, and if the weather holds up, close to 10,000 people may be in attendance!  An embassy is honored at every Flower Mart, and this year Ukraine will be honored, so look forward to Ukrainian food, entertainment, and sport!

The event is FREE and will go on, rain or shine!  On Friday, it runs from 10am-6pm, and on Saturday it runs from 10am-5pm.  All proceeds are donated to maintaining the beautiful 59 acres of gardens and grounds surrounding the Cathedral.


Washington National Cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20016

Getting There:

Parking is limited, but there is a parking garage and metered street parking.

Check out the Cathedral’s website for driving directions and info on the best metro stops and bus routes (they recommend the Metro Red Line to the Tenleytown/AU station, the Dupont Circle stop, or Woodley Park.)

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