April showers (and weird, way-below-average temps) bring May flowers. Check out some of the fresh buds at the National Cathedral’s annual flower fest or at the Botanic Garden’s latest art-inspired exhibit. Also blooming this weekend: a puppet show, family-friendly protest, and raptor meet and greet.

Photo: Brian Auer via flickr

National Cathedral

All Hallow’s Guild Flower Mart
An irresistible array of festival foods, children’s rides, boutique gifts and, of course, herbs and flowers, will once again fill the nave and grounds of Washington National Cathedral at this year’s Flower Mart. Drawing locals and tourists alike since 1939, this festival of flowers and fun will celebrate All Hallows Guild’s centennial of service to the 59 acres of gardens and grounds around Washington National Cathedral with a special focus on our antique carousel. Fri.-SatEvent details.

National Mall

Botanical Art Worldwide: America’s Flora
This new exhibit is flower power personified! Featuring 46 botanical artworks of America’s native plants, the exhibit enlisted artists worked over four years on the project, creating 240 images of U.S. native plants, from which 46 were selected by jurors. Plants from around the country are featured, including saguaro cactus from the desert southwest, bigleaf maple from the west coast, bottlebrush buckeye from the eastern seaboard, and bloodroot, spanning the Midwestern and eastern U.S. . Fri.-SunEvent details.


Raptor Festival
Experience the thrill of seeing real owls, hawks, eagles and other predators up close and face to face! Explore the world of these beautiful birds through all kinds of games and crafts, flight demonstrations and presentations from local experts. Bonus: Otus the Owl will be there to greet you, too! SatEvent details.

Mount Vernon

Revolutionary War Weekend
Step back in time during one of the largest Revolutionary War re-enactments in the region! Watch hundreds of Continentals, Redcoats, Hessians, cannon, and cavalry in action on the estate. Throughout the weekend, learn more about life in the 18th century, discuss military techniques, and watch battle re-enactments. Wander through the encampment and meet the soldiers. This family-friendly event features a youth muster on the bowling green and even meeting General WashingtonFri.-SatEvent details.


Interactive Puppet Show
The Anacostia Community Museum, in partnership with Shakespeare For the Young, presents The Tiniest Tempest. Based on the Shakespeare play, The Tiniest Tempest is an interactive puppet show for children ages 4 through 10. The performance is free and open to the public! SatEvent details.

Capitol Hill

March for Moms
Kick off Maternal Health Awareness Week at the March for Moms rally on the National Mall. Wear your favorite orange shirt, buy a March for Moms T-shirt, and bring your kids, signs, chairs and blankets for an afternoon of fun, education and public demonstration. SunEvent details.

What do you look forward to this weekend? Tell us in the comments below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady