THe National Gallery of Art

First Saturday

Celebrate Spring with the National Gallery of Art during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Create floral art inspired by the season with paper artist Emily Paluska and practice sketching with a stunning floral arrangement.

Explore the East Building’s collection of flower art with gallery activities, enjoy face painting, listen to Taiko drummers, and more on this special day that celebrates the springtime!

On the first Saturday of each month the National Gallery springs to life with a variety of engaging activities for all ages.


What began with a gift in 1912 at the Tidal Basin is now a four-week extravaganza spanning Washington, DC, and neighboring communities in Maryland and Virginia. From exciting events to convenient hotels, delectable Cherry Picks restaurants to, vibrant Art in Bloom installations, and a jaw-dropping City in Bloom to joyful Petal Porches, see the Washington, DC area as you can only see it once a year!