THe National Gallery of Art

First Saturday

Celebrate all things spring and cherry blossoms at the National Gallery of Art. 

Our monthly First Saturday programs feature a fun and relaxed experience with art making, films, and various special pop-up activities. All activities are free, and most are first come, first served. Some activities require registration.

On April 1, join us for kid’s films, create a floral collage, and make a custom-designed cherry blossom screenprint with local printmakers Soul and Ink. Then, enjoy pop-up musical performances and venture over to the Sculpture Garden for a tour of outdoor art installations.


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!