Flower Mart at Mount Vernon Place 2023
Celebrate the beginning of spring at the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy’s Flower Mart, Baltimore’s oldest free public festival and home to the iconic lemon stick! The springtime celebration takes place in Mount Vernon surrounding the Washington Moument with vendors lining the streets. Flower Mart was founded in 1911 by the Women’s Civic League, an organization that advocated for better living conditions throughout Baltimore, and has remained a beloved tradition ever since. The event helps promote green living by featuring sustainable vendors, many of whom grow and make their own products, hosting educational sessions and providing a beautiful, floral-filled atmosphere for Baltimoreans to get outside and enjoy the spring weather.
Keep scrolling for key information regarding Flower Mart 2023, including the festival schedule, parking information, food recommendations and more things to do in historic Mount Vernon!
Flower Mart Schedule 2023
In addition to a great line up of local musicians on stages in the West and South Squares, the Conservancy has assembled 10 workshops and lectures on flower and plant themes. These workshops will take place in the Learning Pavilion and are capped at 20 attendees. Attendance is first-come, first-serve.
The National Aquarium will be hosting children and families in making native plant seed balls. Stop by the Aquarium’s booth to get nerdy with nature and learn about how you can support the health of the bay from your own backyard.
See below for a full schedule.
Friday, May 5:
11: Opening Ceremony
12: Simone Baron & Susan Alcorn
1:30: Seth Kibel & Sean Lane
3: Duo Sila
6: Ebb & Nova
11:30 AM: Dana & The 408
1: Golden Aster
2:30: Ed Hrybyk Trio
4: BSA Jazz Ensemble
5:30: Arte Flamenco
7: Mariah Bonner & Marcus Dagan
12:30: Bug Out With the National Aquarium!
2: Introduction to Kokedama by Mister Kokedama
3:30: Urban Tree Programs Supporting Healthy Communities byMidtown Community Benefits District, Baltimore Tree Trust, MVBA Trees
5: Botanical Gin Tasting byMcClintock Distilling Company
6:45: Flower Arranging With Spring’s Garden Bounty byFlowers By Chris
Saturday, May 6
12 PM: Zachary Grim
1:30: Maryland Opera
3: Flower Mart Hat Contest – Baltimore Hons!
4:30: The Charles Street Winding Boys
6: Steve Hung
11:30 AM:Baltimore Concert Opera
1: AMSSA Choir PM
2:30: Simone Baron & Arco Belo
4: Cams Sounds & Vibrations
7: Geo World
11 AM: Terrariums 101: Embrace Your Inner Maker! by Terraria Hysteria
12:30 PM: Design Your Own Spring Arrangement by Flowers & Fancies
2: Garden Party Storytime by the National Aquarium
3:30: Lotus Lantern Making With Natural Pigments by Rosaful Garden
5:15: What’s All This Buzz About Mead? Try It! by Charm City Meadworks
Flower Mart Vendors
As in years past, this year the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy’s Flower Mart highlights local flower and plant vendors, artisans, nonprofits and food suppliers. Beverages will be available from The Brewer’s Art and Peabody Heights Brewery, mead from Charm City Meadworks, and wine from Old Westminster Winery.
Things to do in Mount Vernon
There is so much to see and do in the Mount Vernon neighborhood any day of the year, you can’t visit the historic neighborhood without checking out the view from Baltimore’s own Washington Monument. Other cultural attractions include the Walters Art Museum, the Maryland Center for History & Culture (where the original copy of the “Star-Spangled Banner” is kept) and the stunning George Peabody Library, where you can peruse six floors of more than 300,000 books. Take high tea at the Ivy Hotel (the only Relais & Châteaux hotel in Maryland). Then, enjoy a performance at Baltimore Center Stage, or hear the world-renowned Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
Places to eat in Mount Vernon
There are lots of delicious places to eat near Flower Mart in Mount Vernon, from upscale restaurants to casual cafes. Try one of these popular destinations after a day spent exploring Flower Mart:
- The Bun Shop
- SS Cafe
- Baby’s On Fire
- The Helmand
- The Owl Bar
- The Prime Rib
- Nepal House
- Marie Louise Bistro
- The Brewer’s Art
- Sangria Patio Bar
- Poets Modern Cocktails & Eats
- Wet City
Flower Mart FAQs
Where can I park for Flower Mart?
While street parking is available in Mount Vernon, it's likely to be limited or fill up quickly during Flower Mart weekend. Luckily, there are several garages near the festival:
- The 520 N. Charles St. Lot
- The 225 N. Calvert St. Garage
- The 209 E. Monument St. Garage
- The 600 Cathedral St. Lot
Where can I stay near Flower Mart?Mount Vernon is home to several luxury boutique hotels, including Hotel Revival, Hotel Indigo and Ulysses. Hotel Revival is an artsy hotel that boasts stunning views of the Washington Monument, Hotel Indigo is a historic literary-themed abode and Ulysses is a swanky new concept from Ash NYC. Want more budget-friendly options? See our hotels page for more locales near Flower Mart.
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What forms of public transportation are available in Baltimore?The Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) operates commuter and local bus routes, Metro Subway, Light Rail, and weekday MARC train service between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Call the MTA 410-539-5000 or visit www.mtamaryland.com for more information about MARC and our other services. Click here for more information about other transportation options.