Join us for FONA’s holiday events at the National Arboretum! Have fun with the whole family while supporting FONA through this annual fundraiser.

Both the Winter Festival and Christmas Tree Sale will be located at the National Arboretum’s New York Avenue Parking Lot (see map below). Enter the Arboretum through either the R Street entrance (2400 R Street NE) or New York Ave entrance (3501 New York Ave NE). Dogs are allowed on leash.

Parking is available in the New York Avenue lot, but we expect it to fill quickly. There is overflow parking in the R Street lot (10 minute walk from the event) and the Grove lot (20 minute walk from the event). Please do not park in the grass alongside the road.

After the event, explore all the National Arboretum has to offer in winter. The Gotelli Conifer CollectionCamellia Collection, and National Bonsai & Penjing Museum all offer spectacular things to see during the winter months. Download the Arboretum’s mobile app (iOS or Android) to explore what’s in season.

event map of the location of the winter festival and tree sale, with parking lots highlighted

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a mother and her child buy chocolates from a winter festival vendor
winter festival attendee tries honey from a vendor


The Winter Festival will be held on Saturday, December 2nd from 10 AM to 4 PM (rain date Sunday, December 3rd). Have a hassle-free holidays and get all your shopping done in one place! Registration for this free event is encouraged but not required — let us know you’re coming and to receive important event updates.

Emilia holding a christmas tree during the annual winter festival and tree sale


The Christmas Tree Sale will take place on both Saturday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 3rd from 10 AM to 4 PM. Saturday’s sale will take place right next to the Winter Festival.

Shop Christmas trees, wreaths, and garlands — a portion of all sales directly support FONA!

Tree are available for pre-order and can be delivered or picked up on Saturday, December 2nd or Sunday December 3rd. Pre-ordering is not required but guarantees you a quality tree. Select “Friends of the National Arboretum” as the fundraising partner at checkout to ensure your purchase supports FONA.


The Native Plant Sale takes place every year in March in conjunction with the National Arboretum’s Lahr Native Plants Symposium. Our annual native plant sale includes a small number of plant vendors (~3-5 vendors) from across the mid-Atlantic selling spring ephemerals and many other choice perennials and woody plants. We will share more information about the 2024 Native Plant Sale in early 2024.

Native plant sale attendees show off the plants they bought during the sale


The spring Garden Fair & Plant Sale takes place every year on the last weekend of April. This is our largest seasonal festival and is a major fundraiser for FONA.

Shop from thousands of plants and over 25 local gardening, lifestyle, and food vendors. You can also get advice from our expert gardeners and enjoy free family activities. We will share more information about the 2024 Garden Fair & Plant Sale in early 2024.

garden fair and plant sale visitor browsing plants


The Fall Festival & Bulb Sale takes places in late September or early October of each year. Stock up both favorite and unusual bulbs, shop from a small selection of local vendors, and have fun with the family through free nature-based activities. We will share information about the 2024 Fall Festival in the summer of 2024.

fall festival and bulb sale volunteer with bulbs


Apply today to be a vendor at our annual seasonal festivals! Each event draws thousands of attendees to the National Arboretum. We have a limited number of booths available at these events and spaces fill quickly.

Casey Trees vendor tent at the Garden Fair and Plant Sale
Apply to be a vendor at our seasonal festivals