Space, Light & Sound
Monday, Feb. 10 (one night only!)
• Session 1: 5:30–6:15 pm
• Session 2: 7:00–7:45 pm
• Session 3: 8:30–9:15 pm
You’ve seen the colorful Cathedral on Instagram, and now see it for yourself! Marvel at a vast, open space unlike anything in Washington. Sit on the floor or wander around, immersed in an organic and unique lighting experience. Gary Hardnett provides live music while moving lights illuminate the gothic architecture. Special thanks to Atmosphere Lighting for sharing their dazzling talents.
Doors open 15 minutes prior to each session.
Musical Performance: Each flows into the other
Tuesday, Feb. 11 • 7–9 pm
Bryan Christian’s work “Each flows into the other,” performed by R. Andrew Lee, is a 2-hour musical exploration of sound and space. Wander the grand space of the Cathedral during this immersive experience, and allow the sound to wash over you. You might be surprised to discover how your listening experience transforms with each step you take.
Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.
Wednesday, Feb. 12 • 7 pm
(new in 2020!)
Thursday, Feb. 13 • 7 am
All levels of experience are welcome to join this class in partnership with Flow Yoga Center. Join Debra Mishalove, creative director and founder of Flow Yoga, and other Flow Yoga teachers, for an all-levels yoga class and sound bath meditation with crystal bowls (provided by Dante Baker). No experience necessary! All are welcome; teachers are ready to assist when needed. Please bring a yoga mat and water bottle.
Doors open for sign-in 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.
Contemplative Prayer & Peace
Thursday, Feb. 13 • 7 pm
We get it: life is stressful, especially here in Washington. Here’s your chance to recharge from the business of life during this open time for prayer, meditation and contemplation. Wander the nave, light a candle and drink in the stunning gothic architecture or bring a pillow or your prayer cushion to sit and meditate.
• Periodic spoken readings and prayers invite you to nurture your soul and see deeper
• The evening ends with the service of Compline and nighttime prayers from the New Zealand prayer book.
Second Chance Prom
Friday, Feb. 14 • 7:30–10:30 pm
Dive into a magical underwater experience with our Second Chance Prom, where everyone gets a do-over on the high school dances they want to relive, forget or experience for the first time. We provide the crepe-paper seaweed, bubbles and snacks for our evening of Enchantment Under the Sea, and all you need to bring is your sweetie, bestie or just yourself to the best Valentine’s dance party in Washington. Flashback to your childhood and add bricks to our LEGO model to help us reach our goal of 100,000 bricks by March 1.
Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks provided. Complimentary coat check.
Special Tours & Access
Daily at 10:30 am and 1 pm
Discover the Cathedral’s hidden stories on the behind-the-scenes tour as you marvel at the building’s artistry and engineering. Journey through stone stairwells and passageways to see stained glass windows up close and magnificent views from the heights. Be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters, and heights.
Daily at 1 pm
See the Cathedral like you’ve never seen it before with a special, in-depth look at aspects of Cathedral artisanship. Tours are dedicated to specialized topics of stone, glass, ironwork, wooden carvings and other artistry.
Learn more about daily offerings and get tickets:
- Monday: “Great Height, Great Light: Gothic Architecture”
- Tuesday: “Swords and Dragons, Faith and Renewal”
- Wednesday: “Symbolism and Artistry”
- Thursday: “Jewels of Light”
- Friday: “Women in Cathedral Art and History”
Special Photography Access
Wednesday, Feb. 12 • 8:45 am
One morning only! 75 minutes of before-hours access to photograph inside the Cathedral. Space is limited.
Angels & Monsters Tower Climb
Friday, Feb. 14 • 2 pm
This climb focuses on the Cathedral’s two western towers and includes a close-up look at many gargoyles and grotesques while visiting the open-air walkway wrapping around these two towers (about 125 feet above the ground). The climb ends on the very top of the northwest tower, which provides the best views of the Cathedral itself, and 360-degree views of the surrounding area (over 200 feet above the ground).