Private Rentals at Glen Echo Park

At Glen Echo Park you'll find the perfect venue for any event, including corporate picnics, bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings, children’s birthdays, and more!  And we're Wedding Wire rated!  Now is the perfect time to book your summer 2016 wedding. (The 2017 calendar is also open.)

For more information, visit our RENTALS page >>

Dances with Live Music Every Weekend

The Glen Echo Park Partnership presents social dances every week from Thursday through Sunday. Dances feature swing, contra, blues, waltz, cajun, zydeco, salsa, tango, and more. Ticket prices include a FREE pre-dance introductory lesson, and most dances have live music from top-notch bands!

For more information, visit our SOCIAL DANCES page >>

Spring/Summer Registration Now Open

Are you ready to sign up for that art class you've always been meaning to take? Or have you been coming to Glen Echo Park for years and love our programs? Either way, you'll find something in our Spring/Summer catalog!

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Register for Winter Classes Today!

If your New Year's resolution involves getting more creative, sign up for classes at the Park today! Dance, music, photography, fused glass, silversmithing, ceramics, painting & drawing, glass blowing, and more. Winter classes are starting now! 

Download the catalog and register here >>


Spring/Summer Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for Winter classes and Spring/Summer classes and camps.


Upcoming Winter Classes

Adult & Teen Visual Arts

Art Glass

Blown Glass

Drawing & Painting





Music Classes for All Ages

Dance Classes

Modern Dance

Social Dance

Children's Classes

Children's Visual Arts

Children's Dance and Movement

Children's Music


Browse Spring/Summer Classes



Inclement Weather/Park Closing Hotline: 301.320.2330


Nighthawks (photo by Linda Parker)

Join Us for Our Weekend Dances


Featuring Live Music at Every Dance This Weekend!


Thursday: Blues dance with live music by Full Power Blues in the Back Room 


Friday: Contra dance with Contrarians in the Spanish Ballroom

Saturday: Swing dance with the Nighthawks in the Spanish Ballroom


Sunday afternoon: Waltz with Terpsichore in the Spanish Ballroom


Sunday evening: Contra dance with Contrarians in the Spanish Ballroom or Tango lessons and milonga with live music by Emmanuel Trifilio & Ramon Gonzalez in the Back Room




Support the Park by Becoming a Member Today!


Become a Member of the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture and support the arts, educational, and cultural programs at the Park!


Thank you!


Currently On View in our Galleries


Get inspired in our galleries every weekend!


Creative Crafts Council: On Tour

January 16 to February 21

Popcorn Gallery>>


Alignment: Works by Phil Brown and Westen Muntain

January 16 to February 21

Stone Tower Gallery>>


Shades of Winter: Ken Bachman Oils

January 16 to February 21

Park View Gallery>>


The Shadow Knows

February 6 to March 14

Photoworks Gallery>>



Glen Echo Park Aquarium Grand Opening


Now Open!


Glen Echo Park Aquarium

a Chesapeake Bay Discovery Center


NEW Winter Hours (December through February):

Saturdays, 10am to 4pm

Sundays, 11am to 4pm

Weekdays by appointment - Click below for special holiday hours


  • Our Touch Tank where you can actually physically feel some of the amazing animals that live in our Chesapeake Bay!
  • Our Pirate Ship! Come aboard the GEPA ship, alongside some experienced pirates, you can travel the Chesapeake and search for the TREASURE!
  • Sand boxes, filled with adventure!
  • The SS-GEPA Submarine is ready to dive down! Come aboard and take an awesome picture! (Did someone say “Holiday Cards”?)
  • Face painting! What will you choose? Do you want a seahorse a mudfish?
  • Aquatic Animal Displays!




Glen Echo Park Opportunities


Interested in Teaching at Glen Echo Park?


The Glen Echo Park Partnership is seeking instructors in visual artsdance technique, movement and social dance styles for all ages.

Click below for full information or fill out a proposal form here. Course Proposals are considered on an ongoing basis. 




Glen Echo Park In the News


Check out Glen Echo Park on The Daily Beast!

Watch this one-minute "commercial" for the Park! Part of the Daily Beast's Nearest Faraway Place series that tells the story of all sorts of cool places throughout the country!


Floor Barre Instructor Featured in Washington Post

Dance Review

Sarah Kaufman, dance critic for The Washington Post, writes glowingly of floor barre instructor Alison Crosby's work in a recent performance at Dance Place in Washington, DC. To take Alison's class click here


'Folk & Fiddle' Gala in the Park

Washington Life Magazine covers Glen Echo Park's successful gala event honoring Montgomery County Council Member Roger Berliner for his strong support for the Park's celebrated social dances and appreciation for the arts. 






What's So Special About Glen Echo Park...


“Glen Echo Park fosters creativity and a love of the arts as well as a sense of community. The learning and shared experiences that I have enjoyed at the Park over the years have not only strengthened my understanding of myself but also of the arts as a basic necessity.”

Laura C.

Member, Student, and Volunteer


“We love dancing at Glen Echo Park! The dance community is what brought us together 10 years ago when we first met at a USO dance in the Spanish Ballroom... The beauty of the Ballroom, the wide variety of dance offerings (we especially enjoy Waltz Time), the incredible bands that play at the dances, the lessons offered before each dance – all of this has kept us coming back for more."

Bob & Francine L.

Social Dancers