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!

It's cold outside, but we're gearing up for spring!  Registration for spring and summer classes and camps is now open and ongoing. From pottery to painting, silversmithing to stonecarving, music to mixed media, and much more!

Download the catalog and register here >>

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. 

For more information, visit our RENTALS page >>

Drop-in Art Activities on Saturdays

Join us this Saturday -- and every Saturday -- for Art Explorers Family Studio in the Candy Corner. This is a parent/child drop-in art program for kids ages 10 and under.

Visit our Art Explorers page for more details >>


Spring/Summer Registration Open


Spring Classes Now Starting: Register Today!


March Classes

Dance Technique for Children - NEW!

Dance Technique & Social Dance for Adults

Adult & Teen Visual Arts

Music for Children & Adults

Children's Visual Arts


Spring Break is Coming Soon

Spring Break Camps for Children & Teens


Looking for Camps?

Browse camp programs online or Download our Camps section.



Inclement weather? Call our Park Closing Hotline 301-320-2330.


Dancing in the Spanish Ballroom




Thursday Evening: Blues DJ Dance in the Back Room Annex


Friday Evening: Contra Dance with Sugar Beat in the Spanish Ballroom or Polkas Plus with Mike Surratt & The Continentals in the Back Room Annex


Saturday Evening: Swing Dance with Mitch Woods vs. Daryl Davis in the Spanish Ballroom


Sunday Afternoon: Ballroom Dance with the Hot Society Orchestra or Family Dance with Eric Maring & Graham DeZarn in the Back Room Annex


Sunday Evening: Contra & Square Dance with Graham DeZarn Joint in the Spanish Ballroom or Tango Workshops & DJ Milonga in the Back Room Annex



House Tour Fundraiser


This special event includes:


•  Welcome presentation held in Glen Echo Park’s Ballroom Annex


•  Self-guided access to two beautifully restored historic castles and two remarkable contemporary homes


•  Shuttle transportation running continuously from the Park to all of the homes


•  Wine & cheese reception at the Park’s Stone Tower Gallery


All proceeds from the House Tour support the arts and educational programs at Glen Echo Park.


Currently On View in our Galleries



Get inspired in our galleries this weekend!


Out of Nothing Feb 22 to March 15, 

Popcorn Gallery>>


Making Our Marks: New Work by Nine Printmakers, March 7 to 29,

Stone Tower Gallery>>


Our Nation's River: A Photographic Journey Down the Potomac,

March 7 to 29, 

Park View Gallery>> 


My Little Town, Feb 27 to April 13, 

Photoworks Gallery>>



Call for Entries



ArtAbility Spring Family Programs

Registration Now Open


ArtAbility is a collaborative arts experience designed to provide middle school students with autism the opportunity to engage in arts experiences, help them build social and communication skills, and learn new forms of self-expression. 


Spring Family Programs:

Students attend 4 FREE Family Programs held on weekend days throughout the spring with their families.  


  • Sat, Mar 28 - Music for Autism Concert, Ivymount School 
  • Sun, Apr 26 - Jack & the Beanstalk, Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park 
  • Sun, May 3 - Sinbad, Imagination Stage
  • Sun, May 17 - Carousel ride, drama & movement workshop, Glen Echo Park





Glen Echo Park In the News


Photoworks Exhibition at Katzen Center

NewsWise reports on winter exhibitions at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, D.C., including an the current show (open Jan. 24) celebrating forty years of photography at Photoworks. Congratulations to our outstanding resident photography program on this special exhibition!


Glen Echo Park Renovates the Hall of Mirrors 

Bethesda Now reports on the Hall of Mirrors: “Renovating the Hall of Mirrors was the first step toward invigorating our ballet and creative movement classes..." ~ Katey Boerner, Executive Director


Glen Echo Park in Washingtonian's Best of Washington

Glen Echo Park is on Washingtonian magazine's Best of Washington list in the July issue! Grab a copy and check us out on page 86!






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