Carousel Day 2019

Join us for the opening of the carousel's 2019 season!


Saturday, April 27, 2019

11am - 4pm


The historic Dentzel Carousel will open for 2019 on Saturday, April 27, with one of our largest family festivals -- Carousel Day! The event also offers a full day of FREE activities for families throughout Glen Echo Park, including live music & dance performances, face painting, open studios and galleries, and moreThe historic Dentzel carousel has operated in Glen Echo Park since 1921! 


Carousel Day activities run from 11am to 4pm. The carousel operates from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., $1.25 per ride.

Praline, the Park's on-site cafe, will be open throughout event and Ben & Jerry's will be on site with an ice cream cart! 


[In 2019 the carousel will have a shortened season due to major repairs that will begin in July.  It will close at the end of June and re-open, as it does each year, the following spring. ]





Watch videos and find out what happens at Carousel Day ( a lot!)




Free Performances Include:


World-renowned Barynya, regarded as the premier Russian folk ensemble outside of Russia, presents Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewish, and Gypsy Roma traditional dancing, music, songs, and virtuoso performances on instruments including the balalaika, garmoshka (Russian folk accordion) and balalaika contrabass. 

Wammie-nominated Cantaré will bring Latin American music to the Park with vocalist Cecilia Esquivel and guitarist Dani Cortaza, both from Argentina. 
Peter Fields’ and Tom Teasley’s Global Connection will present a “true musical journey". With their training in Western classical music and American Jazz as a starting point, they go on to explore sounds and rhythms from all over the world to create a mesmerizing listening
Mark H. Rooney and his Taiko drummers will return to the Park for Carousel Day for the third time, ready to wow audiences with their dazzling display of drumming skills. (WATCH A VIDEO HERE >>.)
Enviro Drum Maryland, a franchise of the hugely successful original Enviro Drum show created and led by Jeff Salem in Ontario, Canada, offers a modern twist on the three R's: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. By performing all percussion parts on reused household items and on various recycle bins, the show emphasizes its environmental message through music and rhythm.



Meet instructors, make a craft, observe and learn more about summer camp programs here at the Park.

Learn more about our summer camps here >>





More information here >>




Performances at our award-winning childrens theaters! More information and links to purchase tickets here >>



Performances by Barynya, Cantare, and Mark H. Rooney are generously sponsored by Artivate, an organization committed to providing arts programming of the highest quality that is integrated into education and the life of the community, as well as encouraging professional development opportunities for artists.  



•••••  Volunteer  •••••


It's lots of fun to participate in our Carousel Day festival, and volunteering provides a great opportunity for students to earn SSL hours! We need volunteers ages 13 and older to help supervise and direct activities. Volunteer activities include:


* Helping with set up and clean up

* Face painting

* Supervising activities (primarily crafts)

* Helping with parking (must be 18 years old)


Volunteer shifts are available from 9am to 6pm. Volunteers are asked to sign up for shifts of at least three hours. Refreshments will be provided. To volunteer, please email with preferred volunteer tasks and times.