May 2017 - Special Events & Concerts

Art Walk in the Park

First Friday of the month: May 5 / Jun 2 / Jul 7 / Aug 4 / Sep 1

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership

Location: Throughout the Park

Admission: Free

Contact Phone: 301 634 2222



Every First Friday, May through September from 6pm to 8pm, the Glen Echo Park Partnership hosts open studios and artist demonstrations throughout the park. Check the Art Walk page to see what is happening in studios and shows at

Gills Club at the Aquarium

May 20, 10 - 11:30am

NEW LOCATION: Arcade 301

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Aquarium

Recommended Ages: Ages 5-12

Location: Arcade 301

Admission: Free

Contact Phone: 301.955.6256



The Glen Echo Park Aquarium, in partnership with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is proud to offer youth the opportunity to become fascinated by sharks through Gills Club events.  Gills Club is a STEM-based education initiative dedicated to connecting girls with female scientists from around the world, sharing knowledge and inspiring shark and ocean conservation. The Gills Club encourages girls to take an interest in sharks and inspires them to become advocates for conservation.


Various interactive activities, experiments, a live shark and a talk led by the Aquarium’s own female shark researcher will help to expand your child’s knowledge about sharks.  Gills Club will meet Saturday May 20th from 10-11:30 am.  Participation is free, however, space is limited and preregistration is required. This program is for kids (girls and boys) ages 5-12.


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Saturday, May 20, 6:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts & Culture

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $200 per person

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The Glen Echo Park Partnership presents its annual Gala in the Park, which includes a reception, gourmet dinner, award program, dancing, and carousel rides. This year's Gala theme is Celebrate History in Our Backyard. The Gala honors Yumi Hogan, First Lady of Maryland, and the Town of Glen Echo. Music will be provided by the Tom Cunningham Orchestra. Tickets are $200 per person and are tax-deductible above the $75 per person cost of the dinner and entertainment. 


GALA DANCE (Swing Dance)

Saturday, May 20, 8:15 pm - midnight

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts & Culture

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $25

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The Glen Echo Park Partnership presents our annual Gala Dance featuring live music by the Tom Cunningham Orchestra! Starting at 8:15 pm, join dance instructors Dabe and Janelle Murphy for a beginner swing dance lesson in the Bumper Car Pavilion, followed by dancing in the Spanish Ballroom from 9:15 pm - midnight.


This is a fundraiser and your ticket purchase helps support all of the arts programs at Glen Echo Park. Admission includes the lesson & dance, dessert, beverages, and free carousel rides.


For a calendar view of all the May dances, visit the May "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."