April 2019 - Special Events & Concerts

Words Out Loud: A Spoken Word Series

Friday, April 5, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Presenter: Words Out Loud

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Room 302, North Arcade Building

Admission: Free

Contact Phone: 240-899-6514


The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to host Words Out Loud, a monthly spoken word series! 


Meetings typically take place the first Friday of each month and feature readings by accomplished authors, followed by literary trivia and an open mic session.


Room 302 is in the North Arcade building. Enter to the right of the neon POPCORN sign across from the Carousel and take the stairs or elevator to the third floor.


Reuben Jackson is an archivist with the University of the District of Columbia's Felix E. Grant Jazz
Archives. From 2013 until 2018, he was host of Friday Night Jazz on Vermont Public Radio and has been an archivist and creator with the Smithsonian Institution's Duke Ellington Collection. His poems have been published in over 40 anthologies. Scattered Clouds, a collection of previously published and new poems will be published in October by Alan Squire Press. His music reviews have appeared in The Washington Post, Jazz Times, Downbeat, Jazziz, the Jazz Journalists Association website, and on NPR’s All Things Considered.  He has taught poetry at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland and to high school students in Burlington, Vermont.
Gary Hotham has been crafting English language haiku for over 50 years. Echoing T.S. Eliot, he
finds writing haiku to be a way to “devour any kind of experience” and fulfill the poet’s “task of
trying to find the verbal equivalents for states of mind and feeling.” He first discovered the
genre in a high school English class and has yet to recover from the challenge. He grew up in
northern Maine, currently resides in Maryland and has traveled and lived in Japan, Germany,
England, and Texas. His work has appeared in journals, chapbooks and anthologies. His major
collections of haiku: Breath Marks: Haiku to Read in the Dark (1999), Spilled Milk: Haiku
Destinies (2010), and Stone’s Throw: Promises of Mere Words (2016).


Swing Dance

Saturday, April 13, 8:00pm - midnight

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: Advance: $15; Door: $20; $15 Partnership members & students

Contact Email: ldoyle@glenechopark.org




Glen Echo Park Partnership is proud to present a swing dance with live music in the historic Spanish Ballroom. 


A beginner dance lesson will run from 8:00pm - 9:00pm, and is included in the cost of admission.  Following the lesson, dancing, with a live band from 9:00pm to midnight.  We encourage all to come out - no partner or prior experience necessary! 


Tonight's band and is Hot Club of Baltimore.


Learn more and purchase advance discounted tickets >>


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

Romantic Salon Conversations with Stanislav Khristenko

Sunday, April 14 at 4pm

Presenter: Washington Conservatory of Music

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Washington Conservatory of Music, Glen Echo Park

Admission: $15 at the door

Contact Phone: 301-320-2770


Delve into the music of various composers with Washington Conservatory 2018-19 artist-in-residence Stanislav Khristenko, the winner of the coveted Cleveland International Piano Competition prize and multiple other international piano competitions. Hear a series of performances and demonstrations by Mr. Khristenko and select Washington Conservatory students in this intimate series - each based on different composers or genres.


Parking is available in the main visitor parking lot located at 5801 Oxford Road.

By Words Alone: Spoken Word Fiction

Sunday April 21, 2019

Presenter: Novelist Roger Bradbury and Poet Kristin Kowalski Ferragut

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Backroom Ballroom at the Spanish Ballroom

Admission: Free

Contact Email: info@glenechopark.org

Contact Phone: Roger 702-279-8465 Kristin 240-224-5725



Spoken Word Fiction offers writers of fiction, play script, memoir, or blog an opportunity to read their published or new work to an audience. Styles from Children to Literary are welcome. Each reader will receive a five to eight minute segment at the mic. Once the readings are complete, Roger or Kristin lead an improvisation exercise modeled after "It Was A Dark and Stormy Night." Though slanted toward prose, the hosts welcome creative people who express their vision through poetry. song, or acoustic music. Let's gather and make some noise!

Carousel Day 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 11am to 4pm

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership

Location: Park grounds

Admission: Free

Contact Phone: 301-634-2222




Family Day gets a new name, CAROUSEL DAY! Celebrate the opening of Glen Echo Park's historic Dentzel Carousel for its 99th season. There will be FREE activities throughout the park including live music & performances and more. The carousel operates 11am - 5pm, $1.25 per ride.


Learn more about Carousel Day here>>