December 2019 - Special Events & Concerts

Words Out Loud: A Spoken Word Series

Friday, December 6, 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.



Susan Sonde is an award-winning poet and short story writer. Her debut collection, In the Longboats with Others (New Rivers Press) won the Capricorn Book Award. The Chalk Line was a finalist in the National Poetry Series. In a busy 2019, The Arsonist (Main Street Rag) was released, Evenings at the Table of an Intoxicant was a finalist in the New Rivers New Voices contest, and The Last Insomniac, a chapbook, now working its way to a full collection, was a finalist for the James Tate Award. Individual poems have appeared in many prestigious journals such as the North American Review, the Southern Humanities Review, and New Letters. She has received a National Endowment Award in poetry, grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Gordon Barber Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America.
Adam Lauver is an actor, comedian, and recovering PhD student. His work includes dialogic communication research and practice, social justice activism, and facilitating workshops in prisons and jails. In 2018 he coauthored a book chapter titled "The Big Worlds Swirled": Dialogue, Reciprocity, and Rigorous Critical Pedagogy in a Prison Classroom. His first book, an experimental play titled The Last Thing I'll Ever WriteWrite (Part One), was published by Plays Inverse Press in January 2019. He also wrote and stars in The Podney Dangercast, a 40-minuteaudio drama podcast about Rodney Dangerfield.


Winter's Eve 2019

Saturday, December 14, 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership

Location: Arcade Building & throughout the Park

Admission: Free

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 301-634-2222


Celebrate the holiday season at the Park’s annual Winter’s Eve event. Enjoy FREE activities including holiday crafts, sing-alongs, story-telling, open studios, and a hot chocolate bar. Make your own blown glass ornament or take advantage of Photoworks' professional holiday portraits.  Browse and buy fine artworks at the Holiday Art Show and artist studios. 


Learn more at our Winter's Eve event page


Volunteer shifts are available from 3pm to 8 pm. Volunteers are asked to sign up for at least one two-hour shift. Contact: for more information.

NEW YEAR'S EVE Swing Dance

Tuesday, December 31, 8:00 pm - 12:15 am

Presenter: American Swing

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $30 advance, $40 at the door / $20 ages 11-17, $10 ages 10 and younger

Contact Email:



American Swing presents New Year's Eve with CITY RHYTHM ORCHESTRA in the historic Spanish Ballroom! 


The tagline on their website says it all -- Great Music, Great Fun -- and CITY RHYTHM ORCHESTRA is all that and more. City Rhythm has a distinct style and sound that has been popular in their hometown of Philadelphia and around the world for many years. Led by Pete Spina and Nick Vallerio, their extraordinary performances at weddings, corporate events, nightclubs and tribute shows, are always tremendously entertaining. The band has been a long-time favorite of Gottaswing and are delighted to be back in DC to celebrate the new year with us. Look forward to a night of straight-ahead swing that'll keep you on the dance floor all night long.




Beginner swing lesson 8-9pm, dance 9pm-12:15am

• ADVANCE TICKETS $30—Advance tickets available until 11:59pm on Monday, December 30. Advance ticket purchasers will check in at the will-call desk at the door.  Online ticket purchase is by credit card payment only. Tickets are non-refundable. 

• DOOR ADMISSION $40 ($20, Ages 11-17; $10, Ages 10 and younger; photo ID required for age verification)

Advance ticket purchasers will check in at the will-call desk at the door.