January 19, 2020 - All Events

VIRTUAL - Online Classes


Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts & Culture

Contact Email: registrar@glenechopark.org

Contact Phone: 301-634-2222




Many of our classes at Glen Echo Park have gone online!  We now offer more than 50 classes for kids, teens, and adults online, including classes presented by the Yellow Barn Studio, Washington Conservatory of Music, Photoworks, and Adventure Theatre MTC.  


Visit our Online Classes page to browse and sign up for online classes!

Virtual STEAM

ANYTIME! Online!

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts & Culture

Recommended Ages: Kids 10 & Under

Contact Email: info@glenechopark.org



NEW Virtual STEAM Projects Series

(STEM + Art = STEAM!)

Art Meets Science in Short Experiments for Parents & Children


Visit the Virtual STEAM page page:

A new project series will be available at the end of June.

VIRTUAL - Saturday Art Explorers

ANYTIME! Online!

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts & Culture

Recommended Ages: Kids 10 & Under

Contact Email: info@glenechopark.org



Saturday Art Explorers GOES VIRTUAL!  Visit our Saturday Art Explorers page for video tutorials and materials lists for art projects at home! New projects bi-weekly. 


Visit the Saturday Art Explorers page:

Swing Dance

Saturday, January 18, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Craig Gildner Big Band

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $20 general / $18 students

Contact Email: craig@bluesky5.com




The Craig Gildner Big Band presents live music by Count Basie and Nat King Cole in the historic Spanish Ballroom! The Craig Gildner Big Band is a thirteen piece repertoire orchestra authentically recreating the sounds of the swing era made famous by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Artie Shaw and others. Arrangements are direct transcriptions and stock selections that would have been played back in the day by bands across the country. Adding to the period feel, the rhythm section boasts calfskin drums arranged in a manner much like Krupa’s, gut wound bass strings, acoustic rhythm guitar on a vintage Gibson L7, and stride piano solos.


The musicianship is of the highest caliber. Bandleader Craig Gildner handpicked each and every section from DC’s pool of talented musicians. The band can whisper and scream… and everything in between…all in just one song!


Enjoy a beginner swing dance lesson at 8:00 pm (included in the admission), followed by dancing until midnight. No partner or prior experience needed.

Paper Complex

January 11 - February 16, 2020

Gallery Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, 12am to 6pm


Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture

Location: Popcorn Gallery

Admission: Free

Contact Email: info@glenechopark.org

Contact Phone: 301-634-2222



In Paper Complex, artists Jessica Beels, Ellen Kennedy, and Saaraliisa Ylitalo display the myriad ways to manipulate paper. Their distinctive styles and techniques tell the stories of their individual explorations and artistic processes. The thoughtful details and conceptual designs in their works are meditative, inviting viewers to experience the complexities of paper transformation. Each work evokes a deeper meaning; our interaction with paper has cross-cultural differences and significances. This show meets at the intersection of acknowledging this everyday material and the limitless ways in which paper can be manipulated, transformed, and reimagined. 


Opening Reception

Saturday, January 11, 4 to 6pm



January 17 - February 16, 2020

Presenter: the Puppet Co.

Recommended Ages: Pre-K - Grade 4

Location: the Puppet Co. Playhouse

Admission: $12

Contact Phone: 301-634-5380


Rapunzel is a fantastic one-woman show that puts a twist on the Disney version. As with most Puppet Co. Theatre shows, the story follows the original, classic fairytale. Master puppeteer Liz Dapo will return with her one-woman performance of this timeless classic.


Age recommendation: PreK - Grade 4; Running time: 45 minutes.


Purchase tickets at www.thepuppetco.org

Waltz Dance

Sunday, January 19, 2:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Presenter: Waltz Time

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $13 per person / $5 students & children

Contact Email: info@waltztimedances.org




Waltz Time presents a beginning waltz lesson from 2:45 to 3:30 pm, followed by an afternoon of waltzes and other couples dances to live music.  Dancing runs from 3:30 to 6 pm.  As always, no partner is required for this dance in the Spanish Ballroom, and the cost of admission includes the lesson.


Today's dance features live music by Waltzing Stars Trio

Argentine Tango

Sunday, January 19, 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Presenter: Tango Brillante DC

Location: Ballroom Back Room

Admission: $15/one lesson, $20/both lessons, or $10 "dance only" at 8:30 pm

Contact Name: René Davila

Contact Email: rene_f_davila@yahoo.com




Tango Brillante DC is happy to offer Argentine Tango lessons followed by a Milonga most Sunday evenings. Dancers can choose either the beginner lesson from 6:30 - 7:30 pm or the special Milonga lesson from 7:30 - 8:30 pm, or both. Cost is $15 for one lesson or $20 for both lessons  - both options include the Milonga that follows. For dancers who wish to attend just the Milonga, cost is $10 and the open dance runs from 8:30 - 11:00 pm. René will DJ a mix of traditional tango with a little alternative added. No partner required.

Contra and Square Dance

Sunday, January 19, 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Presenter: Folklore Society of Greater Washington

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: $13 nonmembers/$10 FSGW members/$5 ages 17 and under




The Folklore Society of Greater Washington presents traditional American contra dancing. The evening can include square dances, mixers, waltzes and other couple dances. All Contras and Square dances are taught, no partner is necessary. There is a lesson at 7 p.m., followed by the dance with caller and live music from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.


Live Music by Countercurrent