• Carousel Day 2022


    SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2022  |  11am – 4pm

    Join us for a festival event in celebration of Glen Echo Park's 101-year-old Dentzel Carousel as it opens for the season!

    In addition to riding the carousel, families are welcome to enjoy many other FREE activities throughout the Park, including live music & performances, kids' arts & crafts, open artist studios & galleries, and lots more (see below)!  Plus, the star of the show: carousel rides


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    Featured Performers: 

    • Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer,* Two-Time GRAMMY Award-Winning Folk Musicians

    1:30–2:30 in the Spanish Ballroom

    • Urban Artistry, an internationally-recognized organization dedicated to the performance and preservation of art forms inspired by the urban experience

    11:30–12:30 in the Spanish Ballroom

    • Mystic Warriors, world music evoking the ancestral sounds of the Incas with Andean panpipes and flutes combined with guitars, synthesizers, drums, and bass

    11:15–12:15 in the Bumper Car Pavilion Ballroom

    • Mark H. Rooney, Taiko drummer

    2:45–3:15 and 3:30–4:00 in the Spanish Ballroom

    • Kofi Denis, Ghanaian drummer and storyteller

    3:00–3:30 and 3:45–4:15 in the Bumper Car Pavilion



    • The Washington Revels Maypole Dance

    11:45–12:15 on the Crystal Pool Lawn

    • The Washington Revels, featuring Whiskey Before Breakfast Band, Tween Morris, The May Kids, and more!

    12:45–1:30 in the Bumper Car Pavilion

    • Penny's Puppets

    2:00–2:30 in the Bumper Car Pavilion


    Pick up the full schedule of activities for the event at the information tent near the carousel. 


    Maryland State Arts Council logo with black, red, white large acronym text in black* Presented with support from a Maryland State Arts Council Touring Grant.


    Tickets are also available for:

    • the Puppet Co. performances of Tiny Tots and Rumpelstiltskin at 10 am, 11:30 am, and 1 pm (Tickets required)

    Enjoy treats from our Praline Cafe and Ben & Jerry's! 


    Event RSVP

    (RSVP preferred, not required. There is no check in at this event.)


    Commemorating 20 Years of Partnership 

    A graphic made of starbursts in blue that spells out 20, plus a green stem and text

    This year marks 20 years since a partnership was formed between Montgomery County, MD and the National Park Service, creating a new administrative structure for the Park under an agreement signed in June 2002. The nonprofit Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture (the Partnership) was created by the County to serve as the manager of the Park’s multi-disciplinary arts programs and historic buildings in cooperation the National Park Service, which owns the site. This agreement includes operating the 101- year-old Dentzel Carousel, the “jewel of the Park.”

    Overarching our 20th anniversary season is the theme “Re-Imagine. Re-Create,” which gives a nod to the rich history of the Park while emphasizing an exciting future. The symbol of the season – and the focus of the Flower Bloom art installation on May 1 – is a flower, representing new ideas blooming, the growth of the Park going forward, and unfolding plans for enhanced sustainability, diversity, and access.

    The Partnership invites the public to imagine the Park’s future along with them! Visitors on Carousel Opening Weekend and throughout the 2022 season will have the opportunity to be part of this “Re-Imagine Project” through hands-on art opportunities, sharing photos and ideas for the future, and more.

    On Carousel Day, young people will be invited to imagine the future of the Park and share their vision via video, in writing, with drawings, and by interacting with a model of the Park sponsored by LEO A DALY, the international architecture firm. Drawings, selfies, and notes about a future vision will be collected all season long through uploads via QR codes around the Park. Visitors are also encouraged to take a photo of themselves at the event – on the carousel, making a flower, anything! – and upload it to a digital mosaic that will be revealed on the last day of the carousel season; sharing on social media with the season hashtag #ReimagineGEP is also encouraged.

    Art-making projects will feature flowers, the symbol of the season, with flower crowns and creation of paper flowers to add to a community art garden display. There will also be a preview of the May 1 art installation, The Flower Bloom project, at Carousel Day. T-shirts with the 20th anniversary flower logo will be available for purchase as well.

    Visit our Dentzel Carousel page to learn more about the carousel's operation. Learn more about the carousel's history and the civil rights story of the carousel here


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    Flower Bloom Project

  • Carousel Through the Years

  • colorful carousel horse 100th anniversary logo

    Carousel 100th Anniversary 2021