Carousel Day 2017

Join us for the opening of the carousel's 97th season!


Saturday, April 29, 2017

11am - 4pm


Our fun-filled annual event gets a new name this year. As many of you know, this festival used to be called Family Day, but Carousel Day better represents what the day is all about -- celebrating our beautifully-renovated, historic Dentzel carousel and all the wonderful arts programs in the Park.  


The carousel will open for its 97th season in Glen Echo Park on Carousel Day!  The event also offers a full day (11:00 am to 4:00 pm) of FREE activities for throughout Glen Echo Park, including live music & other performances, face painting, storytelling, and carousel themed crafts.


The carousel operates from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., $1.25 per ride.                                                     




♦ Storyteller Arianna Ross*

♦ Artivate's Karim Nagi and Mark H Rooney & Taiko Drummers (watch a video below!)

♦ Culkin School of Irish Dancing

♦ Ballet Petite

♦ Columbia Big Band

♦ Tap Dance Performances with Capitol Tap, District Tap and Sundays on Tap


*Presented with support from Maryland State Arts Council


Watch a video of Mark H. Rooney & Taiko drummers performing in the Spanish Ballroom in 2013.

Then come and see them live at Carousel Day!


CarDay 2017 Promo Taiko Drummers FINAL from Glen Echo Park Partnership on Vimeo.



Download the Carousel Day activity schedule >>

Schedule current as of 4.26.17.  Check back for updates.


Learn more about the history of our beautiful carousel and watch a video here>>





•••••  Volunteer  •••••


It's lots of fun to participate in our Carousel Day festival, and volunteering provides a great opportunity for students to earn SSL hours! We need volunteers ages 13 and older to help supervise and direct activities. Volunteer activities include:


* Helping with set up and clean up

* Face painting

* Supervising activities (primarily crafts)

* Helping with parking (must be 18 years old)


Volunteer shifts are available from 9am to 6pm. Volunteers are asked to sign up for shifts of at least three hours. Refreshments will be provided. To volunteer, please email with preferred volunteer tasks and times.