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Happy June, everyone!

Summer is right around the corner, but secretly we're pretending it has already arrived.

Two great opportunities come to a close TOMORROW! First, Photoworks' Silent Auction featuring a wide range of enticing items. Bidding ranges from $5 - $800 to raise money for Photoworks' programming. Second, proposals for Partnership Galleries exhibitions to be held in the Popcorn Gallery, Stone Tower Gallery, and Park View Gallery during the 2025 calendar year are due. Learn more and submit today!

This Friday, join us for the June Art Walk! Our Partnership Galleries will be hosting opening receptions for three new, exciting exhibitions, and our resident art organizations will host open studios and exhibitions of their own. RSVPs are preferred, not required.

Also Friday evening, Washington Conservatory of Music will host pianist Chencheng Yao at 7:30pm as part of their Casual Concerts series. Take a break from perusing the art to take in some classical compositions!

On Sunday, June 9, Art Glass Center artists will discuss their works on view in the Popcorn Gallery during a 1:00pm Artist Talk.

Read on for more of this week's happenings, including upcoming classes. We can't wait to see you at the Park soon, and as always, we appreciate your support!

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Photoworks Silent Auction

Bidding Closes TOMORROW, June 5

Help support Photoworks programming! Your contributions, whether through auction items or active participation, help Photoworks build a vibrant community of passionate photographers. The Photoworks team hopes you find something in their treasure trove of auction items that sparks inspiration for you.

Browse Items & Bid >>

Art Walk

June 7 | 6:00pm - 8:00am

Every First Friday, from May through August, the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture hosts open studios and artist demonstrations in the Park's many visual arts studios and galleries. Each month features different activities, including hands-on art projects and/or artist demonstrations.

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Casual Concert: Chencheng Yao, piano

June 7 | 7:30pm

Take a break from Art Walk with some spectacular classical music brought to life by pianist Chencheng Yao. Yao will be performing compositions by Chopin, Brahms, Czerny, and Rorem in the Washington Conservatory of Music's Recital Room.

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Art Glass Center Artist Talk

June 9 | 1:00pm | Popcorn Gallery

Artists from Art Glass Center will discuss the varied techniques used to create the pieces on display in their June Popcorn Gallery exhibition, Glass: Visions and Voices 2024.

Learn More >>


Summer Concerts

June 13 - August 22 | Thursdays at 7:30pm

Bumper Car Pavilion

For more than a decade, summer at Glen Echo Park has been synonymous with our weekly Summer Concert Series, where we present and support local musicians and performers who represent a diverse range of styles, influences, and cultures.

Learn More & RSVP >>

Pride Family Day

June 22 | 11:00am - 2:00pm | Bumper Car Pavilion

We are proud to collaborate with the office of Montgomery County Councilmember Evan Glass to present the 4th annual Pride Family Day! Families will enjoy FREE activities including arts & crafts, carousel rides, live music, rainbow treats, a pride family photo op, and discounted children's theater and aquarium tickets.

Learn More & RSVP >>



Have you registered for Spring/Summer 2024 classes and camps at the Park yet? Offerings for adults and children and teens range from the visual arts to dance to music to the performing arts. Will you find your newest passion at the Park?



Our fun and affordable social dances - styles range from folk to blues to contra to waltz to swing to tango and beyond - are open to the public with no prior experience or partner required. 

New dancers are always welcome, and a pre-dance, introductory lesson is included with admission. Most dances feature live music by renowned local and national bands.

Full Dance Calendar

Featured Dances

Swing Dance

Saturday, June 8

8:00pm - 11:30pm | Spanish Ballroom

“Swing” is the music, and “swing dancing” is the family of dances that developed to the new musical style that began with the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. Taking elements of jazz, tap, the Breakaway, the Charleston and the new syncopated rhythms of the era, a new dance style emerged—Lindy Hop. One hundred years later, swing dancing with its many variations is still going strong.

Join Gottaswing for a Battle of the Bands: Rock-A-Sonics vs. Natty Beaux! A beginner swing lesson from 8:00pm - 9:00pm will precede the social dance from 9:00pm - 11:30pm. All levels of dancers are welcome, no partner required.

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Brazilian Zouk

Saturday, June 8

8:00pm - 1:00am | Ballroom Back Room

Brazilian Zouk is a partner social dance developed in Brazil. Among its distinctive characteristics you will see a mix of playful footwork, body movements, and Brazilian Zouk's unique head movements. Today, almost every major city around the globe has a Brazilian Zouk scene of passionate, welcoming dancers.

Join District Zouk for a Zouk lesson from 8:00pm - 9:30pm, followed by a social dance from 9:30pm - 1:00am. All levels of dancers are welcome, no partner required.

Learn More & Purchase Tickets >>


Host your next corporate gathering, wedding, bar or bat mitzvah, birthday celebration, retirement party, or family reunion at Glen Echo Park!

Any private event rentals scheduled for July or August 2024 that include the Spanish Ballroom and/or Bumper Car Pavilion will receive 10% off the total amount of the rental.



Glen Echo Park is your go-to place for classes & camps in visual arts, dance, music, and more! We offer a wide array of classes and workshops for children, teens, and adults, as well as camps for children & teens. We also present nature & aquatic life programs for kids.

Full Class Catalog

Featured Classes

Just Getting Started: Foundation Painting

June 13 - August 8 | Thursdays 1:30pm - 4:00pm | Stone Tower Studio

Just Getting Started: Foundation Painting will guide you through the basics of translating your visual world to the canvas while learning the fundamentals of painting. Our class sizes are small to ensure you have all the assistance you need while learning composition, paint application, and color theory. Students will gain knowledge from working from the figure, still life and landscape.

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International Folk Dancing for All

June 19 - July 24 | Wednesdays 7:00pm - 8:00pm | Bumper Car Pavilion

Learn the basics of Balkan folk dancing with a variety of rhythms and styles. No experience needed. Lots of repetition and review in a relaxed setting. Classes will include dances from Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Albania, Armenia, Turkey, Romania, and dances of the Roma. Tuition includes free admission to the Glen Echo Folk Dancers immediately following.

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Featured Camps

Amazing Alphabet Art Frolic Camp (Ages 5-9)

June 24 - 28 | 9:00am - 3:00pm | Arcade Classroom 201

Artful adventures in calligraphy for the budding artist plus nature frolics throughout the Park. Create impressive works of fantasy and folk arts combining letterforms and iconic motifs. 2-D and 3-D multimedia creations depict life through eyes of a child and letterforms spanning millennia and the globe. Students take home their manuscripts in a handmade portfolio bag with a quill pen.

Learn More & Register >>

Intermediate/Advanced Teen Darkroom Camp (Ages 12-18)

June 24 - 28 | 9:00am - 3:00pm | Photoworks Studio

Stay true to your artistic vision and use the darkroom and alternative printing techniques to take your photographs from concepts into handmade prints. This is a great workshop for teens who have taken a darkroom photography class and want to make a print for a portfolio or an exhibition. We will study photographers and printers from the past and present for inspiration. Receive guidance and encouragement while making cohesive handmade prints you will take home at the end of the camp.

Learn More & Register >>


Two opportunities are available to join in the fun this summer at Glen Echo Park: apply now to be a Part-Time After-Camp Program Counselor or a Volunteer Camp Counselor!



Popcorn Gallery >>

Art Glass Center: Glass: Visions and Voices 2024

June 7 - 30 | Saturdays & Sundays, 12pm - 6pm

Stone Tower Gallery >>

Melanie Kehoss: Tales, Near and Far

June 7 - 30 | Saturdays & Sundays, 12pm - 6pm

Park View Gallery >>

Photoworks Student Photography Exhibition: Summer School

June 7 - 30 | Monday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm

Art Glass Center >> Saturday & Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Current Exhibit: Celebrating Spring, April 20 - TBA

Glen Echo Pottery Gallery >> Saturday & Sunday 11am - 4pm

Photoworks >> Saturday 1pm - 4pm | Sunday 1pm - 7pm

Current Exhibit: Good Sports, May 31 - July 21

The Sculpture Studio >> Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday 11am - 2pm

or by appointment, nizetteb@gmail.com

SilverWorks Gallery >> Thursday - Sunday 11am - 5pm

Stone Tower Studio >> Saturday & Sunday 11am - 5pm

or by appointment, 301.634.5379

Yellow Barn Gallery >> Saturday & Sunday 12pm - 5pm

The Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture requests exhibition proposals from artists for the Popcorn Gallery, Stone Tower Gallery, and Park View Gallery at Glen Echo Park for the 2025 calendar year. We aim to exhibit quality art by artists who represent a broad spectrum of our region, with diverse backgrounds and working in a wide range of artistic media. Deadline is TOMORROW, June 5, 2024.

Submit Your Proposal



May 25 - June 23 | the Puppet Co.

Celebrate 50 years of Allan Stevens’s Pinocchio! A young puppet goes on a journey to become a real boy. First seen on stage at the Smithsonian Puppet Theater, the original rod-puppets have been brought back to the stage to tell Carlo Collodi’s tale.

Recommended for ages 4+. Run time approximately 50 minutes.

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Tiny Tots

Ongoing | the Puppet Co.

Designed for children 18 months to 4 years old, ongoing Tiny Tots shows offer a viewing atmosphere especially suited for young theatre patrons. All Tiny Tots shows feature: 30 minute runtime, no dark room, no loud noises, and open theatre doors.

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Glen Echo Park Aquarium

Learn about the creatures that inhabit the Chesapeake Bay and beyond through interactive exhibits, knowledgable educators, and a dynamic space. Timed entry creates a personalized learning environment, guaranteeing an in-depth experience for all who visit.

Book a Visit

Timed entry daily between 9am - 5pm

Tickets are $8 per person for all visitors ages 2 & up.

Book a Visit >>

Kids Story Time

Thursdays at 11:00am

Gather in the aquarium to read a few ocean picture books each week! All ages welcome; timed entry is required.

Praline Cafe

Monday & Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday - Friday: 10am - 3pm

Saturday & Sunday: 11am - 7pm

*open for dances and special events beyond these hours

Stop by Praline - located in the Spanish Ballroom wing closest to the playground - for sandwiches, pastries, snacks, and drinks!

More Information >>

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The Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org) and also by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (creativemoco.com). All programs are produced in cooperation with the National Park Service and Montgomery County, Maryland.