June 18, 2024 | View in browser.

Greetings, friends!

Are you recently engaged, or do you know someone who is? We just released a new weddings brochure showcasing the Park as the perfect backdrop for that special day. Please give it a read and note the July/August private rentals discount described in the newsletter below.

Thinking about enrolling in one of our glassblowing classes? Curious about the artistic process? Paul Swartwood of Glen Echo Glassworks is hosting live streams through Twitch every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from around 10am - 10pm!

Have you enrolled your Happy Camper in one of our summer camps yet? Be sure to take advantage of Praline's boxed camp lunches. Note: lunches must be ordered no later than one week in advance of your camper's start date! If you have a camper enrolled in the session beginning June 24, your lunch order must be placed ASAP.

As Pinocchio at the Puppet Co. closes on June 23, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical at Adventure Theatre opens on June 21! Don't miss your chance to see the original, 50-year-old rod puppets bring the classic tale of the real boy to life, and purchase tickets now to see the beloved story about that cuddly little bunny.

Bring your family along to celebrate love during our 4th annual Pride Family Day presented in collaboration with the office of Montgomery County Councilmember Evan Glass! This Saturday from 11am - 2pm in the Bumper Car Pavilion and at the Grassy Circle, enjoy arts and crafts, live music by Rachel Eddy & Em Hammond, free carousel rides, discounted children's theater and aquarium tickets, and more!

Sunday at 3pm, enjoy works by Beethoven performed by Washington Conservatory of Music's Pressenda Chamber Players in the Ballroom Back Room as part of Conservatory's Bach Room Concerts series.

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!

Online Events Calendar


Weddings Brochure

Make your dream event a reality!

We're excited to share a new brochure we've created to showcase the Park as the perfect venue for a magical wedding. Please take a look and read about why we truly believe that the Park is "a place unlike any other" where dreams come true.

Read the Brochure >> | Learn About Private Rentals >>

Glassworks Live

Tuesdays - Thursdays | 10:00am - 10:00pm | Twitch

Paul Swartwood of Glen Echo Glassworks is going live on Twitch every Tuesday through Thursday to share a real-time look into the glassblowing process! Watch one-of-a-kind glass pieces being created, get a sneak peek at what classes at Glassworks are like, and catch the occasional visiting glassblower!

Watch on Twitch >>

Closing Sunday: Pinocchio

May 25 - June 23 | the Puppet Co.

Don't miss the 50th anniversary performance of Pinocchio at the Puppet Co.! 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.

Purchase Tickets >>

Opening Friday: Knuffle Bunny:

A Cautionary Musical

June 21 - August 18 | Adventure Theatre

Toddler Trixie and her father bustle through the streets of New York City down the block, through the park, past the school, to the Laundromat. But returning home, Knuffle Bunny is gone, and Trixie cannot tell her father what is wrong.

Purchase Tickets >>

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 >>

Bach Room Concert:

Pressenda Chamber Players

June 23 | 3pm | Ballroom Back Room

Enjoy classical compositions for a string quartet by Beethoven performed by members of Washington Conservatory of Music's Pressenda Chamber Players. Aaron Berofsky and Kathryn Votapek will play violin, Amy Galluzzo will play viola, and Tobias Werner will play cello.

Learn More & RSVP >>


Celebrating 15 Years

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

Enjoy top-notch live music every Thursday night in the Bumper Car Pavilion this summer! This week, Charm City Junction will bring Old-Time, Irish, and Bluegrass to the Park. Check out our full lineup of ten shows; there's something for everyone!



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

Contra Dance

Friday, June 21 | 7:30pm - 11:00pm | Spanish Ballroom

7:30pm - 8:00pm: Beginner Contra Lesson

8:00pm - 11:00pm: Contra Dance with Live Music and Caller

Dance to Charlie Pilzer on piano, Zachary Mills on fiddle and foot percussion, and Bobby LaRose on mandolin. Penelope Weinberger will be calling!

Learn More & Purchase Tickets >>

The New Columbia Special

Saturday, June 22 | 8:00pm - midnight | Bumper Car Pavilion

8:00pm - 9:00pm: Introductory Swing Dance Lesson

9:00pm - midnight: Swing Dance with Live Music

The New Columbia Special is New Columbia Swing's series of occasional dances at the timeless Glen Echo Park. The group brings in some of its favorite bands, and together they dance. They point out, "you will be hard-pressed to find a better venue for dancing anywhere!"

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

Silver Saturday Workshop

June 29 | Saturday 10:30am - 4:30pm | SilverWorks

Spend a Saturday inside a silversmithing studio and learn the basics in this one-day workshop. Students will complete 4-5 pieces of Sterling Silver jewelry.

Learn More & Register >>

Beginning Ukulele

June 27 - August 15 | Thursdays 7pm - 8pm | Washington Conservatory of Music

A fun class to explore this wonderful member of the guitar family! You'll learn simple chords and how to use them in a variety of traditional and contemporary songs.

Learn More & Register >>

Featured Camps

Young Artists Camp - SilverWorks Studio (Ages 12-14)

July 8 - 12 | 9am - 3pm | Arcade Classrooms 202 & 203

Campers will participate in a silversmithing workshop, visit the studio, and learn technical skills from artist & SilverWorks director, Blair Anderson. The week culminates in a student-led art exhibit for friends and family.

Learn More & Register >>

Fairy Dragon Art Wiz Camp (Ages 10-15)

July 8 - 12 | 9am - 3pm | Arcade Classroom 201

Campers will create colorful multimedia illuminated manuscripts inspired by fantasy art, mythical beings, ancient art forms, and sacred geometry.

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

Lauri Hafvenstein: Magic Staircase

In the Arcade Building staircase between Popcorn Gallery and the Puppet Co.

Learn More >>

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

Current Exhibit: Celebrating Spring, ongoing

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

Current Exhibit: DC Rooftop Jewelry, ongoing

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

or by appointment, 301.634.5379

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



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.

Purchase Tickets >>

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

June 21 - August 18 | Adventure Theatre

Toddler Trixie and her father bustle through the streets of New York City down the block, through the park, past the school, to the Laundromat. But returning home, Knuffle Bunny is gone, and Trixie cannot tell her father what is wrong.

Recommended for all ages.

Purchase Tickets >>

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.

Purchase Tickets >>



The Puppet Co. is a magical place that brings joy to so many, and right now it needs your help. Along with support from the Jim & Carol Trawick Foundation, the Puppet Co. must raise $50,000 by July 31 for much-needed puppet preservation and to ensure the success of the 2025 season.


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 >>

Online Events Calendar

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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.