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Annual Events

The FSGW sponsors a number of special events every year. 

Event Name What it isRegistration / ticketsTime of year
Mini-Fest, aka Mid-Winter FestivalSinging, dancing, storytelling, and workshops, crafts for sale and impromptu hallway performances. Dance all day, listen to wonderful concerts, or participate in one of workshops or jams. In the evening, a concert and a dance.Half day, full day, or evening tickets at the doorFebruary
Sacred Harp ConventionTwo days of shape-note singing: 4-part, participatory, and unaccompanied song. Tunes from The Sacred Harp, Christian Harmony and (since 2013) Shenandoah Harmony. There's usually a potluck on both days.Free April
Chesapeake Dance WeekendDances Friday and Saturday nights, dance and music workshops Saturday and Sunday, including contras, squares, and couple dances. All meals included, plus late night snacks to fuel the late night jamming, dancing, and socializing. Pre-registration required April
Washington Spring BallAn elegant evening of English Country Dancing.  An afternoon practice session to review the steps. All dances are talked through and prompted.Pre-registration or at the door  May
Washington Folk FestivalTwo days of performances by musicians, storytellers, dancers, and craftspeople representing many cultures. Children's activities. Crafts by local artisans. Many participatory events.Free June
GetawayA weekend of informal participatory workshops, mini-concerts, song circles, and jam sessions, with as many as five simultaneous events. One, two, and three day tickets  September
 A full afternoon and evening of contras and squares.  Multiple top-tier bands and callers, joining for an end-of-the-evening mash-up. Potluck dinner.Pre-registration or at the door  October
New Year's Eve English Gala English Country dancing to celebrate the New Year. All dances walked through. Champagne toast at midnight. Pre-registration or at the door   December
New Year's Eve Contra Dance Ball
A festive evening of contra dancing to ring out the old year.  Champagne toast at midnight. Pre-registration  December

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