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Annual Events

The FSGW sponsors a number of special events every year. 

Event Name  What it is Registration / tickets Time of year
Mini-Fest, aka Mid-Winter Festival Singing, 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, all at the door
early February
#dance Weekend  An ultra challenging urban contra dance and squares weekend Pre-registration,
Evening dances at the door
March
Potomac River Shape-Note Singing Convention Two 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
Washington Spring Ball An 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
Dare to be Square - DMV A fun, affordable, weekend-long gathering and getaway featuring sessions where you can square dance to your heart’s content. Pre-registration
required
May
Washington Folk Festival Two days of performances by musicians, storytellers, dancers, and craftspeople representing many cultures. Children's activities. Crafts by local artisans. Many participatory events. Free June or May: 1 weekend after Memorial Day
Contrastock 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
September
Getaway A 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
or October
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
or at the door  
end of December
New Year's Eve English Gala  English Country dancing to celebrate the New Year. All dances walked through. Champagne toast at midnight. Run by BFMS.
Pre-registration end of December
       


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