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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
#dance WeekendAn ultra-challenging urban contra dance and squares weekendPre-registration,
Evening dances at the door
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
April or 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.FreeNo longer being put on by FSGW
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 or October
Getaway A weekend of informal participatory workshops, mini-concerts, song circles, and jam sessions, with several concurrent events.  One, two, and
three day tickets
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

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