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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 at the door  February
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
Chesapeake Dance Weekend Dances 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 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
#dance Weekend An ultra challenging urban contra dance and squares weekend Pre-registration  July
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    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   December
       


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