The Dentzel Carousel at Glen Echo Park Opens Saturday, April 30

The Dentzel Carousel at Glen Echo Park will be reopening this Saturday, April 30 for its 101st season. To celebrate, Glen Echo Park is hosting “Carousel Day” from 11am-4pm.
The carousel was installed in the park in 1921 and underwent a complete restoration between 1983 and 2003.
“Considered one of the most beautiful carousels in the United States, the Glen Echo Park ride was installed in 1921 by the Dentzel Carousel Company of Germantown, Pennsylvania. The carousel is one of only 135 functioning antique carousels in the country and one of the few still in its original location. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the carousel is truly a Washington area treasure!”

Full details below per Glen Echo:
Join us for a festival event in celebration of Glen Echo Park’s 101-year-old Dentzel Carousel as it opens for the season!

In addition to riding the carousel, families are welcome to enjoy many other FREE activities throughout the Park, including live music & performances, kids’ arts & crafts, open artist studios & galleries, and lots more (see below)!  Plus, the star of the show: carousel rides!

View the Full Schedule

Featured Performers: 

  • Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer,* Two-Time GRAMMY Award-Winning Folk Musicians

1:30–2:30 in the Spanish Ballroom

  • Urban Artistry, an internationally-recognized organization dedicated to the performance and preservation of art forms inspired by the urban experience

11:30–12:30 in the Spanish Ballroom

  • Mystic Warriors, world music evoking the ancestral sounds of the Incas with Andean panpipes and flutes combined with guitars, synthesizers, drums, and bass

11:15–12:15 in the Bumper Car Pavilion Ballroom

  • Mark H. Rooney, Taiko drummer

2:45–3:15 and 3:30–4:00 in the Spanish Ballroom

  • Kofi Denis, Ghanaian drummer and storyteller

3:00–3:30 and 3:45–4:15 in the Bumper Car Pavilion



  • The Washington Revels Maypole Dance

11:45–12:15 on the Crystal Pool Lawn

  • The Washington Revels, featuring Whiskey Before Breakfast Band, Tween Morris, The May Kids, and more!

12:45–1:30 in the Bumper Car Pavilion

  • Penny’s Puppets

2:00–2:30 in the Bumper Car Pavilion

Pick up the full schedule of activities for the event at the information tent near the carousel. 

* Presented with support from a Maryland State Arts Council Touring Grant.

Tickets are also available for:

  • the Puppet Co. performances of Tiny Tots and Rumpelstiltskin at 10 am, 11:30 am, and 1 pm (Tickets required)

Enjoy treats from our Praline Cafe and Ben & Jerry’s!

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Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

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