In our National Capital Region Parks

New or updated entries as of 5/31/12

Contact: Toni Braxton

The Office of Communications Springtime Calendar of Events highlights major events on the National Mall and other National Park sites in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Interpretive park rangers have developed many programs, biking and walking tours and other special events just for you!


All events are free and open to the public except where noted.  For more information please call (202) 619-7222. For national parks events outside the National Capital Region area visit and click on your park of interest and learn more about your national parks.


All visitors are invited to visit the websites listed or to call the phone numbers provided to confirm the event. Enjoy!





Summertime brings concerts to the National Parks. Bring your blankets, folding chairs or just relax on the lawn and listen to music in the National Parks. Bring your own picnic dinner. Remember no alcohol and no glass bottles. All concerts are FREE except where noted.





17th & K Streets, N.W., Washington, DC



5:30 TO 7:30 p.m.

Wednesdays, June 7-21, 2012


Golden Triangle Summer Concerts, feature some of the most popular local bands in the metropolitan area. The 2011 concert schedule includes:


June 7: Scott’s New Band (modern alternative)
June 14: Lloyd Dobler Effect (modern rock)
June 21: Down Wilson (top 40 & alternative)




Randle Circle and Minnesota Avenue SE, Washington, DC



Fort Dupont Summer Concert Series

8:00 p.m.

Saturdays, July 14, 21, 28 and August 4, 11, 18, 2012


The Fort Dupont Summer Theatre is held each year in Fort Dupont Park, an area of 376 rolling, wooded acres located east of the Anacostia River. The Fort Dupont Summer Theatre is a 39 year tradition in SE Washington, D.C. of free high quality jazz and R&B performances that are primarily sponsored by the National Park Service.   The U.S. Park Police will again this year close the venue to the public at 3:00 p.m. to allow U.S. Park Police to do a security sweep of the area prior to the concerts. Entry to the concert venue will open at 5:00 p.m. where all bags and coolers will be inspected prior to entry into the concert area. Prohibited items- Alcohol, glass containers, barbeque grills, candles and incense (part of the ban on all open fires) and Fireworks are prohibited in the park. Visitors arriving at checkpoints with vending/sales items will be given the opportunity to take items back to their vehicles or to voluntarily throw away items in trash containers prior to entry into the concert area. Park staff or U.S. Park Police will not be responsible for holding coolers or items at the checkpoint locations.  Ample parking is available in the park off of Minnesota Avenue at F Street. This area provides direct access to the concert area and includes better access for wheelchairs. Additionally there is a large parking lot on Ely Place at the Fort Dupont Ice Skating Rink that is available for concert parking. Both of these areas are short walks to the concert area. Parking is not permitted on Fort Dupont Drive in the park.  All concerts are held rain or shine. Concerts are only canceled in the event of electrical storms. Stay tuned for the line-up. For the most up to date information, please call 202-426-5961.



FORT HUNT PARK (A unit of George Washington Memorial Parkway)

Pavilion in area A - Fort Hunt, Alexandria, VA

The park is located approximately 6 miles south of Old Town Alexandria in Virginia along the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

Visitor Information: 703-289-2553


Fort Hunt Summer Concert Series

7:00 -8:00 p.m.

Sundays, June 3 –August 26, 2012

Come out and relax under the stars at Fort Hunt Park to listen to the sounds of jazz, the rhythm of rock, or folk. Enjoy community bands at Fort Hunt Park. Concerts are FREE and open to the public. Parking is available inside the park. Sunday evening’s concert lineup is:


3-   Cold Fusion Jazz Quartet
10- Shenandoah Sound (Drum and bugle choir)
17- Emy Tseng (Jazz and Brazilian vocals)
24- Main Street (Variety of music)

1-   American Balalaika Symphony (Eastern European)
8-   Black Moon Tonic (Pop and crossover country, with some jazz)
15- Hot Society Orchestra of Washington (Music from 1920s through '40s)
22- National Concert Band
29- Cosine (Jazz, hip-hop, rock)

5-   Mount Vernon Concert Band (variety of music)
12- Alte Kamaraden (German band)
19- Elements (Cool jazz)
26- Mount Vernon Swing Band




Marine Barracks

8th & I Streets SE, Washington, DC

Visitor Information: (202) 433-4073 or 202-433-6060


8:45 p.m.,

Friday evenings, June 1 –August 31 2012


The Evening Parade, held Friday evening during the summer. Come out to enjoy a concert by the U.S. Marine Band, Silent Drill Team & Bugle Corps. General public seating is available starting at 8 p.m. Guests may park at Maritime Plaza, where a free shuttle service is provided to and from the Barracks. There are no public parking spaces available at the Barracks. Guests with reservations are admitted beginning at 7:00 p.m. and should arrive no later than 7:45 p.m. There is no charge for admission. At 8:00 p.m., guests without reservations who are waiting in the General Admission line outside the Main Gate of the Barracks are offered the unclaimed seats. As a security precaution, all guests entering the Barracks pass through magnetic detection devices. No weapons of any kind, including knives, are allowed inside the Barracks. For the most up to date information call 202-433-6060.


Harpers Ferry National Battlefield

171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Camp Hill, Mather Training Center grounds

Visitor Center: 304-535-6029


6:00 p.m.

Camp Hill

Saturday, June 30, 2012


The Don Redman Heritage Concert celebrates its 11th Annual performance, featuring special guests alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson and bassist Ben Tucker accompanied by the Howard Burns Quartet. The concert is free and open to the public. Come out for an evening of relaxing music under the stars on the grounds of Mather Training Center, the former Storer College Campus. For direction to the concert or weather cancellations, please call the Visitor Center.




6:00 p.m.

Camp Hill

Saturday, July 9 and Saturday, September 3


Come out for an evening of relaxing military music.





The Military Bands perform at the Sylvan Theatre and the U.S. Capitol throughout the summer. Check out the listing below for a night that’s good for you.


June 7 – August 9, 2012

8:00 p.m.

Sylvan Theatre (a unit of National Mall and Memorial Parks)

National Mall, monument grounds


Thursday-----------U.S. Marine Band


June 1 -August 31

8:00 p.m.

U.S. Capitol (West Front) (No concerts July 3-6 due to the rehearsal schedule for the “Capitol Fourth”)

Monday-----------U.S. Navy Band

Tuesday-----------U.S. Air Force Band

Wednesday------U.S. Marine Band

Thursday----------U.S. Army Band

Friday--------------U.S. Army Band (there will be no concert on July 1)

Because most of the summer concerts are held outdoors with no rain site, inclement weather can cause cancellations. Up-to-date performance and cancellation information is available by calling the listed phone numbers for each band. For information Army Band (703)-696-3718, Marine Band (202) 433-4011, Navy Band (202)433-2525, Air Force Band (202)767-5658. Weather cancellation, “Listen to WTOP Radio.”



On the grounds of the carillon at route 50 and the George Washington Memorial parkway, Arlington, VA

Visitor Information: 703-289-2500/2552



6:00-8:00 p.m.


June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

July 4, 14, 21, 28

August 4, 11, 18, 25 2012


2:00-4:00 p.m.  July 4 - a special July 4th, Independence Day

2:00-4:00 p.m., Monday, September 3 in honor of Labor Day

Saturday evenings guest artist play the 50-bell carillon which was given to the U.S. in appreciation for the liberation of Holland on May 5, 1945, during World War II. Visitors are welcome to go up in the tower to watch the carillonneur perform and view the city of Washington and other surrounding features.



16th Street & Colorado Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Concert Line: 202-426-0486


The National Park Service welcomes you to another season of music, theater, dance and spoken word performances at your neighborhood national park.  Carter Barron Amphitheatre provides an opportunity to celebrate our vibrant and diverse culture while surrounded by the natural beauty of Rock Creek Park. The Carter Barron Amphitheatre is handicapped accessible with assistance.  No photography, recording devices, metal cans, glass bottles, hard coolers, picnic baskets or pets are permitted within the Amphitheatre.  Ample free parking is available. Please respect our neighbors and our park.


For pay shows, advance tickets are available at TicketMaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and on-line at  Carter Barron Box Office opens the day of performance from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm.   All FREE shows are first come, first served.  Gates open 30 minutes before the show.  Due to the unpredictable nature of outdoor events, we are unable to exchange or refund tickets.   The Carter Barron Amphitheatre is handicapped accessible with assistance. 


No photography, recording devices, metal cans, glass bottles, hard coolers, picnic baskets or pets are permitted within the Amphitheatre.   Free parking is available in a lot adjacent to the Amphitheatre.  Enter the lot from 16th Street at Morrow Drive or Colorado Avenue.  Please respect the park and park neighbors.





June 15      The Washington Post Going Out Guide Weekend Concerts presents

Jazz Night

Akua Allrich

Jolley Brothers

Jess Righthand Quintet

7:30 pm, FREE, NO Tickets required


June 22      The Washington Post Going Out Guide Weekend Concerts presents

Reggae Night

Image Band

JohnStone Reggae Band

Akua Benjamin with Ilahvibez

7:30 pm, FREE, NO Tickets required


June 29      The Washington Post Going Out Guide Weekend Concerts presents

Boogie Blues Night

Daryl Davis Band

The Grandsons

7:30 pm, FREE, NO Tickets required


June 30      The Stylistics

Ray Goodman and Brown

Black Ivory

7:30 pm, $25


July 1          Joint Service Jazz

U.S. Army Blues, U.S. Navy Commodores, U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note

                7:30 pm, FREE, NO tickets required


July 13       The Washington Post Going Out Guide Weekend Concerts presents

Neo Soul Night


Deborah Bond

Tamika “Love”Jones

7:30 pm, FREE, NO Tickets required

July 14        Angie Stone

Rahsaan Patterson

Black Alley

7:30 pm, $25


July 20        WAR

Plunky and Oneness

7:30 pm, $25


July 21       8th Annual DC Poetry in the Park

                7:30 pm, FREE, NO tickets required


August 10  10th Annual Metro DC Dances

                7:30 pm, FREE, NO tickets required


August 11  East Coast Dance Concert

                   Hosted by Culture Shock


Culture Shock, Future Shock, Mighty Shock, Afta Shock

                7:30 pm, FREE, NO tickets required


September 124th Annual DC Blues Festival

Sugar Ray and The Blue Tones

Sista Monica Parker

Clarence “The Bluesman” Turner

The Lionel Young Band

The DC Blues Society Band & Much More!

                12:00 Noon, FREE, NO tickets required





Washington Monument grounds, 15th and Constitution Ave. NW



8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

 “Pershing’s Own” is an ensemble of the U.S. Army Band. Each year The United States Army Band performs its big summer concert that concludes with the spirited Tchaikovsky’s “Overture 1812.” Come out and hear the cannons of the 3rd Infantry Regiment “The Old Guard” Presidential Salute Battery. This annual musical program features classical, popular, and patriotic music for audiences of all ages. For recorded information about upcoming concerts, please call 703-696-3399.





7:00 p.m. Wednesdays

June 6, 20, 27 –Fort McNair

July 11, 18, 25

August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29


New location in 2012


Summerall Field on Historic Fort Myer in Arlington, VA

Twilight Tattoo is an hour-long sunset military pageant that features Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), troop, and ceremonial units: The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, The U.S. Army Drill Team; The U.S. Army Blues, a soloist from The U.S. Army Chorus or The U.S. Army Voices, and members of The U.S. Army Band Downrange. The 2012 Twilight Tattoo season has been extended and will run through the entire summer!  Please check back frequently for updates at: mil/tlt/tlt.htm.  For last-minute inclement weather calls, sign up for our email list:

Performances are free and open to the public. Bleacher seating is on a first-come, first served basis. For more information on group reservations, contact the U.S. Army Military District of Washington at (202) 685-2888 or email them at





Arlington, VA



7:00 p.m.,

Tuesdays, June 5- August 14, 2012

The Sunset Parades on August 7, 14 will begin at 6:30 p.m.

A one hour performance, the Sunset Parade features the music of "The Commandant's Own", The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and precision drill by the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. Visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, strollers, and picnics. There are no public parking spaces available at the Memorial grounds on Parade evenings. Guests may park at the Arlington National Cemetery Visitors' Center for a small fee.  Marine Barracks provides a free shuttle bus service from the visitor center to the war memorial grounds from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. before the parade and from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. following the parade or you can take the Metro to Arlington Cemetery (blue line). For additional information including cancellations, please call at 202-433-6060. An inclement weather call will be made at 6:45 p.m.



West lawn of the U.S. Capitol

Washington, D.C.



8:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 2, 2012


The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) performs the last of three outdoor holiday concerts, sponsored by the National Park Service.   The concert is free no tickets are required.  In case of inclement weather the concert will be moved to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Please call the NSO Summer Concert Hotline at 202-416-8114 after 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 2 to find out if the performance has been moved.




701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

Visitor Information: 202-737-2300



8:00 p.m.

Tuesdays, June 12, 26 July 24, 31 and August 14, 28, 2012


Navy Band Summer Concert Series - Come out to the U.S. Navy Memorial for an evening of relaxing music by the United States Navy Band and its specialty groups. All concerts are FREE and open to the public.




1:00 p.m.

Monday, September 3, 2012

United States Navy Concert Band performs an outdoor concert at the Navy Memorial.




17th Streets between Independence and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC


2012 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES- sponsored by The Friends of the National World War II Memorial.” The concerts are free and open to the public.


Friday, June 1, 6:00-7:00PM

The Commodores the U.S. Naval Jazz Ensemble


Saturday, June 16, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

United States Air Force, “Airmen of Note”


Saturday, June 23, 6:00-7:00PM

Public Health Service Chorus


Wednesday, June 27, 6:00-7:00PM

United States Air Force Concert Band & the Singing Sergeants


Tuesday, July 3, 6:30-7:30PM 

U.S. Army National Guard 257th Band (Washington, DC)


Wednesday, July 4, 11:00 A.M.-12:00PM

United States Navy Band


Wednesday, August 29, 6:00-7:00PM 

United States Air Force, “Airmen of Note”


“End of Summer Concerts”


National Fishing and Boating Week

June 2-10, 2012


National Fishing and Boating Week is a perfect reason to get out doors. Check with a state near you for free fishing days.


Youth Fishing

Constitution Gardens

Monday, June 4, 2012

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will celebrate the start of the nationwide National Fishing and Boating Week with several hundred schoolchildren who will drop their lines in the Constitution Gardens Pond for a day of fishing on the National Mall. The Service leads the event in coordination with the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service and numerous other local, state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and volunteers.



National Trails Day® (NTD)


“America’s Largest Trailgating Party!”

National Trails Day is the first Saturday of June. This year is the 20th annual National Trails Day!  Since, 1993, National Trails Day has inspired visitors to take part in activities that promote healthy living. Saturday, June 2, trail enthusiasts are encouraged to seek out to find a trail to walk, hike, or bike. Help care for Park Trails. Events include the dedication of new trails, new exhibits, hikes, horseback riding, bird watching, walks, workshops, trail maintenance, bike rides and much more. National Park Service suggests celebrating National Trails Day by volunteering! Contact a park ranger at one of the National Park Sites listed below.



Free Entrance Day in the National Parks


“Get Outdoors Day”

On Saturday, June 9, 2012, National Parks will offer free Entrance to National Parks as an effect to provide opportunities for visitors to experience healthy, active outdoor fun. The prime goal of the day is to reconnect youth to the great outdoors. Contact a park ranger at one of the National Park Sites listed below for outdoor activities and events.



Antietam National Battlefield - 301-432-2243

Anacostia Park – 202-690-5185                                                                                                                                        

Catoctin Mountain Park - 301-663-9388                                                                                                                                   

C&O Canal National Historic Park   301-714-2218 or 301-745-8889

Fort Chaplin and Dupont Garden area- 202-426-7723

Fort Washington Park (Lighthouse)- 301-763-4600

Glen Echo Park -301- 320-1404

Great Falls Park - 703-285-2965

Great Falls Tavern- 301-767-3714                                                                                                                                                 

Greenbelt Park - 301-344-3944                                                                                                                                                    

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park-   304-535-5017 or 6029 

Mary McCleod Bethune Council House NHS- 202-673-2402

Manassas National Battlefield Park- 7 03-361-1339                                                                                                       

Monocacy National Battlefield - 301-662-3515 or 301-662-6515

National Mall land Memorial Parks- 202-426-6841

Oxon Cove Park- 301-839-0211

Prince William Forest Park - 703-221-7181 

President’s Park- 202-208-1631                                                                                                                                                 

Rock Creek Park(Pierce Mill)  - 202-895-6o70 or 202-895-6224

Theodore Roosevelt Island - 703-289-2555 or 2556                                                                                                                               

Wolf Trap National Park For the Performing Arts- 703-255-1800







Independence Day Celebration

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

2012 Independence Celebration is the 236th Anniversary of this nation’s independence. The National Park Service offers a day full of fun and excitement!  Celebrate the 2012 annual Independence Day celebration of our nation’s founding, with the continuing traditions of activities for all ages. Events on the National Mall designed to highlight freedom and diversity include a parade, the Folklife Festival, and concerts, all taking place on and near national park land in the heart of the nation’s capital, on both sides of the Potomac River. The day concludes with the traditional National Park Service spectacular fireworks display near the Washington Monument grounds beginning at 9:10 p.m.   You don’t want to miss this National celebration!  FREE EVENT! For additional information and activities, please call 202-619-7222. The day promises to be exciting and fun-filled!' FREE EVENT listed below!!!!!!! Stay tune for additional information on events.




5831 Dunker Church Road

Sharpsburg, MD 21782

Visitor Center 301-432-5124


Saturday, July 7, 2012

7:30 p.m.

Join the Maryland Symphony Orchestra for their annual “Salute to Independence Concert.” Come out and enjoy an evening of patriotic music for a special Independence Day celebration followed by one of Western Maryland’s largest fireworks display. The concert is FREE and open to the public.




Lower Town District

 171 Shoreline Drive

 Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Visitor Center: 304-535-6029


11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 30- July 1, 2012

Lower Town

“CELEBRATING THE GLORIOUS FOURTH 1860” –Americans celebrate the nation’s birthday with picnics, band concerts, honoring the founding fathers and the glorious republic.  Visitors are also invited to see special programs to include “Reacting to the Raid: Gathering the Militia” at 2:00 p.m. and “Our Home Town Defenders” at 3:00 p.m.





National Mall

Washington, D.C.

202-426-6841 or 202-619-7222


Independence Day Parade

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

11:45 a.m.

The National Park Service “America’s 2012 Independence Day Parade” kicks off the excitement at 11:45 a.m., lasting approximately two hours on Constitution Avenue.  The parade route moves westward from 7th Street to 17th Street, N.W.  Viewing areas for this traditional July 4th parade will be available along Constitution Avenue.   More than 3000 performers, dancers, cultural organizations, giant balloons, floats, and military personnel from 13 states will participant in the parade. The parade is free and open to the public. This is a patriotic celebration for everyone!


Smithsonian Folklife Festival

National Mall, between 7th and 14th Streets

11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The 2012 annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, co-sponsored by the NPS, continues its run on the National Mall from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. between 7th and 14th streets.  The Festival is held outdoors on the National Mall between the Smithsonian museums. Find many exemplary practitioners of diverse, authentic, and living traditions.  The Folklife Festival includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling and discussions of cultural issues. The themes of the 2012 program include: Campus and Community, and Creativity and Crisis. Campus and community is a program commemorating the 150th anniversary of the founding of land-grant universities and the USDA.  Creativity and Crisis: Unfolding The AIDS Memorial Quilt-This year 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and 30 years of life with AIDS.  Admission is FREE! Visitors should dress for hot and humid weather. Parking is extremely limited.  The National Park Service encourages all visitors to take METRO to and from the National Mall. This is an opportunity to learn and understand better cultural differences and similarities. Visitors For more information, please call 202-633-1000.



Interpretive Programs

Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Tidal Basin

2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.



Independence Day Concert

Southwest corner of the Washington Monument grounds, near the Intersection of 17th and Independence Avenue, S.W.

6:00 p.m. - 9:10 p.m.



West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol

8:00 p.m. -9:10 p.m.

The multi-award winning A CAPITOL FOURTH will feature unrivaled performances from some of the country’s best-known musical names topped off by the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation.  Stay tuned for a list of 2012 performers. In celebration of America’s 236th birthday, the show will be capped off with a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” complete with live cannon fire provided by The U.S. Army Presidential Salute Battery, an audience favorite and now an A CAPITOL FOURTH tradition.  For additional information, please call 202-619-7222.



Washington Monument grounds

9:10 p.m.

The day concludes with the traditional NPS fireworks beginning at 9:10 p.m. and lasting until 9:27 p.m.  Pyro Shows, Inc. of LaFollette, TN will provide this year’s visual extravaganza.  The rain date for the NPS fireworks display is Thursday, July 5th at 9:10 p.m.  


NETHERLANDS CARILLON (a unit of the George Washington Memorial Parkway)

On the grounds of the Carillon

U.S. Route 50 and the George Washington Memorial Parkway, Arlington, VA

Main Headquarters: 703-289-2500


2:00-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 

Celebrate Independence Day with a free concert at the Netherlands Carillon.  Located next to the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, VA, visitors will be able to watch and listen to a master carillonneur play the Carillon’s bells.  During the concert visitors will have the opportunity to climb the tower stairs to see one of the best views of Washington, D.C.


end of Independence Day events”






Saturday, August 25




On August 25, 2012 the National Park Service (NPS) will turn 96 years old,  on what is also known as Founders Day.  August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service, a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting the 35 national parks and monuments then managed by the department and those yet to be established.  Today, the National Park System comprises more than 397 areas. National Founders Day is celebrated in National Parks across the Nation.  The National Park Service was directed “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” Over the past 95 years the National Park System has evolved to include a great diversity of park units.

Visitors are invited to all National Parks on Saturday, August 25th, 2012 to help celebrate the 96th birthday of the National Park Service.

In celebration of the National Park Service’s birthday, National Parks within the metropolitan area will play host too many interactive programs and events.  The National Park Service warmly welcomes all Americans and international visitors alike to visit at one of our national parks outside of your state and become amazed at what recreational experiences abound.  



Summer Programs and Events




5831 Dunker Church Road

Sharpsburg, MD 21782

Visitor Center 301-432-5124


There is no cost for these programs, but there is a park entry fee of $6.00 per family.


Artillery Weekend

Saturday, June 9- 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 10 2012- 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.


Living history volunteers portraying Colonel Stephen D. Lees Battalion will discuss the role of artillery at Antietam. Located near the center of the Confederate line, the hill that the visitor center is built on was a key Confederate artillery position. Firing demonstrations will be held throughout the weekend. For additional information contact the visitor center. Saturday, 9th Artillery Evening Program-Join our Living History Volunteers for a program on Civil War artillery followed by a cannon firing demonstration! Program starts at 8:15 p.m. at the New York State Monument. There is no charge for this program. Please bring something to sit on and a flashlight. 

Kentucky Day


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Join Antietam staff for a presentation by Historian Paul Chiles in the visitor center theater at 2:00 p.m. He will discuss a battery from Kentucky, the only unit from the state which served at Antietam.  


Civil War Music Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24, 2012

Civil War music programs through the weekend including two concerts by the Wildcat Band on Saturday. The concerts are FREE and open to the public.


Antietam Salute to Independence Celebration

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Join the Maryland Symphony Orchestra for a special Independence Day commemoration. The two hour concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and the fireworks display will immediately follow. Note: Due to this special event, the visitor center will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Several of the park roads will not be available to tour after 3:00 p.m. 


Kitchen Garden Day

Saturday, July 7, 2012

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In honor of Kitchen Garden Day, special talks on the importance of kitchen gardens during the 19th century will take place as well as tours of the Pry Kitchen and Medicinal Garden.  The Pry House Field Hospital Museum is located in Keedysville, MD. For more information, call 301-416-2395 or visit us online at


Union Artillery at Antietam National Battlefield


11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

July 28

August 25, 2012

Living history volunteers portray Battery B, 4th U.S. Artillery takes to the field for demonstrations of loading and firing the cannons.  Volunteers will also portray the 3rd Maryland Infantry later in the day for musket firing demonstrations. For additional information contact the visitor center.



Signal Corps Weekend

Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5, 2012

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Pry House Field Hospital Museum will host live signaling demonstrations and talks at Antietam National Battlefield. The 114th Signal Battalion, Fort Detrick, MD, may join the weekend with a display, talks and demonstrate modern signal communications. For more information, call 301-416-2395 or visit us online at 






14707 Park Central Road

Thurmont, MD 21788

Visitor Center: 301-663-9388


Ranger’s Choice Campfire Program

Saturday evenings,

June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

July 7, 14, 21, 28

August 4, 11, 18, 25, 2012 

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

9:00 10:00 p.m.


Come out and enjoy a 30-45 minute campfire program at the Owen’s Creek Campground Amphitheater.  Topics will focus on the National Park Service and the natural and cultural history of Catoctin Mountain Park. For GPS use only, the street address is 15882 Foxville-Dearfield Road, Sabillasville, MD 21780.   For directions to Owen’s Creek Campground Amphitheater, call the park visitor center or visit the park’s website at





Georgetown Visitor Center 

1057 Thomas Jefferson St. N.W. (located south of M Street adjacent to the Canal)

Washington, D.C.

Visitor Center: 202-653-5190


Great Falls Tavern

11710 MacArthur Blvd. (entrance located at the corner of MacArthur Blvd. & Falls Road)

Potomac, MD

Visitor Center: 301-767-3714


Cumberland Visitor Center 

Western Maryland Railway Station, Room 100, Canal Street, Cumberland, MD

Visitor Center: 301-722-8226


Williamsport Visitor Center

205 West Potomac Street Williamsport, MD 21795

Visitor Center: 301-767-3714




Great Falls: Wednesday through Sunday; 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

Please call ahead as special circumstances may affect this schedule.



Barge rides on the C&O Canal


Take a trip back in time to the 1870’s!  Ride along the historic C&O Canal in a boat pulled by mules.  Experience rising 8-feet in a canal lock. Hear park rangers in period clothing describe what life was like for the families that lived and worked on the canal.  Enjoy life at a slower pace. Cost for boat rides: $8.00 for adults (ages 15-61) seniors (ages 62 and over) and $5.00 for children (ages 4-14) children age three and under ride free.  Groups of 10 or more are required to make advance reservations on either boat, as otherwise seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Boat visitor capacity is 70 people.  The program lasts approximately one hour.


Great Falls Canal Boat schedule:   Public boat rides are offered during the spring, summer, and fall months.  The boat season usually lasts from early April through the end of October.  Canal boat rides run five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Please call the visitor center for specific dates and times as well as for additional information. The Georgetown visitor center is closed Monday and Tuesday during the boat season. Please call the visitor centers for specific days and times, or refer to “The Canaller” newspaper for alternative programs.

Please Note: This schedule is subject to change without notice. There are no boat rides at Georgetown. Please contact the Georgetown Visitor Center for the most up-to-date information (202-653-5190). For the most up-to-date information for Great Falls, please contact the Great Falls Visitor Center (301-767-3714).


FORT WASHINGTON PARK (Unit of National Capital Parks-East)

13551 Fort Washington Road

Fort Washington, MD 20744

Visitor Center 301-763-4600


Civil War artillery demonstrations

One Sunday a month during June, July and August 2012


1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.


 Learn about Civil War artillery demonstrations when visiting Fort Washington Park.  See volunteers dressed in period clothing showing visitors firing techniques. Call the Park’s Visitor Center for dates.




GREAT FALLS PARK (Unit of George Washington Memorial Parkway)

9200 Old Dominion Drive (Use exit 43 off the Capital Beltway; proceed 4.5 miles west)

 McLean, VA 22102

Visitor Center 703-285-2965


“Fall Walks”

Saturdays and Sundays

June 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, and 24

July 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29

August 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, and 26

11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Explore with a park ranger the thrilling sites and angles seen during a 30-minute “Fall Walk” and learn about the waterfall and explore the natural and cultural history of Great Falls Park. Walking tours are free, and reservations can be made by calling the park visitor center.  Dress for the weather. All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Meet the ranger at the park visitor center.




GREENBELT PARK (Unit of National Capital Parks-East)

Sweetgum Picnic Area (located near the entrance to Greenbelt Park)

 6565 Greenbelt Road

Greenbelt, MD 20770

Visitor Center: 301-344-3944


Invasive Plant Removal Day

Saturday, June 2, July 7, August 4

11:00 a.m.

Join a park ranger to help remove invasive plants from Greenbelt Park.  This hands-on volunteer project is a great way to help preserve Greenbelt Park for future generations.  It is not a difficult or dangerous task. Please bring insect and/or tick repellant. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants, long-sleeved shirts and work gloves. You will be taught how to remove the plants.  Large groups, please call the park Visitor Center. For directions to Sweetgum Picnic Area, call the Visitor Center or visit the park’s website at





171 Shoreline Drive

 Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Visitor Center: 304-535-6029


Bolivar Heights Battlefield

Saturday and Sunday, June 23- 24 July 21-22, August 4-5

1:00 p.m.  2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.


Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights 1862 - Harpers Ferry National Historical Park staff will present an artillery demonstration and program on the power and intimidation of field artillery. Visitors are invited to witness the power of artillery that sealed the fate of the federal soldiers.


Lower Town

Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Bringing in the Harvest - Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Interpretative rangers invite visitors to come out and learn how summer time harvest foods were preserved for winter consumption.  Join park rangers’ and 19th century Historic Food ways Expert Carol Anderson for a demonstration, pickling, drying, potting, and canning.



Murphy Farm and Curtis Freewill Baptist Church, Hartzog Road, Harpers Ferry, WV

Sunday, August 19

8:00 a.m.

Retrace the 1906 footsteps of the men and women of Niagara during a commemorative walk to the site of the John Brown’s Fort in 1906. Following the walk a 10:00 a.m. memorial service will take place at the Curtis Freewill Baptist Church.




KENILWORTH PARK AND AQUATIC GARDENS (Unit of National Capital Parks-East)

1550 Anacostia Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C 20019

Visitor Center- 202-472-2873


Saturday, July 21

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Annual Water lily and Lotus-Asian Cultural Festival it’s that time of the year again!  Every 3rd Saturday of July, visitors are invited to enjoy more than 75 varieties of blooming lilies and lotus plants in a park setting that is of outstanding design and beauty. The event celebrates the peak blooming season of water lily varieties and lotus plants in the fresh water ponds that were created by Mr. W.B. Shaw in the 1920's along the Anacostia River.  Take part in a guided tour of the gardens, tour a greenhouse or take a stroll on the boardwalk over the wetlands to view waterfowl and other wildlife in their natural habitat.  For further information call 202-472-2873.




12521 Lee Highway (I-66 West from Washington 28 miles; exit onto VA Rte.234)

Manassas, VA 20109

Visitor Center: 703-361-1339


151st Anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas

July 21 and 22


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Henry Hill Visitor Center

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Join park staff for the annual commemoration of the first battle. This event will feature living history demonstrations and historic weapons firings to reveal military tactics and portray soldier life.  Take the special Ranger Tours of the battlefield; Join in the Ranger Talks on facets of first battle and campaign; watch Military demonstrations of musket and artillery firing.


Sunday, July 22

Henry Hill Visitor Center

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Join park staff for the annual commemoration of the first battle. This event will feature living history demonstrations of soldier life, infantry tactics, and musket firing. Stonewall Brigade Virginia Infantry impressions, 11th New York “Fire Zouaves” depictions, Confederate Military Forces infantry impressions, Southern Grays Confederate infantry impressions, 2nd Rhode Island Union infantry impressions, U.S. Marine Battalion (Marine Corps Historical Company). 


Sunday, July 22

Henry Hill Visitor Center

2:00 p.m.

Dr. Matthew Pinsker presents a lecture on President Abraham Lincoln’s evolving policy on emancipation of the slaves in the summer of 1862.



August 25 – September 2, 2012: 150th Anniversary of the Second Battle of Manassas


Saturday and Sunday, August 25 and 26

Brawner Farm

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Join park staff to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Second Manassas (Bull Run). This two day event will feature military demonstrations of musketry and artillery firing; cavalry demonstrations of maneuver, carbine firing; encampment of troops representing Union and Confederate impressions describing soldier life and experience.





(Unit of National Capital Parks-East)

Bethune Statue, Lincoln Park

located between 11th and 13th Street NE, Washington, D.C.



Mary McLeod Bethune Birthday Celebration

Tuesday, July 10

The National Park Service will commemorate the 137th birthday celebration of Mary McLeod Bethune at the Bethune Memorial Statue. The memorial is in Lincoln Park, located between 11th and 13th Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. July 10th is the official birthday of Mary McLeod Bethune. This year's celebration will mark the 38th anniversary of the wreath-laying ceremony and the erection of the Bethune Memorial on July 10, 1974. For additional information, please call the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site at (202) 673-2402.




Monocacy National Battlefield

5201 Urbana Pike (located three miles south of Frederick on Maryland Rte. 355)

Frederick, MD 21704

Visitor Center: 301-662-3515


148th Anniversary of the Battle of Monocacy

Monday and Tuesday, July 9 and July 10

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

On July 9, Union troops under General Lew Wallace met General Jubal Early’s forces on the banks of the Monocacy. At Monocacy National Battlefield, visitors can experience this and other stories of the past in a landscape that has changed little since the 19th century. Commemorate the 148th Anniversary of the Battle of Monocacy through the eyes of those who lived here at the outbreak of the war. Interact with living history volunteers and experience the life of children on one of the farms. Auto Tours are available of the battlefield. Several walking trails are also available. To visit the battlefield provides visitors the opportunity to understand and appreciate the significance of the Battle of Monocacy.




National Mall

Washington, D.C.

202-426-6841 or 202-619-7222



Children’s Programs
Every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday in June,
11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., each program 30 minutes long
Survey Lodge Ranger Station, located one block west of the intersection of 15th St. and Independence Ave. SW.

Programs are ranger’s choice about anything on the National Mall: nature, history, and always fun.  Please meet at Survey Lodge Ranger Station. Programs are outdoors in all safe weather.


Interpretive Ranger Talks


10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.


Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Old Post Office Tower Observation deck, World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial,  U.S. Navy Memorial, Freedom Plaza fountain, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington Monument, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial


NPS park rangers will present daily interpretive talks at various monuments and memorials every hour on the hour between 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.





Saturday, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Sunday, June 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012

Meet at the Jefferson Memorial

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.,  1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Join the National Park Service rangers for FREE bike tours. Think about how many more buildings we could have in Washington if we paved over all the parkland.  Throughout the city's history many people wanted to do exactly that.  Join Park Rangers on a trip through some of the parkland that almost never was. All bike tours meet at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. All riders MUST provide their own bike, helmet, and water.



Saturday, June 9, 2012

Meet at the Washington Monument book store

8 a.m. - 9 a.m.


Come explore the National Mall in the quiet of the morning with a National Park Ranger on a run through the park. The route include stops highlighting many different aspects of the National Mall.  Learn of D.C.’s past at scandal, power struggles, and wealthy intentions. Meet at the Washington Monument bookstore.




June 30-July 4

July 7-11

11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.,

5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., evening events


The National Park Service co-sponsors with the Smithsonian Institution, the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall.  Find many exemplary practitioners of diverse, authentic, and living traditions.  The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is a special annual event sponsored each June-July celebrating cultural traditions around the world. The Folklife Festival includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling and discussions of cultural issues. The themes of the 2011 program will be: Colombia, Peace Corps and Rhythm and Blues. Admission is FREE! Visitors should dress for hot and humid weather. Parking is extremely limited.  The National Park Service encourages all visitors to take METRO to and from the National Mall. This is an opportunity to learn and understand better cultural differences and similarities. Visitors For more information, please call 202-633-1000.





10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 27

Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington, DC


This year marks the 61st Anniversary of the Korean War. On June 25, 1950, the North Korean Army-organized, equipped, and was abetted by the Soviet Union-lunged, to cross the 38th Parallel to subdue its countrymen to the south. This year also marks the 15th Anniversary of the dedication of the Korean War Veterans Memorial.  This ceremony is observed on the same day and time the cease fire took effect in Korea.  A formal wreath-laying ceremony will take place with presentations by government and military personnel. Veterans and service organizations will attend.




White House Visitor Center

1450 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C.



11:30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Daily, June- August, 2012

Join park rangers for daily walks and talks about various aspects of President's Park. Program topics vary daily; previous ranger programs have covered White House and presidential history, the history of President's Park, memorials and monuments located within the park, the people who have lived in the White House neighborhood and the many events held within the park.



18170 Park Entrance Road

Triangle, VA 22172

 Visitor Center: 703-221-7181


9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day

Ranger-led Programs at Prince William Forest Park


Call 703-221-7181 for more information


Ranger-led programs and activities are held throughout the year. The visitor center features exhibits on the park’s historic and natural resources.




5200 Glover Road, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20015

Nature Center: 202-895-6070


Wednesday-Sunday (daily)

9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.


Rock Creek Nature Center is the major information center and focal point for activities related to Rock Creek Park's natural and cultural history. Exhibits tell about the park's wildlife and forest, and a library, open to all, has many books on natural history. A Discovery Room will encourage hands-on activities. An observation beehive is located on the back wall of the exhibit room. Visitors can watch the bees at work in the hive, visible through glass panes. The hive is connected to the outdoors by a plastic tube. Advance group reservations are required.


Ranger-led Programs at Rock Creek Park sites


Call 202-895-6070 for more information




1551 Trap Road

Vienna, VA 22182



The only national park dedicated to presenting the performing arts

No matter what your age or taste in shows, you'll find something you like onstage at Wolf Trap. From May through September, multiple amphitheaters in the park present performances such as musicals, dance, opera, jazz, and popular and country music. Call the park for additional information.


Summer Ranger Programs


Join a park ranger for an interpretive program and learn about the arts in the park. Two different ranger programs are offered at 12:15 pm and 12:30 pm, every Tuesday through Saturday* during our Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods season.  Meet park rangers at the kiosk in the meadow. The program should last approximately 20 minutes Check the information board at the footbridge or call (703) 255-1824 to find out which Ranger Programs will be available on the day of your visit. Programs are free and recommended for kids five and older. Ranger programs are canceled for rain or if the day has been determined to have "Code Red" Air Quality. For directions to the meadow or to get further information on the ranger programs, please call 703-225-1824.







For a complete listing of ranger-led programs/ special activities/ in our National Capital Region park sites visit:


Programs and activities vary throughout the year, with a variety of ranger programs. Programs are offered by rangers and at special events in coordination with Living History volunteers. For more information about these programs and activities, contact the park or visit the park website listed below.