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This site lists upcoming events in the greater Washington area related to Austrian, German, and Swiss culture, music, and dancing. If you would like occasional special event notices by email, join Carol's group "Cultural Events" .) Web site by Carol Traxler ( Last update: February 26, 2014.


Ongoing: Kennedy Center Millenium Stage - FREE performances at 6 pm.

Ongoing: Strathmore Events at Strathmore Hall and Strathmore Mansion, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda (Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro).

Ongoing: The Embassy Series held at various embassies. See the web site for details and tickets.

Ongoing: Singers wanted for the Washington Saengerbund (rehearsals Mondays)

Ongoing: CONTINENTALS schedule (Polka! Polka! Polka!) | Mike Surratt's ECB (Variety Dance Music, including Ballroom)

Ongoing: "Alte Kameraden" Blaskapelle Schedule (German band)

Ongoing: The EDELWEISS BAND's Schedule

music Various dates, 2014
The Embassy Series
of distinctive concerts at area embassies and ambassadors' residences. Call (202) 625-2361; or order easily online at

Various dates, 7:30 pm (unless otherwise stated)
Concerts and Lectures at The United Church
/ Die Vereinigte Kirche in cooperation with the Cultural Department of the German Embassy in Washington. Dr. David Montgomery, Director.

Alpine Dancers Sunday, March 9 & 23, 4-6:30
Sunday, April 6 & 27, 4-6:30
Sunday, May 4 & 18, 4-6:30
Sunday, June 15, 22, 29, 4-6:30
Sunday, July 13 & 27, 4-6:30
Sunday, August 10 & 24, 4-6:30
Sunday, September 7, 4-6:30
Sunday, November 2 & 23, 4-6:30
Sunday, December 7 & 21, 4-6:30
Alpine Dancers. (Performances are listed at this site.)
The Alpine Dancers hold regular free and open practices at the New Carrollton Municipal Center, 6016 Princess Garden Parkway, near Washington Beltway exit 20A. (Occasionally practice times and dates may change due to performances, which are listed at this site if they are open to the public.) Oktoberfest season is over and new dancers are especially welcome. The Alpine Dancers are a performing and teaching folk dance group specializing in couples and trio dances from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. They perform throughout the greater Washington, DC (USA) area. For information, directions, and engagements, or to confirm practices and performances, see the web site, or contact the leaders of the Alpine Dancers, Herbert & Carol Traxler ( at 301-577-3503 or Bill & Sarita Barclay at 301-654-1917.

February 27, 6 pm - Opening
February 27-April 13 - Exhibit
Exhibit Opening: "German Karneval - Then and Now"
($5 admission) at the German-American Heritage Museum, of the German-American Historical Foundation of the USA, 719 6th Street NW Washington, DC 20001 P: 202 467-5000; F: 202 467-5440; Toll-free: (866) 868-8422; . Located in Hockemeyer Hall, Washington, DC.

February 28, 8:15 pm
Salute to Strauss Viennese Ball
organized by Things To Do DC, held at the Embassy of Austria, in a "classic 18th century setting". DJ will play music for Austrian Nightclub, with swing, retro, salsa. Details are at the web site, as is ticket information. There will be a live opera presentation. Dance instructor David Norton will present a Viennese waltz demonstration and teach a brief lesson; he will also lead a Grand March and Fledermaus Quadrille #6.

Fasching Saturday, March 1, 2014, 7pm - midnight
Annual Fasching / Mardi Gras Prize Masquerade Ball of the Washington Saengerbund.
Join the hundreds of costumed revellers at the annual fun filled Costume Prize Masquerade Ball held at the
Kena Ballroom, 9001 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax,Va. 22031 - just minutes from the Beltway. Click for MAP.
Enjoy great live dance music with Mike Surrat and his CONTINENTALS playing a wide variety of tunes from Polkas to Waltzes, to Samba, to Rumba, and more. Big dance floor. Prizes awarded for best costumes (singles, couples and groups), door prizes. Delicious German food specialties, German beer, wine, champagne, and soft drinks available for purchase. Lots of free parking. (Herb and Carol will be at Table #1 as usual.)

Sunday, March 2, 4 pm
Max Raabe & Palast Orchester
at George Mason University's Center for the Arts, Braddock Road and Route 123. 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030. 703-993-2787 phone. (Herb and Carol have our tickets. Max Raabe is a favorite performer!)

Saturday, March 22, 2014 , 6 pm
Ein Maskenball in Wien
taking place in Haverford, PA. The Twenty-Sixth Johann Strauss Ball: At the Merion Cricket Club, 325 Montgomery Avenue & Grays Lane, Haverford, PA 19041. Invitation and information at web site. $110 per person.

Saturday, March 22, 2014 - CANCELLED
The Viennese Ball organized by Margaret Bocek has been cancelled.
The next Viennese Christmas Ball on December 5, 2014 will take place at the Washington Golf and Country Club, as in past years. Details will be announced when available.

Sunday, March 30, 4:30 --
"The Last Polka" dance at Blob's Park with music by Mike Surratt & the Continentals
. This dance will mark the end of an era. The final public dance held at Blob's Park, 8024 Max Blobs Park Road, Jessup, Maryland 20794.

March 31, 2014 - Blob's Park is closing on March 31, 2014

Friday evening, April 11, 2014 , 7:30 PM
Concert at The United Church
/ Die Vereinigte Kirche in cooperation with the Cultural Department of the German Embassy in Washington. Dr. David Montgomery, Director. Concert Admission free + reception.
The Angelo Piano Duo [USA] - Anthony and Catherine Angelo: New Four Hand Piano Works from Russia
1920 G Street NW | Washington DC 20006, Telephone 202-331-1495.

Saturday, May 3, 2014, 7 pm
Washington Saengerbund Annual Spring Concert
. Kena Ballroom, 9001 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax,Va. 22031 - just minutes from the Beltway exit 50. See web site for details.

Monday, May 26, 2014, 11 am
Washingtong Saengerbund in the Memorial Day service at Prospect Hill Cemetery
. The cemetery is located at 2201 N Capitol St NE, Washington, DC. Prospect Hill Cemetery is a designated historical landmark and is the burial site of many prominent German-Americans, including Julius Viedt, the founding president of the Washington Saengerbund. See web site for details.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 7 pm - 11:30 pm -- SAVE THE DATE!!!!
Viennese Christmas Ball at the Washington Golf and Country Club.
Organized by Margaret Bocek. Dance music by the fabulous con brio! salon orchestra.

Goethe Institut Washington

National Gallery of Art

For ballroom dance see

For Sunday dances, see Waltz Time Dances at Glen Echo Park, organized by Donna Barker and others. Every April there is a very nice Viennese Ball, "An Evening with Strauss" held at Glen Echo's Spanish Ballroom, featuring the Old Vienna orchestra.

For English country, contra, and folk dance, see Folklore Society of Greater Washington.

For info on trips to Vienna for attending the balls, see as well as the link from

Viennese Ball Opening Committee ("Cotillions") have been performing at Viennese balls in Washington since 1997, as described at that page. For information about Viennese balls and similar events, you may sign up for Carol's Viennese waltz e-mail list, at

Viennese Ball excellent site by Nelson Bridwell. For ball schedule, click on "Calendar."

filmFilm Programs - ongoing: National Gallery of Art | Library of Congress | Goethe Institut

Visions of Austria online video

Austrian Folk Dance Workshop led by Herbert and Carol Traxler

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