Fall 2022 Gala & Events Guide

Here’s our guide to all the best fall events and galas in D.C. this season. Stay tuned online as more will be added to this list.

September 2022 

Thursday Sept. 15  

Prevent Cancer Foundation 28th Annual Gala 

6:30-11:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW

The Prevent Cancer Foundation Annual Gala is recognized as one of Washington’s premier events, attracting more than 1,000 guests from the business, diplomatic, government, medical, philanthropic, sports and social communities.

Lombardi Live! Concert to End Cancer Featuring White Ford Bronco 

VIP-5 p.m., Doors open at 6 p.m. to public, The Bullpen, 1201 Half St. SE.

Meet your fellow BellRinger Riders, Virtual Riders, and volunteers at Lombardi Live, a concert benefitting Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center presented by Friends of Lombardi. We’ll be hanging out at the Bullpen on September 15th to enjoy some live music, drinks, and more.

Saturday Sept. 17 

Sunset Dinner Fundraiser at the Washington Canoe Club 

6 p.m., 3700 Water St. NW

This year’s Sunset Dinner brings the authentic flavors, music, and performance of the Middle East to the docks of the Washington Canoe Club.

Georgetown Community Day 

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Festivities include face painting, moon bounces, music, games, and a community picnic with free food. The community fair will have tables from local schools, churches, community organizations, government agencies, and university departments with giveaways and information about how you can get involved. We hope you’ll save the date to come out and help celebrate our shared community.

Sunday Sept. 18 

CAG Concerts in the Park 

5-7 p.m., Rose Park, 26th and O Streets NW

Bring your own picnic or purchase your meal from delicious food trucks by Rocklands Real Barbecue, Cipolla Rossa Pizzeria, and more! Come out and enjoy lawn games, raffles, and other family-friendly activities while listening to the alt-country band, The Walkaways.

Tuesday Sept. 20 

Noche de Gala 

Cocktail hour-6 p.m., dinner-7 p.m.

The Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW

Bringing together leaders from Washington and across the country, Members of Congress, the Diplomatic Corps, celebrated Latino entertainers, Administration officials, and members of the news and entertainment media.


Wednesday Sept. 21  

Rose Park: 100th Birthday at the Market 

3-7 p.m., 2600 O St. NW

Join in a community celebration! At our regular time and place, this Farmers Market will be a special celebration. Bring the family out to celebrate our beloved Rose Park.


Thursday Sept. 22 

44th Annual Ambassadors Ball Presented by Viatris 

7 p.m., The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. NW

The Ambassadors Ball is the signature black tie fundraising event of the Greater DC-Maryland Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Over the past 43 years the Ball has raised more than $22.5 million to support the National MS Society’s mission. The Ambassadors Ball welcomes the Diplomatic Corps, members of Congress, U.S. Government officials, corporate partners, and philanthropic and community leaders. The evening’s program will feature live entertainment, paired with our esteemed live and silent auctions.

Celebrating 100 Years of Rose Park: Fall Gala 2022 at the Dodge Mansion 

6-9 p.m., 2819 P St. NW

The Friends of Rose Park invite you to enjoy an evening with neighbors to toast the first century and keep the park thriving in the next.


Friday Sept. 23 

Wolf Trap in Bloom: 2022 Wolf Trap Ball 

8 p.m., Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna VA 22182

Join us for a black-tie celebration of Wolf Trap’s growth as we flower from our 50th Anniversary and plant seeds for the future. Delight in an evening of flora and fauna, color and wonder on the spectacular Filene Center Stage, and explore our newly refurbished, stunning backstage.

2022 Impact Gala 

6-10 p.m., Intercontinental, Washington, D.C., The Wharf, 801 Wharf St. SW

Supporting Planned Parenthood of Washington, D.C.

2022 D.C. Art All Night 

5:30-10:30 p.m., Various neighborhoods.

Specifically, Georgetown’s Art All Night will return for its second year along the Wisconsin Avenue business corridor on Friday, September 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.


Saturday Sept. 24 

NSO Opening Night Gala 

7 p.m., The Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW

The NSO Season Opening Gala is always a must-see event, especially when one of today’s most in-demand artists joins the party! Be part of the excitement as Grammy Award-winning pianist Daniil Trifonov returns to electrify D.C. audiences with Rachmaninoff’s diabolically difficult Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.


Sunday Sept. 25 

Opera on the Field 

4 p.m., Audi Field, 100 Potomac Ave. SW

Celebrate the seventeenth season of free opera broadcasts by joining Washington National Opera on the field for Carmen on Sunday, September 25 at 4 p.m. Gates open at 2 p.m. for pre-opera activities.


Saturday Sept. 30 

The Green & White Gala 

6-11 p.m., The National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW

After a two-year hiatus, the Green & White Gala is back! Join us on Sept 30 at The National Press Club for an evening of philanthropy & fun.


October 2022 


Saturday Oct. 1 

The 35th Annual Bark Ball 

6-10 p.m., The Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW

The 35th Annual Bark Ball benefiting the Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2022. We hope you will join us – with your canine companion – in celebrating the people, animals, and members of the community that make up the HRA community.


Monday Oct. 3 

2022 Shakespeare Theatre Company Gala 

6:30 p.m.-cocktails, 7:30 p.m.-performance, 8:30 p.m.-dinner, Wolf Trap National Park, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna, VA 22182

The 2022 Gala returns to Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts’ sylvan glades to add natural beauty (and safety) to this evening of entertainment and merriment in the company of kindred spirits.


Saturday Oct. 8  

The 68th Annual Virginia Fall Races 

Gates open at 8 a.m. and the first race is 12:30 p.m., Glenwood Park, Middleburg, VA 20117

The $30,000 National Sporting Library & Museum Cup returns as the marquee race of the day & the $25,000 Magalen O. Bryant Memorial will run in memory of Mrs. Magalen O. Bryant. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early. Foxhunting enthusiasts from across the country will compete for the title and $5,000 in prize money.

Wednesday Oct. 12

The Washington Concert Opera 2022 Gala

6-11 p.m., La Maison Francaise, 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW

Proceeds will directly benefit our performances, professional training initiatives with young musicians, community outreach events and educational programming.


Thursday Oct. 13 

Middleburg Film Festival 

Through Sunday Oct. 16, Check website for specific times and places.

The Middleburg Film Festival offers four days of fantastic films. A carefully curated selection of narrative and documentary films screen in intimate theatre environments, followed by fascinating conversations with world-renowned filmmakers, actors, and other special guests. The films include festival favorites, world and regional premieres, first-class foreign films, and Oscar contenders.


Thursday Oct. 20 

Halcyon Awards 

6 p.m., The Schuyler, 1001 14th St. NW

The Halcyon Awards recognize & honor changemakers and trailblazers who dedicate their lives to positive social change.


Friday Oct. 21 

2022 Meridian Ball 

7-11:30 p.m., Meridian House, 1630 Crescent Place NW

Now in its 54th year, the Ball is known for intimate Ambassador-hosted dinners, in addition to a dinner hosted by Meridian at its White-Meyer House. Following dinner, all guests gather for dancing, dessert, and dialogue at Meridian House, an architectural treasure listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Saturday Oct. 22 

Rock Creek Conservancy Gala 

5-7:30 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW

Rock Creek Conservancy has hosted an annual gala every fall since 2015, celebrating the Rock Creek community and all who make our work possible. All of the proceeds of the Gala go towards the mission of the Conservancy, helping fuel the people-powered restoration that helps to protect the forests, keep our water clean, improve the park visitor experience, and increase equity of access to the park.

Citizens Association of Georgetown Annual Fall Fundraiser & Cocktail Party 

6 p.m., Ukraine House, 2134 Kalorama Road NW

Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment, while celebrating the vibrance of CAG and the vitality of our Georgetown neighbors, the Ukrainian Embassy on M Street.

Tony & Joe’s Shuck It! Oyster & Beer Festival 

1-5 p.m., Tony & Joe’s, 3000 K St. NW

The ninth annual festival is back with all things oysters and beer.


Monday Oct. 24 

Washington International Horse Show 

Through Sunday Oct. 30, time varies depending on specific show, The Show Place Arena, Prince George’s Equestrian Center, Upper Marlboro, MD.

Established in 1958, the prestigious and popular national and international equestrian event will return to the Washington, D.C., area October 24-30, 2022, with newly elevated CSI5*-W status, and an additional day of competition. It will be held over seven days and three nights at The Show Place Arena at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.


Saturday Oct. 29 

The National Italian American Foundation Gala 

5:30 p.m., Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW

Each year, NIAF hosts events and activities that help the Foundation raise funds in support of its mission and build unity in the Italian American community nationwide. The most notable of those annual events are the New York City Gala, the NIAF Invitational Golf Tournament in New York, and the centerpiece, the Anniversary Gala weekend every October in Washington, D.C.

Human Rights Campaign National Dinner 

5:30 p.m., Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW

The support generated from this event will help fuel the work for equality.

Blue Hope Bash 

8 p.m., The Ritz Carlton, 1150 22nd St. NW

Chaired by Avi Benaim and Karen Paris and Estee and Elliott Portnoy, makes its full return on Saturday, October 29, 2022.


November 2022 


Saturday Nov. 5  

Butterfly Bash: A Night with the Stars 

6 p.m., The National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW

Fair Chance strengthens the sustainability and performance of community-based non-profits to achieve life-changing results for children and youth experiencing poverty.

JDRF 2022 Hope Gala 

6 p.m., MGM National Harbor

This year’s event will take place at the MGM National Harbor and feature seated dinner, fantastic silent and live auctions, Fund A Cure opportunities, and an exciting after party.

SOME Annual Gala 

6-11 p.m., Grand Hyatt, 1000 H St. NW

Break The Cycle: SOME’s Annual Gala, is held annually to celebrate the successes of our work at So Others Might Eat, the triumphs of our clients, and recipients of SOME’s highest honors.


Thursday Nov. 10  

March of Dimes Heroines of Washington 

6 p.m., Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Boulevard, McLean VA 22102

At the March of Dimes we define a heroine as a women who approaches giving back to the community and her profession with the same level of commitment and dedication. At the gala, the March of Dimes will honor all finalists and announce the eight award recipients.


Saturday Nov. 12 

Portrait of a Nation Gala 

6-10 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery honors the 2022 Portrait of a Nation Award winners.


December 2022  


Thursday Dec. 1 

Jewish Women International 125th Anniversary Gala 

6-10 p.m., Planet Word Museum, 925 13th St. NW

Join us for an unforgettable anniversary gala celebrating JWI’s 125-year legacy of empowering women and girls worldwide!


Sunday Dec. 4 

The Washington Ballet’s 2022 Nutcracker Tea Party 

Before the 1 p.m. show of The Nutcracker, The Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW

Guests will be transported to an enchanting winter wonderland where they will indulge in delicious sandwiches and teas and pose for photos with iconic Nutcracker characters from the production. The Nutcracker Tea Party also includes a ticket to the 1 p.m. matinee performance at Warner Theatre.

The 45th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 

The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW

Honoring U2, Tania Leon, Gladys Knight, Amy Grant and George Clooney.


Wednesday Dec. 7 

2022 Fourth Estate Gala 

6:30 p.m., Ballroom, National Press Club

Honoring CNN’s Clarissa Ward.


Friday Dec. 9 

British Christmas Luncheon Gala 

12-3 p.m., Fairmont, Washington, D.C.

Celebrating the British American Business Association’s 25th Annual Christmas Luncheon at the Fairmont Hotel.









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