Spring Gala Guide  

Compiled by Kate Oczypok

Spring is fast approaching! Prepare for Washington’s blooming social season with this gala guide featuring the parties, celebrations and events from March through June.   



Friday, March 10


The Burleith Centennial Gala

6 to 10 p.m., in Georgetown University’s Copley Formal Lounge.

The evening will include a buffet dinner, celebratory cake and performances by students from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.


Saturday, March 11

Imagination Stage Annual Gala

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

Imagination Stage’s Annual Gala is the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year and all funds raised support the professional theatre and arts education programs.


The World in Our City: The Washington Performing Arts Gala

6 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW

Enjoy an evening of food, dancing and fun.



Tuesday, March 14 


The Kuno Award for Applied Science for the Social Good

6:30 p.m., Evermay, 1623 28th St. NW

A cocktail hour and ceremony to honor the most recent recipient, Dr. Eleanor Stokes.



Wednesday, March 15


The Ireland Funds National Gala

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

Celebrating the ties, heritage and friendship between Ireland and the U.S.



Sunday, March 19


The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Gala

8 p.m., the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW

This year’s awardee is comedian Adam Sandler.




Saturday, April 1


2023 Catholic Charities Gala

6 p.m., Marriott Marquis, 901 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Catholic Charities Gala 2023 will honor Msgr. John J. Enzler’s 50th anniversary as a priest in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington and his retirement as president and CEO.  



Thursday, April 13 


Citizens Association of Georgetown Fundraising Event at Evermay

Evermay, 1623 28th St. NW

Help support CAG’s programs, education and historic preservation efforts to make Georgetown safer, more beautiful and more connected.




Friday, April 14


National Museum of Women in the Arts Spring Gala

6:30 p.m., Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW

The event will honor Cecilia Alemani, artistic director, 59th Venice Biennale.



Saturday, April 15


2023 Children’s Ball

6 p.m. to midnight, District Pier and the Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW

The organization is seeking to raise $500 million to transform children’s health.


2023 Alzheimer’s Association Brain Ball

The National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW

This year’s lifetime achievement honoree is former Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III.



Wednesday, April 19


The Georgetown House Tour’s 2023 Patrons Party

6 to 8 p.m., the Hawkins Residence, 3123 Dumbarton St. NW

The Patrons’ Party is held at one of Georgetown’s preeminent homes. The proceeds from the party benefit St. John’s ministries to homeless adults and children, unemployed, senior citizens and young children in area schools.


The Latino Student Fund Gala

Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW

The Latino Student Fund was founded in 1994 to address disparities in education access for underrepresented students in the D.C. area.


Friday, April 21


The Washington Ballet Gala

The National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW

Enjoy the National Building Museum transformed into an enchanted forest as you delight in cocktails, dinner and dancing.



Wednesday, April 26


Calvary Women’s Services Hope Gala

6 to 9 p.m., the Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd St. NW

Celebrate women achieving their goals and making lasting changes in their lives.




Saturday, April 29  


Lombardi Gala

The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW

Since 1986, the Lombardi Gala has provided direct funding to Georgetown Lombardi as it seeks to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer.


Children’s Inn at NIH: An Evening for Hope 2023

Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Boulevard

The evening will include a cocktail reception, silent auction, gourmet dinner, live auction and an after party.



Wednesday, May 3


The Smithsonian Craft Show Preview Night Benefit

5 to 9 p.m., the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW

Check out what’s at this year’s craft show a little early.



Thursday, May 4 


The Spring Soiree Celebrating the 2023 C&O Canal in Georgetown

6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Under the big tent in the Mule Yard

Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music.



Friday, May 5


Threads of Connection: The Phillips Collection Gala

6:30 p.m., The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW

Join the Phillips Collection for the annual affair.



Saturday May 6  


This Mammoth Moment: Woolly Mammoth’s 2023 Spring Gala

National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Ave. NW

Celebrate Woolly Mammoth’s storytelling at their annual gala.



Wednesday, May 10


March of Dimes Gourmet Gala

6 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW

More than 50 members of Congress will compete as celebrity chefs at the 41st annual affair.



Saturday, May 13


The Washington National Opera Gala

5 p.m., Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW

Experience the opening night of “La Boheme” with exclusive Embassy dinners the night before.



Wednesday, May 17


Heart’s Delight Wine Tasting and Auction

Four days of fun including a Congress Has Heart Celebration, intimate wine dinners and an exclusive Vintner’s Dinner.


Friday May 19

Fashion for Fighters 6th Annual Spring Fashion Fundraiser Gala

The Army Navy Club, 901 17th St. NW

This year’s black-tie affair benefits the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation.


Monday, May 22


2023 Helen Hayes Awards

The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW

The Helen Hayes Awards recognize outstanding achievement from professionals in D.C. theater.



Wednesday, May 24 


Tudor Place’s 31st Annual Spring Garden Party

6 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW

Proceeds support conservation of thousands of objects in the Tudor Place Collection & Archive, preservation of the 5 ½ acre estate and dynamic educational programming for all ages.





Thursday, June 1  


The Annual Great Ladies Luncheon & Fashion Show

10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., the Ritz Carlton, 1150 22nd St. NW

Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.


Saturday June 3

Friends of Volta Park Annual Cocktail Party & Fundraiser

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ,The George Town Club, 1530 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Tickets, $225 each, are available through voltapark.org/donate or by Venmo @FriendsofVoltaPark


Tuesday, June 6


2023 Light Up the Night Gala

6:30 p.m., Lunar Lawn, Hillwood Estate Museum & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW

The black-tie gala supports Hillwood’s mission to share the cultural treasures bequeathed by Marjorie Merriweather Post.


Wednesday June 14

6-8 p.m.
Cocktail buffet and Live Music




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