Fall 2023 Gala 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 2023

Wednesday, Sept. 20 

The Washington Concert Opera 2023 Gala 

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

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

Saturday Sept. 23  

2023 Wolf Trap Ball: The Golden Hour 

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

Mark the close of Wolf Trap’s summer season and the culmination of the transformative “Campaign for Wolf Trap: Our Next Chapter.” The event will be inspired by the magical nightly moment when everything is aglow. 

NSO Opening Night Gala 

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

The spectacular new season begins with “Fate Now Conquers,” inspired by Beethoven’s journal entry of that phrase from the Iliad. 

Wednesday, Sept. 27 

Prevent Cancer Foundation’s 29th Annual Gala 

Cocktail reception-6 p.m., Dinner-7 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. 

Thursday, Sept. 28 

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. 

Friends of Lombardi’s Concert to End Cancer is returning to The Bullpen, partnering once again with the band White Ford Bronco to support live-saving cancer research at Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

Saturday, Sept. 30 

Opera in the Outfield 

7 p.m., Nationals Park 

Celebrate the 13th season of free opera broadcasts by joining the Washington National Opera at Nats Park for Puccini’s “La boheme.”  

October 2023  

Wednesday, Oct. 4 

The Spirit of Georgetown 2023 

6-8 p.m., King & Spalding LLP, 1700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW 

Georgetown Ministry Center honors longtime employee Delores Jackson.  

Thursday, Oct. 12 

Citizens Association of Georgetown Fall Fundraiser & Cocktail Party 

6-9 p.m., Romanian Ambassador’s Residence, 3003 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and celebrate the CAG and vitality of our Georgetown neighbors. 

Friday, Oct. 13 

2023 Fair Chance Butterfly Bash 

7-11 p.m., The Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Ave. at 17th St. NW 

Join Fair Chance for a festive evening of food, drinks, music and dancing in support of our vision of a world where every child succeeds.  

Saturday Oct. 14 

The Annual Virginia Fall Races 

Post time-12:30 p.m., Glenwood Park, Middleburg, VA 20117 

The races have been a must-attend event since 1955. 

HRC National Dinner 

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW 

The Human Rights Campaign annual event celebrates advancements in the fight for full LGBTQ equality. 

The 48th Annual National Italian American Foundation Gala 

7 p.m., Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW 

Join leaders in business, politics, and the arts at the NIAF 48th Anniversary Gala.  The black-tie dinner will celebrate the 2023 Region of Honor, Emilia-Romagna, the Global Italian Diaspora and the 2023 honorees. 

Saturday, Oct. 21 

The 36th Annual Bark Ball 

5:30-10 p.m., The Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW 

The 36th Annual Bark Ball benefiting the Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) will be held on Saturday, October 21. 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. 

Rock Creek Conservancy Gala 

5-7 p.m., Rock Creek Park, Picnic Grove 6 

Please join us for a night of drinks, music, hearty appetizers, and park views, while connecting with those who share your love of Rock Creek Park and its watershed. 

SOME’s Annual Gala 

6-10:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. 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. 

Monday, Oct. 23 

The Washington International Horse Show 

Through Sunday Oct. 29, time varies depending on specific show, The Show Place Arena, Prince George’s Equestrian Center, Upper Marlboro, MD. 

The show will be held over seven days and three nights at The Show Place Arena at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. 

November 2023 

Thursday, Nov. 9 

March of Dimes Heroines of Washington 

6 p.m., The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner 

Heroines of Washington is one of the area’s most unique events, recognizing and honoring women in the D.C. Metro Area for their dedication to community service. 

December 2023 

Saturday, Dec. 2 

Blue Hope Bash 

The National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW 

The Blue Hope Bash is the premier fundraising gala that benefits patients and caregivers served by the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. 

 Sunday, Dec. 3

46th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 

The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW 

This year’s honorees include Billy Crystal, Renée Fleming, Barry Gibb, Queen Latifah, and Dionne Warwick. 

Friday, Dec. 8 

British Christmas Luncheon Gala 

12-3 p.m., The Fairmont, 2401 M St. NW 

More info to come. 







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