Venues

We’ll be serving up the sweetest blues music and most mouth-watering BBQ at these fine venues in and around Washington, DC! Scroll down to see all the details on all the venues, including great photos! We are super excited that many more of our venues are accessible by public transit this year; see “transit notes” for the best ways to get to each venue.


Thursday Night Dance: The Back Room at Glen Echo Park

7300 Macarthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD‎ 20812

The Back Room, or Ballroom Annex, adjacent to the historic Spanish Ballroom, is a recently renovated, climate-controlled space with beautiful maple wood floors. This is the site of our regular weekly Thursday blues dance!

Transit Notes: Glen Echo Park is most easily accessed via a car–ride with a friend! Parking is free. However, you can get there via public transit if need be; see our Thursday night dance page for more details.

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Friday Night Dances: Capital Ballroom

7800 Wisconsin Avenue, 2nd Floor, Bethesda, MD 20814

Capital Ballroom (previously known as DuShor Dance Studio), is our site for both the main and late night dances on Friday. It’s across the street from a great dinner, though you won’t need to go there, because we’ll serve you a full meal right in the ballroom at midnight!

Transit Notes: It’s only a few blocks north of Bethesda Metro Station. Note that the last southbound train from Bethesda leaves at 2:47am; the last northbound train leaves at 3:23am. Parking is available on the street or in the nearby parking garage; payment is required through 10pm and free thereafter.

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Saturday Afternoon BBQ Picnic: Norwood Park

4700 Norwood Drive, Bethesda, MD 20815

Norwood Park, just south of the Bethesda Metro Station, was the site of our picnics last year, and we’re excited to return for our brand new desert comp and traditional catered BBQ! And they have a nice indoor room for those of you who can’t get enough dancing.

Transit Notes: Norwood is south of Bethesda metro station–walk, or take the free Bethesda Circulator. Norwood also has ample free parking.

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Saturday Main Dance: The Continental Ballroom at the George Washington University

800 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052

The Continental Ballroom is located on the third floor of the Marvin Center on the George Washington University campus in Foggy Bottom, just west of downtown. It’s a neat space with nice views of the downtown city at night.

Transit Notes: GWU has its own metro stop (Foggy Bottom-GWU), and is on lots of bus lines. Parking is available but limited, so if you drive be sure to leave extra time for finding street parking, or be prepared to pay for a paid parking garage. The in-building garage will be closed, but private paid garages are available. Free street partking is available on 21st street between I and F, and on G and F streets.

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Saturday Late Night Dance: The Dance Loft on 14

4618 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The Dance Loft is another new recently opened studio space in DC with a great floor, cool ceiling, and bluesy feel. Please note that this venue is in a residential neighborhood, so please be quiet and respectful when parking your car and entering the building.

Transit Notes: You can take the “S” bus lines to get here–but if you want to travel as quickly as possible from the main dance to the late night, you’ll want to ride in a car/taxi/uber. Street Parking is fairly available, and free at this hour. And you won’t want to be late for the delicious hot late night meal, or the sweet sounds of our late night band!

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Sunday BBQ Picnic: Meadowbrook Park

7901 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

The Gorgeous Meadowbrook Park is once again the site of the BBQ competition this year. (Meadowbrook last hosted the BBQ competition in 2013!) The park covers comprises 16.6 acres in Chevy Chase, just south of East-West Highway and adjacent to Rock Creek Park. The park features a beautiful covered pavilion (pictured) and a nice inside dance floor, with indoor and outdoor cooking spaces.

Transit Notes: You will want to drive (parking is free) or bike (it is a beautiful bike ride along Beach Drive, which is closed to cars on Sundays).

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Sunday Main Dance: The Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park

7300 Macarthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD‎ 20812

The Bumper Car Pavilion was built in 1923 as a cornerstone attraction of Glen Echo Park during the amusement Park era. With great views of the Park, this versatile facility is a unique setting for a real special Sunday night dance!

Transit Notes: Glen Echo Park is most easily accessed via a car–ride with a friend! Parking is free. However, you can get there via public transit if need be; see our Thursday night dance page for more details.


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Sunday Late Night: House Party


Monday Afternoon Dance: Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle, Washington, DC 20009

Dancing in Dupont Circle is a classic of Red Hot Blues & BBQ. It’s always tons of fun. If it gets too hot, some of us might even wade in the water. Afterwards, we’ll hit up some bars. Like you do. Pro-tip: the ground is concrete; please plan and dance accordingly.)

Transit Notes: It’s right on top of the Dupont Circle metro. We advise against driving, as parking is difficult to find.

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