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Park After Dark

Saturday, September 21, 2024
6 pm
Historic Great Falls Tavern
Potomac, MD


We are excited to welcome our canal community to Park After Dark at the Historic Great Falls Tavern. Park After Dark is the largest annual fundraising event to benefit the C&O Canal National Historical Park. It is a wonderful opportunity to come together, highlight the work of the C&O Canal Trust, and gain insight and vision for the future from Park and Trust leadership.



Live music by Seneca Creek BlueGrass Band
Gourmet fare by Maryland Country Caterers
Campfire under the stars
NPS Interpretive Program
Silent Auction Items


Tickets are $300/person ($250 is tax-deductible.)

Online ticket sales will be opening soon.

Photos by Szemere Photography

About the Event

This unique event, held under the stars, is the C&O Canal Trust’s annual fundraising gala in support of the C&O Canal National Historical Park (NHP). Over 200 guests will enjoy great food, libations, a campfire, music, and more…all to benefit the Park!

Proceeds from the event support the mission of the C&O Canal Trust, and directly fund preservation programs of the C&O Canal NHP, which hosts five million visitors each year along its 184.5-mile length. Park After Dark is the largest fundraising event held annually to benefit our Park.

Fund-A-Need Paddle Raise
Park After Dark will feature a Fund-A-Need paddle raise to support the C&O Canal NHP’s outdoor education program, Canal Classrooms. Learn more about Canal Classrooms and get ready to raise your paddle!

Become a Sponsor
Park After Dark Sponsors are key to the success of the evening. We offer a variety of sponsorship levels.

Learn More


Please Note: This is a rain or shine event. In the unlikely event Park After Dark is canceled due to severely inclement weather, the cost of your sponsorship or ticket will be considered a 100 percent tax-deductible donation to the C&O Canal Trust. Revenue raised at Park After Dark is critical to the Trust’s ability to support the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

Please contact our development team at [email protected].

Last year’s Park After Dark was incredible! Our canal community came together to celebrate the rich history, diversity, and recreational opportunities of our local national Park. Together, you helped raise over $200,000 to support the mission of the Trust. Thank you!

View highlights from Park After Dark 2023 below!

Highlights from 2023

Photo by Turner Photography Studio