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Park After Dark

Sunday, September 17, 2022
Historic Great Falls Tavern, Potomac, MD


We are pleased to welcome our canal community back to the Historic Great Falls Tavern for the return of Park After Dark. 


Live music from Hillbilly Biscuits
Gourmet fare by Corcoran Caterers
Campfire under the stars


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

Ticket sales have now closed. Please contact Robyn Sumner, Director of Development, at [email protected] if you are interested in attending.

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). Nearly 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 Trust’s outdoor education program, Canal For All. Learn more about Canal For All 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


COVID-related Protocol
The C&O Canal Trust is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all guests, staff, and volunteers in attendance at Park After Dark. We ask that everyone in attendance be vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a negative test result. In addition to holding the event outdoors, we will have reduced seating capacity and individually prepared gourmet meals. Please contact us by Friday, September 9 to let us know of any dietary restrictions.

Please Note: This is a rain or shine event. In the unlikely event Park After Dark is cancelled due to severely inclement weather, the cost of your 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 Robyn Sumner, Director of Development, at [email protected].

Thank you to our 2022 Sponsors

Canal Visionary



Kiplinger Family Foundation



Canal Patron

Canal Explorer

A.R. Landsman Foundation
John Guttmann & Holly Cannon

Canal Traveler

Marlene Appleton & Mark Stover
Michael & Denise Cetta
Francis & Carolyn Grant-Suttie
Paul & Laurie Juola
Mann Paller Foundation
The Jewell Foundation

Canal Preserver

Sandra Adams
Liz Barratt-Brown
Steve & June Chaudet
Sandy Grace
Marc Grossman
Ed & Arleen Kessler
Sandy Vogelgesang
Robin & Mike Zanotti

Top image by Mike Mitchell
Three middle images by Turner Photography