Bell Raisers

We’re raising bell! Bell Raisers support the work of the National Bell Festival by making an annual contribution of $75 to the cause. Here you can explore some of the recent fun happenings and invitation-only experiences available to Bell Raisers. Join today!

We Climbed. We Chimed.

There are many perks to being a Bell Raiser. This last weekend, we enjoyed an unobstructed view of the magnificent capital skyline and a first-hand look at one of Washington's most impressive collections of bells. How? By climbing the 329-ft. Knights' Tower at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception! This impressive structure only opens to the public once a year, but the Basilica was very kind to open the doors to the Bell Raisers. 

Into the Tower!

In just over a week, Bell Raisers will experience an unobstructed view of the magnificent capital skyline and a first-hand look at one of Washington's most impressive collections of bells as Dr. Robert Grogan, carillonneur and Organist Emeritus, takes us on a private tour of the 329-ft. Knights' Tower at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. After the tour, Bell Raisers are invited to stay in the tower for a special carillon recital. 

We Came, We Saw, We…Concurred

For the first time in decades, a light has shone in the old bell tower at Georgetown Lutheran Church. Why? You might recall the National Bell Festival is working to refurbish the historic bell at Washington’s oldest Lutheran congregation, which this year is celebrating its 250th anniversary. We simply love the idea of restoring the impressive 1780s bell to its full resounding glory. Researching its past has proven continuously captivating.