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Announcing the 2021 Official Festival Artist: Cris Clapp Logan

The National Bell Festival has tapped D.C.-based illustrator Cris Clapp Logan to serve as the official artist for the second annual festival on New Year’s Day.

It’s Official: National Ring a Bell Day is a Thing

Looking for even more reason to love New Year’s Day? Not only is the first day in January the annual date of the National Bell Festival, it’s also now National Ring a Bell Day! A festival and a holiday? You betcha.

BellFest Welcomes New Health and Wellness Advisor

The global and regional response to the novel coronavirus has challenged many organizations to reevaluate their operations and adjust their programming to keep everyone safe. The National Bell Festival is no exception. It will take a commitment from each and every one of us to beat back this pandemic – and we want to make sure we do our part. 

We have adjusted our festival lineup to accommodate these extraordinary circumstances, streaming events online and only coming together in person at open and well-ventilated outdoor areas. Your wellness is our first priority.

Even More Ways to Make It Ring

This year, as part of our commitment to keeping you safe, we are featuring activities that allow you to celebrate the New Year and join in the ringing with the National Bell Festival at home or almost anywhere! Explore our complete guide to having one bell of a good time.

This Weekend, Bells will Ring to Pay Tribute to Fallen Firefighters

The National Bell Festival is honored to participate in the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, the official national tribute to all firefighters who have died in the line of duty. Each year, thousands attend the event and watch the services online. Although we cannot be together in Emmitsburg in 2020, we can still honor and remember the lives of the 82 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2019.

We Have Liftoff

For the first time in decades, a bell has hung at Georgetown Lutheran Church – not in the church’s formidable grey stone tower, nor in the purpose-built pagoda of the surrounding gardens, but rather, very humbly, from a small crane as it was hoisted into the bed of a truck. This brief lift marks the first step in restoring the historic 1780 bell and setting it ringing again. 

You shop. We ring.

What’s the easiest way to support the National Bell Festival? Designate us as your preferred charity on Amazon Smile! It only takes two clicks to do, costs you nothing, and every time you shop with the same products, prices, and features you’ve come to love, Amazon will donate to BellFest! It’s that simple. Here’s how it works:

1. Follow this link to Amazon Smile.
2. Confirm the National Bell Festival by clicking “Start Shopping.”
3. You’re all set! 

Ring at Noon During the Pandemic

The National Bell Festival is pleased to highlight and support a new project by City of Bells, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit committed to coordinating, restoring, and celebrating bronze bell installations. They have coordinated hundreds of bells to ring out in the Twin Cities area and are encouraging other cities and states to join in. BellFest is enthusiastically answering the call in Washington.

Why Don't I Hear the Bells?

A hush has fallen on the Washington area’s four change ringing towers as the novel coronavirus continues to disrupt our community. Normally, with less congestion and traffic in our city (as we have during the current stay-at-home order), the toll of a bell would carry easily across D.C. neighborhoods. But not now.

Metro Motor Announces Sponsorship of the First National Bell Festival

Metro Motor is helping Washington ring in the New Year like never before by becoming a Carillon-level sponsor of the first National Bell Festival (BellFest), taking place this New Year’s Day. BellFest will present a full day of programming which celebrates the history of our nation through the lens of D.C.’s often-overlooked bells and bell towers: the jubilation of independence, the pain of civil war, the sacredness of community, and the resounding hope of tomorrow.