Participating Bells

Where should you go on New Year's Day to hear the bells? Head to your nearest tower or find a bell you haven't heard before! Below, we're compiling a list of what bells are ringing and when.

Carillon Concert: John Widmann at Baker Park

Celebrate the repertoire of music on bells as John Widmann, carillonneur, performs a community recital from the resounding heights of the Joseph D. Baker Tower and Carillon. Founded over 75 years ago (and dedicated just one week before the attack on Pearl Harbor), the carillon is the heartbeat of downtown Frederick.

From within the 70-foot granite bell tower, Mr. Widmann will enchant festivalgoers with a selection of melodies and beloved songs played on the 49 carillon bells, each ranging in size from 22–3,500 lbs.

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Bells on Wheels

In collaboration with Virginia Bronze and Big Bus Tours, we’re taking our show on the road! We’ll be zipping around the streets of D.C. to perform bus top pop-up concerts at sites across the city. Honk your horn to hear us ring!

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Ring Out 2019

To ring out the old and welcome in the new, members of the Washington Ringing Society will attempt a quarter peal on the bells of Washington National Cathedral this New Year's Eve.

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Quarter Peal

As a prelude to our Ringin' New Year's Eve party at the District Architecture Center (grab your tickets before it's too late!), members of the Washington Ringing Society will attempt a quarter peal on the Bells of Congress this New Year's Eve.

Lasting approximately 50 minutes, the ringing will begin at 5:15pm and can be heard from the surrounding avenues and open spaces.

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Meditation Walk

Step into the arched majesty of Washington National Cathedral for a self-guided meditation walk, coinciding with the pealing bells above.

Members of the Washington Ringing Society will attempt a full peal on the Cathedral bells this New Year's Day. Ringing will begin following the noon service at approximately 12:45pm. If the peal attempt is successful, the ringing will last between 3 and 3.5 hours, or 5,040 changes, from start to finish. 

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Carillon Recital

Celebrate the repertoire of music on bells as Robert Grogan, carillonneur, performs a community recital from the soaring Knights' Tower at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. From high above the tranquil gardens and Byzantine Revival architecture, Dr. Grogan will enchant listeners with a selection of melodies and beloved songs. 

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Korean Bell Ringing

 

Experience a toll like you’ve never heard (or felt) before. Each sounding of the Bell of Peace and Harmony at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens – a gift from the Korean-American Cultural Committee to the people of Virginia – reverberates for nearly 3 minutes. It takes the swing of a large wooden log to make it ring. 

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City-Wide Ringing

The National Bell Festival invites bells and bell towers across the region to ring out together on New Year’s Day, creating a canopy of sound over our nation’s capital. Cathedrals and churches, community organizations and historical structures, national parks and memorials, and the people of Washington, D.C. are encouraged to gather and contribute to the sound.

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Full Peal

Bask in a cacophony of sound as the grand bells of Washington National Cathedral erupt overhead. Members of the Washington Ringing Society will attempt a full peal on the Cathedral bells this New Year's Day. Ringing will begin following the noon service at approximately 12:45pm. If the peal attempt is successful, the ringing will last between 3 and 3.5 hours, or 5,040 changes, from start to finish. 

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Geocaching

DC Hidden Ringers is a geocaching series that calls to attention the often-overlooked historical bells suspended above our nation’s capital. Sentinels in bronze, the bells toll a history of our nation: the jubilation of independence, the pain of civil war, the sacredness of community, and the resounding hope of tomorrow. Many of these bells have fallen silent over the years. Until now! On New Year's Day, we'll be kicking-off this tour with a small group of fellow bell lovers as we rediscover Washington’s sound canopy.

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