Washington DC Welsh

Cymdeithas Dewi Sant

Wales play South Africa at Washington DC's RFK stadium, before going on to play Argentina as part of their preparations for next year's World Cup in Japan. 

The Washington Welsh and many visiting Wales fans are packing in around sections 233, 234, 235, 230, 335, 336 (lower) and 446-450 (upper). Seating chart and tickets here

"This is an exciting fixture for the WRU and for the national squad," says Welsh Rugby Union CEO Martyn Phillips. "It is a great opportunity to showcase Wales and our game in the capital of the United States. The opportunity to expand the already great Welsh support base and Welsh brand is very exciting for us, especially in such a large demographic and audience as the US." (CNN)

Tailgate for Wales!

Join the Washington and New York Welsh in Lot 8 for a match day PARTY. Saturday, June 2nd noon-5:00pm. Free admission. You pay for you own food and drink.

Beer garden and food trucks in the blue USA Rugby section adjacent to the red Welsh section on map. Everyone welcome! Admission free. Look for the Washington Welsh flag (top). 

Tip: book your parking online in advance! Parking $25 in Lot 8, $20 in Lots 1, 2, 3, 6, 7. Easy walk to Lot 8 from Metro stop. 


A Washington welcome for Wales rugby fans

Friday 7pm - 8:30pm > 2am: Meet-up at Lucky Bar, 1221 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington DC 20036. Bar specials for Welsh supporters, juke box, Burlington Male Voice Choir in full force!

Saturday noon - 5pm: Tailgate Lot 8, RFK. Beer garden, food trucks. Free admission. Parking $25. Metro/walk to Lot. Look for Washington Welsh flag (top left of this page).

Saturday 5pm: The Match. Don't miss the anthem!

Saturday post-match > 2am: Meet-up at Lucky Bar (see above). 

Sunday 3pm:  Burlington Male Voice Choir concert at St. David's Church, 5150 Macomb St, NW, Washington DC 20016.

North American Festival of Wales 2018

Washington DC - Aug 30-Sept 3

The North American Festival of Wales returns to Washington DC this Labor Day weekend. The festival is made up of seminars, film, live music and theater - showcasing Welsh culture, sport, and technology - past, present, and future. The tradition began in 1929 when over 4,000 people gathered at Niagara Falls for the first National Gymanfa Ganu. It became the largest gathering of the Welsh, descendants, and friends of Wales in North America. While the gymanfa and Welsh singing tradition remain at the heart of the weekend, in 2002 the National Gymanfa Ganu became the North American Festival of Wales, reflecting the many aspects of Welsh culture. The festival is held in a different location each year, in either the U.S. or Canada, and celebrated over the shared Labor Day weekend. Prepare yourself for four full days of song, merriment, and camaraderie with old and new friends, celebrating the life, heritage, and culture of Wales in Washington, D.C.

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NAFOW Line-up

MUSIC: Eschoir, Y Trio.

THEATRE: Grav (one-man play starring Gareth John Bale, Torch Theatre)

SEMINARS: Hefina Phillips, Dr. Jerry Hunter, Margaret West, Cefyn Burgess, Aran Jones, Mal Pope, Prof. Kenneth Morgan, Lord Chief Justice Thomas, Dr. Terri Lynn Simpson, Betty Belanus, Menna Elfyn, Moch Pryderi, Bill Keene, Gareth Morgan, Dr. Robert Huw Griffiths, 

North America Wales Foundation awards banquet w/entertainment by the Welsh National Eisteddfod winner.

87th NATIONAL GYMANFA GANU with director Eilir Owen-Griffith and festival accompanist David Enlow.

TOURS. Thursday #1 Reflections on a more personal Washington DC (SOLD OUT). Thursday #2 Fredericksburg and the Welsh in the Civil War. Monday #3 Pope-Leighey House, Mount Vernon & Cruise on the Potomac. 

Check NAFOW for full schedule and registration details.

Welsh Language Practice Group

Meets first Saturday of every month 10:30am - Noon at Teaism at Penn Quarter, 400 8th St, NW., Washington D.C. Nearest Metro station Archives-Navy Memorial (about a block away). 

Welsh speakers of all levels of ability are warmly welcome, as is anyone who wants just to sit and listen. Buy your food and drink upstairs, and then find us downstairs. Whoever gets there first will grab two tables.

Membership Support 

If Hiraeth has a meaning to you because you are Welsh or of Welsh heritage, or have an interest in Wales, why not join us?

Membership is free and open to anyone who shares our love of Welsh culture and social gatherings. We get together to enjoy sport, music, film, art, literature, history, language, food, song...and lively political debate...with the St. David's Day banquet still a highlight of our year. Our events are mostly free, or priced to cover costs. So, we are dependent on the generous support of our individual members, friends of Wales, and corporate sponsors to help maintain and build our activities. Your help and support is both necessary and greatly appreciated.

Member:               FREE

Bronze Patron:     $100

Silver Patron:        $175

Gold Patron:         $250

Sign up here for Membership and to become a Patron.

We look forward to welcoming you in to our community and hope to see you at one of our upcoming events.
Diolch yn fawr.