The Arts

Bach Festival

Every July, Grace welcomes Bach lovers to its historic church. The Washington Post noted that “…set quietly back from Wisconsin Avenue and a hairbreadth from the Potomac…the church offers one of Washington’s supreme concert series, its annual Bach Festival.” The festival was created in 1993 as a way to share, through a series of innovative and integrated programs, the incomparable music of J.S. Bach as well as compositions by his contemporaries and those he influenced. The acoustics of Grace Church are well suited to chamber ensembles, and the A. David Moore Organ (1981) is a fine partner for performances of the music of Bach and his contemporaries. Organist/choirmaster Francine Maté has directed the festival since 2000.

2021 Bach FestivalBach - F Mate

In July, 2021, Grace will be hosting our first Virtual Bach Festival on our website!

The concerts will be available for future viewings on this page after their initial launches. Please watch our website for further details, or contact the Bach Festival Director, Francine Maté at

Music on the Lawn

Grace Church offers concerts on the lawn on Thursdays in September, from 6 to 7:30 pm, and two or three times a year after a Sunday service. It is expected to return in 2022.

Arts and Literature Club

This group organizes outings to various cultural events, including concerts at the National Cathedral, plays and movies of interest, and other performances. Often a shared meal and conversation follow the principal event. Contact the Arts and Literature Club leader: