Annual Programs

Performers on stage at the Beauty of Beijing Opera

The Confucius Institute presented a Beijing Opera performance by DC Beauty of Beijing Opera as part of the 2018 Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration.

Events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.



Event Types

2019 Kennedy Center Lunar New Year



Lunar New Year Celebration Series

Ring in the Lunar New Year with GW Confucius Institute! Since 2014, GW Confucius Institute has been committed to bringing the largest Asian holiday to the DMV community. Our 3-week programming from January to February is filled with great performances, workshops, activities and more! Our major partners include the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Museums, Freer | Sackler Museum and DC Public Schools. Our events have been featured in's top 10 Ways to Celebrate Lunar New Year in Washington, DC. Invite your friends and family and join us in experiencing Chinese traditions or sign up as a volunteer!




Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

Our most popular event in the fall, GW Confucius Institute presents the largest Mid-Autumn Festival celebration in the DMV community. On the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, family and friends gather to gaze upon the full moon of the harvest season, continuing a 3,000 years old tradition. Families celebrate a bountiful harvest and their time together by eating moon cakes—rich pastries with sweet or savory filling. Our Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration offers traditional foods, a wide assortment of mooncake flavors, traditional music and dance performances and workshops, so there is always something for everyone!

2019 Mid-Autumn Festival Instructors with Mooncakes




DC Beauty of Beijing Opera Co-founder giving opening remarks



GW CI Cultural Lecture Series

In our mission to promote interest in Chinese language and culture, GW Confucius Institute holds educational cultural lectures throughout the year in a diverse range of topics, such as Chinese film industry, religion, art and more. Hear from top experts in the field, get exclusive access to networking, film screening and book signing opportunities, and explore various topics on China.




Chinese Conversation Corners

GW Confucius Institute holds Chinese Conversation Corners every other Wednesday at 5pm (excluding holidays), where Chinese language learners can drop by and practice for an hour with our native Chinese speakers. In 2020, GW CI has also begun their Chinese Conversation Corner Special Series, where mini workshops will also be held during some Chinese Conversation Corners to encourage special topics based discussion and provide opportunities to explore Chinese culture firsthand. 

2017 Chinese Conversation Corner