Event Details

2023 Free Expression Awards

The Free Expression Awards are right around the corner, and this is the place to get all the details on what to expect.

Here’s a look at the night’s events:


Thursday, June 8, 2023, 6-10 p.m.


Union Station
50 Massachusetts Ave. NE
Washington, D.C.

Evening schedule

6 p.m. Cocktail Reception Presidential Suite
7 p.m. Dinner East Hall
8 p.m. Program East Hall

Dessert reception to follow in the Palm Court

Tell Us Your Needs

If you have a hearing, mobility or other accommodation request, please email Elizabeth Dickson at [email protected] no later than Monday, May 8.

If you have dietary restrictions (vegan/vegetarian/kosher/halal) or allergies, please notify Elizabeth Dickson by Thursday, May 25 at [email protected].


Cocktail attire is suggested.


Valet parking will be provided at the front main entrance of Union Station. Please use the address 50 Massachusetts Ave. N.E., Washington, D.C., which will bring you to Columbus Circle. From there, we will have signage and valet staff directing all our Free Expression Awards guests to the valet lane to drop off their vehicles.

Valet parking is complimentary, courtesy of our sponsors Baker Donelson, Marcum LLP and McKee Wallwork.


A 24-hour garage at the rear of Union Station can be accessed from H Street NE. Bring your parking ticket with you and pay for your ticket when you exit one of the booths located on the first level/bus deck. To get to the event from the garage, take the escalator down into Union Station. Once inside, pass the Rental Car/Money Exchange Kiosk, go down the semicircular marble steps and enter the Main Hall. Exit via Massachusetts Avenue and immediately turn left. Follow the colonnade to the east end of the building. The Presidential Suite will be to your left.

Find driving directions and self-parking information here.


Union Station is located on the Metro’s Red line. Exit Metro in direction of “Shops, Massachusetts Avenue.” Take the escalator up and walk toward the front of the station (Massachusetts Avenue). Proceed down the colonnade to the east end of the building. The Presidential Suite will be to your left.

On foot

From the front of Union Station, the Presidential Suite can be accessed from a private entrance located on the far right (east) side of the building. Event staff will greet you.

Other things to note

Stay tuned for more important details, including COVID-19 safety measures, as the event approaches.

Coat check

Complimentary coat check is available.


Don’t panic if you don’t have an event ticket; we didn’t issue any. Your name will be on our list at registration where you will check in to get your table assignment.

Filming Notice

Please be advised that Freedom Forum intends to film and record this Freedom Forum event and to use such recordings in advertising materials to promote Freedom Forum and its services (“advertisements”).  All persons attending this Freedom Forum event consent to the use of their photograph, image, likeness, voice, and appearance in the advertisements, and in the promotion of Freedom Forum and its services, in any and all media, throughout the universe, in perpetuity, without remuneration.  By attending this Freedom Forum event, you consent to the use of your photograph, image, likeness, voice, and/or appearance in this manner.

Special Thanks

We’re grateful to our generous sponsors, honorary host and steering committees and event chairs, Barbara and Christopher Wall.

If you have any questions or need additional information do not hesitate to contact Elizabeth Dickson at [email protected].