Special Events & Festivals
Halloween Eye Spy Trains
Weekends in October | October 4 - 27
Fridays 4 - 6 pm | Saturdays & Sundays 10 am - 6 pm
Cabin John Miniature Train & Wheaton Miniature Train
Our popular Eye Spy Trains are back for Halloween! Great for families of all ages, Montgomery Parks’ Cabin John Miniature Train and the Wheaton Miniature Train will take a ride through “Trainslyvania.” Can you spot all the characters lining the tracks?
S'mores & Game Night
Thursday, October 17 | 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Elm Street Urban Park | 4600 Elm Street | Bethesda, MD 20879
Join us for an evening of games and s’mores in downtown Bethesda. We’ll be at the Elm Street Urban Park with our partner Bethesda Urban Partnership.
Seneca Store Celebration
Saturday, October 19 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm
Seneca Landing Special Park | 16315 Old River Road | Poolseville , MD 20837
Join Montgomery Parks to celebrate the recently completed rehabilitation of the Seneca Store. The historic building served the community as a general store beginning in 1901. The event includes a ribbon cutting, remarks, light refreshments and tours of the building.
Maryland Emancipation Day Celebrations
Friday, November 1 - Sunday, November 3
Various Locations including Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, Oakley Cabin, and Brookside Nature Center
FREE (unless otherwise noted)
On November 1, 1864, Maryland freed by a new state constitution all those held in bondage within its boundaries. Join us this weekend to celebrate Maryland Emancipation Day at historic sites throughout the county!
Día de los Muertos
Saturday, November 2 | 2:00 - 4:30 pm
General Getty Neighborhood Park | Wheaton, MD 20902
Acompáñanos en los parques de Montgomery para celebrar el Día de los muertos. Música en vivo, juegos, pinta caritas y la construcción de un altar de ofrendas por la comunidad.
Join Montgomery Parks to celebrate Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. Live music, games, face painting and building a communal Altar de Ofrendas (Offerings). More
Sunday Funday: A Halloween-Themed Event
Sunday, November 3 | 11 am - 3 pm
Wheaton Veterans Urban Park | 11200 Amherst Avenue | Wheaton, MD 20817
Looking for a family-friendly Halloween celebration? Head to Wheaton Veterans Urban Park for a Sunday Funday event featuring a Halloween costume contest, pumpkin painting, s’mores roasting and more!
Brookside Gardens' Fall Open House & Vendor Showcase
Sunday, November 17 | 11 am - 2 pm
Brookside Gardens | 1800 Glenallan Avenue | Wheaton, MD 20902
Planning your dream wedding or family celebration? Make plans to attend the Fall Open House & Vendor Showcase at Brookside Gardens! Get a tour of the different spaces of the gardens, talk to staff, learn about the different packages all while meeting local professionals and vendors.
Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade
Saturday, November 23 | 10 am - 12 noon
Downtown Silver Spring
With marching bands, Bolivian dancing groups, floats, giant characters and balloons, and Santa, the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade is the only Thanksgiving Parade in the metro DC area. Held in downtown Silver Spring, the exciting parade traditionally heralds the start of the holiday season. The parade steps off from Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street and proceeds south on Georgia Avenue, ending at Silver Spring Avenue.
Last Updated: October 17, 2019