Special Events & Festivals
TGIF Summer Concert Series
Friday, August 23 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wheaton Veterans Urban Park | 11200 Amherst Avenue, Wheaton, MD
Join us for the last performance of the season! This week's performance is by 8 OHMS Band (Funk, Soul). The Wheaton Urban District, in partnership with Montgomery Parks, presents the TGIF Summer Concert Series. Enjoy free musical performances at Wheaton Veterans Park!
Food Matters: Montgomery County Breweries – Policy, Profit, and Pints
Friday, August 23 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brookside Gardens' Auditorium | 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD
The second installment of Food Matters will feature a panel discussion with beverage industry experts. Each will share how they entered the beverage industry, why they do this work, what policies impact their work, local trends in the breweries movements, and stories about their personal experiences. Panelists will also answer questions from the audience.
Pickin' on the Porch
Saturday, August 24 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Agricultural History Farm Park
$5 per person
Wind down from the work week with an evening of local acoustic, roots, and bluegrass music on the porch of the historic Farmhouse at the Agricultural History Farm Park! Event includes featured local music artists, open mic, and the opportunity to pull out your own acoustic instrument to play with other talented musicians under the stars. Pack a picnic, bring your family and friends, and enjoy a laid back evening in the country.
Friday, August 30 | 8:30 PM
Agricultural History Farm Park | 18400 Muncaster Road, Derwood, 20855 MD
Enjoy the park at night while watching a movie in a beautiful setting. This community event is perfect for families and people of all ages. Bring your chairs, blankets, food, and enjoy a movie under the stars. Join us and don’t forget to grab a free popcorn!
Saturday, September 7 | 12 - 4 pm
Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville, MD 20855
The Pawpaw Festival is a fun-filled and educational event celebrating one of America's largest native tree fruits, the Pawpaw (Asimina triloba). This event highlights the rich history of the Pawpaw through crafts, music, live animals, and tastings!
• Crafts, Games & Facepainting
• Pawpaw Tastings
• Live Music
• Pawpaw trees and fruit for sale (while supplies last)
• Live Animals
$5/person. Ages 2 & up. All participants must pay. No registration required. More
Parks Half Marathon
Sunday, September 8 | 6:45 am - 11:00 am
Register via ParksHalfMarathon.com
Created by the Montgomery County Road Runners Club (MCRRC), the Parks Half Marathon showcases one of the most extensive metropolitan parks systems in the country while providing runners with a competitive, top-notch race. The event continues the tradition of success starting with the Marathon in the Parks for competitive runners and for the Montgomery County parks system that the race showcases.
Learn More and Register
Garden After Dark: Wings & Wine
Thursday, September 12 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm
1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
What do butterflies do when the sun sets Find out with exclusive evening access to our Wings of Fancy exhibit where you'll learn more about the fascinating family of butterflies - Lepidoptera. Sample several wine varieties & enjoy light refreshments as butterflies & music swirl around you in our tropical conservatory. Finish off the evening with a decadent dessert. FOBG: $36 Register at ActiveMontgomery.org, Course # 71571
Opera in the Park
Saturday, September 14 | 5:30 - 8 pm
Warner Circle Park | 10231 Carroll Place| Kensington, MD
Join the Friends of Warner Circle and Montgomery Parks for an evening of opera in the park. Enjoy musical performances led by acclaimed conductor Giovanni Reggioli and experience romantic operatic scenes in the form of solo arias, as well as duets and trios, singing music by Puccini, Verdi, Mozart and others. Bring your friends, family, and don’t forget your chairs, blankets and picnics. Rain date 9/21/2019.
Salsa in the Park
Tuesday, September 17 | 5:30 PM
Fairview Road Urban Park | 8900 Fairview Road, Silver Spring, 20910 MD
Grab your dancing shoes and enjoy a night of live music and dancing under the stars!
Toma tus zapatos de baile y disfruta una noche de música en vivo y baile bajo las estrellas!
Apple Festival & Campfire
Friday, September 20 | 6-8 pm
Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane | Rockville, MD 20855
It's apple harvest time! Join us for apple cider pressing, apple lore, hands-on activities, live music & making s'mores at our campfire ring. Please register & pay for all attending on ActiveMontgomery.org. Program # 71326. No walk-ins will be allowed.
Monarch Fiesta Day
Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 11 am - 3 pm | FREE
Black Hill Visitor Center | 20926 Lake Ridge Drive | Boyds, MD 20841
Come celebrate the monarch butterfly's inspiring metamorphosis & incredible journey. We'll have exhibits, face painting, storytimes, crafts, movies, monarch tagging and more! All programs are free & first-come, first-served. No registration required. We'll post a schedule of events & more information closer to the time of the event on our Facebook page & at www.BlackHillNature.org.
Annual Children's Day Festival
Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 11 am - 4 pm | FREE
Brookside Gardens | 1800 Glenallan Avenue | Wheaton, MD 20902
Join us for a fabulous family fun-day! The annual event is held each year to offer the community an active and engaged experience in Montgomery Parks. Focused on children’s games, crafts and education, you can explore Brookside Gardens and participate in numerous different activities throughout the day. With live music, food trucks and plenty of green space, you are sure to enjoy a full day of entertainment. This event is free.
Saturday, September 21 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Various Locations in Burtonsville
Join Montgomery Parks at Burtonsville Day 2019! A parade kicks off the celebration at 10 am at Paint Branch High School. Come out and enjoy a full day of fun activities, including live music and entertainment, vendors, food, arts and crafts, games and more!
Honey Harvest Festival
Sunday, September 22 | 12-4 pm | FREE
Brookside Nature Center | 1400 Glenallan Avenue | Wheaton, MD 20902
Join Brookside Nature Center & the Maryland State Beekeepers Association to celebrate honeybees & other pollinators. Talk to beekeepers, watch honey being harvested, buy local honey & bee products and enjoy family friendly activities & crafts. We'll be buzzing about pollinators all day long!
Montgomery County Friendship Picnic
Sunday, September 22 | noon - 5:00 pm
Wheaton Regional Park | 2000 Shorefield Road | Wheaton, MD 20902
Gather your best friends and join Montgomery Parks for the 7th annual Montgomery County Friendship Picnic. This free event celebrates our diverse communities, cultures and faiths. There will be plenty of food and beverages (including kosher, halal and vegetarian options), ice cream, music and dancing, Zumba, live performances and so much more.
Toast to Taste
Saturday, October 12 | 1-5 pm
Germantown Town Center Urban Park | 19840 Century Boulevard | Germantown, MD 20874
$30 Advance Tickets | $35 Day Of
Take advantage of EARLY BIRD pricing until 9/13!!
Sip, savor and enjoy an afternoon of craft brews and delicious food. Local breweries will be on hand to showcase their signature beers alongside specifically paired dishes. Each ticketed guest will receive a souvenir glass and an opportunity to toast and taste!
I'm in! Get my early bird tickets.
Native Plant Sale
Saturday, October 12 & Sunday, October 13 | 10 am - 2 pm
Locust Grove Nature Center | 7777 Democracy Boulevard | Bethesda, MD 20817
Beautify your backyard with native plants! Fall Native Plant Sale- find fall blooming and other fabulous native perennials, trees and shrubs at the new Fall sale. Local Ecotypes grown by our own Pope Farm in Montgomery Parks. Ask the experts your questions about growing low maintenance and pest-resistant varieties that help attract wildlife to your garden. Shop a unique selection of the highest quality plants and seeds. Free Admission. No Registration Required. * Sales support educational programs at Locust Grove Nature Center.
Last Updated: August 19, 2019