Montgomery Parks: Five Activities to Bring Out The Artist in Everyone

Per Montgomery Parks:

March is National Craft Month. We love being creative all the time! Here are five activities this spring to bring out the artist in everyone!

The ramp to Brookside Nature Center and building sign.

Crafty Little Naturalist

Children five and older will make and take home a nature creation at Brookside Nature Center’s Crafty Little Naturalist(opens in a new tab). The program meets every Wednesday at 10 am this spring.

A spotted salamander on a log.

Storytimes at Maydale

Big Night for Salamanders(opens in a new tab) is the tale at the Storytime at Maydale on Tuesday, March 22, at 10 am. Participants listen to the story, hike and search for salamanders, then do a craft. Best for kids ages three to five.

Tall, young trees in a wooded area.

Tree Art Hike

Trees are inspirational! During Tree Art Hike(opens in a new tab), you will walk and discover textures and patterns on trees. Then, you will make bark rubbings, collage, and other art. Tree Art Hike on Saturday, March 26, 3 pm, is part of Montgomery Parks’ Nature for All spring programs. Adaptations are made to accommodate individuals with disabilities.


DIY Nature Project Rustic Vine Basket

We don’t like nonnative invasive vines in our parks, but they are perfect material for building a conversation piece for your home. During DIY Nature Project Rustic Vine Basket(opens in a new tab), you will design a one-of-a-kind basket. The program takes place at Brookside Nature Center April 30 and May 21 at 10 am.

A toad hides among brown leaves.

Make a Toad Abode

Your kids take on architectural design for amphibians at Locust Grove Nature Center’s Make a Toad Abode (opens in a new tab)May 26 from 3 to 6 pm. Construct a house which provides both shelter for toads and whimsy for your backyard.

Discover your happy place in Montgomery Parks!

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17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Now in its 17th year, the Kensington Day of the Book Festival is a family-friendly street festival featuring 150+ renowned authors, poets, and literary organizations. Enjoy live music on five stages, special guest speakers, military veteran writers and comedians, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children's program, and much more.

Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

301-949-9416 (text preferred)

FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival

Get ready to experience the vibrant colors, tantalizing flavors, and infectious rhythms of the Caribbean at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival! Hosted by RHU LLC, this exciting festival is set to take place on May 18, 2024, at the picturesque 16700 Barnesville Rd in Boyds, MD.

Step into a world where the Caribbean spirit comes alive! From 12:00 PM onwards, immerse yourself in a sensory journey that celebrates the unique culture, cuisine, and music of the Caribbean. Whether you're an African American, a Reggae or Soca music enthusiast, a wine lover, or part of the vibrant Caribbean diaspora, this festival promises to delight and captivate you in every way.

Let the enticing aromas of mouthwatering Caribbean dishes tantalize your taste buds. Feast on traditional delicacies prepared by expert chefs, showcasing the rich and diverse culinary heritage of the Caribbean. Indulge in flavorful jerk chicken, succulent seafood, and delectable plantain dishes that will transport you straight to the islands.

Accompanying the culinary extravaganza is a carefully curated selection of premium wines, ensuring the perfect pairing for your palate. Sip on fine wines from renowned vineyards, each sip a reflection of the Caribbean's vibrant spirit. Discover new flavors, expand your wine knowledge, and savor unforgettable moments with every glass.

As the sun sets, get ready to groove to the infectious rhythms of Caribbean music. Feel the pulsating beats of reggae, soca, dancehall, and calypso, moving your body to the lively melodies. Live performances by talented musicians and performers will keep the energy high, ensuring a night of unforgettable entertainment.

Don't miss this opportunity to embrace the Caribbean spirit and celebrate the arrival of spring in style! Tickets are available on AllEvents, so secure your spot today. Join us at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival, where cultures collide and unforgettable memories are made.



2 NIGHT Camping packages available: RV/CAMPER $200 | TENTS $150 Starting on Friday May 17 @ 5pm | 30 RV SPACES | 30+ TENT SPACES



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