Special Events at Montgomery Parks in April

  Montgomery Parks  has announced a variety of special events that will take place across the county in the month of April.

Below, you’ll see the full list of events:

April has a lot of opportunities to dust off the winter cobwebs and get moving, including the Cherry Blossom Fun Run/ Walk, Sunset Yoga, Salsa in the Park, and even a chance to exercise your brain with Chess in the Park.

There are also several opportunities to kick back and relax with friends and loved ones; enjoy  music,  locally  crafted  beer, and food with Acoustics & Ales, impress everyone with the cocktail making skills you’ll learn at the Craft Cocktail series: The Spirits of Spring, and stop by the Josiah Henson Museum & Park One Year Anniversary for some local history and light refreshment!

April Events  at Montgomery Parks  include:

Cherry Blossom Fun Run/ Walk| Saturday, April 2 | South Germantown Recreational Park

Walk or run the 1.0-mile trail and learn the history of how the trees came to call this area home. At the end of the trail, create your own full bloom at our crafting station, and pick up a FREE Arbor Day tree seedling. Food and refreshments from  Flower coffee co. will be available for purchase. This is a FREE family-friendly event from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, dogs are welcome and must remain leashed.

Sunset Yoga | Thursdays, April 14, April 21, and April 28 | Long Branch-Arliss Neighborhood Park

Join Montgomery Parks with instruction by Thrive Yoga studio for beginner yoga from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm at  Long Branch-Arliss Neighborhood Park.  Take the hour to decompress from your work week and learn new poses that will enhance your mind, body, and soul. This drop-in event is free with step-by-step instructions offered in English and Spanish with pose modifications. No equipment or registration is necessary, just stop by!

Salsa in the Park| Thursday, April 14 | Columbia Local Park

Salsa in the Park will feature free dance lessons from Salsa with Silvia and live music by local band Ocho de Bastos. The event takes place from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and will have food and beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) for purchase from local vendors and will also spotlight community organizations that will be providing fun activities, giveaways, and resources. Invitamos tanto a los salseros como los amantes de la música en vivo, a que vengan a experimentar y apreciar la rica cultura de la música y el baile latinoamericanos en Salsa en el Parque.

Acoustics & Ales | Friday, April 22 | Elm Street Urban Park

Adults and children welcome! Stop by Elm Street Urban Park from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pmto enjoy nonalcoholic beverages as well as craft beer from True Respite Brewing and7 Locks Brewing, food from Pop Up Poutine Food Truck, and  Giacomo’s Brick Oven Pizza with musical guest Ted Garber.  Registration is not required

Josiah Henson Museum & Park One Year Anniversary | Saturday, April 23 | Josiah Henson Museum & Park

Josiah Henson Museum & Park is turning one. Join Montgomery Parks on Saturday, April 23 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm to celebrate! Enjoy light refreshments and a $1 dollar admission. The Josiah Henson Museum & Park opened in April 2021 and is the first museum in the United States dedicated to Reverend Josiah Henson. It is built on the former plantation in North Bethesda where Henson was enslaved prior to self-emancipating to Canada.

Craft Cocktail Series: The Spirits of Spring | Wednesday, April 27 | Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park

Join Montgomery Parks on Wednesday, April 27 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park for the Craft Cocktail series: The Spirits of Spring, featuring locally distilled organic liquors from McClintock Distilling.  Learn how to muddle, mix, and strain the perfect cocktail for every occasion. Whether you’re making a drink for one, or for a whole party, this class will prep you for it all. Registration for this class is $48.00 per person and includes your admission, all ingredients and supplies, and a take-home recipe card. You must be 21+ to register and participate.

Acoustics & Ales| Friday, April 29 | Fairview Road Urban Park

Adults and children welcome! Stop by Fairview Road Urban Park from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pmto enjoy nonalcoholic beverages as well as craft beer from AstroLab Brewing andSilver Branch Brewing Company, food from Catalyst Hot Dogs and a special musical guest.

Chess in the Park | Saturday, April 30 | Fairview Road Urban Park

Checkmate! Join Montgomery Parks and the U.S Chess Center at Chess in the Park! On Saturday, April 30, at Fairview Road Urban Park from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, players ages 14 and under are invited to participate in an outdoor, drop-in chess tournament. Registration is recommended, but not required. Parents, families, and spectators are encouraged and will be able, to watch their loved ones play. Pop-Up Patisserie will be onsite selling food and drinks.

About Montgomery Parks 
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 421 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. www.MontgomeryParks.org

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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

www.dayofthebook.com

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.

LIVE PERFORMANCES By: CULTURE Feat. Kenyatta Hill, EXCO LEVI, IMAGE BAND, RAS LIDJ REGG'GO with Special Guest SUGAR BEAR FROM E.U. & MORE! & MORE!

MUSIC By: DJ ABLAZE, DJ SMALLY & NAJ SUPREME

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

KIDS 12 & UNDER FREE!!!

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