Montgomery Parks Announces May Events For The Whole Family

Montgomery Parks has announced its May line-up of special events. From unique Mother’s Day activities to salsa and yoga in the parks to archaeological adventure and spending a day at the splash park, there’s fun for the whole family this May at Montgomery Parks.

May Events at Montgomery Parks Include:

Salsa in the Park | Thursday, May 5 | North Four Corners Local Park

Whether you’re a salsa pro, beginner, or just a lover of live music, join Montgomery Parks for the third event of the Salsa in the Park series at North Four Corners Local Park from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Free admission!

Get a free salsa lesson and dance to live music. Craft beer and authentic Latin food will be available for purchase. Representatives from local Montgomery County community organizations will also be on hand.

Native Plant Sale | Saturday and Sunday, May 7 – 8 | Locust Grove Nature Center

Beautify your backyard with native plants! Visit Locust Grove Nature Center and 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. The Native Plant Sale is an in-person event.

Mother’s Day Skates | Sunday, May 8 | Cabin John Ice Rink and Wheaton Ice Arena  

Celebrate your mom at Wheaton Ice Arenaor Cabin John Ice Rink! Moms skate free with one paid admission at Cabin John from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. and at Wheaton from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Mother’s Day Hike and Craft | Saturday, May 7 | Maydale Nature Classroom 

Join the fun from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Maydale Nature Classroom for Mother’s Day Hike and Craft. Learn how animals take care of their young in the wild. Also, look for treasures on a short hike and use them to make a special gift for Mother’s Day! Intended for ages 3 and older. Fee: $6.

Archaeology Day | Saturday, May 7 | Rock Creek Regional Park

Join us at Needwood Mansion for Archaeology Day on Saturday, May 7, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and do a simulated archaeological dig. Identify seeds and mend ceramics. Make clay marbles, and a clay pot, and try tinsmithing and weaving. Play tug of war and join a sack race. Throw a spear with an atlatl. Construct a wikiup. See a Civil War doctor or visit with a Union soldier. Discover ways Indigenous people lived in the pre-colonial era. Check out discoveries in the archaeological displays. A food truck will be onsite. Free admission!

Yoga in the Park| Saturday, May 7 and 14 | Josiah Henson Museum and Park

In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, join us for Yoga in the Park at the Josiah Henson Museum and Park on Saturday, May 7, and 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Just bring a yoga mat and enjoy the beauty of nature and the gift of mindfulness. Free program!

Drag Queen Story Hour | Saturday, May 21 | Brookside Gardens

Drag Queen Story Hour with Citrine(DQSH) is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and provides kids with glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. Join us Saturday, May 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Cosponsored by WAM & FAM and Drag Queen Story Hour, Montgomery County, Maryland. Free!

Montgomery Parks Playhouse and Playhouse Jr. Series | Starts May 19

Enjoy performing arts outdoors at parks across the county with the new Montgomery Parks Playhouse and Parks Playhouse Jr. series. Performances take place throughout the summer and will feature live music, comedy, spoken word poetry, theater, and puppet shows. Many of the events feature local artists. Performances are free!

Summer Season Water Fun | Opens Saturday, May 28

The unofficial start of summer begins! Row or paddle on Lake Needwood, Rock Creek Regional Park, or on Little Seneca Lake,Black Hill Regional Park. Cool off or play a round of putt-putt at the South Germantown SplashPark and Mini-Golf.

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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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