Skywatching Program at Observatory Park in Gaithersburg

Turn your eyes skyward and enjoy the amazing sites from Observatory Park, home to the historic Gaithersburg Latitude Observatory.

Observatory Park will be dark, but please do not bring a bright flashlight; bring a red light as it will be less intrusive to other watchers. Red cellophane will be available to cover any white light flashlights. Also adjust the brightness of electronic devices. These events are free, but require registration.

Limited parking for those with accessibility tags is available onsite. Parking is also available at the field at the corner of DeSellum & Rt. 355 – 2 blocks from the park. Feel free to bring a blanket or folding chair for your comfort & snacks to enjoy during the events. Portable bathrooms will be available. There is no running water in the park. Alcohol is not permitted at events in City parks.

Events at Observatory Park could be cancelled or modified at the last moment if conditions, including inclement weather & cloud cover, are not conducive to Skywatching. Please check the Community Museum Facebook page for last minute announcements.

Additional Skywatch programs may be planned depending on weather, staffing, and public interest. Please contact the Gaithersburg Community Museum to express interest in additional Skywatch programming.


Let’s Explore Space
April 30, 2022 • 7 – 9:30 PM
Join us for the first Skywatching program of 2022. There will be hands-on activities and telescope viewing. Mercury will be in our sights. We are making a unique playlist for our trip to space! Email or comment on Facebook what song you’d want to hear.

Telescope Fun
June 25, 2022 • 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Tonight’s program is all about telescopes. Learn how to use the museum’s dobsonian telescope or bring your own for telescope help. Members of the AAS Committee for Sexual-Orientation and Gender Minorities in Astronomy will join us to highlight contributions LGBTQIA+ scientists have made to STEM fields.

Movie & Meteors
July 30, 2022 • 9 PM – 1 AM
Join us for a showing of Apollo 13 and then we’ll lie under the stars and watch for meteors. BYO blanket or chair.

Space Telescopes, Galaxies & Nebula
August 27, 2022 • 7 – 9:30 PM
Explore the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope. captures. NASA Solar System Ambassador and astronomer, Dr. Caitlin Ahrens, will discuss the cosmic structures space telescopes have revealed to us. We’ll have hands-on activities and telescope viewing. We are partnering with the Rockville Science Center for a full evening of astronomy fun. This is a NASA Webb First Look Community Event.

International Observe the Moon Night
October 1, 2022 • 6 – 8:30 PM
Explore the moon with hands-on activities and learn about the Artemis Mission to the Moon in 2024.

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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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