Montgomery Parks Announces July Special Events and Programs in Celebration of Park and Recreation Month

Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces its July line-up of special events, including Park and Recreation Month, Latino Conservation Week and Shakespeare under the stars

July Events at Montgomery Parks Include:

Parks Playhouse Junior | July 6, 14, 19, 30 | Various locations

The Parks Playhouse Junior series continues in July. On Wednesday, July 6, at 10:00 a.m. at South Germantown Recreational Park with a concert featuring popular musician, Kidsinger Jim, “Kidsinger Jim Goes Green”. Other performances include

All performances ages three and up. Free.

Skate Night | Friday, July 8 | Olney Manor Skate Park
Perfect your tricks and catch some air at Skate Night. This Skate Night is a celebration of female skaters! Four regional skaters a will be on-hand to answer questions and perform demos from 6:00  to 8:00 p.m. Food will be available for purchase from Dizzy Cow Pizzeria. Live music and giveaways throughout the evening. Open to skaters of all abilities. Free.

Black America and the Untold Stories of Our Country’s Gardeners, Farmers and Growers | Saturday, July 9 | Brookside Gardens
Join Abra Lee, speaker, writer, and founder of Conquer the Soil, to learn about the legacy of the untold trailblazers, leaders, and visionaries in the world of horticulture on July 9 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Registration required.

Twilight Trek | Saturday, July 9 | Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park
This is an evening version of our popular guided hikes on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Learn about the experience of 19th century freedom seekers and Montgomery County residents. Discover techniques used to navigate the way north to freedom including the challenges and opportunities nighttime travel presented. Woodlawn Museum admission included. Intended for ages 7 and up. Fee $8 per person. Registrationrequired.

Macbeth | July 12 and 22 | Various Locations 
“Double, double, toil and trouble!” Join us for double performances of Macbeth.

  • Tuesday, July 12, Brookside Gardens, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Shakespeare in the Garden. Join us in the Gude Garden for a night of murder, revenge, and descent into madness. Bring a picnic or purchase a meal from food trucks.
  • Friday, July 22, Meadowside Nature Center, 7:15 to 9:00 p.m. Prince George’s Shakespeare in the Park Presents: The Tragedy of Macbeth. Inspired by the novel-turned-movie Gangs of New York, this 1850’s interpretation features some of the region’s best stage combat artists and seasoned actors. Paired with Shakespeare’s iconic language, this fast paced 90-minute adaptation will leave audiences breathless. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, a picnic, and enjoy the Bard under the stars.

Latino Conservation Week | July 16 – 24 | Various Locations

The goal of this week, founded in 2014 and observed nationwide, is to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards. As the Latino population grows, the community’s role as stewards is critical to the future success and preservation of our nation’s public lands. All events are free. Latino Conservation Week events include:

  • Saturday, July 16, Wheaton Regional Park, 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. Latino Conservation Week Kick-off Fiesta! Enjoy local food trucks, Zumba from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., local organizations sharing resources, and activities for all ages. At 8:00 p.m. there will be a screening of Disney’s Encanto (with Spanish subtitles). Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and picnic blankets.
  • Wednesday, July 20, Crossroads Farmer’s Market in Takoma Park, Nature on Wheels, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nature on Wheels is a natural science field station that brings nature programs and activities to anywhere in the county. Meet a naturalist, learn about wildlife, and explore nature with us!
  • Thursday, July 21, Waring Station Local Park, Salsa in the Park, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Salsa in the Park event will feature free dance lessons from  Salsa with Silvia from 5 to 6 p.m., and live music by local band La Colombopercutiva from 6 to 8 p.m. Food and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available for purchase from local vendors. Local community organizations will provide fun activities, giveaways, and resources.
  • Saturday, July 23, Brookside Nature Center, Flying Squirrels (Ardillas Voladoras), 9:00 to 9:30 p.m. Maryland flying squirrels are abundant and active year-round, but rarely seen in the wild because they are nocturnal. Join a naturalist for a viewing program on the Nature Center deck at our squirrel feeding station 30 minutes after sunset. Rain cancels the program. Program presented in Spanish. Registration required.
  • Sunday, July 24, Black Hill Regional Park, Pontoon Ride, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Join Black Hill Nature Programs on a tour of Little Seneca Creek on a pontoon boat, as we look for beavers, herons, maybe even a bald eagle. All ages are welcome. Registration required.

Visit the Summer 2022 Montgomery Parks Program Guide or the Montgomery Parks event calendar to view a complete list of special events and programming and to learn how to sign up using ActiveMontgomery.

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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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