Activities Around MoCo Parks From July 1- July 4

”Family and friends visiting for Independence Day weekend? Get them moving and into nature! These are some activities happening around Montgomery Parks Friday, July 1, to Monday, July 4!” by Montgomery Parks


Go paddling! Black Hill Boats(opens in a new tab) is open Thursday to Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm, and Lake Needwood Boats(opens in a new tab) is open Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm.

A boy stands beneath the waterfall feature at South Germantown SplashPark and MiniGolf.


Let the kids enjoy water play, or challenge everyone to a game of miniature golf. South Germantown SplashPark and MiniGolf (opens in a new tab)is open this Thursday to Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm, but closed Monday.

An adult and child ride the miniature train at Wheaton Regional Park.

Miniature Trains

Take a spin on a carousel or a trip on a miniature train. Wheaton Train and Carousel(opens in a new tab) is open Thursday and Friday, 12 pm to 5 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. Cabin John Train(opens in a new tab) is open Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. Purchase tickets at train station.

An adult tennis player leans in to hit a tennis ball.Tennis

Cool down during indoors ice skating or a tennis match. Visit our website for public skating schedules at Cabin John Ice Rink(opens in a new tab) and Wheaton Ice Arena(opens in a new tab). Book a court for a match at Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center(opens in a new tab) or Wheaton Indoor Tennis(opens in a new tab). All indoor ice and tennis facilities are closed Monday, July 4.

Small flying squirrel sits at the end of a wooden box hanging from a tree.


Discover Maryland’s small nocturnal squirrels at Brookside Nature Center during the Flying Squirrels(opens in a new tab) program on Friday, July 1, 9 pm, and Ardillas Voladoras(opens in a new tab) on Saturday, July 2, 9 pm. Ardillas Voladoras program is in Spanish. Register, please.

People standing in the woods gather around an adult who is taking them on a hike. They all stand near a large dead tree.


Trek into history on the Underground Railroad Trail Guided Hike(opens in a new tab) at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park on Saturday, July 2, 9:30 pm. Find out about those journeying north to freedom and learn ways those individuals navigated, eluded detection, and found shelter and food. Registration required.

A hand holds a snake. There is person in the background with an open book.Reading

Let your child read a story aloud to one of the resident animal ambassdors ambassadors at Locust Grove Nature Center during Read to a Critter(opens in a new tab) on Saturday, July 2, 4 pm to 6 pm. Sign up for a thirty minute time slot.

Red fireworks with purple centers in a dark sky.


There will be two fireworks shows in the parks, sponsored by Montgomery County government. We have more information on our website about Mid-County Sparkles (opens in a new tab)on Saturday, July 2, 9:15 pm, and Germantown Glory (opens in a new tab)on Monday, July 4, 9:15 pm.

For these and other programs and events, visit the calendar of events(opens in a new tab) and “Things to Do(opens in a new tab)” on our website.

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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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