Parks’ Picks: Things To Do This Weekend in MoCo (July 8-10)

Per Montgomery Parks: 
July is Park and Recreation month, so why not celebrate with Montgomery Parks! This weekend, we have several fun events for all ages. These are some activities happening around Montgomery Parks Friday, July 8, to Sunday, July 10!

Ride on over to our final Skate Night on Friday, July 8, at Olney Manor Recreational Park! This Skate Night is open to everyone, but Friday will be a celebration of women on wheels and will feature popular local skaters performing trick demos. As always, there will be a live disc jockey, food trucks, and giveaways!

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Learn about the history of Black florists in our region and how these horticulturists have influenced gardening history! Abra Lee, founder of Conquer the Soil, will instruct this virtual event hosted by Brookside Gardens on Saturday, July 9, at 10 am.

Come out to Oakley Cabin to take a guided tour and learn about the African American roadside community that lived and worked on the site from emancipation well into the twentieth century. Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park is open the second and fourth Saturdays from 12 pm to 4 pm.

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Help Clean Up Long Branch-Arliss Neighborhood Park! Trash and litter found in Montgomery Parks can find their way to the Potomac, Chesapeake Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean, if not removed. Your clean up help goes a long way in protecting our county’s natural habitats. Visit our website to register(opens in a new tab). All cleanups are pre-approved for Student Service Learning (SSL) hours.Woodlawn manor farm(opens in a new tab)

Guided Hikes
Hike along the Underground Railroad Trail at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park and discover techniques used for navigation, eluding detection, and finding food/shelter on the perilous journey many had to take. The hike is Saturday, July 9, from 9:30 am to 11 am. Or, experience the trail in the evening from 6:30 pm to 8 pm with our Twilight Trek, designed to help you discover the techniques used to navigate the area at night.

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Play Time
Build forts in the woods, climb trees, and learn about the woodland critters in our parks at Wild Forest Time.(opens in a new tab) Register today and bring the little ones to have fun outside! We will supply some materials and a space to create and explore from 1 to 3 pm on Sunday, July 10, at the Black Hill Visitor Center.

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.

Discover your happy place in Montgomery Parks.

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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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