Montgomery Parks: Things to do July 17-19

Per Montgomery Parks:
My, oh, my! It’s mid-July! And, we have lots of summer fun this weekend! Check out these events around Montgomery Parks Friday, July 15, to Sunday, July 17.

Full moon in cloudy sky.


Bring the family for a full moon hike followed by a campfire during Full Moon Friday(opens in a new tab) at Locust Grove Nature Center on Friday, July 15, at 6:30 pm.

Trek into history on the Underground Railroad Trail Guided Hike(opens in a new tab) on Saturday, July 16, 9:30 am, at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park. During the two-mile hike, you will learn about freedom seekers and their perilous journeys north.

People in warrior stance during a yoga class inside the Japanese teahouse at Brookside Gardens.


Take some time and focus on your wellness this weekend. Yoga at Brookside Gardens(opens in a new tab) has openings for the class on Saturday, July 16, at 9:30 am.


People sitting in camping chairs outdoors. They are laughing while attending a comedy show in a park.Laughter

Laughter is relaxing and relieves stress. We know you’ll be laughing with comics at Comedy As a Second Language (opens in a new tab)on Friday, July 15, 6:30 pm to 9 pm, at Long Branch-Arliss Neighborhood Park. The comics are all immigrants who will share stories and jokes about their work, family, and lives. The free event is a partnership with Montgomery Parks’ Park Playhouse and Improbable Comedy.

Two people paddling in a double kayak on a lake.


Experience (the) wildlife and peaceful environment of Little Seneca Lake by boat. Register your family members ages twelve and older for Black Hill Nature Programs’ Lake Tour by Kayak(opens in a new tab) on Sunday, July 17, at 9 am.

A child scales in a tree in climbing gear. There is a Montgomery Parks employee below her. Text on graphic: Latino Conservation Week. July 16 to 24.


We’re launching Latino Conservation Week(opens in a new tab) with our free Kick-off Fiesta(opens in a new tab) on Saturday, July 16, 5 pm to 10 pm, at Wheaton Regional Park. Free movies and activities! Bring the kids to see “Encanto!” And, free bus rides from Glenmont and Wheaton Metro stations to Wheaton Regional Park from 4:30 pm to 11:30 pm. Latino Conservation Week runs from July 16 to 24 with many free programs, but some require registration.

A box turtle hides in tall grass.


What do Brookside Nature Center’s animal ambassadors eat? Join staff on Sunday, July 17, 1:30 pm to 1:45 pm, for Feed Me! Feed Me!(opens in a new tab)Learn what turtles and toads have for lunch. Free, but please register.

For more activities, 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.

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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.



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