Five Things To Do in MoCo This Weekend

Below are five things to do in Montgomery County, MD the weekend of September 29-October 1:
1. Wheaton TGIF Encore Free Friday Fall Concert
Friday, September 29: 6pm

Marian Fryer Town Plaza
“The energetic Quimbao Latin Band will headline the Wheaton TGIF Friday Encore fall concert series on Friday, Sept. 29, at the Marian Fryer Town Plaza, adjacent to the Wheaton Business Triangle and near the Wheaton Metro Station. The performance is part of a month of Friday concerts that join in the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed Sept. 15-Oct. 15. The event will feature live artist demonstrations and beverages from Twin Valley Distillers. The TGIF party will begin on the plaza at 5 p.m. with a DJ set followed by a live concert at 6 p.m. Parking is available in the building at 2425 Reedie Dr.

Quimbao Latin Band was founded in 2000 by band leader, director, producer and pianist Oscar Perez, who is from Lima, Peru. With more than 30 years in the music industry, Mr. Perez has performed with Peruvian bands such as Sarabanda, La Novel, Orquesta Saraguey and La Rebelion, among others. He has produced two records. Mr. Perez has performed at various venues and events throughout New Jersey, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C.
The band’s genre includes Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Bachata, Cha Cha, Latin Jazz, Trio, Quartet and all Latin rhythms.”
For more information on the TGIF Encore concert series, go to

‘The Nighthawks’ Will Headline Wheaton TGIF Encore Free Friday Fall Concert Series on Sept. 8

2. Fall Makers Market
Saturday, September 30: 10am-4pm
Downtown Silver Spring
35+ local artisans selling original art and handcrafted goods.  “Join us for the Fall Makers Market on Saturday, September 30, from 10 am – 4 pm along Ellsworth Drive between Georgia Avenue and Fenton Street!”  Kick off fall, grab a latte, and get a jump on holiday shopping with unique and handmade products from local artisans at the Pop Up Makers Market. Shop handmade products from more than 35 local artisans. Enjoy live music and plenty of outdoor dining options. Locally Crafted, whose storefront is located in Gaithersburg’s Rio Lakefront has recently posted a warning an out potential scammers. “Please Beware: Locally Crafted is the only organizer of this event, and we are no longer accepting vendor applications. Any comments here that there are spaces still available are from scammers attempting to steal your money.”

3. Rocktobierfest:
Saturday, September 30: 11am-5pm
Rockville Town Center 
Rocktobierfest returns to Rockville Town Center on Saturday, Sept. 30 for a day of bands, beers and being together. The fifth edition of the free festival, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., will include two stages of live music, food, beer sales by local breweries, and an artisan shopping area.  Bavarian and rock musical acts will take the stage, including Mike Surratt and the Continentals, Under the Covers, Capital Effect, Chesapeake Sons, Alt Washingtonia and Rockville German Band. Featured beverage vendors will include 7 Locks Brewing, Crooked Crab Brewing Company, Dawson’s Market, Denizens Brewing Co., Landmade Brewing, Lone Oak Farm Brewing Co., Saints Row Brewing, Silver Branch Brewing Company, Twin Valley Distillers, Waredaca Brewing Company and World of Beer.

The festival is within walking distance of the Rockville Metro station. Free parking locations include the County Council Office Building on Fleet Street, and the City Hall lot at 111 Maryland Ave. Schedule of entertainment available below:

4. Takoma Park Street Festival
Sunday, October 1: 10am-5pm
Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park
The 42nd annual Takoma Park Street Festival will take place on Sunday, October 1st, 2023 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and once again will fill the streets of Takoma Park with music, artists and makers, community groups, green companies and great food.

The free event celebrates local music with 18 performances on 3 stages, with a mix of soul, funk, roots rock, blues, swamp funk, folk, working girl blues and new grass, and more. Over 150 booths extend all along Carroll Avenue from Eastern Avenue, NW in Washington, DC to Philadelphia Avenue (Rt. 410) in Takoma Park, MD with work from local artists and makers including art, jewelry, stationary, home decor, clothing, personal care products, plants, and much more. Community groups and green companies participate as well with info to share. Visitors may explore Takoma’s unique local shops along the way. There will be many great food options from Takoma restaurants, food trucks and festival food favorites all to be enjoyed on the Takoma Streetery on Laurel Avenue. The Takoma Park Farmers Market runs during the festival with 25 additional vendors in an adjacent parking lot. Entrance to the farmers market is at 6931 Laurel Avenue.  For the latest info and entire vendor list herePhoto courtesy of Sam Kittner

5. ‘Sunday Serenade’ Concert in the Park
Sunday, October 1: 10-11:30am
Cabin John Regional Park
“Bring your blanket and your breakfast and join Montgomery Parks Sunday mornings this Fall with ‘Sunday Serenade’ for live music from 10:00 am – 11:30 am at Cabin John Regional Park’s Amphitheater (7400 Tuckerman Ln, Bethesda, MD 20817). Start your week relaxing on the lawn, listening to live music performed by local artists. This Fall series runs for the first three weekends in October. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs for seating. Mark your calendars and click the dates below for more details on each performance. Parking will be located at the Tuckerman Lane Entrance (7400 Tuckerman Lane) with additional parking the West Lake Entrance (10900 Westlake Drive).

Sunday, October 1 – The Dixie Power Trio – Zydeco, jazz and rock
Sunday, October 8 – The Dave Chappell Band – Jazz and blues
Sunday, October 15 – The Bruce Swaim Quartet – Jazz

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