Below are five free things to do in Montgomery County, MD this weekend:
1. “Boo-Vie” Night
Friday, October 27: 6:30pm
Fallsgrove Park, Rockville
“Get those costumes ready for a “spooktacular” night of fun as the Rockville City Police Department welcomes all to our first ever Halloween “Boo-Vie” Night with a double feature of the family friendly “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” followed by “Hocus Pocus” on the big movie screen. Join us this Fri, Oct 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Fallsgrove Park at Thomas Farm Community Center (700 Fallsgrove Drive, Rockville MD 20850). The lawn will open for seating at 6:00 p.m. bring a blanket or lawn chair. Enjoy complimentary pizza, popcorn, trunk or treat and more, while supplies last.”
2. Kentlands Fall Festival
Saturday, October 28: 10am-7pm
Kentlands Market Square, Gaithersburg
“KIMCO’s Kentlands Market Square (200 Kentlands Blvd) is hosting its Fall Festival– an all-day event with activities for the whole family. It takes place on Saturday, October 28th with activities beginning at 10am and going until 7pm.
The event will feature:
• Live Entertainment from 10 AM to 2 PM
• Crafts for Kids from 10 AM to 2 PM
• Trick or Treating at the Shops from 2 PM to 4:30 PM
• Adult Truck or Treating (Bar Crawl) from 5 PM to 7 PM”
3. Monster Bash
Saturday, October 28: 1-6pm
Takoma Park Middle School
“The City of Takoma Park Recreation Department will host its traditional Monster Bash on Saturday, October 28! Scheduled for the day’s event: The Kickoff for Monster Bash will be in the parking lot of Takoma Park Middle School from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. There will be a DJ and roving entertainment, Trunk-or-Treat and a magic show. (See below for information on our new Trunk-or-Treat component.)
The Costume Contest and Parade will begin lining up at 2:00 PM and wind down Piney Branch Road to Philadelphia Ave., traveling all the way to Maple Ave in front of the Community Center.
A local band will perform from 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM along with announcing the Costume Contest winners, a selfie station, games and more roving entertainment. Walking is encouraged due to limited parking. In order to hold the event and ensure patron safety, we will have the following road blockages:
- Piney Branch Road, from Takoma Park Middle School to Philadelphia Avenue, from about 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, there will be a rolling street closure. The roadway will reopen once all parade participants have cleared the roadway.
- The intersections of Chestnut Avenue/Grant Avenue, Philadelphia Avenue/Piney Branch Road, Philadelphia Avenue/Chestnut Avenue, Philadelphia Avenue/Holly Avenue, Philadelphia Avenue/Birch Avenue, Philadelphia Avenue/Cedar Avenue, Philadelphia Avenue/Old Philadelphia Avenue and will have rolling closures between 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm.
- Some residents will not be able to exit their neighborhoods while streets are closed for the parade (Hodges Lane, Chestnut Avenue, Holly Avenue, Darwin Avenue, and Grant Avenue) and during the culminating event on Maple (from Philadelphia to Lee)
- Once the parade concludes, all street closures on Philadelphia Avenue will be lifted.
- Maple Avenue from Philadelphia Avenue to Lee Avenue will be closed 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm through the event. Lee Avenue will still be open for vehicular traffic.
- Residents along Maple Avenue (Philadelphia Ave. to Lee Ave.) will not be able to exit along Maple through the event.
- Ahead of the event, detour signs will be placed on Maple Avenue and Piney Branch Road with expected closures and times.
- There will also be no parking signs in the Community Center back parking lot and along Maple Avenue between Philadelphia Avenue and Lee Avenue.
- Ride-On and Metro bus service (including Metro Access) will be interrupted on the aforementioned streets from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm.
- In the event of inclement weather, the Monster Bash will be moved inside Takoma Park Middle School, and there will not be any road closures.”
4. Harvest Fest
Saturday, October 28: 10am-2pm
Montgomery College Rockville Campus
“Montgomery College is hosting Harvest Fest, a free event for residents of all ages, this Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., in the Mannakee Building at the Rockville Campus. There will be fun for all ages such as an art show, dancing, a coding demonstration, a DJ, ice cream, and a raffle. Kids can also enjoy face painting, pumpkin decoration, games, and say hi to or pose for a photo with Monty, Montgomery College’s raptor mascot.
It will be a great opportunity to learn more about Montgomery College classes, offerings, scholarships and financial assistance programs. There will be information available about WDCE (Workforce Development and Continuing Education) offerings, such as information technology, cosmetology, real estate, youth programs, early childhood education, automotive technology and building trades, and more.
For residents seeking information in Spanish, the College’s Hispanic Business Institute and the Early Childhood Education program will have Spanish-speaking representatives on site to answer questions. The whole family is welcome at this free event. Held rain or shine.
When: This Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Mannakee Building Parking Lot. 900 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD.”
5. Boo Bash
Sunday, October 29: 12-3pm
Westfield Wheaton Mall (11160 Veirs Mill Rd) and Montgomery County Police will host their 2nd annual Boo Bash on Sunday, October 29 from 12-3pm. According to Westfield, “this free Halloween event offers festive fun for all ages including a safety stage show, costume contest and a card and candy donation design center (in partnership with the National Institute of Health) benefitting children who are unable to trick-or-treat this year. Attendees can get creative with cupcake decorating, pumpkin painting, and witnessing a “zombie apocalypse” via social media. After getting down at a family dance party, enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the mall until 4pm. All activities will take place in the lower level Macy’s Court.
- Safety Stage Show
- Costume Contest presented by Wheaton Police Department
- Card and Candy Donation Design Center – Benefitting children who can’t trick or treat this year in partnership with Seasoned Settlers.
- Cupcake creation and decorating
- Paint and decorate a pumpkin.
- Witness the “zombie apocalypse” (social media edition)
- We will have a fun dance party for all ages!
- Enjoy Trick or Treating throughout the property until 4pm (while supplies last).