Montgomery County Recreation Will Celebrate Fall with Festivals, Costume Contests, Movies and More

by Patrick Herron
Montgomery County Recreation will host family-friendly events this fall season, ranging from fall festivals to swimming with pumpkins. The October events will be hosted at community recreation centers, senior centers and aquatic facilities across the County.

Fall special events hosted by Montgomery County Recreation this fall include:

  • Saturday, Oct. 15. Noon-3 p.m. Chevy Chase Fall Festival. Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center, 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase. Activities include a pumpkin patch, moon bounce, face painting and games. Free for all ages.
  • Saturday, Oct. 22. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Ross Boddy Fall Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Derby. Ross Boddy Community Recreation Center, 18529 Brooke Rd., Sandy Spring. Event will feature crafts, games and a pumpkin derby race. The registration fee for the derby is $20 and includes materials and instructions.
  • Saturday, Oct. 22. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Fall Festival at North Potomac. Nancy H. Dacek North Potomac Community Recreation Center, 13850 Travilah Rd., Rockville. Celebrate at this annual fall festival. Registration is required.
  • Saturday, Oct. 22. 4-6 p.m. Coffield Family Fall Festival. Gwendolyn. E. Coffield Community Recreation Center, Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring. Ghouls and goblins will great attendees dressed in Halloween costumes. Prizes will be awarded. Enjoy games, a dance party and treats.
  • Saturday, Oct. 22. 4-7 p.m. Trunk or Treat. Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Join trick-or-treating, a costume contest and arts and crafts. Planning to decorate your vehicle. Register by Friday, Oct. 14.
  • Various dates: Floating Pumpkin Patch. Ever picked a pumpkin in a swimming pool? For $5 per person, children ages 2-12 will have the chance to swim around to pick a pumpkin and then decorate it. Events will take place at Martin Luther King Jr. Swim Center, 1201 Jackson Rd., Silver Spring from 4:30-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22; Olney Swim Center, 16605 Georgia Ave., Olney, from 7:30-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29; and at the Eunice Kennedy and Sargeant Shriver Aquatic Center, 5900 Executive Blvd., North Bethesda, from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30.
  • Saturday, Oct. 29. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Therapeutic Recreation Saturday Night Social – Halloween Howl Dance. Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Annual Halloween costume extravaganza for ages 15-and-over with disabilities. Event will feature a DJ, dancing, games, pizza and other refreshments. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Registration for events can be completed online at Not all events require registration.

Registration for fall programs is currently underway and registration for Youth Basketball will begin on Monday, Oct. 3.


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