Things To Do in Montgomery Parks June 2 – June 5

by MCS Staff

Dancing, biking, reading, and more. Discover these seven events around Montgomery Parks Thursday, June 2, to Sunday, June 5.

People dancing salsa in a park.


(UPDATE: June 2, 11:55 am – Salsa in the Park is cancelled, due to storms in the forecast.) Learn to dance salsa then show your moves with live music during Salsa in the Park(opens in a new tab) on Thursday, June 2, 5 pm to 8 pm, at Takoma-Piney Branch Local Park at 2 Darwin Avenue, Takoma Park. Games and food vendors. Free admission!

A line of people hiking on a path through a wooded area. There is a large tree on the right side of the photo.


Trek the Underground Railroad Experience Trail on a guided hike (opens in a new tab)at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park on Saturday, June 4, at 10 am. Find out about freedom seekers and techniques used on their journeys north to navigate, elude detection, and find food and shelter. Register, please.

A mountain bike kicks up pebbles on a dirt path.

Close-up of the rear wheel of a skidded bicycle. Back view. Forest background blurred in motion. Place for text.


Celebrate Trails Day on Saturday, June 4, 10 am to 1 pm, during Roots to Rocks(opens in a new tab) at Columbia Local Park. Parents, bring the kids to experience our new Upper Paint Branch Trail system and go on a guided ride. Bring your own bike or use one of ours. Free! No registration.

A child reads a book to a snake being held by a nature center employee.


During Read to a Critter(opens in a new tab) at Locust Grove Nature Center, we’ll read a nature story together then go into the field to explore natural phenomenon like real scientists. The program on Saturday, June 4, 4 pm to 6 pm, finishes with a fun experiment that gets everyone’s hands messy. Register for one half-hour time slot.

Flying squirrels eating seeds in a wooden box hanging from a tree.


Spend your Saturday night with Ardillas Voladoras(opens in a new tab), on Saturday, June 4, 9 pm, at Brookside Nature Center. This Spanish-language program about Maryland’s southern flying squirrel introduces the nocturnal animal to participants and lets you observe the mammal eating its breakfast. Registration required.

A butterfly on top of a pink and white flower with a yellow center.

What can you find in the meadow at Black Hill Visitor Center? Pick up a sheet with clues at the center then head outdoors on your own Meadow Hunt(opens in a new tab). The free program is Sunday, June 5.  Register then drop by any time from 1:30 pm to 3 pm.

Two large metal flamingos in front of a building. Each flamingo has a container of plants.

Enjoy the discovery of twenty-four tall metal flamingos as you stroll Brookside Gardens this week. The birds are part of the outdoor art installation “Flamboyance of Flamingos(opens in a new tab),” which celebrates our love for whimsical garden art. Open daily from sunrise to sunset.



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