There’s always something going on—from literary festivals to antique car shows to holiday parades
Bethesda Literary Festival
What: The 18th annual Bethesda Literary
Festival presents a wide variety of authors,
journalists and poets who read their work,
talk about their process and participate in
discussions with other writers and audience
members. The three-day event includes essay,
short-story, poetry and youth contests.
When: April 21-23, 2017
Where: Events are throughout downtown
What: The festival includes a parade, a “Taste
of Kentlands” food expo, live performances,
children’s carnival, classic car show, business
fair and silent auction. The free event supports
a number of organizations, including the
Kentlands Community Foundation and Lakelands
Park Middle School. About 100 community
businesses have participated in past years and
more than 30 groups participated in the parade.
When: May 6, 2017, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: The celebration is in Kentlands Market
Square in downtown Kentlands.
Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
What: Roughly 130 artists from all over
the country showcase painting, drawing,
photography, furniture, jewelry, mixed media,
wood and ceramics. The festival also features
live entertainment, children’s activities and
food from downtown Bethesda restaurants.
Admission to the festival is free.
When: May 13, 2017, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
May 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: The event is held in Woodmont Triangle.
Gaithersburg Book Festival
What: The annual book festival attracts
hundreds of award-winning and best-selling
authors, poets and songwriters. Activities
include author panels, writing workshops,
children’s activities, cooking demonstrations and
live entertainment. Admission is free, as is the
When: May 20, 2017, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Gaithersburg City Hall grounds in Olde
Rockville Hometown Holidays
Music Festival and Memorial Day
What: Featuring more than 30 live
performances by local, regional and national
bands on five stages, Rockville’s Hometown
Holidays is the city’s “premier event,” according
to its website. The event includes a Taste
of Rockville, with more than 20 participating
restaurants, and activities and entertainment for
kids and teens. It concludes with the Memorial
Day parade. More than 60,000 people have
attended in past years.
When: May 27-29, 2017, 2 to 10 p.m.
Parade: May 29, 2017, 10: 30 a.m.
Where: Rockville Town Center; Parade starts on
North Washington Street and Martin’s Lane and
winds through the town square.
What: A celebration of children, art and “all
things fun.” The festival, which is marking its
23rd year, includes activity tents, face paintersz
and live entertainment.
When: June 3, 2017, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Woodmont Avenue and Elm Street in
What: AFI DOCS (formerly Silverdocs)
showcases and honors the best new
When: June 14-18, 2017
Where: Screenings are at the AFI Silver Theatre
and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, and at
venues on the National Mall and in the Penn
Quarter neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
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