festivals & special events
There’s always something going on—from literary festivals to antique car shows
to holiday parades
Local Writer’s Showcase
What: The two-day event showcases the winners
of essay, short-story, poetry and youth writing
When: April 19-20, 2018
Where: Events will be held in Bethesda at
Gallery B and the Bethesda Hyatt.
Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
What: Roughly 130 artists from all overthe country showcase painting, drawing,photography, furniture, jewelry, mixed media,wood and ceramics. The festival also featureslive entertainment, children’s activities andfood from downtown Bethesda restaurants.
Admission to the festival is free.
When: May 12, 2018, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
May 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: The event is held in Woodmont Triangle.
Gaithersburg Book Festival
What: The annual book festival attracts hundredsof award-winning and best-selling authors, poetsand songwriters. Activities include author panels,writing workshops, children’s activities, cookingdemonstrations and live entertainment. Admission isfree, as is the parking.
When: May 19, 2018, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Gaithersburg City Hall grounds in
Olde Towne Gaithersburg
Rockville Hometown Holidays Music
Festival and Memorial Day Parade
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 26-28, 2018, 2 to 10 p.m.
Parade: May 28, 2018, 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 painters
and live entertainment.
When: June 2, 2018, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Woodmont Avenue and Elm Street
What: AFI DOCS (formerly Silverdocs)
showcases and honors the best new
When: June 13-17, 2018
Where: Screenings are at the AFI SilverTheatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring,and at venues on the National Mall andin the Penn Quarter neighborhood ofWashington, D.C.
Suds & Soles
What: Suds & Soles features a 5K coursethrough downtown Rockville, a post-raceparty where runners can sample somegreat beverages, listen to music and geta commemorative mug from this event.
Proceeds benefit The Rockville Recreation
and Parks Foundation and Youth and
Beginning Running Programs of the
Montgomery County Road Runners Club.
When: June 23, 2018, 7: 30 p.m.
Where: Rockville Town Center (North
Washington Street and Middle Lane)
Montgomery County Agricultural
What: One of the largest county fairs in thestate, the Montgomery County AgriculturalFair has been entertaining families withactivities, farm animals, food and carnivalrides for more than 70 years.
When: Aug. 10-18, 2018
Where: Montgomery County Agricultural
Fairgrounds. 501 Perry Parkway,
Taste ofBethesdaoffers a dayof great foodfor all ages.
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