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 25-26, 2019
Where: Events will be held in Bethesda at
Gallery B and the Bethesda Hyatt.
Kensington Day of the Book
What: Family-friendly street fair celebrating
local authors and books that includes guest
speakers, poetry reading, live music, and
When: April 28, 2019, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Armory and Howard avenues in
Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
What: Roughly 130 artists from all over
the country showcase painting, drawing,
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 11, 2019, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
May 12, 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 parking.
When: May 18, 2019, 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 25-26, 2019, noon to 8 p.m.
Parade: May 27, 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
When: June 1, 2019, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Woodmont Avenue and Elm Street
What: AFI DOCS (formerly Silverdocs) showcases
and honors the best new independent
When: June 19-23, 2019
Where: Screenings are at the AFI Silver Theatre
and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, and at
venues in Washington, D.C.
Silver Spring Blues Festival
What: The 11th annual event features an all-day
blues block party with musicians performing on
When: June 15, 2019, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Veterans Plaza at the Silver Spring Civic
Building, Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive
Suds & Soles
What: Suds & Soles features a 5K course
through downtown Rockville, a post-race
party where runners can sample some great
beverages and listen to music. Proceeds benefit
The Rockville Recreation and Parks Foundation
and Youth and Beginning Running Programs of
the Montgomery County Road Runners Club.
When: June 22, 2019, 7: 30 p.m.
Where: Rockville Town Center (North Washington
Street and Middle Lane)
offers a day
of great food
for all ages.
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