Taking a vacation doesn’t mean you need to break the bank. There are many free things to see and do when you visit Montgomery County, Maryland. From cherry blossoms and farmers’ markets to museums and music festivals, discover free attractions just outside Washington, DC that will keep your trip within budget.
1. Cherry Blossoms in Kenwood
Besides being free, the cherry blossoms in the Kenwood neighborhood (located between Bethesda and Chevy Chase) are a stress-free alternative to the bustling crowds by the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Read more about what to expect, where to go, and when to come with our guide on What You Need to Know about Cherry Blossom Viewing in Kenwood, MD.
2. Kites Over Clarksburg
Kites Over Clarksburg event on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Pack a picnic, bring a kite (or purchase one on-site), and enjoy a day playing games and connecting with the local community. Bring canned food to donate to local food banks and receive a ticket to participate in our annual raffle of donated prizes.
3. Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park
Discover the history of Oakley Cabin and those who lived and worked there with a free guided tour. On the 2nd and 4th Saturdays in April – October from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, head to Brookeville to hear stories of the culture and traditions of the area by exploring features from the open hearth to the tools and artifacts excavated during archaeological digs. Learn about more historic African American sites in Montgomery County.
4. Downtown Silver Spring FRESHFARM Market
Take a stroll through more than 45 booths and stalls at the Downtown Silver Spring FRESHFARM Market. Experience excellent people watching and explore local produce and products. Many of the vendors even offer delicious free samples of their fruits or vegetables. Discover more farmers’ markets around Montgomery County with our helpful guide.
5. Countryside Artisans Studio Tour
Immerse yourself in the local artwork of Montgomery County with the Countryside Artisans Studio Tour. The destinations on the tour include a visit to the resident artists at the Sandy Spring Museum to view works in silver, pottery, painting, and jewelry, as well as Waredaca Brewing Company to taste their artisan, craft beers.
6. Hometown Holiday Music Fest
Over Memorial Day Weekend, listen to a lineup of local bands play at the Hometown Holiday Music Fest. Set out your chairs and blankets at any of the four stages in Rockville Town Square and enjoy additional entertainment like kids’ activities, a beach, and community partners and organizations on-site.
Interested in more things to do (free or not) in Montgomery County, Maryland? Check out 19 Montgomery County Places to Visit in 2019 or Your Itinerary for a Perfect Long Weekend in Montgomery County.