Things to Do In Montgomery County Blog

September Events 2016

Montgomery County, Maryland hosts numerous of annual festivals and special events. Listed below are September 2016 Festivals and Events throughout various communities of the county. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change, please check the respective website or call to confirm information.

45th Annual Labor Day Art Show

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– Glen Echo | September 3-5, 2016

The 45th Annual Labor Day Art Show features more than 250 artists from the greater Washington, DC area and over 650 works of art including photography, painting, ceramics, jewelry, glass, textiles, and more. For the second year in a row, the Labor Day Art Show at Glen Echo Park offers jewelry on a “cash and carry” basis and new this year is a sleeved prints section! See amazing artwork from across the region in one of the largest art exhibitions in the area! Location: Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo

Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade

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– Gaithersburg | September 5, 2016

The ever-popular Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade returns to the streets of Olde Towne on Monday, September 5, 2016, at 1 p.m. Now in its 78th year, this rain or shine event includes ethnic dance groups, antique cars and fire trucks, clowns, high school marching bands, and an assortment of community groups, equestrian units, and more.

Kensington Labor Day Parade and Festival

– Kensington | September 5, 2016

The 49th Annual Kensington Labor Day Parade and Festival will be held on Monday, September 5, 2016. The Parade kicks-off at 10 am by traveling down Connecticut Avenue from St. Paul Park toward Town Hall, which features local marching bands from area schools; equestrian show groups; dance groups; floats and ambassadors from local churches, schools, non-profits, and businesses; and local, state, and federally elected officials.

Silver Spring Restaurant Week

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– Silver Spring and Takoma Park area | September 6-11, 2016

Silver Spring, Takoma Park and the surrounding areas are home to one of the fastest growing and most diverse restaurant scenes in the region. Silver Spring-Takoma Park Restaurant Week 2016 is a six day celebration that will highlight the variety of delicious fine dining options available in the greater Silver Spring area and Takoma Park.  Participating restaurants will offer diners special two and three course menus at fabulous prices the week of Tuesday, September 6th through Sunday, September 11th, 2016.

Silver Spring Jazz Festival

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– Silver Spring Veterans Plaza | September 10, 2016

The Silver Spring Jazz Festival is a free annual event in Downtown Silver Spring featuring a variety of jazz performances. The performances are held outdoors so bring a blanket and/or beach chair. A wide variety of food will be available to purchase from local restaurants. The festival headliner is internationally-renown saxophonist David Sanborn and his Electric Band.

Festival Salvadorenisimo

– Montgomery County Fairgrounds | September 11, 2016

The 11th annual grand celebration of the Salvadoran Independence Day Festival will be held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds on Sunday, September 11, 2016. The festival coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month and features a rich display of traditional food, music, and culture. More than 20,000 people will congregate to support and enjoy the official independence festivities and it’s featured star performers.

Carnival of Chocolates

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– Rockville Town Square | September 11, 2016

The Dwelling Place, Inc., is hosting its 24rd Annual Carnival of Chocolates on Sunday, September 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Rockville Town Square. With 300 people expected to attend, this year’s event will include chocolate tastings from local chocolatiers, a kids fun run (100 yard dash), live music, games, and two children’s story times. The event is free to attend, with a $10-per-child registration fee for the fun run and $1 tokens for chocolate tastings. Proceeds will benefit The Dwelling Place. Attendees will also be able to donate by eating at select Rockville Town Square restaurants the day of the event.

Latin American Film Festival

– AFI Silver Theater | September 16 – October 5, 2016

Now in its 27th year, the AFI Latin American Film Festival showcases the best filmmaking from Latin America and, with the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal, celebrates Ibero-American cultural connections. This year’s selection of films will once again include numerous international film festival favorites, award winners, local box office hits and debut works by promising new talents. The annual AFI Latin American Film Festival is one of Washington’s top cultural events – don’t miss your chance to mingle with filmmaker guests and toast with the embassies.

24th Annual Poolesville Day Festival and Celebration

– Whalen Commons, Poolesville | September 17, 2016

This one-day, FREE event located in Montgomery County is a Poolesville tradition celebrating more than 20 years of community, fun and entertainment! The family-oriented festival attracts over 10,000 visitors to the historic downtown. Enjoy the town parade complete with a marching band, moon bounces, food, beverages and more!

7th Annual Pan African Festival

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– Silver Spring Veterans Plaza | September 24, 2016

The sixth annual PanAfrican Cultural Festival is part of a series of events commemorating September as African Heritage Month in Montgomery County. The festival is designed to showcase the rich and diverse cultures of African countries. This event provides a unique opportunity to celebrate the heritage and showcase the cultures of Africans as we foster collaboration within our local communities. The African Heritage Month recognizes the African Union day and the critical relationships between the United States and African nations.

Food Truck Festival

– Wheaton Triangle | September 24, 2016

Join us at this free festival featuring live music, kids area and some of your favorite food trucks. Held every fall in Wheaton, Trucktoberfest features food trucks, a crafts market, live local music, and of course great local beer.

Maker Faire

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– Silver Spring Veterans Plaza | September 25, 2016

The Maker Faire in Silver Spring is a free, family-friendly event that brings together Makers of all types for a spectacular display of art, science, technology, craft and engineering. It is being presented by KID Museum, a new museum in Montgomery County dedicated to inspiring the next generation of innovators. This “do-it-yourself” fair invites children and adults to participate in Maker projects and demonstrations.

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