THERE’S plenty TO SEE AND DO IN 2015!
Discover 15 reasons why Montgomery County is a must visit destination this year.
Located only 10 minutes from Washington D.C., 32 miles from Baltimore, 145 miles from Philadelphia and 122 miles from Richmond, the gateway to the nation’s capital is buzzing with exciting events making Montgomery County a top travel destination this year. Here are 15 events and
New this year to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds is Corktoberfest! This wine festival will be held on October 24-25, 2015. More Information Coming Soon
2. New hotel in Rockville
Cambria Suites will be opening in the Spring of 2015. This new hotel across from Rockville Town Square will feature two mixed-use, high-rise towers to include 485-multifamily homes, a 140-room Cambria Suites hotel, 40,000 square-feet of street level retail and approximately 1,000 parking spaces.
3. Phase 1 of Pike & Rose
Phase 1 of the new development on Rockville Pike, Pike and Rose is almost complete. Shops now open include: Francesca’s, Yogaso Boutique, Gap and City Sports Restaurants now open include: City Perch Kitchen & Bar and Del Frisco’s Grille. Experience a luxurious movie experience in 2015! Now open, iPic Theaters will take your movie night to the next level.
4. New Concert Venue
AMP by Strathmore is a concert venue with intimate space and incredible acoustics. Check out their upcoming shows! AMP is also available to rent several nights each week and during the day for corporate and social events.
5. MUD RACES
High Point Farms will be hosting the annual Dirty Girl Mud Run in August 2015. New this year, High Point will also host the Tough Mudder, Mid-Atlantic Mudderella Series, July 24-26, 2015. These five- to seven-mile muddy obstacle courses are designed by women for women. Whether you choose to sprint, jog, walk, or skip, it is all about having an amazing time with your friends and taking pride in your strength.
6. SUGARLOAF CRAFT FESTIVAL
For over 30 years, the nation’s most talented artisans have personally sold their contemporary crafts and fine art at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals. Rated as one of the top craft experiences in the country, last year more than 175,000 visitors attended Sugarloaf Craft Festivals and enjoyed the work of thousands of juried artisans. The craft festival is usually held in October and November.
7. MONTGOMERY COUNTY FAIR
Since 1949 the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, the largest county fair in the State of Maryland, has been a showcase of farm life in Montgomery County. This week-long county fair is a family event with carnival rides, live animals, a variety of entertainment, food and fun activities for all ages. The county fair will be held on August 14-22, 2015.
8. FOODIE FESTIVALS
Who doesn’t love food? Downtown Wheaton hosts the Taste of Wheaton (usually held in June), an annual food festival offering samples from local restaurants, live music and kid friendly activities. The annual food festival, Taste of Bethesda (usually held in October), features food samples from more than 50 restaurants, live music and entertainment, and a kids’ corner for arts and crafts.
9. FREE SUMMER CONCERTS
Montgomery County offers free summer concerts in Wheaton, Bethesda, Glen Echo Park, Gaithersburg City Hall Concert Pavilion, Rio Entertainment Center, BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Strathmore Hall, Glenview Mansion, Rockville Town square and Veterans Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring.
10. free OUTDOOR MOVIES
Watching movies on a large screen outdoors is a popular summer activity. Outdoor movies will be available in Bethesda – Stars on the Avenue, Outdoor Movies in Rockville Town Square, Comcast Outdoor Film Festival in Rockville and Wheaton Triangle.
11. halloween madness
Halloween is a big deal in Montgomery County. Throughout the month of October, celebrate Halloween at one of the largest and most popular haunted attractions in the capital region, Field of Screams Maryland is 40+ acres of thrills in a carnival atmosphere with bonfires and music to appeal to all ages. Get spooked at Markoff’s Haunted Forest! Markoff’s Haunted Forest has been rated the #1 Halloween attraction by Channel 7 (ABC). You can also join the Zombie run in Downtown Silver Spring or the new DC Zombie Run hosted at High Point Farm!
12. Annual Wine Festivals
Put your best foot forward! Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard is the only vineyard/winery in Montgomery County, Maryland. Their annual Stomp Festival (usually held in October) features grape stomping contests, wine tastings of white and Bordeaux style red wines, tours of Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard ‘s winery and vineyard, food vendor, live music.
Enjoy the best wines from across the state, as well as cooking demonstrations and two stages of musical entertainment at one of Rockville’s most popular events, Uncorked Wine and Music Festival (usually held in August).
13. WORLD OF MONTGOMERY
The World of Montgomery Festival (usually held in October) celebrates the diverse cultural heritages which play an active role in the lives of Montgomery County residents and communities. The festival showcases this rich diversity through food, music, dance, traditional arts and hands-on projects for children and families. ** Update** This festival will takes place at Montgomery College, Rockville at 51 Mannakee Street!
14. ART festivals
Imagination Bethesda (usually held in June) is a children’s street festival celebrating children and the arts, including musical performances, dance troupes, roving entertainment and hands-on art & craft activities. The free event in downtown Bethesda features face painters, costume characters, balloonists, jugglers and more. Local businesses and educational organizations will host a variety of activities to entertain and energize the 12-and-under crowd.
The Art Hop arts festival transforms Old Takoma into a neighborhood arts district where more than 70 visual works by various artists are installed in the shops, restaurants and galleries of Old Takoma. Art Hop will be held on April 25-26, 2015.
15. HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES
Celebrate your favorite holidays in Montgomery County. Just to name a few festivities:
- St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Gaithersburg
- July 4th Fireworks in Montgomery County
- Labor Day Parades in Kensington and Gaithersburg
- Annual Pumpkin Festival at Butler’s Orchard
- Oktoberfest in Germantown, Rockville and Kentlands
- Montgomery County Thanksgiving Day Parade in Silver Spring
- Holiday Light Festivals in Brookside Gardens, Seneca Creek State Park and Washington D.C. Temple