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Events and Things to Do in April 2017

Find things to do North of Washington DC in April! From Earth Day celebrations to Bunnyland, here are 12 events in Montgomery County, Maryland to fill your April calendar.

HISTORY IN THE PARKS

Travel back in time to learn how your family, friends, and neighbors may have lived. Imagine your surprise when you discover you haven’t traveled far from your backyard to your local park. Fun and exciting events and adventures are happening all season long in and around our historic and archaeological attractions. Visit the stone barn exhibits at the Woodlawn Visitor Center or explore the Underground Railroad Experience.

Visit Heritage Montgomery and Maryland Heritage Areas Authority to learn more our local heritage sites. Heritage Montgomery | MHAA

FRESH FARM MARKET SILVER SPRING


Visit Silver Spring’s popular farmers market. Open Saturdays from 9 am – 1 pm, the FRESHFARM Downtown Silver Spring Market is the second largest in our network of producer-only markets. Come and shop for conventional and certified organic fruits and vegetables, pasture-raised meat, poultry and eggs, artisan sweet and savory baked goods, fresh milk, butter, and yogurt, goat, cow, and sheep cheeses, charcuterie, fermented foods and pickles, jams, jellies and sauces, honey, fresh oysters and handmade crab cakes, Maryland-made wines, beers, and ciders, flowers and plants, handmade soaps, and more!

BUNNYLAND


Enjoy a hayride down the Bunny Trail, race the rubber duck derby, hunt for colorful eggs (we provide the basket!), exchange eggs for a goodie basket to take home, visit with the farm’s very own Country Bunny, ride pedal tractors, play in Hayromp and playground, ride the giant slides, see bunnies, lambs, chicks and more.

APRIL 8, 9, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22, 23, 2017 | BUTLERS ORCHARD 22222 Davis Mill Road Germantown, MD 20876

CITY OF TAKOMA PARK ANNUAL EGG HUNT

Get your baskets ready and join the Takoma Park Recreation Department for its annual Egg Hunt. On Your mark……… Get Set…….. Hunt! Have an “Egg– Spectacular Good Time” with games, activities, and take your own picture with Mr. Bunny. The hunt will begin at 11:00 a.m. SHARP!

APRIL 15, 2017 | 10:30 AM | 7510 Maple Ave Takoma Park, MD 20912

BETHESDA LITERARY FESTIVAL

The 18th annual Bethesda Literary Festival will host an array of local and national authors, journalists and poets, as well as writing contests and poetry contests.

In a weekend that will include more than 20 entertaining events, the Bethesda Literary Festival presents fascinating literary personalities who will read their work, talk about their craft and take part in discussions with other writers and audience members. All the events are free and are held throughout downtown Bethesda.

APRIL 21-23, 2017 | DOWNTOWN BETHESDA

COUNTRYSIDE ARTISAN TOUR


Spend a day in the country, enjoy scenic drives between studios, stop for artisan beverages, and meet artists in the beautiful settings that inspire their work every day. Try these themed tour routes or create your own!

APRIL 21, 22, 23, 2017 | COUNTY-WIDE

SUGARLOAF CRAFT FESTIVAL


The craft festival features interactive demonstrations with master craftspeople. Many of the talented artists at the show will introduce visitors to how they create their art; demonstrations include wheel thrown pottery, wood turning and metal spinning. The show also features live music. It’s the perfect accompaniment for browsing and relaxing. Middle Earth’s costume storytelling returns, providing popular children’s entertainment.

APRIL 21-23, 2017 | Montgomery County Fairgrounds 16 Chestnut Street Gaithersburg, MD 20877

2nd ANNUAL MOCO BEER FEST

Join Montgomery County and Maryland breweries for an outdoor beer festival hosted by Dogfish Head Alehouse.

APRIL 22, 2017 | 1-4 PM | DOGFISH HEAD ALEHOUSE 800 W Diamond Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

TAKOMA PARK EARTH DAY FESTIVAL

Transform the Takoma Junction parking lot into a frolicking green realm of festivities, rekindling our connection to this amazing and wondrous planet we call home. Come together with a collective of local artisans, farmers, food vendors, green & organic businesses, community leaders, non-profit organizations, whimsical musicians, performers and a fairy glen for enchanted folks of all ages to celebrate Earth Day.

APRIL 22, 2017 | 11 AM – 6 PM | 201 Ethan Allen Ave Takoma Park, MD 20912

PAWS IN THE PARK

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The 19th Annual Paws in the Park dog walk and festival is a signature special event of the Montgomery County Humane Society, held in partnership with the City of Gaithersburg. One of the largest dog walks in the DC area, it raises funds to help homeless and abandoned animals throughout Montgomery County. The Festival will feature a 1K dog walk at 2 p.m. and a variety of activities for children, including a moon bounce, contests and other activities for dogs and their owners. There will be contests for pet-owner look-alike, best doggie trick, best dog kisser, a “musical sit” competition, and more, with prizes awarded in most categories for first, second and third place finishes.

APRIL 23, 2017 | 12 – 4 PM | Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm 506 South Frederick Avenue Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877

KENSINGTON INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE BOOK

Declared as the International Day of the Book by UNESCO in 1995, this celebration of books and literature draws its inspiration from a Catalan tradition, the Festival of the Rose. This street festival, held rain or shine, celebrates the International Day of the Book with over 100 local authors, children’s authors, poets, literary and community organizations set up along three blocks of Howard and Armory Avenues. Live music in several locations, cookbook demos, children’s stage, poetry readings, food trucks, and special guest speakers add to an afternoon of family friendly activities and entertainment.

APRIL 23, 2017 | 11 AM – 4 PM | Howard Ave, Kensington, MD 20895

8th ANNUAL ART HOP TAKOMA


The Takoma commercial district (DC and MD) will once again transform into a lively arts district showcasing the talents of both emerging and established visual artists and welcome visitors to an eclectic mix of local businesses.  You’ll find painting, photography, mixed media, assemblage, fiber art, jewelry, glass, pottery, sculpture and more available for sale at a variety of price points. Take in one of the free performances at the Takoma gazebo, enjoy an artist talk, or chat with participating artists and visitors over food and drink at artist receptions.

APRIL 29-30, 2017 | MAIN STREET TAKOMA

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