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Festivals and Events in May 2017

Find things to do North of Washington DC in May! From Mother’s Day celebrations to the start of summer concert series, here are 20 events in Montgomery County, Maryland to fill your May calendar.

Friday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo Street Party

Fountain Plaza – Downtown Silver Spring | 916 Ellsworth Dr. Silver Spring, MD 20910
Head to Downtown Silver Spring to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Enjoy live musical performances, a DC Style Salsa demonstration, plus a beer and sangria station!

Friday, May 5-6: Hip Hop Snow White

Arts Barn | 311 Kent Square Road Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878 | Performances take place on Friday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 6 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The talented company that created “Cirque du Dance” returns with a high-energy, modern-day version of the Brothers Grimm story of “Snow” and her seven popping “Crew” battling an evil queen and finding Prince “Cool.”

Saturday, May 6-7: African Fest

Downtown Silver Spring Festival

Veterans Plaza – Downtown Silver Spring | 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910 | 2-8pm
Enjoy an outdoor festival of African flavors!

Saturday, May 6-7: A-RTS Rockville Arts Festival 

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Rockville Town Square | 30 Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD 20850 | 11am – 5pm
Featuring the work of 160 nationally recognized artists from around the country. The festival will display the finest in: ceramics, drawings, fiber, glass, graphics, jewelry, metalwork, paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood and mixed media.

Sunday, May 7: Silver Spring Arts & Crafts Spring Fair – Mother’s Day Special

Veterans Plaza – Downtown Silver Spring | 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910 | 12pm – 6pm
Just in time for Mother’s Day! Spring is the season of new beginnings. Fresh buds bloom, animals awaken and the earth seems to come to life again. As we are welcoming this season, we are introducing our first edition of our seasonal Silver Spring Arts & Crafts Festival! Because the event takes place one week before Mother’s Day, this will be the perfect opportunity to find the perfect gift for mothers.

Wednesday, May 10: Cars 3: Road to the Races Tour

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Gateway Plaza – Downtown Silver Spring | corner of Georgia Ave and Colesville Rd | 12pm-4pm
Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3” is hitting the road with Road to the Races, a nationwide tour inviting fans of #95 to gear up for the upcoming big-screen release, and will be stopping at Downtown Silver Spring. Life-size, character look-alikes of five-time Piston-Cup champion Lightning McQueen, tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez and the sleek next-gen racer Jackson Storm will be rolling into 27 cities coast to coast to celebrate the new movie, which opens June 16, 2017.

Friday, May 12: Cirque Du Denizens Presents: Carnivale

Denizens Brewing Company | 1115 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910| 2pm-10pm
Have you ever wanted to revisit all of the joy & excitement that you felt as a kid at a carnival but with an inappropriate spin that speaks to the twisted depths of your grown-up soul? Experience Cirque du Denizens’ Adult Playground: Carnivale! Marvel at the fantastical feats of jugglers, stilt walkers, & acrobats. Play the cheeky & inappropriate carnival games and more!

Friday, May 12: TGIF Downtown Street Party

Fountain Plaza – Downtown Silver Spring | 916 Ellsworth Dr. Silver Spring, MD 20910 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Come out for for a fun night of music, games, and of course dancing! DJ Damon will be spinning family-friendly top 40 music. Guest can win awesome prizes such as movie tickets and gift cards to our retail shops and restaurants!

Saturday, May 13: Fountain Opening Party and Community Day

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Fountain Plaza – Downtown Silver Spring | 916 Ellsworth Dr. Silver Spring, MD 20910 | 3pm – 5pm
Celebrate summer at the Interactive Fountain! Tons of kid activities, fun giveaways, and live music to entertain the entire family. It will be a splashing good time! You can also use the afternoon to support our local community and host a Community Day. This is a chance for you to come support organizations from around the local area, learn about their missions and discover opportunities within the community.

Saturday, May 13: Montgomery County Strawberry Festival

Camp Bennett Farm | 20501 Georgia Ave, Brookeville, MD 20833  | 10am-5pm
Bring your chairs and blankets and celebrate food, nature and mom. The seventh annual Montgomery County Strawberry Festival will feature pony rides and hay rides for kids and wine glass and canvas art classes for the adults. Plus the whole family can savor the best locally grown strawberries around.

Saturday, May 13-14: Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

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Woodmont Triangle | along Norfolk, Auburn & Del Ray Avenues | May 13, 10am-6pm; May 14, 10am – 5pm
Delight in fine art created by 130 of the nation’s best artists, live entertainment and Bethesda restaurants.

Friday, May 19-21: SerbFest

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St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church | 10660 River Rd, Potomac, Maryland 20854 | 11am-6pm
SerbFest DC brings authentic Serbian food, culture, crafts and entertainment to the greater Washington, DC area. SerbFest’s festivals have something for everyone, including traditional Serbian dishes, beverages, dance and music performances, gifts and boutique items, and family-friendly activities.

Saturday, May 20: Gaithersburg Book Festival

Gaithersburg City Hall Grounds | 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 | 10am-6pm
The Gaithersburg Book Festival is an annual celebration of great books and great writing that has made its mark as one of the nation’s top literary events. The festival will feature more than 100 best-selling and award-winning authors who will participate in talks, panel discussions and book signings throughout the day.

Sunday, May 21: Fiesta de las Madres

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Veterans Plaza – Downtown Silver Spring | 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910 | 12pm – 5pm
Celebrate a late Mother’s Day Festival at Fiesta de las Madres! Celebrate the women who give everything for their children and family, to those that fill the heart of those who surround them with love and tenderness. Come, and enjoy a fun-filled day of activities and learn about health care services available to women.

Sunday, May 21: Taste The World in Fenton Village

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Fenton Village| 8203 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, MD 20910 | 9am-5pm
This is the DC area’s Biggest Restaurant Crawl featuring over 30 different restuarants, representing countries from five continents! Explore the funky Fenton Village neighborhood as you and your friends travel from restaurant to restaurant checking out tastings from each for only $2-5.

Saturday, May 27: Whoopi Goldberg at Strathmore

Strathmore Music Center | 5301 Tuckerman Lane North Bethesda, MD 20852 | 8pm
Celebrated comedian, author, humanitarian, and star of stage and screen, Goldberg delights audiences with an evening of laughter-filled storytelling.

Saturday, May 27-29: Hometown Holidays

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Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in Rockville Town Square!

Rockville Town Square | 30 Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD 20850 | Click here for full schedule of events.
Hometown Holidays features free live musical performances, the Taste of Rockville, the Annual Memorial Day Parade and more!

Month Long: Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit

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Brookside Gardens| 1500 Glenallan Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20902 | 10am – 4pm daily
The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Families, students, nature lovers, and everyone in between can get an up close experience of these brilliant butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia as they soar among colorful flowers.

Every Saturday: Nando’s Spicy Saturday Night Concerts

Downtown Silver Spring Concert

Fountain Plaza – Downtown Silver Spring | 916 Ellsworth Dr. Silver Spring, MD 20910
Lakefront Plaza (between Uncle Julio’s and Joe’s Crab Shack) | 209 Boardwalk Pl Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Nando’s Spicy Saturday Night concert series just got spicier! Watch all your favorite local bands LIVE from 6:30pm-8:30pm on the stage every Saturday Night this May.

Every Friday and Saturday: RIO Summer Concerts

RIO Washingtonian Center | 9811 Washingtonian Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878 | 6pm-9pm
Enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday night from on the RIO Patio near the paddle boats and Union Jack’s!

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