8 Ways to Spend Labor Day Weekend in Montgomery County, MD
Spend the long Labor Day weekend just outside the Washington, D.C. area. Celebrate the last days of summer in Montgomery County, MD with the following events.
1. Attend the Glen Echo Park Art Show and Irish Festivities
Sept. 3-5, 2015
MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo, MD
Visit the Labor Day Art Show in the Spanish Ballroom 12 – 6 p. m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Artwork for sale representing more than 150 regional artists including sculpture, paintings, ceramics, glass and jewelry. Come to Glen Echo Park on Labor Day to enjoy an afternoon of Irish music and dance performances. Enjoy a wide variety of Irish musicians and dancers performing toe-tapping Irish dancing to beautiful Irish folk songs in Glen Echo Park’s Bumper Car Pavilion.
2. Check out the Olde Towne Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade
Monday, Sept. 5, 2016
Summit and Diamond Avenues, Gaithersburg, MD
Join in the fun at Gaithersburg’s Annual Labor Day Parade. 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. Parade starts at 1 p.m.
3. Stop by the Kensington Labor Day Parade
Monday, Sept. 5, 2016.
Celebrate Labor Day with a Parade and Festival. Kensington, MD. Parade begins at St. Paul’s St and Plyers Mill. Festival located along Howard and Armory Avenues. Enjoy a day of family entertainment with a parade, live music, arts and crafts, food and kids activities.
4. Get your favorite Ice Cream!
There’s nothing better than eating an ice cream cone on a hot day. Cool off this summer at one of these local ice cream shops! Discover our favorite and best places for ice cream in the area!
5. Grab a Cold One
Check out our guide to breweries, brewpubs and craft beer throughout Montgomery County, Maryland.
If the rain holds off…
6. Climb the Trees
There’s nothing like a day at the Adventure Park in Sandy Spring! Adventure awaits at this aerial forest with a fun, exciting and secure experience for all. There are 13 separate trails of varying levels of difficulty. Each trail has zip lines but primarily consist of “bridges” between tree platforms made of rope, cable and wood configurations creating over 190 unique challenges.
7. Kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard along the Potomac
The DC area has several options for people to get outside and onto the water. A team of professionals at Potomac PaddleSports can guide and teach you all about flatwater kayaks, how to paddle with correct techniques, and will help you discover the flora and fauna of our local treasure. You’ll also learn the rich history of the C&O Canal. Catch a glimpse of heron, kingfisher, white-tailed deer, and painted turtles, and see and learn about the many other wild inhabitants of our river ecosystem. For other locations to kayak, canoe and more, click here.
8. If weather permits, Say good-bye to summer at your local pool
Montgomery County has seven outdoor pools, four indoor swim centers and a spraypool.
- Bethesda Outdoor Pool – Facilities include a six-lane wide 50-meter long Z-shaped Main Pool with a six lane 25-meter course into the diving well, which features one half-meter and one-meter boards, and a “drop” slide; a separate Tot Pool; a shallow water Teach Pool, and a six-lane Lap Pool. Also included area a snack bar, bathhouse and lawn areas with shade structures.
Little Falls Parkway and Hillandale Road, Bethesda
- Germantown Outdoor Pool – Facilities include an eight lane, 25-meter Main Pool with one-meter and hald-meter diving boards, a separate Leisure Pool featuring two water slides and two cross walk features, Tot Pool, snack bar, bathhouse, and lawn areas. 18905 Kingsview Drive, Germantown
- Long Branch Outdoor Pool
Includes a six lane, L-shaped 25-meter Main Pool, a Teach Pool, a Tot Pool, and a snack bar, bathhouse and lawn areas.
8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Outdoor Pool (MLKO)
This facility features a six lane, 50-meter L-shaped Main Pool, with an eight lane, 25-meter course into the diving area, which offers one half-meter and one-meter boards. The separate Leisure Pool consists of a shallow water lagoon with slides and water play features, surrounded by a circular “Lazy River” for riding inner tubes with the current. Als provided are a bathouse with showers and First Aid areas; a separate Tot Pool and lawn areas with shade structures.
1201 Jackson Road, Silver Spring
- Upper County Outdoor Pool (UC)
This facility includes an eight lane, 25-meter Main Pool with two one-meter diving boards; a separate shallow water Leisure Pool with a water slide, Tot Pool, snack bar, bathhouse and lawn areas.
8211 Emory Grove Road, Gaithersburg, MD
- Western County Outdoor Pool (WC)
Facilities include a six lane, 25-meter Main Pool and an eight lane, 25-meter swim course, with one-meter and half-meter diving boards. A separate shallow water Leisure Pool has fountains, sprays and kiddie slides. An Activity Pool has two flume slides and crosswalks. A Tot Pool, snack bar, bathhouse, and lawn areas are also provided.
20151 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville
- Wheaton/Glenmont Outdoor Pool (GL)
Facilities include a six lane, 50-meter Main Pool and an eight lane, 25-meter swim course, with one-meter and half-meter diving boards. A separate shallow water Leisure Pool has fountains, sprays and kiddie slides. An Activity Pool has two flume slides and crosswalks. A Tot Pool, snack bar, bathhouse, and lawn areas are also provided.
12621 Dalewood Drive, Wheaton