Summer will come to an end before we know it and with Labor Day approaching we’ve listed a few activities and festivals for you to enjoy before the air gets chilly and the blizzards roll in.
Here are your last call for summer activities:
Cool off at the Pool
Check out our favorite spots in Montgomery County to cool off. Check out our Best Places to Cool Off Guide. Choose from seven outdoor swimming pools, two water parks, two interactive fountains and hidden watering holes before it’s too late. Swimming pools and water parks will close on September 5, 2016.
VISIT THE SUNFLOWERS AT MCKEE BESHERS
The sunflowers will only be in season for a little bit longer. Visit McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Poolesville, Maryland. It is a large contiguous forest of varied habitat, situated between the Potomac River and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal to the south, and Seneca Creek State Park to the east. Acres of sunflowers are planted each year at McKee-Beshers WMA to attract game birds. Every summer, these spectacular fields in full bloom also draw photographers, garden enthusiasts, and tourists.
rent A KAYAK, CANOE OR ROWBOAT
Experience Little Seneca, the beautiful 505-acre lake as well as the wildlife that make the lake their home. The park, comprised of 6,300 acres, extends along 14 scenic miles of Seneca Creek, as it winds its way to the Potomac River. This area contains many scenic areas, including the 90-acre Clopper Lake, surrounded by forests and fields.
Visitors at Rock Creek Regional Park can enjoy the beautiful 75-acre Lake Needwood in rental kayaks, rowboats, canoes or pedal boats, or on a tour of the lake aboard the Needwood Queen during the summer season.
Get out on the water soon. Boating rentals will be closing at the end of September.
Our favorite outdoor concerts will be coming to end. These family friendly performances feature a variety of local bands and musicians. Don’t forget your cooler and a chair or blanket to start the weekend with free concerts held in Rockville, Bethesda, Silver Spring and Gaithersburg. Click here for more. Most summer concerts will end late August or late September. Be sure to check their schedules.
Mark your calendar for these end of summer events:
Olde Town Labor Day Parade – Gaithersburg
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
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. As the Parade moves towards Town Hall, Armory and Howard Avenues come alive with the captivating and exquisite aroma of your favorite and newly discovered foods, along with diverse vendors, games and activities for children of all ages
Annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival
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. The event will be held on Saturday, September 10th from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza. 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. The schedule:
3:00 PM – Welcome
3:15 to 4:15 PM – Jazz Academy of Music
4:30 to 5:30 PM – Todd Marcus Quintet
5:45 to 6:45 PM – Tamara Wells Band
7:00 to 8:00 PM – Marcus Johnson
8:30 to 10:00 PM – DAVID SANBORN ELECTRIC BAND
Silver Spring – Takoma Park Restaurant Week
Silver Spring, Takoma Park and the surrounding areas are home to one of the fastest growing and most diverse restaurant scenes in the region. This year’s Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to dine out and try some new restaurants at reduced prices. The six day celebration will highlight over 20 participating restaurants offering dinner specials at fabulous prices during the week of Tuesday, September 8th-13th, 2015.