During the month of October, there is never a dull moment in Montgomery County, MD. From pumpkin festivals and Oktoberfest, to art shows and even a murder mystery game – there is something for everyone to enjoy this month.
Check out some of these great events happening across the county!
Butler’s Orchard Pumpkin Festival
We’ve touched on this event in our Fall Festival blog. But, as a reminder, Butler’s Orchard Pumpkin Festival will be held every weekend throughout October. Event highlights include hayrides, twisted corn maze, giant slides, pumpkin coach ride and straw maze. Towards the end of the month, there will be a pumpkin cannon too! And, you can’t miss the cider and apple cider donuts. Admission is $12 per person; children under 24 months are free.
WHEN: Every Saturday and Sunday in October, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE: Butler’s Orchard
22222 Davis Mill Road
Germantown, MD 20876
The Agricultural History Farm Park is hosting its annual Harvest Festival. This year’s theme is centered on how Montgomery County’s farms and communities supported the war effort during World War I. Enjoy some down-home fun on the farm with old-time crafts, activities, music and food. There will also be hayrides, live animals, a corn maze, an archaeology dig and farm house tours. Admission is $15 per car.
WHEN: Saturday, October 7, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
WHERE: Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD 20855
Taste of Bethesda
The Taste of Bethesda festival brings 60 restaurants and five stages of entertainment to Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle. Each year, more than 40,000 attendees sample delicious restaurants, enjoy live entertainment and visit the kid’s corner for face painting and arts and crafts. This year’s participating restaurants include: Duck Duck Goose, Flanagan’s Harp & Fiddle, Georgetown Cupcake, Jaleo, Olazzo and more. Admission to the Taste of Bethesda is free. Taste tickets are sold on-site in bundles of four tickets for $5. Food servings cost one to four tickets.
WHEN: Saturday, October 7, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
WHERE: Along Norfolk, St. Elmo, Cordell, Del Ray and Auburn Avenues in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle.
Oktoberfest at the Kentlands
The City of Gaithersburg presents its 26th annual celebration of Oktoberfest at the Kentlands, covering the Kentlands Village Green, the grounds of Kentlands Mansion, Main Street and Market Square. At the Main Street Pavilion you’ll find the new Tap & Taste beer area, musicians performing at the Main Street Stage, Sip & Paint activities, and yard games. At the Village Green, there will be a traditional beer garden, featuring food vendors and performances by the Alte Kameraden German Band and Alt-Washingtonia Bavarian Dancers. For a full map of the event and a breakdown of the various stations, visit the official Oktoberfest at the Kentlands website.
WHEN: Sunday, October 8, noon – 5 p.m.
WHERE: Kentlands Market Square
821 Center Point Way
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878
Rockville Antique and Classic Car Show
Car enthusiasts and collectors should head to Rockville Civic Center Park for the annual Rockville Antique and Classic Car Show. There will be more than 550 antique and classic cars on display. From Packard to Ferrari, 32 car clubs are represented during this grand event. The show also features a flea market and car sales area. It is open to the public and admission is free.
WHEN: Saturday, October 13, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Rockville Civic Center Park
603 Edmonston Drive
Rockville, MD 20851
World of Montgomery
Explore the different cultures that make up Montgomery County at the annual World of Montgomery Festival. The event celebrates the community’s rich diversity through music, food, dance and arts demos. There will be hands-on activities, cooking demonstrations, live performances from international dancers and musicians, and also the famous Parade of Cultures. Plus, admission is free!
WHEN: Sunday, October 15, noon – 4 p.m.
WHERE: Montgomery College
51 Mannakee Sreet
Rockville, MD 20850
Bethesda Row Arts Festival
The Bethesda Row Arts Festival transforms four blocks in downtown Bethesda into an outdoor art gallery. There are fine arts and crafts for sale from 190 museum-quality artists. On display will be the finest in: ceramics, drawings, fabrics, glass, graphics, jewelry, metalwork, paintings, pastels, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood and mixed media. The Festival has been widely recognized as one of the top fine arts festivals in the United States.
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, October 14-15, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. & 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., respectively
WHERE: 4841 Bethesda Avenue
Bethesda MD, 20814
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
Attracting more than 200,000 art enthusiasts to its events each year, the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival showcases original work from hundreds of artisans—everything from handcrafted pottery, sculpture, and metalwork to jewelry, fashion, decor, and photography. Audiences can witness art being made live during educational demos as artisans sculpt clay, whittle wood, forge metals, and imbue baskets. Eleven shows are held each year in major areas like Philadelphia, Baltimore and New Jersey. But, the event started right here in Gaithersburg, MD back in 1976. Adult admission at the door costs $10 each, with admission good for all three days of the event. Children under 12 are free. Discounted tickets are available online as well!
WHEN: Friday – Sunday, October 20-22, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Sunday’s hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
WHERE: Montgomery County Fairgrounds
16 Chestnut Street
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Head to the National Capital Trolley Museum to purchase a pumpkin token from the Museum Shop, then take a scenic ride on one of their historic streetcars. They will take you to Pinson’s Pumpkin market, where you can exchange the token for a pumpkin of your choice. Then, decorate the pumpkin and make it yours! Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children and seniors, while pumpkin tokens are $2 each.
WHEN: Saturdays and Sundays, October 21 – 29, noon – 5 p.m.
WHERE: National Capital Trolley Museum
1313 Bonifant Road
Colesville, Maryland 20905
Murder at the Mansion Dessert Theater
Just in time for Halloween, Murder at the Mansion Dessert Theater presents an interactive mystery performance for attendees. The story this year is titled “Murder by the Book,” centered on a bookstore under threat of collapse. The owner hopes that bringing Edgar, the author of “Roses are Dead and so are You” will bring in new customers. But instead, he just brings tremors of trouble. Who will be buried, and who will survive when there’s a murder by the book? Enjoy an outing riddled with clues and a buffet of spooky sweet treats. Tickets are $35 for an individual and $60 for two.
WHEN: Friday – Sunday, October 27-29, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday’s performance will be 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
WHERE: Kentlands Mansion
320 Kent Square Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20878