Don’t miss these top spring events and things to do in Montgomery County, Maryland! Dozens of events are held this time of year throughout the county, including cultural events, craft festivals, parades and more.
Check back often to find more information and events for Spring 2015!
Due to the rain and winds forecasted for our area the St. Patrick’s Day Parade at the Rio Washingtonian Center is cancelled.
The Carousel at RIO Washingtonian will be opening on Saturday, March 14, 2015. The Americana-themed classic carousel features 30 Allan Herschell-style dancing horses, whimsical creatures, and two chariots, allowing for up to 38 adult and 30 children passengers, with wheelchair access and chariot wheelchair positions. Located next to the playground. Hours (through May): Saturdays & Sundays, 11 AM to Dusk; $3 per ride.
The two ziplining parks are open for the Spring season!
The Go Ape treetop adventure course is made up of 6 zip lines (including Maryland and the USA’s first skateboard zipline!) numerous rope ladders, 44 crossings to include the Stirrups and Twister and 2 tarzan swings. Go Ape’s first US course is centered around the beautiful 75-acre Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park. The course is surrounded by hiking trails through forests and along lakeshores, includes picnic areas, boat rentals, fishing and the beginning of the 12 mile Rock Creek hiker/biker trail into Washington DC. Go Ape is now open on weekends only throughout March and will open on weekdays in April.
There’s nothing like a day at The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring! Located in the trees at the Sandy Spring Friends School, you will find our amazing Aerial Forest Park. With 13 Trails, 29 zip lines, 6 difficulty levels, and almost 200 challenge bridges, The Adventure Forest is the largest forest climbing park in the nation. The park is reopening on March 20th, 2015, for general admission! Groups of 15 or more can climb starting March, 14th with an advanced reservation.
Bring the family to an eggstravangza of fun at Butler’s Orchard’s 17th Annual Bunnyland! Bunnyland Admission Includes:
- 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
- Hop in Inflatable
- Ride the Giant Slides
- See Bunnies, Lambs and Chicks
Open March 28 & 29, and April 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 12! (Closed Easter Sunday) from 9 AM – 4 PM
Cherry Blossom Festival
The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is one of Washington, DC’s largest public events of the year, drawing about 100,000 spectators from around the world. The parade combines wonderful entertainment for the whole family including decorated floats, gigantic colorful helium balloons, marching bands, clowns, horses, antique cars, military and celebrity performances, the National Cherry Blossom Festival® All-Star Youth Tap Dance Team and Choir, and various cultural performing groups. Norah O’Donnell, co-anchor of CBS This Morning, joins WUSA 9 News anchors Andrea Roane and Mike Hydeck as parade hosts this year. WUSA 9 will air the parade locally in a delayed telecast from noon to 2:00 p.m.
Parade Date & Time: April 11, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
For those who don’t feel like visiting the Jefferson Memorial or dealing with the crowds in Washington, D.C., you can enjoy the pretty cotton candy blossoms in Kenwood, a wealthy suburban neighborhood just across the District line. Twelve hundred cherry trees line the streets of this neighborhood. The blooms are expected to peak around April 11-14, and so are the number of tourists who come to gaze at them. The first cherry trees in this development were planted in the 1920’s, ahead of the new homes that were about to be built. Some of the original trees are now more than 90 years old.
The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg is bringing 250 celebrated American artists to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, April 17-19, giving shoppers the chance to stock up on great handmade gifts in anticipation of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations and weddings.
The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg is an entire weekend of fun for all ages with master craftspeople sharing hundreds of years of combined artistic wisdom and techniques in compelling demonstrations. The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival will be held Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St, Gaithersburg, MD, 20877
Admission is $8 for adults when purchased online, $10 at the door, and free for children under 12. Admission is good for all three days of the Festival. Free parking is available on site.
Get ready to put your paws to the pavement. It’s time for the 17th annual Paws in the Park Dog Walk & Fest on April 26, 2015! Paws in the Park is fun for the entire family, featuring a one-mile walk (begins at 2pm), popular character mascots, pet contests including best-dressed dog, owner/pet look-alike, and more! Enjoy demonstrations from more than 50 pet-friendly vendors, purchase microchipping ($20 fee) or rabies booster ($10 fee) and enjoy food, music, prizes and drawings. Visit the Montgomery County Humane Society rescue dogs, stop by the kissing booth and more!
Register online in advance (through 4/25/15) and prices are as follows: Individual, $20; Family (3 or more related people), $45