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Spring Events 2016

Spring is approaching! Save the date for these events.

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!

St. patricks day parade

The City of Gaithersburg, in partnership with the Harp and Shamrock Society of Gaithersburg and The Peterson Companies and Rio Washingtonian Center, will host the 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Rio Washingtonian Center (I-370 and Washingtonian Boulevard).

Dozens of units will march in the parade, including Celtic dancers, bagpipe bands, clowns, fire trucks, and more. When the parade is over there will be live entertainment on the Lakefront Plaza until 1 p.m. The event has grown each year and the nearest parking lots/garages fill up between 9 and 9:30 a.m. If nearby lots are full, head to the garage by the Rio Washingtonian Center. See Parking Options and other details on the Parade Map in the Related Documents section.

Shamrock & Roll Bash at Union Jacks RIO

Union Jack’s has put together a blockbuster lineup this St. Patrick’s Day.  Both bands interaction with the crowds are unparalleled in this region.

It all starts with Montgomery County’s own, The Reagan Years.  The East Coast Orignal ’80s Tribute Band, they have been headlining packed houses since 1996. Their play list includes Pop, Big Hair Bands, New Wave, and Rock hits from this first video decade. Then Union Jack’s closes with Annapolis’ own Irish rockers, Dublin 5. They have taken the Celtic music scene by storm thanks to an eclectic mix of traditional roots and blazing instrumentals with an amped up rock twist! Music starts at 2pm


Enjoy a hayride down the Bunny Trail at Butler’s Orchard. This annual event will be held March 19, 20, 25, 26, 28 and April 1-3. 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 and more!

National 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.

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 first major peak bloom forecasts should be issued around the beginning of March.

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.

Bethesda literary festival

Dozens of authors and writers conduct readings, talks and other activities at galleries, bookstores and other sites in downtown Bethesda. April 15-17, 2016

sugarloaf crafts festival

The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg brings 250 celebrated American artists to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, April 15-17, 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 15 and Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 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.  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find out how to win free tickets! Admission is good for all three days of the Festival. Free parking is available on site.

Paws in the park

The 17th Annual Paws in the Park dog walk and festival is a signature special event of the Montgomery County Humane Society, held in partnership with the City of Gaithersburg. One of the largest dog walks in the DC area, it raises funds to help homeless and abandoned animals throughout Montgomery County.

The fun-filled afternoon includes a 1-mile dog walk, pet contests and games, demonstrations, children’s activities, a pet-oriented market featuring more than 50 vendors, food, music and more. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, April 24, from noon to 4 p.m. at Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm, 506 South Fredrick Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland, next to Gaithersburg High School.

Celebrate earth day

The Montgomery County GreenFest is committed to helping everyone in the County explore their path to a greener life. It is a one-day event focused on education and outreach, entertainment and facilitating interactions between residents, businesses and community leaders. The 2nd annual Montgomery County GreenFest is April 30, 2016 from 11am-4pm at the Takoma Park Community Center.

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