In addition to delicious restaurants, outdoor adventures and fantastic shopping, Montgomery County is also a great hub for the arts. Notably, we have several distinct arts and entertainment districts, stretching across Silver Spring, Bethesda and Wheaton. These include art galleries and performance halls featuring both international and local musicians and dancers.
Celebrate the arts, literature and culture at these events happening this weekend. While you’re at it, grab a pumpkin or walk for an important cause.
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
Started in Gaithersburg back in 1976, the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival showcases original work from hundreds of artists, including pottery, sculptures, metalwork, jewelry, fashion, decor, and photography. There are also educational demos where artisans sculpt clay, whittle wood, forge metals, and imbue baskets. 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.
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
F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival
Now in its 21st year, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival honors the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and other prominent American literary artists. It also serves as an outlet to support, encourage and assist aspiring writers and students interested in the literary arts. The day’s activities include writing workshops and literary discussions and panels. They will also present the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award to Annie Proulx for her achievements in American Literature.
WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
WHERE: Richard Montgomery High School
250 Richard Montgomery Drive
Rockville, MD 20852
“Farm to Gallery” Exhibit
Celebrating the agricultural heritage and rural landscape of our region, the “Farm to Gallery” exhibit highlights the work of the Countryside Artisans of Maryland, a collective of visual artists, fine craft artisans, and makers whose studios, workshops, and farms are located in or near Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve. The exhibit features works of fiber art, ceramics, hand blown glass, metalwork, sculpture, drawings, paintings, and photography by more than 25 members of the Countryside Artisans. The exhibit runs through October 28 at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown.
WHEN: The exhibit is open daily through October 28 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) *Closed Sundays
WHERE: BlackRock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons Drive
Germantown, MD 20874
Starting this weekend, visitors to the National Capital Trolley Museum can 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
“Out of the Darkness” Community Walk
Hosted by the Maryland chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the “Out of the Darkness” Walk helps raise awareness about mental health and fight suicide. Be a part of the movement turning hope into action, and create a culture that’s smart about mental health. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.
WHEN: Sunday, October 22, 8:30 a.m. – noon
WHERE: Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park
1120 Jackson Road
Silver Spring, MD 20904