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8 Things to Do This Weekend in Montgomery County: May 5-7

May is officially here! We have a lot to look forward to this month– from Cinco de Mayo on Friday and Mother’s Day coming up soon, to Memorial Day and outdoors pools officially opening for the summer.

Start your first weekend in May off right and head out to some of these local events:

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo Street Party

You don’t have to go to Mexico to join in on the Cinco de Mayo festivities. Downtown Silver Spring will be hosting a Cinco de Mayo street party featuring live music by the Joe Falero Band, a demonstration by the DC Style Salsa Academy, and beer and seasonal sangria courtesy of Nando’s Peri Peri.

WHEN: Cinco de Mayo, Friday, May 5, all day

WHERE: Fountain Plaza at Downtown Silver Spring
916 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Have Your Drink and Paint It Too

Muse Paintbar

If you like a wine glass in one hand and a paintbrush in the other – Muse Paintbar is the place for you. Located in Gaithersburg, the innovative restaurant meets art studio is hosting several painting classes this weekend, which will include tapas, desserts, red and white sangria, over 20 selections of beer and wine, as well as sodas and juices. For a full class schedule and to book your spot, click here.

WHEN: Friday-Sunday, May 5-7, all weekend

217 Boardwalk Pl #225
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Get Fit While Learning Some History


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Nanty Narking Nearly 9K

The Nanty Narking Nearly 9K is a trail run and 2 Mile Fun Stroll that highlights historic sites in the Sandy Spring area. Nanty Narking (a Victorian expression meaning “Great Fun“) is a rustic and rootsy trail run back in time past several historic Montgomery County, MD sites including the 1900’s Friends Meeting House, Woodlawn Manor and the original Sandy Spring. Runners of all ages and abilities welcome. Civil War-era music will also be performed by students from the Bullis School. All pre-registered runners and walkers receive a t-shirt. Post-race refreshments will be served.

WHEN: Sunday, May 6, at 8 a.m.

WHERE: The run starts from Sandy Spring Friends School
16923 Norwood Rd
Sandy Spring, MD 20860

Celebrate the Environment


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Montgomery County GreenFest 2017

Now in its third year, the Montgomery County GreenFest, the largest one-day environmental festival in the county, is moving to Bohrer Park Gaithersburg. It’s a free, family-friendly festival filled with music, films, speakers, exhibitors and workshops all focused on building community, improving our environment, and helping everyone in the County explore their path to a greener life.

WHEN: Saturday, May 6, from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

WHERE: Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm
506 S Frederick Ave
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Appreciate the Arts


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A-RTS Rockville Arts Festival

A-RTS at Rockville Town Square is a free event organized and managed by the Bethesda Row Arts Festival team. The Festival will transform the streets surrounding Rockville Town Square into an outdoor art gallery. It will feature the work of 160 nationally recognized artists from around the country. On display will be the finest in: ceramics, drawings, fiber, glass, graphics, jewelry, metalwork, paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood and mixed media.

WHEN: Saturday, May 6, from 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday, May 7, from 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

WHERE: Rockville Town Square, along Maryland, Ave., Middle St, and Gibbs St.

Have Family Fun on the Lakefront


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RIO Summer Concert Series

It’s that time of the year again – RIO will be kicking off its summer concert series this weekend. There will be live music every Friday and Saturday night through Sept. 30 from 6–9 p.m. on the RIO Patio near the paddle boats and Union Jack’s. Kicking off the series on Friday night will be Sons of Pirates for all you Jimmy Buffet fans, while New Censation will sing the sounds of Motown on Saturday. Click here for the full summer schedule so you don’t miss your favorite act. And if you’re looking for something for the kids to enjoy, the carousel is open!

WHEN: Friday, May 6, from 6–9 p.m.
Saturday, May 7, from 6–9 p.m.

WHERE: Union Jack’s
9811 Washingtonian Blvd
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Listen to Storm Large


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Storm Large at AMP by Strathmore

Need an idea for date night? Singer, Storm Large, is bringing her witty and sultry act to the AMP by Strathmore on Saturday and Sunday evening. Large first captivated national audiences as a contestant on the 2006 CBS show “Rock Star: Supernova.” With a long history in rock, Storm branched out into theater and cabaret, filling concert halls around the world with Pink Martini (with whom she debuted right here in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center in 2011). Tickets are available here.

WHEN: Saturday, May 6, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 7, at 8 p.m.
Doors open 90 minutes ahead of show time

WHERE: AMP by Strathmore
11810 Grand Park Ave #400
Rockville, MD 20852

Find a Gift For Mom


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Silver Spring Arts & Crafts Spring Fair – Mother’s Day Special

We’re just one week away from Mother’s Day. If you haven’t found a gift for mom yet, then make your way to the first Silver Spring Arts & Crafts Festival. You might just find the perfect one!

WHEN: Sunday, May 7, from 12 p.m.–6 p.m.

WHERE: Veterans Plaza
1 Veterans Pl
Silver Spring, MD 20910

For more festivals and events happening this month in Montgomery County, check out this recent blog or visit our Event Calendar page.

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