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Weekend Round Up: October 6-8

Are you a foodie? Well, then you’re in luck because there are a host of events this weekend in Montgomery County featuring gastronomic delights. Whether you’re looking for sweet or savory foods, or just want a good drink, you’re sure to find something delicious at any of these fantastic events.

Harvest Festival


Head to the Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood for its annual Harvest Festival. The Agricultural History Farm Park is a scenic 455-acre park that serves as a historic farm site as well as a modern farming activity center. Each year, the park celebrates the fall harvest with old-time crafts, farming demos, music and – of course – down-home cooking. You’ll have the chance to make your own apple butter, paint pumpkins, meet heritage farm animals, explore the corn maze and take farmhouse tours. Admission for the event 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 is one of the most highly anticipated events, drawing in more than 40,000 people every year. Presented by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, the food festival gives attendees the chance to sample dishes and bites from some of the area’s leading restaurants. Benihana will be serving hibachi chicken rice and sushi. Jaleo will have sizzling paella. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse will have prime beef sliders. And, Georgetown Cupcake will offer fudge in a variety of flavors, including red velvet, pumpkin spice and salted caramel. Head over to the event’s website for the list of all 60 participating restaurants. Taste tickets are sold on-site in bundles of four tickets for $5; with 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


For 26 years, the City of Gaithersburg has hosted its own celebration of the German tradition of Oktoberfest in the Kentlands. The event will cover the Kentlands Village Green, the grounds of Kentlands Mansion, Main Street and Market Square. On the Mansion Lawn there will be musicians, local wine and food, free horse-drawn wagon rides, arts and crafts, activities and giveaways. On Main Street, you can find the Tap & Taste beer area – a new addition to the event. The Village Green will feature a traditional Beer Garden, food vendors and performances by the Alte Kameraden German Band and Alt-Washingtonia Bavarian Dancers. You can also meet local wine and beer makers during a tasting at the Wine Terrace & Tap and Taste.

Don’t forget to download the Oktoberfest at the Kentlands App to help navigate your day. You’ll find it within the Arts & Events Mobile App, available free from iTunes and Google Play (search Gaithersburg Arts & Events).

WHEN: Sunday, October 8, noon – 5 p.m.
WHERE: Kentlands Market Square
821 Center Point Way
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

China Day at the KIDS Museum

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This week marks the Mid-Autumn Festival, a holiday celebrating the harvest moon in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures. The KID Museum, a children’s museum and maker space in Bethesda, will host its own celebration with fun workshops where kids and parents will learn to make mooncakes, a traditional Chinese dessert eaten during the holiday. There will also be a class where you can learn about the legend of the Moon Rabbit and make tote bags with a rabbit patch using sewing techniques. There will also be lessons on the Chinese zodiac and traditional toys, as well as performances. Click here for more information and to register for the workshops.

WHEN: Sunday, October 8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mooncake classes: 11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Tote bag class: noon – 4 p.m.

WHERE: KID Museum
6400 Democracy Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20817

Still hungry? Head over to our Restaurants page and find other great dining options in Montgomery County.

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