The Annual Heritage Days will take place at 40 locations throughout Montgomery County on June 23 & 24.Heritage Days features fun, family-friendly, free events. Parks, museums and historic sites are all open with free admission, and they highlight local history, culture, and outdoor recreation with live music, demonstrations and exhibits, tours, and special children’s activities. Programs will highlight the Civil War and agricultural history of the county, plus stories of local railroads and trolleys, historic African American communities and much more.
Image below: A view of a previous Heritage Days featuring archaeology in Brookeville.
Washington Revels Maritime Voices will perform outside the Great Falls Tavern Visitors Center at the C&O Canal in Potomac, MD on June 2.The concert will celebrate the lives and legacies of the men and women who worked and maintained our nation’s 19th-century waterways. The Revels will sing songs and tell stories that were heard up and down the C&O, Erie, and other mighty canals.In addition to hearing the performance, visitors can walk or bike the trails, catch spectacular views of the falls, and relax along the idyllic canal. Kids can participate in activities to become C&O Canal Junior Rangers.
Image below: Members of the Washington Revels Maritime Voices
Brookside Gardens is presenting the annual Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit thru September 16. As visitors enter the South Conservatory, they are “surrounded by hundreds of brilliant live butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia soaring among colorful flowers and going about their business of drinking nectar and looking for others of their kind. Visitors learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens.”
The Annual Washington Folk Festival will take place on June 2 & 3 at Glen Echo Park. The event showcases the diversity of traditional music in the Washington area, and all of the participating musicians, storytellers, dancers, and craftspeople live in greater Washington.The musicians volunteer their talents to put on a first-class festival of national renown. There will be performances representing cultures from around the world as well as around the country.
The Puppet Co. is presenting Sleeping Beauty at Glen Echo Park, thru June 24.The classic story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens is told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects. The show “is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small!” The production is recommended for Ages: 3 1/2 – Adult.
The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park will present Snow White & the 7 Dwarves June 29-August 5.“When Snow White meets seven vertically-challenged bachelors, she discovers that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and that friendship and teamwork make any challenge smaller. "Based on the Grimm fairytale, this production takes the Puppet Co.’s usual sideways view of the popular story, giving it timeliness and humor for adults as well as kids.”
The show is recommended for ages: 4 years old – adult.
Adventure Theatre MTC is presenting the world premiere of Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt, adapted for the stage by Allison Gregory & directed by Mitchell Hebert, at Glen Echo Park, thru June 3. The play is based on the books by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. It’s the tale of a third grade girl - Judy Moody – and her know-it-all little brother.
The show is recommended for Ages 4+
Image below: The logo for Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt
Adventure Theatre MTC at Glen Echo Park will present a world premiere play titled Tinker Bell, directed by Nick Olcott, June 22-August 20.The story is based on the works of Sir J. M. Barrie, as adapted for the stage by Patrick Flynn.The tale of Peter Pan is told from Tinker Bell's point of view."A new twinkling light shines on all the characters you love including, Wendy, the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Smee, and the nefarious Hook. The show is recommended for all ages.
Imagination Bethesda – A Children’s Street Festival Celebrating the Arts, will take place on June 2.The annual event takes place on Woodmont Avenue and Elm Street in downtown Bethesda. There will be a stage of live entertainment, and activity tents will line the streets.
Imagination Stage in Bethesda will present You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, which is based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz, in the Lerner Theatre, June 23-August 12. The hit Off-Broadway musical will be directed by acclaimed playwright and director Aaron Posner & will feature Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty, and Schroeder. They will “sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood.”This is considered an ideal family outing for the young and young at heart!