The annual Takoma Park Folk Festival will take place on September 8 at Takoma Park Middle School in Takoma Park, MD. There will be six stages, more than sixty musicians, more than thirty crafters, plus games, food and community tables.
The annual Taste of Bethesda - presented by Bethesda Urban Partnership - will take place on October 5 in the Woodmont Trianglearea. The food and music festival will bring 60 restaurants and five stages of entertainment to the area. More than 40,000 attend the popular event each year and sample foods from esteemed restaurants, enjoy live entertainment and visit the kids' corner for face painting and arts & crafts.
The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park will present Len Piper's Pinocchio, October 11-November 22. The show is a life-size marionette version of Carlo Collodi’s classic children’s tale. The production was created in the 1960s by the father of the Puppet Co.’s co-founder, Christopher Piper. The show has been completely refurbished and adapted for the Puppet Co. stage. It's recommended for ages 5 – Adult.
Adventure Theatre MTC will present the musical MTC Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play, based on the books by Mo Willems & directed by Cara Gabriel, September 20-October 20."Gerald and Piggie are "bestus" friends, with Gerald taking care of all the worrying and Piggie living her best life. Piggie’s even happier and more excited than usual. They’re going to a party hosted by the Squirrelles! And so begins a day when anything is possible."
Imagination Stage in Bethesda will present A Special Presentation of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, September 28-October 27.The show, created by Jonathan Rockefeller, is based on Eric Carle’s Books and is directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer. The production will use more than seventy larger-than-life puppets and original music as it makes favorite characters from Carle’s beautiful illustrations come to life through theatre magic. There’s a lumbering brown bear, a curious caterpillar, a fleet of rubber ducks, and countless other critters. The show is best for Ages 3+.
The Annual Heritage Harvest Festival will take place at locations throughout the Montgomery County Heritage Area on October 5 & 6.Participants can explore farms and farm markets, wineries and vineyards, a living history farm, a lavender farm, an artisan brewery, artists’ studios, historic farm buildings, and much more. Family activities include farm tours, markets, live music, crafts, farm animals, wine tastings, and food for sale.Participants can enjoy a drive through the countryside and pick up local fall produce.
Heritage Montgomery, located in Germantown, Maryland, is one of 13 heritage areas in the State of Maryland. The organization promotes and supports heritage tourism to county historical, cultural, and natural areas, helps to tell their stories and attracts visitors to their sites.
Rockville Musical Theatre will present Seussical, directed by Lee Michele Rosenthal, at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, October 25 & 26, November 1, 2,3, 8, 9 & 10.Based on the children's stories of Dr. Seuss, much of the plot is from Horton Hears a Who! - plus many other stories. Seussical is a show for the whole family.
Strathmore is presenting their annual free outdoor concert series titled Live from the Lawn on select days,thru August 28.Guests are invited to “pack a picnic and settle onto a blanket” to enjoy the funk and the soul, the rhythm, and the harmony.
The annual Maryland Renaissance Festival takes place on select days, thru October 20.The family event offers nine weekends of thrills, feasting, handmade crafts, entertainment and merriment in Crownsville, near Annapolis, Maryland. The 27-acre Village of Revel Grove features more than 200 professional performers on ten stages, a 3,000 seat arena with armored jousting on magnificent steeds and streets filled with village characters. More than 140 artisans exhibit crafts in their renaissance shops; five taverns feature cool libations, and 42 food and beverage emporiums provide a vast array of treats.
Image below: A view of Jousting at the 2017 Maryland Renaissance Festival by Donna Headlee.
The Annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival will take place October 12 & 13.About 190 leading artists nationwide will turn Bethesda Row’s Arts and Entertainment District into an outdoor art gallery, featuring juried fine arts and fine crafts. This year there will be a Young Collector’s Corner in a tented area, where emerging local artists will showcase their works to first-time and novice art collectors.Also, a new VIP Experience will offer patrons a personalized tour of the event – by reservation - guided by a knowledgeable art consultant. The tour will include electric cart service, refreshments, and one-on-one time with pre-selected artists.In addition, over two dozen volunteers will line the streets as Art Ambassadors to guide patrons through the event, passing out a daily newsletter, maps, offers at local restaurants, and providing way-finding services.
Image below: A previous Bethesda Row Arts Festival