The Seventh Annual Montgomery County “GreenFest” will return as a free in-person festival celebrating Earth Day from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton.
Brookside Gardens is located at 1800 Glenallen Ave. in Wheaton. Onsite parking will be restricted to handicapped visitors. Free shuttle service will be available from the Glenmont Metro Station.
Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich will attend this year’s GreenFest, which will feature 60 vendors, a green crafts fair and an electric car show. GreenFest will include green businesses, environmental nonprofits and family friendly educational games and events. There will be children’s activities including tree climbing, kid’s yoga, face painting and plant giveaways. Visitors can shop for locally made products at the arts and crafts fair. The electric vehicle car show will feature the latest models and technology. The world’s first electric truck, the Rivian, will be on display.
Locally based food trucks will be onsite offering a variety of healthy foods including vegan and vegetarian fare.
“It is great news that ‘GreenFest’ has returned this year as an in-person gathering and I encourage all residents to join us at Brookside Gardens this Saturday,” said County Executive Elrich. “Montgomery County is committed to building a community culture of environmental responsibility and sustainability. Community outreach efforts like ‘Greenfest’ engage new and diverse audiences of all ages to become more earth friendly in their own lives and habits. This free event will have plenty of environmental activities, games and demonstrations, as well as resources that will both entertain and educate attendees. I am thankful to our Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Transportation, Montgomery Parks and all of our community partners for organizing this event. Please join us, and bring your family, friends and neighbors.”
Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of the free parking at the Glenmont Metro Station and shuttle service to Brookside Gardens. Free shuttles will run every 15 minutes starting at 10:30 a.m., with the last shuttle leaving Brookside Gardens at 5:30 p.m. Pets are not allowed at Brookside Gardens, with the exception of service animals.
GreenFest is organized by a coalition of partners including the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Montgomery Parks, Brookside Gardens, WSSC Water and the University of Maryland Extension. Local environmental nonprofit partners include One Montgomery Green, Bethesda Green and Poolesville Green.
For more information on GreenFest, visit https://montgomerycountygreenfest.org or follow #MCGreenFest.