A full lineup of special events and programs in June sponsored by Montgomery Parks will include the start of the summer Parks Playhouse performances, its Summer Twilight Concert Series, Heritage Days, MudFest, Juneteenth celebrations and Pride Month events.
June special events and programs will include:
- Parks Playhouse. Thursday, June 22. Various times and locations. Parks Playhouse is a summer series of free live performances to celebrate the artistry of local bands, troupes and groups.
- Summer Twilight Concert Series. Tuesdays, June 20 and 27. 6:30–8 p.m. Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. The Tuesday evening series has free musical performances set in the beauty of the gardens. Each performance features a different musical genre—swing, classic rock, funk, and Latin pop. Bring friends, family, chairs, blankets and picnics (allowed in the gardens on concert evenings only). Food will be available for purchase at each event. Free.
- Parks Playhouse Junior. June 25‒27. Looking for something to do this summer with the little ones? Bring them out to Parks Playhouse Junior for an hour of fun and entertainment they will love. Free.
- “Peter and the Wolf” with The Puppet Co. 10‒11 a.m.
- MudFest. Saturday, June 17. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Woodstock Equestrian Special Park, 20207 Darnestown Road, Beallsville. A muddy mess of fun for the whole family. Jump slip and slide in giant mud pits. Make mud art, mud pies, and play games. Rain or shine. Tickets required and available for advance purchase, but can also be purchased onsite. $20 per car.
- Pride Awareness Hike. Sunday, June 18. 10 a.m.-noon. Fairland Recreational Park, 3928 Greencastle Road, Fairland. Take a hike and celebrate the diversity, inclusivity and self-expression of the LGBTQ+ community who enjoy hiking and exploring the outdoors. Snacks and water included, as well as time to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and take photos. At the end of the hike, participants can gather for a picnic and socialize with other hikers. Registration required. Free.
- Special Opening: Juneteenth. Monday, June 19. 10 a.m. –4 p.m. Josiah Henson Museum & Park, 11410 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda. Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, 16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring. The Josiah Henson Museum & Park and Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park will open for special hours in celebration of Juneteenth. Self-guided tours and special hands-on activities will be available for families. All ages. $4 for children and seniors. $5-adults.
- Never Grow Up: Playdates for 55+ Wednesday, June 21.10-11:30 a.m. Johnsons Local Park, 18000 Washington Grove Lane, Gaithersburg. Spend time outdoors sipping coffee or tea, playing games, sharing stories and laughs with friends old and new. This edition celebrates International Yoga Day with laugh yoga. Registration required. Free.
- History Hour. Wednesday, June 21. 6 –7 p.m. Josiah Henson Museum & Park, 11410 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda. Lecture series featuring local historians, educators and others sharing their knowledge of local and regional history. This month is a presentation by David Goodrich, author of On Freedom Road: Bicycle Explorations and Reckonings on the Underground Railroad. Ages 18 and older. Registration required. $5.
- Foodie Fridays: Cultivating Traditions. Friday, June 23. 6:30 –8:30 p.m. Josiah Henson Museum & Park, 11410 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda. The first Foodie Fridays is a post-Juneteenth celebration with local grower Tanya Doka-Spandhla of Passion to Seed Gardening, Nia Nyamweya of Beauty Blooms Farm and Anthony Cohen of The Menare Foundation and Button Farm Living History Center. Registration fee includes light refreshments, drinks and a ticket to Josiah Henson Museum. Ages 18 and older. Registration required. $10.
- Heritage Days. Saturday-Sunday, June 24-25. Heritage Days is a countywide festival highlighting historic, cultural and outdoor recreation sites offering special programming including exhibits, demonstrations, live music and activities for children. All ages. Free.