Jan 2 - Dec 24
Clara Barton National Historic Site
Clara Barton's Glen Echo home is a reflection of her dedication of serving the needs of others. Guided tours blend the incredible stories of her courage during the Civil War to her achievements with the American Red Cross within the settings she worked and lived in between 1897 and 1912.
House is shown by guided tour only on the hour.  
Open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily Wednesdays through Sundays.

Apr 5 - Nov 1
Underground Railroad Experience Trail Hikes

Montgomery Parks offers guided hikes every Saturday at 10am from the Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park to historic Sandy Spring and back. The 2.0-mile hike along a wooded natural surface commemorates the involvement of Montgomery County residents in the Underground Railroad and celebrates the Quaker heritage and traditions of Sandy Spring. Hikers learn about various techniques that "freedom seekers" used to elude trackers, find food, and navigate their way North to freedom.

Apr 6 - Nov 2
Kingsley Schoolhouse

Mongtomery Parks offers guided tours of this late 19th century one-room schoolhouse still existing in Montgomery County. Kingsley Schoolhouse is one of the few that remains in a basically unaltered state. It is being furnished to reflect its historic appearance in the late 1920s based on oral histories taken from former students. Check website for directions and parking information.

Oct 16 - Nov 21
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff

The Puppet Co. presents a marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet, and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes, as an introduction to the Art of Puppetry.

Oct 31 - Nov 2
Maryland Emancipation Day 150 Celebrations
Montgomery County celebrates the 150th anniversary of Maryland's Emancipation Day.
Enslaved people in Maryland were freed by a new state constitution on November 1, 1864. Heritage Montgomery, Montgomery Parks and partner sites have planned special programs that include demonstrations, music & dance, crafts, games, hikes and much more. Food will be available for purchase at some sites, or you can bring your own and have a picnic while enjoying the activities.
Click here for details.

Nov 1 - Feb 28
Maryland Emancipation: History Lives Here
Maryland commemorates the 150th anniversary of the end of slavery in November with two events in Baltimore. 
  • November 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015: From Bannekar to Douglass: The Quest for Freedom and Equality at the Benjamin Bannekar Historical Park and Museum. See original works of art that commemorate the early efforts of Maryland's African Americans and their allies in their pursuit of freedom and equality for all. Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
  • November 8, 2014: Maryland Emancipation Play: Uncle Nace's Day; at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum Museum of African American History and Culture. Teaching artist Culture Queen and her friends use drama, music, and movement to evoke this historic event. For children ages 6-11. At 1pm. RSVP online.

Nov 1
14th Annual Poetry, Potluck and Open Mike Extravaganza

Come hear and be heard at the Hyattstown Mill Arts Project. Poets, story-tellers, singers, musicians, and good listeners, all are welcome. Starting at 7:30 pm.

Nov 5
Emancipation, Civil Rights, and Ferguson

Sandy Spring Museum's Salon Luncheon Series hosts discussion on the topic of Emancipation, Civil Rights and Ferguson, Missouri. How far have we come and how far do we have to go to ensure that all citizens enjoy the same civil liberties and exercise their civil rights equally? Join Dr. Tamara Brown, Professor of History and Director of Women's Studies at Bowie State University and a representative from the Montgomery County chapter of the NAACP. Bring your lunch; refreshments will be served. From 12 noon to 1 pm.

Nov 6 - Nov 11
Tribute to America's Veterans Concert
Silver Spring Town Center Inc. presents the 6th Annual Tribute to Veterans Concert in the Great Hall of the Silver Spring Civic Building on Tuesday, November 11 at 6pm. Enjoy a festive evening of music and dance of the 60s and 70s featuring The Apple Core Band and Vanny. Event is free, RSVP recommended.
Film and Lecture: Remembering our Veterans with Scuptor Toby Mendez on Thursday, November 6 at 7pm.

Nov 7 - Nov 9
Open Studio Weekend

Washington ArtWorks will showcase the work of 65 Resident Artists in the "Urban by Nature" Gallery. Stop by the open studios for artists' demos, networking and holiday shopping on Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 5pm. Opening Reception will be held on Friday, November 7 from 6 - 9 pm.

Nov 8
Hall of Mirrors Dance Studio Open House

Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture celebrates the re-opening of its newly-renovated Hall of Mirrors Dance Studio by offering a day of free classes and demonstrations as well as a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception with special guests at 10:30 am. 

Nov 8 - Nov 9
Open (Lock) Houses

C&O Canal Trust celebrates the 5th anniversary of its Canal Quarters program by opening six lockhouses for free tours. On Saturday, November 8 visit Lockhouse 22, 25 and 28 from 12 - 3 pm and on Sunday, November 9 visit Lockhouses 6, 10 and 49. Activities at different sites include reenactments, preservationist talks, music and guided tours. Visit website for more information.


Nov 8
Free Concert at the Hyattstown Mill

Hyattstown Mill Arts Project presents a free show and jam session with The Ubangis Bumpadelic and Marshall Keith at 8:30 pm. Come celebrate the diverse cultural expression of our community, through poetry, film, drama, music, photography and the visual arts. Bring your instrument.

Nov 12 - Nov 15
Community Stories Festival
Docs in Progress presents its fifth annual Community Stories Festival spotlighting people and places throughout Montgomery County, Maryland - as seen through the lens of adult and youth. RSVP for either or both screening; event is free but registration is required. Complimentary popcorn and soft drinks provided. Check website for details and to RSVP.
  • Wednesday, November 12 - Screening 7-9 pm at the AFI Silver Spring Theatre and Cultural Center
  • Thursday, November 13 - Reception at 7pm, screening from 7:30-9:30 pm at the Takoma Park Community Center

Nov 13 - Nov 16
Museum Shop Around

Get a head start on holiday shopping with some distinctive gifts including handcrafted and arts-related merchandise as the very best museum shops come together under one roof at the Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda at 10am.

Nov 14 - Jan 1
Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol

Based on A Christmas CarolAdventure Theatre Musical Theater Center presents Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol. Tiny Tim longs to have his father home on Christmas day, but mean old Mr. Scrooge won't give Bob Crachit the day off! There must be a way to change Scrooge's mind.

Nov 14
Cooking Up the Past

Sandy Spring Museum presents Cooking Up the Past. November History Happy Hour features food historian Joyce White who will provide an interactive experience cooking historical recipes for the holiday season on Friday, November 14 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Participants will learn how to read a recipe from the 19th century, or even earlier, and get hands-on experience recreating the recipes. Historical equipment will be used to churn and wash butter, grind spices, whip eggs, and guests will learn how to flavor food in unusual ways. Make a 19th c. Cup Cake, also called the 1-2-3-4 Cake and 18th c. Orange Butter. ($)

Nov 15 - Nov 21
Holiday Tree Lighting Celebrations

Tree Lighting events will be updated as they become available. 

November 15: Fountain Plaza at Downtown Silver Spring at 6pm. Karl Unnasch, an internationally acclaimed public and architectural artist, will create a 35' tree comprised of chimes, bells, pinwheels and robbons for the 3rd aannual Re-Imagining the Holidays' public art installation named Silver Symphony. The interactive installation will be alive with sound and motion and allow guests to 'play' the tree through a series of levers.

November 21: RIO Washingtonian, Gaithersburg at 5pm. Santa and Mrs. Clause will make a grand entrance, there will be musical, strolling entertainment including Sugar plum fairies and elves, carriage rides, giveaways, and samples from restaurants and shops.

Nov 16 - Dec 2
Emancipation Proclamation: 150 Years Later
Sandy Spring Museum invites you to two public performances produced and directed by the Harriet Lynn of the Heritage Theatre Artists' Consortium. Audience members will hear a variety of intriguing stories including tales from yesteryear of those who took great risk in helping others traveling on the underground railroad during the Civil War. The performance includes music, songs and poetry and will be followed by a discussion led by Ms. Lynn.
Performances will be held on:
  • Sunday, November 16 at the Sandy Spring Freinds School at 5pm
  • Tuesday, December 2 at Olney Library at 7pm

Nov 18
Maryland Sustainable Communities Tax Credit

 Historic Takoma sponsors a free workshop for property owners in designated Sustainable Communities to learn how to get a share of state and county funds dedicated to preserving historic structures and rebuilding the best of Maryland Communities. Join historic preservation staff from the Maryland Historical Trust and the Montgomery County Planning Department to find out about the financial incentives offered by the Maryland Sustainable Communities Tax Credit program for rehabilitating historic buildings. At Historic Takoma from 7-9pm.

Nov 21 - Nov 23
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival features more than 400 top artisans will be displaying and sellng their unique creations in pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, home decor, furniture and home accessories, items for the garden, and photography. Also watch interactive demonstartions of wheel thrown pottery, wood turning and metal spinning with master craftspeople as they show visitors how they create their art. Enjoy live music and entertainment. for children and purchase specialty gourmet foods.

Nov 23
Bookbinding for Children: A Holiday Storybook

Sandy Spring Museum offers a class on bookbinding for children to help them ceate a story-telling object. Book artist Beatriz del Olmo Fiddleman will help children discover the different possibilities that their book can have by folding a single sheet of paper. ($) Appropriate for ages 6-12. Preregister for class.

Nov 28 - Dec 30
The Nutcracker

The Puppet Co. presents "The Nutcracker" a Washington tradition for 26 years. This is the classic story of Clara-Marie's favorite toy, and their adventure together in the Land of the Sugarplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet blends with marionettes and costumed characters. The 45-minute show is appropriate for ages K-Adult.