Monday, May 5, 2014

Community Celebrations, Festivals, and Major Fundraisers for 2014 - a historical list

NOTE: WE ARE KEEPING THIS POST AS A 'HISTORICAL POST' TO SEE WHAT WAS OFFERED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. (There is another post that lists only the events beyond a certain date.)


If you are ready to celebrate all that is Silver Spring, mark your calendar*!

*BUT: Make sure you confirm all dates with sponsoring organizations. We are simply passing through this information. (Did we say confirm all dates?)

Here is a list of major events* we are aware are happening in the Silver Spring Regional Area.

*These are events that are open to the public and welcome everyone. Their common element is that they celebrate community. (Note that some are ticketed.)

IF YOU HAVE OTHERS (or have corrections to what is listed here) PLEASE LEAVE A POST (or e-mail )

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EVENTS, do NOT e-mail us.  Get to the folks doing the event. If it is not clear below, Google them.


For the balance of this year (a growing list!)

Please Note:

  • Events listed below are larger COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS, FESTIVALS, AND MAJOR FUND-RAISERS events only.
  • This is NOT intended to be a comprehensive list – it is constantly changing.
  • The Silver Spring Regional Center assumes absolutely NO RESPONSIBILITY for the accuracy of this information. This is provided only as a service to indicate the level of activity in the Area.
  • You are encouraged to contact the event directly for any information or question. (The Regional Center has no further information on these events.)

(Series and On-Going events appear at the end. Scroll all the way down to see them.)


APRIL 5 – Saturday
Let’s Get it Started
MD Multi-Cultural Youth Center/LAYC
11 a.m – 2pm - Civic Building
More info:

APRIL 6 – Sunday
MCCPTA Performing Arts Festival
Time TBD – Ellsworth Dr. (Downtown Silver Spring)
More info on event:

APRIL 13 - Sunday
Family Fun Day
Noon - 5pm  - Washington Adventist University
More info:

APRIL 17 - Thursday
100 Million Trees Gala
6-9 pm - Civic Building
More info:

APRIL 19 – Saturday
Jesus House DC Celebration
All Day – Veterans Plaza
More info on sponsor:

APRIL 23 – Wednesday
Conservation Montgomery –Candidate Forum re “Green” Issues
7-9pm – Civic Building
More into on sponsoring organization;

APRIL 24 – Thursday
IMPACT Momentum Awards
7 – 9 am – Civic Building
More info:

MAY 1 – Thursday
Passion for Learning Fundraiser
Evening – Civic Building
More info:

MAY 3 – Saturday
Long Branch Unity Festival
All Day – Long Branch Rec Ctr

MAY 4 – Sunday
Takoma Park 5K Challenge
8am – Throughout Takoma Park
More info and to register:

MAY 4 – Sunday
Langley Park Day
Noon – 4 p.m.  -  Langley Park Community Center
More on the event:

MAY 4 – Sunday
Taste the World in Fenton Village
Noon – 6pm in Fenton Village (Southside of downtown Silver Spring)
Maps and more info:

MAY 4 - Sunday
Fiesta Asia
Exact Time TBD – Ellsworth Dr. (Downtown Silver Spring)
More info on the sponsoring organization:
MAY 17 – Saturday
Youth Health Fair
Noon - 4pm  – Ellsworth Drive (adjacent to Veterans Plaza)
More info:

MAY 18 – Sunday
Telemundo’s Fiesta de las Madres
Noon – 5pm  – Veterans Plaza
More info:

MAY 18 – Sunday
Celebrate Takoma Park Festival
11 am - 4 pm  Takoma-Piney Branch Neighborhood Park (behind Piney Branch Elementary School)
More info:

MAY 26 - Monday
All Things Nigerian Expo
Exact time TBD – Veterans Plaza
More info on Face Book:

MAY 31 - Saturday
The Just Us Youth Media Festival for Change
Exact time TBD - at the Civic Building
Submission Open

JUNE 6 – Friday
Thunderbolts Baseball Opening Night
7pm - Blair High School Baseball Field
More info:

JUNE 8 – Sunday
Takoma Park Jazz Festival
All Day – Downtown Takoma Park
More info:

JUNE 14 – Saturday
SSTCi’s* Silver Spring Blues Festival
All Day (at FSM) then on Ellsworth (by the Fountain)
*Silver Spring Town Center, Inc.

JUNE 15 - Sunday (Fathers Day)
Fit Fathers Day Inaugural Celebration
11 am - Veterans Plaza

JUNE 18 - 22  - Wednesday through Sunday 
AFI DOCS Festival
American Film Institute
Various times

JUNE 20 - Friday
Suburban Washington Resettlement Center (SWRC) World Refugee Day Celebration
All Day – Civic Building

JUNE 21 – Saturday
Mid-Summer Wine Fest
Afternoon – B-O Railroad Station (Georgia Ave)
More info:

JUNE 22 – Sunday
Tastes of Africa
Afternoon / Evening – Veterans Plaza
More info to be available soon

JULY 4 – Friday
Takoma Park Independence Day Festivities
Parade and more
All Day – Throughout Takoma Park
More info on organizer:

JULY 25 – 27
Capital AudiFest
Sheraton Hotel
More info:

AUGUST 3 – Sunday
La  Main Tendueus Festival
All Day – Veterans Plaza
For info on organizer:

AUGUST 5 – Tuesday (To be confirmed)
National Night Out
All Day – Throughout the Region
More info – and reference to last year’s event - at:

AUGUST 9 - 10 – Saturday & Sunday
Exact Time TBD – Veterans Plaza

August 16 - Saturday
Jazz, Craft Beer, and Poetry Slam at Wine Fest 2014
Silver Spring B-O Railroad Station
More info:

AUGUST 17 – Sunday
Washington Regional Transplant Community
11 am - 5pm – Civic Building and Veterans Plaza
More information on WRTC:

AUGUST 24 – Sunday
World Bethel Church Celebration
Exact Time TBD – Veterans Plaza
More information on organizers:

AUGUST 31 – Sunday
World Music Festival
3-9 pm – Veterans Plaza
More info:

SEPTEMBER 6 – Saturday
Montgomery County’s Official Jazz Festival
3-10 pm – Veterans Plaza
More info:

SEPTEMBER 7 - Sunday
Takoma Park Folk Festival
All Day – Takoma Park Middle School (Piney Branch Rd)
More info:

SEPTEMBER 13 - Saturday
Flower Fiesta - A Celebration of Art and Place
11:30 - 2pm - Flower Ave Park!events/c7wf

SEPTEMBER 13 - Saturday
Salvadoran Sister Cities Fundraiser
Evening / Night – Civic Building

SEPTEMBER 14 – Sunday
Silver Spring Mini Maker–Fair
All Day – Veterans Plaza
For info on last year’s event:

SEPTEMBER 18 – Thursday
Executive Hispanic Gala
7-11 pm  -  The Fillmore
More info:

SEPTEMBER 21 – Sunday
Celebracion de Maria, Virgen de Urkupina
1-4pm - Veterans Plaza
More info to follow

SEPTEMBER 27 - Saturday
Pan African Cultural Festival
Info on last year’s event and more:

SEPTEMBER 27 - Saturday
South Silver Spring Street Fest
All Day – TBD
More info on last year’s event:

OCTOBER 5 – Sunday
SSTCi’s* Harvest Moon Festival
All Day – Veterans Plaza
*Silver Spring Town Center, Inc.
More info at SSTCi’s newsletters

OCTOBER 5 – Sunday
Takoma Park Street Festival
All Day – Downtown Takoma Park
More info:

OCTOBER 18 – Saturday
Senior Connection Annual Gala
6-10pm  – Silver Spring Civic Building
More info:

OCTOBER 12 – Sunday
International Rett Syndrome Foundation
All Day – Veterans Plaza
For more info on sponsor:

OCTOBER 16 or 23 (tbd) – Thursday
Class Acts FIESTA!
Evening – Civic Building
More info on sponsoring organization:

NOVEMBER 1 - Saturday
Cameroon Economic and Cultural Forum
6pm – Civic Building
NOVEMBER 12 – Wednesday
Mu Nu Foundation Ceremony
Evening – Civic Building
No more info available at this time

NOVEMBER 22 – Saturday
Thanksgiving Parade
10 a.m. – Throughout Silver Spring’s Downtown
Stay tuned for more info


YEAR ROUND - Saturdays
FreshFarm Farmers Market
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Ellsworth Dr. (Downtown Silver Spring)
More info:

YEAR ROUND – Sundays
Takoma Park Farmers Market
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Laurel Ave. (Takoma Park)
More info:

YEAR ROUND – Select dates throughout the year
AFI Film Festivals
American Film Institute
More info at:

YEAR ROUND - Every Last Friday of each Month
Ethiopian Poetry Reading
7pm – Civic Building
More info on sponsoring organization:

Twilight Tuesdays
7-9 pm - Veterans Plaza
Coordinated by:
Silver Spring Town Center, Inc.

THROUGH SUMMER - Every 2nd Thursday
Contra Dancing
7-9 pm – Civic Building
More info on sponsoring organization:

THROUGH SUMMER - Every 1st Monday
Salsa Dancing
7-9 pm – Civic Building
More info on newsletters

APRIL 26 – OCTOBER – Saturdays
Fenton Street Market
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Veterans Plaza
More info:

MAY - NOVEMBER  – 3 locations
MarVa Harvest Farmers Market
More info:
  • The Essex House  Saturdays, NOON to 3:00pm (starting May 10, ending November 22, 2014) 7777 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912
  • St Camillus Catholic Church  Sundays, 10:00am to 5:00pm (starting May 11, ending November 23, 2014) Silver Spring, MD 20903
  • Holy Cross Hospital  Thursdays, 11:00am to 2:00pm (starting May 15, ending November 20, 2014) 1500 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910

MAY 6 - AUGUST 26  – Tuesdays
ZUMBA by Washington Sports Club
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Downtown Silver Spring (Ellsworth Dr)
See more at:

MAY 12 - JULY 28  – Mondays
Lunchtime Lounge
Noon – Downtown Silver Spring (Ellsworth Dr)
See more at:

JUNE 6 - JUNE 30 – Fridays &Saturdays
Live Music on Plaza Fountain Stage
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Downtown Silver Spring (Ellsworth Dr)
See more at:

JUNE 26 – AUGUST 14 – Thursdays
Silver Spring Summer Swing Concert Series
7-9 pm – Veterans Plaza
Stay tuned for more info

JUNE 4th – OCTOBER – Wednesdays (11-3)
Crossroads Market
Anne St. at (1021) University Blvd. in Takoma/Langley Park, directly across from the Rite Aid

JUNE through OCTOBER - 3RD Saturday
Mid Summer Wine Festival
Silver Spring B & O Railroad Station
More info:

MAY 11, JUNE 8, SEPTEMBER 14, OCTOBER 12 - Sundays
Grant Avenue Market (Takoma Park)
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Grant Ave (Takoma Park)

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