We are expecting cold weather soon! If you have warm clothing items you no longer need, please consider donating to Silver Spring Cares’ third Annual Winter Clothing Drive benefiting Linkages to Learning at JoAnne Leleck Elementary at Broad Acres.
We’re collecting warm clothing now through December 8th. Items accepted include Winter Coats, Jackets, Hats, Gloves, Scarves, Boots, Sweatshirts, Sweaters, Pajamas, Pants, Fleece, Socks, Blankets, etc! If it’s warm and in great condition, it’ll happily find a new home this winter! Please only donate items that are in dignity condition. Please do not donate items that are missing buttons, have stains or tears.
If you’re within a 15-minute drive of downtown Silver Spring, you can schedule your donation pick-up. You can also drop-off donations at the Go Brent office between 9am – 3pm (@ 914 Silver Spring Avenue next to Kaldi’s).
Silver Spring Cares, Go Brent’s not for profit, works to strengthen the Silver Spring community through the power of connection. Linkages to Learning is a school-based collaboration among the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, the Montgomery County Public Schools and community-based service providers.
Fall is here! We’ve moved away from the dog days of summer, but it also means crunchy apples, bright orange pumpkins, spooky festivities, delicious treats, and crisp autumn air. We’ve gathered a list of the most fun and most entertaining fall festivals and autumnal events in the area. Take your family, go on a date, even take a stroll alone! These fun festivals have something for everyone.
Boo At The Zoo
The Smithsonian’s famous National Zoo hosts an amazing
treat-filled event – BOO AT THE ZOO!
Kids can go trick-or-treating at the wildest spot in town
during Boo at the Zoo. Celebrate Halloween early with more than 40 treat
stations, a dance party and kids’ karaoke. This frightfully fun
evening is a magical time for the whole family. There is candy as well as
non-food items to collect as you walk around and explore the zoo. Many
animal enclosures are open as well for zoo-goers. Beer and food are available
for purchase at the zoo as well. Come ready to say “boo!”
When: Friday, October 18th, Saturday, October 19th & Sunday, October 20th from 5:30 – 8:30pm Address: Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, DC 20008 Cost: $20/per person for FONZ members, $30/per person for non-FONZ members
Gather the family together for a fun evening! Children can dress in their favorite costume, participate in a garden costume parade, paint a pumpkin, try a pumpkin treat, and top the evening off listening to award-winning storyteller Gary Loyld present “Pumpkin Tales for the Young” telling tales more funny than scary. Designed for kids 3-12.
When: Friday, October 25th from 5:30 – 8:30pm Where: Brookside Gardens Visitors Center 1800 Glenallen Avenue Wheaton, MD 20902 Cost: $18/per child; adults free.
Join in the Halloween fun at Pumpkin Rock n’ Roll – a full-blown Halloween extravaganza. Enjoy family-friendly attractions including live musical performances, the pumpkin derby race, food trucks, and a hay maze.
When: Saturday, October 27th from 12:00-4:00pm Where: GIGS Courtyard 3762 Howard Ave. Kensington, MD 20895 Cost: FREE!
Silver Spring Holiday Crafts Desserts & Sweets Festival
Just in time for kids’ candies celebration, join us for a delectable excursion in the world of sweets and desserts! Come to Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring for a crafts and dessert fair on Sunday, October 27th. Join the KIDS’ COSTUME PARADE with BEST COSTUME prize from 2:00pm – 2:30pm. Also, don’t forget to get your pumpkin decorating ready just in time for Halloween!!
When: Sunday, October 27th from 1:00–6:00pm Where: Veteran’s Plaza – Downtown Silver Spring, Silver Spring, MD 20910 Cost: FREE!
Located in upper Montgomery County, Butler’s Annual Pumpkin
Festival is the place to be on Fall weekends!
There are so many activities and fun stations, that everyone
will have done something they loved by the end of the day. Check out the hayrides,
hayloft, straw maze, pony rides, pedal tractors, and face painting! Lots of food
vendors on hand to tackle all your fall-food cravings as well!
When: Weekends October 19/20, October 26/27 & November 2/3 Where: Butler’s Orchard 22222 Davis Mill Road Germantown, MD 20876 Cost: $12/per person (children 24 months & younger free)
Cash Only at Gate. ATM on site or purchase tickets at the market with your Visa or MasterCard.
Fall Fun Fest featuring 7-acre corn maze, farm animal
barnyard, giant slides, jumping pillows, mini mazes, wooden play structures,
corn bins, pedal kart, country cruisers… over 60 awesome attractions!
When: Now thru November 3 from 10:00am-6:00pm daily Where: Gaver Farm 5501 Detrick Road, Mount Airy, MD 21771 Cost: Admission $13.50 per person weekends, $9 per person weekdays, kids under 2 free. Season Pass $35 per person.
The official start of summer is right around the corner but doesn’t mean the summer spirit hasn’t around come into full gear! We’ve put together a list of the most fun and most entertaining summer festivals and events in the area. Get out your dancing shoes, check out some art, try an array of great food and much more at these fun summer festivals. There’s a little bit of something for everyone!
Put on your “dancing flip-flops!” Silver Spring’s Thursday night Summer Concerts are a perfect, free night out for the whole family. You can groove to the tunes on long summer nights while your kids enjoy games and face painting. Silver Spring’s long running and popular Thursday Night Concerts kickoff on June 20 with a mix of crowd favorites and new offerings in the Silver Spring Season. The concert series features a raffle with free prizes for adults as well as toys and gifts for kids.
When: Thursdays from 7pm-9pm // June 20 – August 8th Where: Silver Spring Civic Building, Veterans Plaza, One Veterans Place. Cost: Free!
Taste delicious ethnic food from Nigeria, Jamaica, Thailand, Greece and get refreshed with a scoop of ice cream or shaved ice or even a fresh smoothie!! Enjoy a cultural performance show with folk dances from Bolivia, Brazil, Egypt, Turkey and much more! You will have an array of vendors to choose from with more than 60 artists displaying everything from fine art to jewelry, ceramics to crafts, and every creative item in between.
When: Sunday, June 23rd Where: Silver Spring Civic Building, Veterans Plaza, One Veterans Place. Cost: Free!
Kensington Fire Department puts on this great family event. Bring your kids to the park for a night viewing of classic movies, including ‘The Princes Bride’! There will also be food trucks before the movie!
When: Saturday, June 22 and Saturday, July 23 at 6:30pm – 10pm Where: St. Paul Park, Kensington, MD 20895 Cost: Free!
Go see Takoma Park’s 130th Independence Day Celebration! This year’s theme is Community Heroes and leading the parade will be our Grand Marshals, Takoma Park’s First Responders. This event is a great way to start your 4th of July celebrations!
When: Parade starts at 10am. Evening activities starts at 7pm Where: 7500 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912-4939 Cost: Free!
Break out those shorts and sundresses the weather is going to be great for dancing! DJ Lineup: TMF, The Underground, DJ Cel, Handz on Radio, and Tommy Wickens aka A Plane, Cyberjamz Radio. Food and drinks will be provided by Nich’s Kitchen.
When: Parade starts at 10am. Evening activities starts at 7pm Where: Polka Dot Park, 4320 Hamilton Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781 Cost: $8
Grab your pup and join The Big Bad Woof for Yappy Hour at Republic! This event takes place on the last Sunday of each month through October. There will be treats and samples for the pups and tasty food and drink specials for the humans.
When: June 30 from 3pm – 5pm Where: 6939 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912 Cost: FREE!
The sun is out and the weather is letting up — which means Spring has finally sprung! We’ve put together a list of the most fun and most entertaining spring festivals and events in the area. Take your family, go on a date, even take a stroll alone! These fun festivals have something for everyone.
Tour the public artwork of Silver Spring on a Summer monthly artwork that will kick-off on Thursday, April 18 from 5:30-8:00pm. Organized by the Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District, and Silver Spring Urban District, and Montgomery Planning Department, April’s tour will feature painted murals in Silver Spring.
Come down to Piney Branch Elementary School for an egg-tastic time with your kids. This free event has age categories for the little guys all the way up to the big kids. This event is sure to put a smile on everyone face!
When: Saturday, April 20, 10:00AM Where: Piney Branch Elementary School Cost: FREE!
A full weekend of art and live performances is planned in Takoma (MD and DC) for the 11th annual Art Hop Arts Fest. The work of over 100 artists will be installed INSIDE the shops, restaurants, galleries and cafes of Takoma creating a lively arts district.
When: Saturday, April 27 from 11:00AM-5:00PM Sunday, April 28 from 10:00AM – 3:00PM Where: Main Street Takoma Cost: FREE!
Come celebrate Hyattsville 133 years! There will be a parade to kick off the celebration and be sure not to miss out on the Anniversary Carnival happening the whole weekend. To top the day off there will be fireworks in the park!
When: Saturday, April 27 starts at 11:00AM Where: Magruder Park Recreation Center 3911 Hamilton St, Hyattsville, MD 20781 Cost: Parade and Fireworks FREE!
Come down to Old Town Takoma Park to listen to live music from the porches! There will be over 20 porches and 50 bands performing in the neighborhood. Come walk around, meet your neighbors, and enjoy live music.
When: Saturday, May 11 from 2:00-6:00 Where: Old Town Takoma Park, on a porch near you! For exact locations and performances check out the link above. Cost: FREE!
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The winter season brings little inventory but as you know the DC-area market typically explodes come Spring. If you intend to buy or sell in 2019, now is the perfect time to meet with an agent to ensure you have a strategy in place and don’t miss out.
Go Brent agents are full-time Realtors who have an unrivaled command of the local market. In 2018, we successfully assisted our clients to buy and sell 145 homes.
Silver Spring Cares is kicking off their 2nd Annual Winter Clothing Drive to benefit Linkages to Learning at JoAnne Leleck Elementary at Broad Acres. If you find yourself with winter items you no longer need, consider donating your items to the drive. This will help ensure our Silver Spring residents are warm and healthy this winter season! Silver Spring Cares will be going around town picking up donations now through November 30th, just simply sign-up here to schedule your pick-up.
Items accepted: Winter Coats, Jackets, Hats, Gloves, Scarves, Boots, Sweatshirts, Sweaters, Pajamas, Pants, Fleece, Socks, etc! Basically, if it’s warm and in great condition, it’ll happily find a new home this winter! Please only consider donating items that are in excellent and clean condition. Please do not donate items that missing buttons, have stains or tears.
Silver Spring Cares will be hitting the streets to collect your donations. Simply place your clean and gently used donations in a clearly labeled bag and place on your porch for pick up.
Sign up here when you’re ready for pick up. Once your request is received, you will receive an email to confirm pick up. Please be aware that we are only able to pick up within a 20-minute drive of downtown Silver Spring. Have more questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for helping make Silver Spring a great place to thrive!
Join Go Brent’s Debbie Gerald and Caliber Home Loans’ Ramez Fahmy for a free First-Time Homebuyer Seminar.
We’ll discuss the ins and outs of purchasing and financing your first home/condo. If you’ve been thinking about buying in the near future, this is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn about the buying process.
When: Saturday, October 27 from 10:00-11:30AM Where: Silver Spring Civic Center in downtown Silver Spring
It’s FINALLY fall! Yes, fall means back to school and moving away from the dog days of summer, but it also means crunchy apples, bright orange pumpkins, delicious treats, and crisp autumn air. We’ve gathered a list of the most fun and most entertaining fall festivals and autumnal events in the area. Take your family, go on a date, even take a stroll alone! These fun festivals have something for everyone.
The Smithsonian’s famous National Zoo hosts an amazing treat-filled event – BOO AT THE ZOO!
Come dressed up in costume ready to trick or treat at over 40 treat stations! There is candy as well as non-food items to collect as you walk around and explore the zoo. Many animal enclosures are open as well for zoo-goers. The decorations and spooky art installations make for a hilariously scary walk from station to station. Beer and food are available for purchase at the zoo as well. Come ready to say “boo!” And collect yummy treats! All ticket holders get a free treat bag to hold your goodies!
When: Friday, October 19th, Saturday, October 20th & Sunday, October 21st from 5:00 – 8:00pm
Address: Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, DC 20008
Cost: $20/per person for FONZ members, $30/per person for non-FONZ members
Parking Pass: $15, or you can take METRO at the regular commuter cost of the trip
Come down on a Sunday afternoon to Veterans Plaza for the Silver Spring Fall Fair! You can taste yummy fall cookies, sip on hot chocolate or apple cider while your kiddos decorate pumpkins! Walk around, meet your neighbors, look at local arts & crafts vendors and celebrate FALL!
When: Sunday, October 21st from 1:00– 6:00pm
Where: Veteran’s Plaza – Downtown Silver Spring Silver Spring, MD 20910
Bring your kids to Brookside Gardens for a fun pumpkin-filled evening! Children can dress up in their Halloween costume, march through the gardens in a costume parade and paint pumpkins. There are also pumpkin treats to try all while listening to award-winning storyteller Gary Lloyd present “Pumpkin Tales for the Young” telling tales that are more funny than scary.
Join in the Halloween fun at Pumpkin Rock n’ Roll – a full-blown Halloween extravaganza. Participate in a costume parade and enjoy family-friendly attractions including live musical performances, food trucks, inflatable rides and slides, and a hay maze. Don’t miss the main event: The Pumpkin Roll, a derby race of Halloween pumpkins-turned-boxcars.
Located in upper Montgomery County, Butler’s 38th Annual Pumpkin Festival is the place to be on the weekends in October! Families will certainly enjoy this festival with kids! There are so many activities and fun stations, that everyone will have done something they loved by the end of the day. Check out the straw pyramid, pumpkin coach rides, a combine slide, pedal tractors and even get your face painted! There are lots of food vendors to tackle all your fall-food cravings as well!
When: Weekends in October (13th-14th, 20th-21st & 27th-28th)
Where: Butler’s Orchard 22222 Davis Mill Road Germantown, MD 20876
Cost: $12/per person CASH ONLY AT THE GATE* (children 24 months & younger free)
*You can use a credit/debit card if you buy tickets at the market
The Gaver Farm Fall Fun Festival has so many activities you will have to pack it all in to get everything done! They have everything from pumpkin picking and corn mazes to duck races and a petting zoo. New this season are cool jump pillows for kids. Take a weekend to enjoy the farm air and activities at Gaver!
When: Open Now thru November 4 from 10:00am-6:00pm daily
Where: Gaver Farm 5501 Detrick Road, Mount Airy, MD 21771
Cost: $13.50 per person weekends, $9 per person weekdays, kids 2 & under free.
Come enjoy this beautiful farm for their fall festival! They have a corn maze, hay rides and pumpkin- activities galore! Come enjoy fall with arts and crafts and farm-hand activities that the family and kids will love. While enjoying the festival, pick out some pumpkins to buy for your porch or house! They have a large selection. There are many other activities and events that you can purchase separately at the farm as well like punkin’ chunkin’, pumpkin painting and scarecrow making!
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