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Filling Out Your Summer To-do List? Check Out Rockville’s Recreation Guides for All Ages

Wonder no longer about how to fill those long summer days — the 2019 summer recreation guide, “Life in Rockville,” is out and packed full of classes, programs and special events for all ages and interests.

Additionally, find summer camps and playgrounds programs for kids and teens in the 2019 camp guide.

When it comes to programs, courses and events for the 60-plus community, look for the “Adults 60+” recreation guide.

All of Rockville’s recreation guides are available at City Hall, community centers, libraries and at www.rockville

General registration begins Thursday, May 9. To register with a course number, visit

Sign of the Season: Farmers Market Returns

Buy Farm-Fresh Produce in Town Center, Beginning May 18

Rockville’s Farmers Market returns Saturday, May 18 to give shoppers their pick of farm-fresh produce and more from regional growers/producers.

This year’s market will include vendors offering fruits and vegetables, plants and flowers, herbs, baked goods, local wine and spirits, knife sharpening, meat and coffee.

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Summer Celebration: Fun on the Fourth with Fireworks in King Farm

A Rockville tradition, the city’s annual Independence Day celebration, returns to King Farm on Thursday, July 4.

Hosted by the Mayor and Council, the celebration is held annually at the 26-acre Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park, 1800 Piccard Drive, in King Farm, which offers easy access and ample free parking, with convenient exits within a short walk of fireworks viewing areas.

The celebration, now in its fifth year at Stepanek Park, includes live music by The Nighthawks at 7 p.m. and a fabulous 20-minute-long fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. There is no rain date.

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Peace Day Party Will Celebrate Teen Activist’s Legacy

Mark your calendars for Rockville’s free Peace Day Celebration, beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13.

The event celebrates the life, legacy and birthday of late teen poet and peace activist Mattie J.T. Stepanek, with cake, conversation, activities, crafts and entertainment.

The outdoor party will be held from 1-5 p.m. at the King Farm Village Green, 800 Pleasant Drive, and will feature a moon bounce, face painting, peace crafts, music and dancing.

During the street fair, local restaurants will offer food and drink specials, with a dance party at Botanero Restaurant from 5-8 p.m. to cap off the celebration.

For more information, visit the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation at

Kids to Parks Day is May 18 at Croydon Creek Nature Center

The National Park Trust and the City of Rockville Recreation and Parks Department are inviting everyone to visit Croydon Creek Nature Center, 852 Avery Road, and celebrate Kids to Parks Day.

Kids to Parks Day is free and takes place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 18. Explore the Hayes Forest Preserve and enjoy a free make ‘n’ take activity to help with forest exploration.

Find out more about Kids to Parks Day at Follow Croydon Creek Nature Center’s Facebook page at

Movies in the Parks: Four Movies. Four Weeks. Four Neighborhood Parks

Mark your summer entertainment calendar for Rockville’s free outdoor Movies in the Parks, on the big screen at neighborhood parks throughout the city on Wednesdays in August.

Bring chairs, blankets, food and beverages and enjoy four family-friendly movies at four different neighborhood parks. Movies begin at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.) and are free. Last year, more than 300 people attended each week.

The 2019 schedule is

  • “Smallfoot” (PG) on Aug. 7, at Calvin Park, 1248 Gladstone Drive.
  • “The Mighty Ducks” (PG) on Aug. 14, at Woodley Gardens Park, 900 Nelson St.
  • “The Little Mermaid” (G) on Aug. 21, at Maryvale Park, 812 First St.
  • “Sherlock Gnomes” (PG) on Aug. 28, at Potomac Woods Park, 1380 Stratton Drive.

Learn more at

Create with VisArts at Rockville Town Square

June offers the first of several opportunities over the warmer months to create art at Rockville Town Square. Federal Realty Investment Trust and VisArts are partnering with the City of Rockville to offer the free outdoor art labs on Wednesdays to inspire the artist in you.

Try the Wheel. Try your hand June 19 at a pottery wheel and see what working with clay feels like. For participants 8 and older.

Rockville Rocks for Peace. At this all-ages event on June 26, paint river rocks for yourself and one that will be placed in the Peace Garden of Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park.

The workshops will be held 7-8:30 p.m. at the square, at 131 Gibbs St. All activities are free and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Learn more about VisArts at and about Rockville Town Square at

Arts Festival to Take Over Town Square in May

The streets of Town Square will transform into an outdoor art gallery in May with the 7th annual Rockville Arts Festival.

Formerly known as A-RTS at Rockville Town Square, this year’s festival is managed by VisArts, Montgomery County’s largest visual arts center.

From 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, 145 artists will be represented at the festival alongside demonstrations of art, cooking and live entertainment on the Dawson’s Market Stage.

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Secrets, Dreams, Balalaikas and Women’s Liberation: May and June at the F. Scott

A retired detective, dance recital and domra virtuosi take the stage over the next two months at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre

“Sherlock’s Veiled Secret,” presented by Rockville Little Theatre. 8 p.m. May 3, 4, 10, and 11; 2 p.m. May 5 and 12.
When Violet Sheridan is summoned to meet a retired Sherlock Holmes, she learns distressing information concerning her birthright. A case of blackmail puts the life of Holmes and Sheridan’s parents in peril, leaving Violet to save them from danger.
Tickets are $22; $20 for seniors (62 and older) and students

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May is Health Fair Month at the Senior Center

Keep healthy in May and June with free programs that include how to recognize signs of stroke, eating well and the latest information on blood pressure, at the Rockville Senior Center.

Register using the course number at, in person at the senior center information desk or by calling 240-314-8810.

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