Montgomery Parks Announces 2016 Spring Festivals

April 26, 2016

SILVER SPRING, MD—The warm weather is here and Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has a series of special events and programs planned this spring in the parks and at park facilities for people of all ages and spanning various interests. A sampling of festivals is listed below. A complete list of all programs and events is available at and more information about the festivals is available at

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Returning this year, is Brookside Gardens premiere “Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Show,” which is open from April 27 – September 25, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily. Entry is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 – 12. Visit for more details.



May 1, 2016, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Raptor Festival
Meadowside Nature Center at Rock Creek Regional Park
5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville, MD 20855

Photograph taken by Francine Bethea 2007

Photograph taken by Francine Bethea 2007

Experience the thrill of viewing some of Maryland’s premier predators live and up-close. Explore the world of owls, hawks and eagles through games, crafts and talks given by local experts. Tours of the new habitat gardens will be given. Free native plants to the first 200 families


May 7, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
History in the Parks: Family Archaeology Day
Needwood Mansion
6700 Needwood Road, Derwood, MD 20855
$10 per person / $20 per family


See and experience what parks archaeologists do. Event features a 19th century slave quarters dig exhibit, mansion tours, a simulated archaeology dig for children, storytelling, old-time games and crafts. Bring a bag lunch and stay for the day.


May 22, 2016, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Flocks and Farms Festival
Black Hill Nature Programs at Black Hill Regional Park
20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds, MD 20841


Join the Maryland Bluebird Society and Black Hill Nature Programs for a celebration of the conservation success stories of the Eastern Bluebird and Montgomery County’s very own Agricultural Reserve. Participants will learn how to help bluebirds and other cavity-nesters, while meeting farmers and organizations based in the Ag Reserve.


About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 417 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems.


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