The City of Gaithersburg, in Montgomery County, Maryland comes alive each fall with its annual Celebrate Gaithersburg Street Festival, including live music, food, arts & crafts, amusements and more. Children will enjoy interactive theatre, games, demonstrations and amusements. The street festival has traditionally been held in September each year and will be moved to June in 2014. This year’s festival has a special focus on tradition, highlighted by bluegrass bands and a BBQ showdown.
Date and Time
June 8, 2014
Noon to 5 p.m.
Summit and Diamond Avenues.
A multi-block area around the intersection will be closed to traffic.
Free shuttle service is available to and from satellite parking at Lakeforest Shopping Center. A bike valet parking service will be available near City Hall off of South Summit Avenue. Limited free parking is also available at the public garage on the corner of South Summit and Olde Towne Avenues. Additional parking is available at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park, less than a quarter mile from the festival area.
Celebrate! Gaithersburg BBQ Showdown - featuring local BBQ trucks, vendors and restaurants. Slow-smoked meats will be for sale from Copper Canyon Grill, Better than Carolina BBQ, Big Fat Daddy’s, Curley’s Q, Carnivore BBQ, Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company, Branded ’72 and more. Celebrity judges will determine the best beef/brisket, pork and chicken entries.
Dogfish Head Craft Beer Garden - choice of brews, including 60 Minute IPA, Namaste, Firefly Ale, Festina Peche and more.
Live Entertainment - The Seldom Scene brings Grammy-nominated talent to Gaithersburg, performing classic fan favorites and newer tunes. In the 40 years since they began weekly jam sessions in Ben Eldridge’s Bethesda basement, The Seldom Scene have become one of the single greatest contributors to the progression of bluegrass while setting a new standard and attracting new audiences to the genre. The band will be performing from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Latin Grammy winning Afro Bop Alliance performs on the Concert Pavilion Stage from 1:30 to 3 p.m. These talented musicians thrill audiences with their infectious polyrhythmic grooves, harmonic colorings and improvisational flights. Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen perform bluegrass/newgrass with a blend of instrumental and vocal sounds. Ola Fresca performs Salsa/Cuban roots dance music with 100% rhythm and authenticity. The band will perform on the Concert Pavilion Stage from 3:30 to 5 p.m.They’re on the Backyard Bluegrass Stage from Noon to 1:30 p.m. Grand Ole’ Ditch, performing from 4 to 5 p.m., is a contemporary, homebrewed bluegrass band born in the mountain town of Cumberland, Maryland. With a style steeped in Appalachian musical tradition, the band reimagines contemporary music with bluegrass stylizations.
Living History Park will feature demonstrations of skills and activities including weaving, spinning, blacksmithing and fencing. Oreo the History Horse, the equine star of the popular book, The Adventures of Oreo and Algonquin, will make a special appearance.
Restored cars from 1975 and earlier will be on display. The vintage collection includes a 1965 Pontiac GTO, a 1970 Ford Mustang Greybird, a 1967 Chevy Nova, a 66 Ford Mustang GT, a 1949 Plymouth Deluxe, a 1967 Ford Galaxy 500 Convertible, a 1960 Plymouth Fury Convertible, a 1960 Pontiac Ventura, a 1967 Chevy Camaro, and a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle.
Butterfly House - Walk through an enclosed space filled with beautiful butterflies, delicately revealing their colorful wings. Don’t be surprised if one even lands on you! Then step back into the human world to celebrate the butterfly’s free spirit by having your face painted, getting a free butterfly manicure, creating sand art, purchasing handmade jewelry and bird houses, or making a unique craft.
For more information, visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov or call (301) 258-6350.