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Celebrate Spring at Strathmore

Celebrate the arrival of Spring at this new festival May 4 noon to 5 p.m. on the grounds of Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. This free outdoor family festival presented by the Washington Revels features traditional celebrations for the arrival of spring.

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May Revels at Strathmore
Photo | Washington Revels

Enjoy four continuous stages of traditional music and dance, festive processions, children’s crafts and games, mummers plays, sing-alongs, and more. The day includes plenty of audience participation—who can raise their voices at the Community Sing, kick up your heels at the Community Dance, frolic in the May Pole Dance, and more. There’s lots to see and do on the festival grounds, including spring-themed foods and drinks, local food samples, craft demonstrations, and wares for sale from artwork to May wreaths to tambourines.

The central element of the day’s festivities takes place at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on the Gazebo Stage, when Washington Revels will perform their 30th annual celebration of western English Spring traditions. The performance includes singing by Revels adults, teen and kids choruses—plus a crowning of the May Queen, the Padstow May ‘Oss, Maypole dances, mummers plays, and more audience participation. Learn more about the event, the History and Traditions of May Revels, and the story of the Padstow May ‘Oss at


  • A maypole
  • Mummers plays
  • Kids’ crafts and games
  • Four stages of traditional music and dance
  • Minstrels
  • and more!

Parking is at Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Garage.

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