We Love Weekends: Montgomery County Planner for Aug 29-Sept 2

Here’s our guide to arts and entertainment in Montgomery County, Aug. 29 – Sept. 2.

Flow-Verse Open Mic :  BlackRock presents a monthly open mic for performers under 25. Artists perform with professional equipment and technicians in front of a positive and supporting audience.  Thursday, August 29 at 7 p.m. Note: performance sign up opens at 6:30 p.m. BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. For more information, click here. $5.

Cabaret: Based on the play by John Van Druten and music by John Kander, this musical is set in 1929 Berlin. The main character Cliff arrives in Berlin to work on his novel but is swept up in the life of the cabaret. Director Alan Paul makes his Olney Theatre Center debut. Runs now through October 6 at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road. For more information, click here. $37-$79.

Kensington Paint the Town Art Show: The free, three-day event includes a judged art show of hundreds of pieces of artwork made by local artists, an awards ceremony and reception that’s open to the public, three days of live art demonstrations, plein air painting competitions for adults and children, and a special student invitational art contest. Saturday, August 31-Monday, September 2. Historic Armory, 3710 Mitchell Street. in Kensington. Click here for more information. Free.

49th Annual Labor Day Art Show:  Presented by the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, the exhibition features the work of more than 200 artists from the mid-Atlantic region. The exhibition and sale run from noon to 6 p.m. each day, August 31 – September 2 in the Spanish Ballroom. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Boulevard. Click here for more information. Free.

Let it Flow: Washington, DC’s Let It Flow band blends contemporary jazz, neo-soul, R&B, modern hip-hop, and old-school grooves. With innovative sounds and instrumental virtuosity, Let It Flow is a collective of talent that demands attention. Note: There will be a dance floor in the front of the stage. Friday, Aug. 30 at 9 p.m. AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Avenue, 4th Floor, North Bethesda. Click here for more information. $20-$30

Glen Echo Class Open House Participate in a free workshop, see artist demonstrations, meet instructors and tour the Park. Saturday, August 31 from noon to 4 p.m. at Glen Echo Park,  7300 MacArthur Boulevard. Click here for more information. Free.  (open house schedule)

Sunday’s Farmers Markets: Takoma Park Farmers Market takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Laurel Avenue. Click here for more information.

Millie Jackson: Rhythm and Blues legend Millie Jackson performs Sunday, September 1 at 8 p.m. Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave.  For more information, click here. $59.50-$74.50.


Irish Music & Dance Showcase: Featuring a wide variety of Irish music and dance performances. Monday, September 2 from 1 to 6 p.m. in the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Boulevard. Click here for more information. Free.

Gaithersburg’s Labor Day Parade: Wisdom Martin, FOX 5 DC news anchor, joins the parade as Master of Ceremonies. This year’s Grand Marshal is 2019 Distinguished Citizen Janet Neumann. During the parade, free parking will be available in the Olde Towne garage. Monday, September 2 at 1 p.m. Click here for more information. Free.

Kensington’s Labor Day Parade and Festival:  The parade starts at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Park and travels down Connecticut Avenue toward Baltimore Street before turning back through the heart of Kensington. As the parade winds through Kensington, Armory Avenue and Mitchell Street will be filled with food trucks, a beer and wine garden, live music, a moon bounce, and tents full of fun and entertainment. Monday, September 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at St. Paul Park, Kensington. Click here for more information. Free.

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