We Love Weekends: Montgomery County Planner for Jan. 4-Jan. 6

A comedy mystery opens at Gaithersburg’s Arts Barn opens Friday with nine performances through Jan. 20. Olney Theatre’s Elf the Musical’s last performance is Sunday, Jan. 6.

New art exhibits at Glen Echo Park open Saturday, Jan. 5. The public is invited to meet the artists at opening receptions Saturday, Jan. 12.

Friday, Jan. 4

Collaboration featuring Lori Williams performs at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. 8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. $30. 240-330-4500. For more information, click here.

Elf the Musical The Olney Theatre Center performs the musical, based on the hit Will Ferrell movie. The warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf. Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder of the Christmas season. $74-$99. On the Main Stage. For more information, click here.

Catch Me If You Can Montgomery Playhouse, in partnership with Arts on the Green, present a comedy mystery about the disappearance of a bride during her honeymoon. Recommended for ages 15 and up. Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. at Gaithersburg Arts Barn. $18-$20. Click here for more information.

Saturday, Jan. 5

Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station Open House  Click here for more information This family-friendly event includes train watching, toy train playset, a child’s toy engine to ride, videos, and more. Sponsored by Montgomery Preservation, Inc. and Silver Spring Historical Society. Saturday, Jan. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 8100 Georgia Avenue at Sligo. Free.

Glen Echo Art Exhibits  Three exhibits open at Glen Echo Park, including Ingrained, Depths of Strength and Somewhere Over the Sea. Click here for more information.

Farmers Markets Kensington’s farmers market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kensington Train Station, 3701 Howard Ave. Click here for more information. Gaithersburg’s Main Street Farmers and Artists Market takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Main Street Park and Pavilion, 301 Main St. Click here for more information. Silver Spring’s Freshfarm Downtown Market runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ellsworth Drive and Veterans Plaza. Click here for more information.

Joe Clair and Friends Comedy It’s the first Saturday of January and Bethesda Blues & Jazz continues their tradition of starting each month with comedy. Two shows at 7 and 10 p.m. 8 p.m. $25. Click here for more information.

Leon Fleisher Performs Mozart The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs Mozart Paino Concerto No. 12 in A Major and Brahms Symphony No. 2 under the direction of Peter Oundjian. Pianist Leon Fleisher is featured. At the Music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. For more information, click here. $35-$90.

Sunday, Jan. 6

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

Imagination Summer Camp Sampler  Children and parents can try out a variety of camps in 20-45 minute segments, as well as speak with Imagination Stage Education staff about summer program offerings from 9:45 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. Check-in starts at 9;15 a.m. Registration is free. Imagination Stage is at 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Click here for more information.

Cinderella Imagination Stage puts on a wacky retelling of Cinderella, complete with a wisecracking rat, evil stepsisters and a smitten prince. Various show times. Best for ages 4+. Imagination Stage is at 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda.

LightHouse Art Display  D.C.-based artist Tommy Bobo turns the Rhizome house into a lighthouse by filling the interior with computer controlled flood lights that simulate a giant spinning beacon from within the house. Live music outdoors. Saturday, Jan. 5 and Sunday, Jan. 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the RhizomeDC, 6950 Maple St NW, in the Takoma neighborhood.  Click here for more information. $10.

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