We Love Weekends: Montgomery County Planner for July 18 – 21

Here’s our guide to arts and entertainment in Montgomery County, July 18 – 21.

Apollo 50 Festival: The National Air and Space Museum hosts a three day festival on the National Mall to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first moon landing. There will be 20 tented displays and a stage for live performances. Visitors can enjoy exhibits, activities, speakers, and live performances by Ready, Jet, Go! featuring costumed characters.  Thursday and Friday, July 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. National Mall, between 4th Street and 7th Street, Washington, DC. Click here for more information. Free.

Silver Spring Thursday Night Concert: The Mark Berger band performs American roots music, a smattering of folk, country, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll. Thursday, July 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. Veterans Plaza, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring. Click here for more information. Free.



Hairspray: Rockville Musical Theatre performs the Broadway musical, Hairspray. Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20 at 8 p.m., Sunday, July 21 at 2 p.m.  F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. Click here for more information. $25.

The Mollusc: Quotidian Theatre Company (QTC) presents the Edwardian comedy which first was performed in London in 1907.  The Mollusc, written by Hubert Henry Davies, is directed by QTC Artistic Director Jack Sbarbori. Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21 matinees at 2 p.m. Quotidian Theatre Company at The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda. Click here for more information. $15 and up.

View a scene from QTC’s 2008 production of Hubert Henry Davies’ The Mollusc.

David Cole & Main Street Blues:  BlackRock’s Saturday night summer concerts continue with David Cole, a native Washingtonian who brings the full range of his experience as one of the area’s most versatile musicians to his expression of the blues, arguably America’s foremost musical and storytelling art form. Saturday, July 20 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.  BlackRock Center for the Arts outdoor stage, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown. For more information, click here. Free.


Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike: Arts on the Green in partnership with Sandy Spring Theatre Group present the touching comedy that won the 2013 Tony award for best play. Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 at 8 p.m. Recommended for ages 15 and up. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg. Click here for more information. $20.

50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing: The Rockville Science Center and the City of Gaithersburg commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon with hands-on activities, telescope viewing, and more. Saturday, July 20 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Observatory Park, 100 DeSellum Avenue, Gaithersburg. Click here for more information.

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.

Matilda, The Musical: Based on the book Matilda by Roald Dahl, this musical follows unlikely hero Matilda Wormwood as she takes down the school bully and saves the day in so many ways. Runs now through July 28 at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road. For more information, click here. $37-$69.

Back to the Beach: Daryl Davis presents this tribute to The Beach Boys and The Beatles with performances by The Magical Mystery Girls. There will be room for dancing. Sunday, July 21 at 7 p.m.  Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave.  For more information, click here. $30.





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