Calendar and Entertainment: Potomac

Calendar and Entertainment: Potomac

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Bethesda 150th Celebration at Big Train on Sunday …

FATHER'S DAY Sunday, June 20, 6 p.m., at Big Train Baseball with the Bethesda Historical Society and Hank Johnson, grandson of the late great Walter Johnson, whose farmhouse in Bethesda still stands on Old Georgetown Road. Click here for tickets and more info. Shirley Povich Field, 10600 Westlake Drive, Bethesda.

Potomac Day Back Oct. 23

Mark your calendars for Oct. 23, 2021 because Potomac Day is back with the traditional business fair, parade, car show and more. Reserve your spot early as these sell out quickly and everyone is excited to be back in action. Call Jennifer at the Potomac Chamber of Commerce at 301-299-2170.

Thursday June 17, 2021

POTOMAC VILLAGE FARMERS MARKET. Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Potomac United Methodist Church, 9908 South Glen Road. Potomac Village Farmers Market operates all Thursdays, May through November. Repeats weekly on Thursdays.

MORE HOURS ON THE CAROUSEL. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. The 1921 Dentzel Carousel was installed in 1921 and celebrates its 100th Anniversary all season long. Purchase tickets at $5 per person for a four-hour time slot. See for additional information regarding covid protocols.

Additional Wednesday through Friday hours began on Wednesday, June 16. Repeats all Wednesday, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.


Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. Outdoor exhibits, natural features, and trails are open every day from dawn to dusk. In the Upper Meadow, look for Monarch butterflies, caterpillars and eggs on the milkweed in summer. Check out the dogbane for iridescent dogbane beetles. Listen for wrens and bluebirds near the bluebird nest boxes. Watch for box turtles crossing the path in the early morning.

In the Lower Meadow, watch for bats hunting in late afternoon or early evening. Sit under the shade of the 200-year-old sycamore, and imagine what the park looked like when it was part of a large farm. Watch as Cabin John Creek flows briskly by. In the spring, listen for the calls of spring peepers and other frogs from the vernal pools. You might also spot minnows, crayfish, bathing birds, or signs of beaver activity.

Visit with the giants as you follow the trails through the Mature Forest. Towering white oaks and tulip trees dwarf the younger understory.

BETHESDA PAINTING AWARDS: The Bethesda Painting Awards is downtown Bethesda's annual juried art. Nearly 300 artists from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. submit work to this annual competition created to honor regional painters. The work of the eight finalists will be on display at Gallery B from June 3 - 26, 2021. See Bethesda Urban Partnership at for details.

WAVERLY STREET GALLERY. 1-4 p.m. (Also on Saturdays, 1-4 p.m.) Early Summer Show featuring Waverly Street Gallery artists. 4600 East-West Hwy #102. No appointment necessary but masks are required. See

Repeats Thursdays and Saturdays through July 3, 2021.

GLEN ECHO FOLK DANCERS. Virtual. Thursday 7:30 - 9 p.m. lesson, followed by dancing from 9-10:15 p.m. See

Repeats weekly on Thursdays.

PUBLIC ART. Bethesda is filled with public art. Browse a portion of the collection of public art on for descriptions of projects and locations.

Friday, June 18

WEED WARRIORS. 3-5 p.m. Bethesda Urban Partnership, 7700 Old Georgetown Road. Bethesda Green and Bethesda Urban Partnership are working together to pull weeds from sidewalks and tree boxes all through Bethesda. No prior knowledge needed - team leaders will help distinguish between weeds and wanted plants! Participants will be provided with tools, water and lunch. This event will be repeated on Saturday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, Aug. 20 from 3-5 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. Free, open to all. See

I DON’T FORGIVE YOU. Writer’s Center, virtual. Free virtual chat with Aggie Blum Thompson about the craft of fiction and her debut novel, I Don’t Forgive You. See to register and receive links for the Zoom session. Free.

JOSIAH HENSON MUSEUM AND PARK. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 11410 Old Georgetown Road. The life and challenges of Reverend Josiah Henson, enslavement in Maryland, and the ongoing struggles of racial equality and justice on the former plantation property of Isaac Riley where Henson was enslaved. Henson, whose 1849 autobiography, The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada, inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. $5 adults, $4 youth, $4 seniors. See

Repeats all Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, same hours.

CABIN JOHN PARK MINIATURE TRAIN RIDE. 3-6 p.m. on Fridays. 7410 Tuckerman Lane. Scenic two-mile, 15-minute train ride through Cabin John Regional Park. Tickets are limited and can be pre-purchased online at -- $2.50.(Children two and younger ride for free with an adult.) See for covid precautions and ticket information.

Repeat same hours on Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

PARK RANGERS AVAILABLE. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chesapeake & Ohio National Historical Park, 11710 MacArthur Blvd. Park rangers are available to provide maps and information even though the visitors center is still currently closed. See

Repeats Saturdays and Sundays, same hours.

LIVE MUSIC. 6-8 p.m., Downtown Bethesda. Bethesda Urban Partnership has helped organize additional restaurant seating outdoors in downtown Bethesda. The “Bethesda Streetery” will be set-up as open seating. Live music each Friday to enjoy while also enjoying outdoor dining. For precise locations and details and musical acts, see

Repeats Friday evenings.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCERS. 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Virtual, Glen Echo Park. Join Friday Night Dancers for a virtual contra dance and live music. See

Repeats Fridays.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Black Rock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive. Montgomery County’s 24th Juneteenth Celebration. This year’s theme “Freedom at the Rock… Acknowledge, Educate, Celebrate” traces the African American struggle for freedom through education, art, dance, music and honoring our elders. New this year, the festivities will also include educational activities, a historical journey of African American Music and artistic entertainment, and food trucks, all designed for the whole family.

The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights and the County Executive’s African American Advisory Group are coordinating the program with support from the BlackRock Center for the Arts to commemorate the 156th anniversary of the events of June 19, 1865. On that day, Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its enslaved persons.

FREEDOM WALK. 12-4 p.m. Josiah Henson Museum and Park, 11410 Old Georgetown Road. A celebration of Reverend Josiah Henson’s birthday week and Juneteenth. When asked, “How do you plan to use your freedom?” Henson answered, “I will use my freedom well.” See

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION CONCERT. Lift Every Voice. The New Orchestra of Washington (NOW), believes in the transformative power of music to bring us closer and connect us to one another. This concert celebrates the music of Black composers of the past including George Walker, William Grant Still, Florence Price, and a vibrant Black composer of today, Jessie Montgomery. $120-$160 for table seating one to four.

LOCKSIDE CHAT. 11 a.m. Also at 1 p.m. Lock 20, adjacent to the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center in Chesapeake & Ohio National Historical Park, 11710 MacArthur Blvd. Join park staff for 30 minutes to learn about locks along the canal. See

Repeats every Saturday and Sunday until July 25, 2021.

DOUBLE HEADER. 4 p.m. Shirley Povich Field, 10600 Westlake Drive. Bethesda Big Train hosts the season’s first home doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. against the Alexandria Aces.


CHALK THE PARK. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. For the second Carousel Family Day, participants can Chalk the Park. Participants will be given a designated 5' x 5' square, spread out on the grounds, to create their own chalk art. Chalk provided. Free, but due to limited asphalt, numbers are limited and pre-registration is required. See

RUN FOR ROSES. Wheaton Regional Park, 2000 Shorefield Road, Silver Spring. Women’s only 5K. The race will also offer a virtual option for those who wish to run on their own. See

OUTDOOR SWIM HOURS. 12-6 p.m. weekends only, three-hour slots available. Bethesda Outdoor Pool, 6300 Hillandale Road, Bethesda. 301-652-1598. For more pools including upcounty in Poolesville and Gaithersburg, and for summer hours starting June 19, see

INDOOR SWIM HOURS. Shriver Aquatic Center, 5900 Executive Blvd, 240-777-8070 See.

Sunday, June 20

PLAY BALL. 7 p.m. Shirley Povich Field, 10600 Westlake Drive. Bethesda Big Train hosts the Silver Spring Takoma T-bolts. See

Monday, June 21

PLAY BALL. 7 p.m. Shirley Povich Field, 10600 Westlake Drive. Bethesda Big Train hosts the South County Braves. See

ICE SKATING. Cabin John Ice Rink, 10610 Westlake Drive. Cabin John Ice Rain has numerous public skate sessions every day of the week, including 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at 5:30-6:30 p.m. sessions most every weekday. See for details.

Wednesday, June 23

CRAFT CHAT. 6-7 p.m. Writer’s Center. Free virtual craft chat with Clay Risen about nonfiction. Risen is obituaries reporter for the New York Times and author of numerous books. See to register and receive links for the Zoom session. Free.

Saturday, June 24

PLAY BALL. 7 p.m. Shirley Povich Field, 10600 Westlake Drive. Bethesda Big Train hosts the Gaithersburg Giants. See

Sunday, June 25

2-5 p.m. Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. Follow the clues and work together with your family to solve a new nature-themed puzzle each month in Hike and Seek. This month, step into the story, “Over in the Meadow,” as it unfolds along the trail. Can you count all the hidden animals as you sing along to the tune? Register by Friday, June 18, to schedule your time slot. Natural surface trails are not stroller accessible. $2 per person. See

Sunday, June 27

TAI CHI OPEN HOUSE. 9:55 a.m., via zoom. De-stress, boost natural immunity, increase fitness through low-impact exercise. No prior experience necessary. 9:55am. Ages 10+. Free, RSVP required by e-mail at

PLAY BALL. 7 p.m. Shirley Povich Field, 10600 Westlake Drive. Bethesda Big Train hosts the DC Grays. See

Tuesday, June 29

CURATED CONVERSATION. 8 p.m. Writer’s Center. zoom. Michael Torres discusses his debut poetry collection, An Incomplete List of Names with Diana Marie Delgado. Part of a monthly interview with a Latinx poet who has recently published their first book. See to register and receive links for the Zoom session. Free.

Wednesday, June 30

TWO AUTHORS. Writer’s Center, zoom. Authors Ethel Rohan and Jeannine Ouellette discuss their new books, the writing life, and the themes their works share. See to register and receive links for the Zoom session. Free.

Sunday, July 4

JULY FOURTH 5K. 2021 Autism Speaks 5K/1 Mile Walk. Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive. $40 registration fee through July 3. $20 for children 14 and under. $35 for virtual run, includes shipping of shirt and medal. See