Activities & Exhibitions

Celebrate! Gaithersburg

Throughout the festival you’ll find exciting activities and exhibitors, local and international artisans, crafters and importers selling one-of-a-kind hand crafted treasures. There will also be dozens of vendors offering information and resources for Montgomery County residents.

Exhibits

PNC’s Grow Up Great – “Learning is All Around Me!” Mobile Learning Adventure (MLA) is a traveling exhibit that teaches the importance of early childhood education while engaging parents in fun activities with their children. A part of PNC Grow Up Great, a $350 million, multi-year initiative that began in 2004 to help children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life, the MLA includes interactive kiosks and the “When I Grow Up” station, where kids dress up as different professionals and have their picture superimposed on an appropriate background. In addition, parents can take home activity books and learning kits that demonstrate how to take everyday moments and turn them into learning opportunities.

The Gaithersburg-Washington Grove Volunteer Fire Department will host The Fire Safety House, with three rooms of activities where children ages 4 - 12 can learn hands-on fire safety skills. The trailer simulates real situations such as smoke in a room and helps children learn how to escape. The Fire Safety House has been a popular feature at Celebrate! Gaithersburg for many years, and continues to be a fun and memorable learning adventure.

Business Expo and Shopping District – Discover valuable services for your life and home. Purchase jewelry, clothing, makeup, accessories, bedding and unique, hand-crafted gifts from a variety of vendors.

Green Zone – Learn more about how you can protect the environment, view live animal exhibits, and participate in interactive gardening demonstrations, crafts, stories and activities. View objects from Gaithersburg’s new, cutting-edge park, Constitution Gardens.

Free Kid’s Activities

The annual beach ball pit is a summer fun classic for kids. Prepare for some fun in the sun! Tons of cool stuff for every interest. Bounce on an inflatable, make a fun craft, listen to an interactive story, have your face painted, participate in a scavenger hunt, decorate a martial arts headband, learn how to garden, check-out some native animals, and much, much more!

Loco-Motion: Engineering Steampunk Art

At Celebrate! Gaithersburg, part of Olde Towne will be transformed into a Steampunk haven, inspired by Gaithersburg’s historic train station built in 1884. The street will come alive with sculptures, artists and makers, and you can get in on the fun at the Selfie Station.

What is Steampunk? This creative genre of art, fashion, literature and culture is inspired by the industrial era, Victorian fashion and science fiction. Visit Loco-Motion: Engineering Steampunk Art to experience a fusion of history, fantasy and creativity. Costumes are welcome, but remember not to bring any weapons, real or fake, to the Festival. The City of Gaithersburg does not allow any toy, replica, or fantasy weapons of any kind at our Festivals. Thank you for your cooperation.

Exhibitors include:

A Steampunk Selfie Station, available throughout the day. Snap a quick pic of your Steampunkified self.

Victor Litz Music Center will exhibit Steampunk-inspired guitars created by their students, with instruments generously donated by the Stagg Guitar Co. Last year they invented an electric drum set-art bike. We can’t wait to see what they do with the Steampunk theme! Victor Litz is located at 306 E. Diamond Avenue in Olde Towne, adjacent to the Festival grounds.

Eric Holstine, of Charleston WV, will exhibit several Steampunk-inspired art pieces: “Melton the Mechanical Marvel,” “ARC: Acoustic Roundabout Cube,” “Steampunk Time Machine 2,” and a “Steampunk Lamp and Chess Set.” He enhances the art through the use of microprocessors and mechanical and lighting features. The pieces were created in a variety of mediums, including stained glass, wood, metal, and re-purposed items.

Robert Becraft will exhibit and sell unique artifacts including Gadgetometers, Monstro-meters and Steampunk Hats. He will also demonstrate how to make goggles and hats, and turn everyday objects into Steampunk masterpieces.

Get Lit Lamps, LLC will exhibit a hand-crafted Steampunk lamp, made out of a recycled bottle. You can also purchase their lamps in the Shopping District.

The Cat in Black Bret Dusic will sell jewelry and sculptures. Throughout the day, he will demonstrate bead and wire art forms including Justinian chain work, wire-wrapping stones and wire sculpting.

Make your own Steampunk hat at the Sylvan Learning of Gaithersburg booth.

Revived Relics - Jane Wonnell will exhibit and sell one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted mosaic art including cigar box clocks, bird houses and embellished jewelry boxes.

Arts Entwine Resident Arts Barn artists, Jaree and Jack Donnelly, will exhibit a mixed-media Steampunk bird sculpture.

To learn more about Steampunk, check out this helpful article.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Ceremony

Ceremony will take place on the main stage from 12 - 12:30 p.m. Honor new citizens as they take the Oath of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony. Taking the oath will complete the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.