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.

Pop-up MakerSpace

The City’s first Pop-up MakerSpace is where creativity and invention rule, where inventors, designers, and tinkerers converge. Gaithersburg and its environs are home to many independent makers and organizations that cater to the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) movement. As visitors step off the free shuttle they’ll encounter activities, demos and exhibits that showcase the work of passionate makers. Most activities are appropriate for children (5 and up), teens and adults.

  • Activity Rocket – Sponsor
  • Boy Scouts of America – STEM van with activities for all ages
  • Club Sci Kidz – RasberrySTEM projects including miniature Simon game, hand-held Space Invaders game, and walkable piano keyboard
  • Frederick Keys – STEM activities and meet Keyote the mascot
  • Get into STEM – Work as an engineer to construct an aluminum foil boat that can carry cargo and float in water
  • Launch Workplaces – 3D printers in action, robotics team demos
  • Mad Science of Washington, D.C. – Science experiments with bubbles and slime
  • Panda Programmer – Kids ages 5 and up can try their hand at computer programming and learn how to program a robot
  • Positive Energy Art Studio (PEAS) – Robot artist family sculptures, robot selfie station, and make-and-take crafts
  • Science and Engineering Partnership – Make your own LED Throwies and Circuit Art. View engineering demos, learn about the inside of a computer’s motherboard, and discover electric vehicles and competition Lego® robots made by students
  • Startup Central – Check out a 3D-printed robotic arm
  • Tiny Chefs – Decorate chef hats
  • WSSC – Interactive pipe activity

Green Zone

  • Gaithersburg Environmental Affairs Committee – Interactive display about stormwater runoff
  • Girl Scout Troop 1564 – Recycled t-shirt bag-making demo and sales
  • Randalia Bee Hives – Native bee preservation info and products for sale
  • Nature Play Space Custom Designed and Created by Nelson Tree Specialists
  • Scales and Tales live animal exhibit by the Department of Natural Resources
  • Zosimos Botanicals – Natural cosmetics demo and products for sale

Summer Fun and Sports Activities for Kids

  • Bright Eyes Early Learning Center – Moon bounce, sand treasure hunt, sand art
  • Dynamite Tumbling and Cheer – Tumbling, stunting, parkour, and gymnastics demos
  • Gaithersburg Presbyterian Preschool & Kindergarten – 3D watercolor butterfly craft
  • Gaithersburg Sports – Volleyball, t-ball, and basketball challenges
  • Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital – Decorating visors and sandals, bubble crafts
  • Gold’s Gym – Dizzy bat contest and obstacle course with prizes
  • Little Gym – Obstacle course, bubbles, bottled water sales as a charity fundraiser ($1)
  • Marine Corps Recruiting Station Frederick – Fitness challenges with prizes. Meet the inflatable drill instructor.
  • MCG Golf – Play Birdie Ball golf
  • Performance Sports Camps – Practice your baseball fielding and throwing skills


Join us as we celebrate Gaithersburg’s 20th anniversary as a CHARACTER COUNTS! City. The program is based on the Six Pillars of Character, universal traits that help lay a strong ethical foundation. Which way our youth turn in life depends on the guidance of role models, including community leaders, local governments, school systems, nonprofit organizations, youth groups and individuals. We invite you to visit our CHARACTER COUNTS! Corner to celebrate the Six Pillars of Character with crafts and activities. And don’t forget to get your picture taken with a pillar.

  • Pathways Baptist Church values kindness, forgiving others and helping those in need. Participate in their kindness challenge and craft and show you are CARING.
  • Community Association Inc. is committed to making the community better, being good neighbors and keeping the environment clean and free of trash. Feed their robot trashcan and show your CITIZENSHIP by taking an oath to keep our community clean.
  • Highlight Church is committed to all of the pillars of CHARACTER COUNTS! Become a superhero and decorate a cape with a trait that represents you.
  • Play Around the World shows its commitment to FAIRNESS with games from around the globe.

Shopping District

Stroll through the Shopping District to discover new products, meet business service providers and learn more about local organizations. Many businesses offer prizes, free gifts and promotions. Nonprofit organizations will be on hand with information about their programs, along with games and activities. You’ll also find elected officials and candidates for office here. It’s a great place to explore what’s going on in our community and beyond.

Strolling Entertainers

Colorful characters delight audiences throughout the day while balloon artist Paul Belanger makes custom balloon creations.

Classic Car Exhibit

More than 50 unique and pristine cars will be on display throughout the day.