The Smithereens Headline 31st Annual Celebrate Gaithersburg Festival
Blue collar rock ‘n roll legends The Smithereens are headlining Celebrate Gaithersburg in Olde Towne, the City’s rousing street festival taking place on Sunday, September 16. The Smithereens take center stage from 2 to 4 p.m., highlighting a day of music, food, arts, crafts and amusements in and around the intersection of Diamond and Summit Avenues. The festival is open from Noon to 5 p.m.
It all starts with a very special tradition as dozens of local residents take an oath to become naturalized United States citizens. This moving, patriotic ceremony will be followed by the announcement of Gaithersburg’s Distinguished Citizen, Outstanding Organization and Distinguished Friend, presented each year by the Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council.
Want some great street food? Your taste buds can explore the world without leaving your own backyard as you sample amazing fare from unique food trucks and carts. The Festival Beer Garden is also making a return this year, featuring live music and craft brewed beers from Growler’s of Gaithersburg.
This year Celebrate Gaithersburg festival is divided into Zones, each with its own entertainment stage and unique appeal:
- The Green Zone, filled with environmental information and resources and a lively marketplace,
- The Healthy Choices Zone, promoting fitness and health,
- The Global Zone, showcasing culturally diverse crafts and entertainment, and
- The Kids Zone, a fun place to be with lively children’s activities.
Scattered throughout the festival you’ll find local and international artisans, crafters and importers selling unique jewelry, textiles, and one-of-a-kind hand crafted treasures. There will also be dozens of vendors offering information and resources for Montgomery County residents.
Free shuttle service is available to and from satellite parking at Lakeforest Shopping Center. Limited free parking is also available at the public garage on the corner of South Summit and Olde Towne Avenues. Additional parking is available at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park, less than a quarter mile from the festival area. Please note that no alcohol, skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles, or pets are allowed at the event.
For a complete festival schedule visit the City’s website at www.gaithersburgmd.gov/celebrate or call 301-258-6350.