Around Town

Arts Barn to Reopen Soon

The historic Arts Barn will reopen on Oct. 2 after renovations to the roof and HVAC systems, which began earlier this  summer. To kick off its 17th season of programming, the Arts Barn will participate in the two-day Manhattan Short Film Festival Oct. 3 and 4. The festival brings 100,000 film lovers together in more than 300 cinemas across six continents to view and vote on the finalists’ films.

Housed in a renovated stable once belonging to the Tschiffely family estate (circa 1900), the Arts Barn contains an auditorium for concerts, live theatre and film screenings. The stable’s stalls and loft were converted into classrooms, a box office, an art gallery, artist-in-residence studios, and a retail space for local artists. The Arts Barn along with the Kentlands Mansion create an arts campus known as Arts On the Green.

Support Ride Allegheny 2019

Ride Allegheny, which began in 2001, has raised more than $3 million in support of wounded American heroes and Operation Second Chance. This year’s 310-mile, four-day ride from Pittsburgh to Gaithersburg on Oct. 3 to Oct. 6 benefits Operation Second Chance.

If you would like to help Ride Allegheny reach its $500,000 fundraising goal this year, visit

Mark Your Calendars for Oktoberfest

The 28th Annual Oktoberfest is planned for Sunday, Oct. 13, noon to 5 p.m. in and around the Arts Barn, Kentlands Mansion, Kentlands Village Green, Main Street and Market Square. Experience a taste of Germany with performances by the Alte Kameraden German Band and Alt-Washingtonia Bavarian Dancers. In addition to traditional festival food, selections from Dogfish Head and other local microbreweries as well as Maryland varietal wines, you can enjoy free horse-drawn wagon rides, strolling entertainers, four stages of live entertainment, family activities, arts and crafts and more.

Get a Jump on Halloween at the Barn

Not a trick! Okto-boo-fest at the Arts Barn during the 28th Annual Oktoberfest promises to be a real treat. Just in time for Halloween, Okto-boo-fest features themed art activities, games, a costume parade, trick-or-treating and photo opportunities.