Arts & Entertainment


Through Nov. 20, 8 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Arts Barn

This thrilling mystery by Ken Ludwig is presented in partnership with Montgomery Playhouse. Actor William Gillette, famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, invites the cast of his latest play to his pseudo-medieval castle in Connecticut for a séance. What follows is a clever who-done-it packed with both suspense and laughter. Tickets are $20.

‘Bright Concepts’

Through Jan. 2; artists’ reception Nov. 22, Arts Barn Gallery

See works by Mark Altrogge, Tony Glander, Bobbi Shulman and Nellie Chao. Free.

‘Studio 26’

Nov. 18-Jan. 16; artists’ reception Nov. 22, Kentlands Mansion

Studio 26, a national and international group of mid-career artists, was established in 2012 to bring cultural diversity to national and international neighborhoods, cultivate multi-disciplinary artistic development, help build careers and foster community connections.

Holiday Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

Nov. 18-20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Montgomery County Fairgrounds

More than 450 independent artists and craftspeople exhibit their work. You’ll find an array of fine arts, including painting and sculpture, new clothing and accessories, and goods for your home like handmade pottery. $10 for general admission ($8 online), and free for kids 12 and under.

Main Street Farmers Market

Nov. 19 & 26, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Main Street Pavilion

Products for sale include a variety of fruits and vegetables, herbs, jams and jellies, baked goods, crab cakes, meat, eggs, honey, cut flowers, potted plants and dog treats. Musicians perform 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Discovery Day: Maps

Nov. 20, 1-4 p.m., Gaithersburg Community Museum

Children ages 5 to 10 are invited to learn about maps. This Discovery Day explores maps and how they intersect with our lives. Tour the “Mapping Gaithersburg: From Wilderness to Metropolis” exhibit, make a travel journal, listen to talks, and more. Free but materials are limited; reservations are strongly encouraged.

Kentlands Acoustic Jam

Nov. 22, 6 p.m., Kentlands Carriage House

Bring your acoustic instrument and voice to join in the jam session, or just listen. Free.

Leashes ‘n’ Lights

Nov. 22, 6-9 p.m., Seneca Creek State Park

Treat your pooch like royalty at Leashes ‘n’ Lights. The holiday season would not be complete without a walk through the Winter Lights Festival with your favorite canine companion. Enjoy a leisurely one-mile stroll or embark on a three-mile romp through more than 380 illuminated displays, sparkling wrapped trees and animated vignettes. Visit the heated tent and take a pet selfie with Santa! Last entry at 8 p.m. $8 for residents and $10 for non-residents and at the gate. Admission for dogs and children age 4 and under is free.

6th Annual Lakelands Kentlands Turkey Bowl

Nov. 24, 8:30 a.m., Lakelands Park grass field

Men and women age 12 and up are invited to the Lakelands Park grass field at 8:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning for a fun and competitive game of football. Please RSVP to Ed Fowlkes at so he has an idea of how many people will be playing. This game raises funds for Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg. A $10 cash donation to Manna is requested but not required to play.

Catch Me: A Magic Duel

Nov. 25, 5 p.m. & 8 p.m., Arts Barn

Mark Phillips and Brian Curry come together for some skillful sleight of hand, clever repartee and new twists on magic classics. The two magicians will be competing for audience votes that will ultimately determine which one will win the coveted “Golden Wand.” Recommended for ages 10 & up. Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for youth (14 and under).

21st Annual Winter Lights Festival

Nov. 25-Dec. 31 (closed Dec. 25), 6-9 p.m.
Sun. through Thurs., 6-10 p.m. Fri. & Sat., Seneca Creek State Park

Take a 3.5-mile drive through the enchanted woodland setting of Seneca Creek State Park past more than 450 illuminated displays and beautifully lit park trees that brighten the night. Making its debut this year is a new frog prince display, nestled amongst traditional festival favorites that include a Fantasy Castle and magical unicorn fountain, Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, and the North Pole. Admission at the gate is $12 per car Monday through Thursday and $15 per car Friday through Sunday, payable by cash or credit card.

Zumba Turkey Burn Off

Nov. 26, 9 a.m., Activity Center at Bohrer Park

Have fun and burn off those Thanksgiving calories. This energizing workout is open to all ages. Free.

Museum After Hours: History of Drinking in the Free State

Dec. 2, 6:30-8 p.m., Gaithersburg Community Museum

The Southside, Diamondback and the Preakness—Marylanders imbibe history in their native cocktails, from local favorites to little-known classics. Using historic recipes with modern twists from renowned mixologists, Greg and Nicole Priebe mix up one part practical guide and three parts Maryland history. A pre-talk reception features whiskey tastings from Rockville-based Twin Valley Distillers. Tickets are $10.