Fall Festivities in Silver Spring

It’s that time of year again when the weather cools off and the Pumpkin Spice Lattes, autumn leaves, and beloved fall-inspired events return. So throw on a jacket and head to any of these events in the area to bring in the season in style:

The 6th Annual Dance and Music Festival at Veteran’s Plaza in downtown Silver Spring kicks off Sunday, September 22. The free events runs from 3 pm – 9 pm and features dance performances. All ages welcome. Continue reading “Fall Festivities in Silver Spring”

Summer Events in Silver Spring

Summer, Summertime, time to sit back and unwind– and get into all the events happening in Silver Spring! Mark your calendars and take advantage of these fun events happening around town:

Tuesdays

Have a total workout and have fun doing it when you take advantage of the Free Zumba classes hosted by Washington Sports Club. Zumba classes will be happening every Tuesday at 7 PM at the Fountain Plaza.

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Summer 2019 Stay-cation Ideas for Marylanders

Summer 2019 Stay-cation Ideas for Marylanders

 

The signs that the official start of summer is right around the corner are increasingly evident – kids are getting antsy in anticipation of their break, coworkers are sending out of office emails left and right, and stores are overflowing with swimsuits, sunscreen, and grilling tools.

With the abundance of sunshine and warm weather comes the itch for a vacation! Not everyone has the time or money for a “luxurious” vacation, though your Facebook or Instagram feed may make you feel otherwise. If you know you will be spending the summer locally, don’t worry! You can still experience social media worthy fun! Here are some stay-cation ideas to fill your summer weekends:

Catch a Game

Silver Spring, MD is conveniently located near both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, making attending a sporting event in either city a manageable outing. The Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles both have 13 home games to choose from this June. You can find the Nationals’ schedule here and the Orioles’ schedule here. You don’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy an afternoon at the ballpark filled with tasty treats and good company.

 

Pack the Perfect Picnic Basket

The White Oak Communities residents enjoy close proximity to numerous public parks, not to mention the green space within each property. Enjoy a meal and some fresh air by having a picnic. A wicker basket and checkered blanket aren’t necessities, but they’re charming! Whether you plan on packing classics or are having a potluck-style picnic, great food and conversation will having you feeling like you’re on vacation instantly.

 

Chill Out at the Movies

Escape the summer heat or a rainstorm one afternoon by taking in a movie at Regal Cinemas on Ellsworth Drive or AFI Silver Theatre on Colesville Road. Going to an early show may help you save money on tickets with matinee pricing, depending on the theater. A movie is a perfect activity to “escape” feeling like you’re at home if you’re craving time away. Captivating flicks are notorious for engrossing audiences and making people feel like they are elsewhere.

 

Explore Nature

You don’t have to be the adventurous type to explore nature. There are hikes in and near Silver Spring to suit all skill levels. Spend the day trekking the trails of Sligo Creek Park, Burnt Mills East Special Park, or Matthew Henson State Park to feel transported to a new place. As you pass little woodland critters and listen to the sounds of babbling brooks, you’ll be glad you aren’t sitting in traffic going to the beach.

 

Enjoy a Wine Tour

Maryland is known for many wonderful things including its wineries. Napa Valley has nothing on our local wine tours! Boordy Vineyards in Hydes, Serpent Ridge Vineyard in Westminster, and Hidden Hills Farm & Vineyard in Frederick are just a few of the most popular choices. Explore Google and TripAdvisor for a vineyard that piques your interest. You’ll be sipping on your favorite wine without having to sit on a cross country flight in no time!

 

Day Trips

Silver Springs’ location makes stay-cation worthy day trips a breeze! Beyond Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, popular day trips include Annapolis, MD, St. Michaels, MD, Arlington, VA, and Gettysburg, PA. Check out some ideas for a quick getaway here. Whether you have your own car or utilize public transportation, a day away will scratch your vacation itch without breaking the bank!

 

Curious about living in Silver Spring, MD for its convenient proximity to urban, suburban, and rural fun? Learn more about why it’s a great place to call it home all year long. Once you’ve moved into Vista at White Oak, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, or Montgomery Paint Branch you’ll have out of town guests raving about everything there is to do when they visit.

 

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

Spring in Silver Spring, MD

There is nothing quite like spring in Silver Spring, MD. While winter was mild, the rain this past year has not been. Now that April showers are a thing of the past, May’s list of local events promises to make you want to get out and about. Take a look at some entertaining activities to add to your social calendar this spring:

May 10

Shake off the stress of the week on Fridays throughout the spring and summer at TGIF Downtown Street Party. May 10 will feature Classic Soul music at the Fountain Plaza. Enjoy drinks and games while you jam out.

May 12

You won’t want to miss Songs I Never Get to Sing presented by Bethesda Little Theatre at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center. Enjoy the singing styles of a diverse array of artists as they explore songs that are typically sung very differently.

Thursdays

If you work near the Fountain Plaza and need a break at lunchtime, enjoy live music on Thursdays from 12:30-2:30 pm. Check out the calendar of performers.

Saturdays & Sundays

The FRESHFARM Downtown Silver Spring Market is a farmer’s market dedicated to fresh produce, desserts, and other goods directly from the producers. Pick up some tasty treats for the week and explore new vendors with each visit.

If you are new to town and not ready to jump into the local scene, check out some of these tips for exploring your new home. Organized events aren’t the only way to have fun this spring. Silver Spring, MD boasts nearly a dozen public parks, perfect for strolls or simply enjoying nature. Some are even pet-friendly! Residents of Vista at White Oak, Montgomery Paint Branch, and Yorkshire Apartment Homes benefit from their convenient location to all the bustle.

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

A New Silver Spring, MD Resident’s Guide to Getting Involved

If you are new to the area, welcome! Moving can be quite the process. Once you are all settled into your new Silver Spring, MD apartment, it will be time to start meeting new friends and exploring the community. To make things a little easier, here is a guide to different tools for getting involved:

Libraries

Local libraries are a wonderful source of local events and classes, often times free ones! The Silver Spring Library is located right on Wayne Avenue and provides events that cater to all ages and a wide array of hobbies. Recent classes include Writing for Teens, Spanish Language Mediation, Yoga, Montgomery County Master Gardeners, Start a Side Hustle Workshop, and more. Pick up a library card and attend a class that piques your interest!

Volunteer Opportunities

There are numerous ways to find a volunteer opportunity in Silver Spring. The Montgomery County Volunteer Center allows you to search for a cause within a reasonable distance. There is also the option to find opportunities through their monthly calendar. A second volunteer opportunity resource is VolunteerMatch.org.

Social Clubs and Activities

From hobbies to social sports, there is something for everyone! Just a few examples of local organizations include the Montgomery County Parks, DC Fencers Club, Daleview Swim Club, Boys & Girls Club of America, and Silver Spring Social Sports. Joining a local club or organization is a surefire way to meet your neighbors and make friends.

Events

Eventbrite.com, Patch.com, and SilverSpringDowntown.com are all excellent sources of events in the area of all sorts. From homework help sessions to improv comedy. Silver Spring’s proximity to Washington DC means that if you ever feel there is a rare lull in local events, you can pop over to our nation’s capital. Check out Washington.org for the latest upcoming events.

Whenever you move to a new town you will likely find that either the town or county (or both) have a website with a myriad of resources for new residents. The Montgomery County website links to resources such as Mass Transit, Newspapers, Places of Interest, Schools, and more. If you are looking to move to the area, find your new apartment home at Vista at White Oak Apartments, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, or Montgomery Paint Branch Apartment Homes, all of which are conveniently located to inviting events, organizations, and activities.