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Sligo Creek Fest

Walk, Run, Hike, Stroll, Roll, Bike your way to Sligo Creek Fest

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Put on your walking shoes, grab your bikes, skateboards, and scooters, and experience Montgomery Parks Open Parkways like never before at
Sligo Creek Fest.

On Saturday, May 4 from 11 am to 3 pm, at Sligo Creek Open Parkway situated between Dennis Avenue and University Boulevard, Montgomery Parks will be hosting Sligo Creek Fest. This event will highlight the well-loved Open Parkways Program that was initiated in 2020 to provide additional outdoor and recreational spaces for the community. Sligo Creek Parkway will be transformed into a street festival for residents of all ages to enjoy.

Attendees can expect to see live music, street performers, and kids’ entertainers as they explore the parkway. Hands-on activities will be provided by a variety of community groups and organizations as well as different departments in Montgomery Parks. Local food vendors will be lined up on the parkway to serve savory snacks and sweet treats for purchase. For the adults ages 21 and up, cool down with a cold beer from a local brewery tent on-site.

We encourage attendees to enjoy the open parkway by hiking to the event along one of our amazing trails, biking from your neighborhood, or even walking to the event with your friends and family.

sligo creek fest maps see acessible pdf for more infomation

Activity Zone Breakdown

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Green Zone

  • Main Stage
  • Electrofishing Demo
  • Wonderfly Interactive Activities
  • Yard Games
  • Resource Analysis
  • Catalyst Hotdogs
  • Lavish Ice Cream
  • Babycat Brewery
  • Silver Branch Brewing Company
  • Denizen’s Brewing Co.
  • Seating Area
  • Restrooms
  • Bike Parking
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Red Zone

  • Remarkable Montgomery: Untold Stories
  • Weed Warriors Volunteer Program
  • Friends of Sligo Creek
  • Program Access
  • Recruitment and Job Opportunities
  • Montgomery Planning
  • Sligo Woods Civic Association
  • Nature on Wheels
  • Parks Foundation
  • Community Gardens
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Blue Zone

  • Kids’ Stage
  • Kids’ Tree Climbing
  • Baltimore Hoop Love
  • Arboriculture Section
  • Roots to Rocks Youth Mountain Bike Program
  • Sensory Tent
  • Restrooms
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Yellow Zone

  • Touch-a-Truck
  • Yard Games
  • Park Police Mounted Horse Unit

Kids’ Stage

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11:00 am to 12:30 pm | Marsha and The Positrons

Audiences can expect two back-to-back duo shows featuring Marsha and The Positrons original fun kindie songs about science and how the world works. The performances will be interactive concerts encouraging movement and singing participation by the audience.

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | Groovy Nate

Groovy Nate® is a children’s entertainer, and Teaching Artist who creates fun and educational shows using funky grooves, exotic musical instruments, and comedy— a la Sesame Street meets Parliament/Funkadelic.

Main Stage

Capital Effect band on an outdoor stage in the sun
11:00 am to 12:30 pm | Capital Effect

The Capital Effect are the members of Lloyd Dobler Effect and have been full time touring musicians for over two decades, having performed in over forty states and thirteen countries. These rock n’ rollers have opened for The Goo Goo Dolls, Maroon 5, Kansas, and played sold out shows for packed audiences.

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | Uncle Jesse

Uncle Jesse is here to take you back in time with all the best songs from the 90’s and 00’s! Their setlist ranges across all genres. So, whether you’re a sk8er boy or a spice girl, a teenage dirtbag or a genie in a bottle, stop worrying about all the small things and start livin’ la vida loca!


Visit the Following Groups Participating in the Event

Kids Tree Climbing

Montgomery Parks Groups

  • Recruitment and Job Opportunities
  • Arboriculture Section
  • Community Gardens Program
  • Parks Foundation
  • Program Access
  • Resource Analysis
  • Weed Warrior Volunteer Program
  • Montgomery Planning
  • Nature on Wheels
  • Remarkable Montgomery: Untold Stories
  • Roots to Rocks Youth Mountain Bike Program

Community Groups

  • Friends of Sligo Creek
  • Sligo Woods Civic Association

Food and Drink

Getting to Sligo Creek Fest

Driving

Standard parking can be found at the following public schools.

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Forest Knolls Elementary School (10830 Eastwood Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20901)

Estimated Distance: 0.55 miles (12 minute walk)

Surface Type: Paved with a few stairs

Walking Directions:

  • Walk west on Caddington Avenue toward University Boulevard. Cross over University Boulevard onto Gabel Street. Walk to the end of Gabel Street where it meets Tenbrook Drive
  • Take the paved footpath and stairs through the woods that connects to the Sligo Creek Open Parkway
Glen Haven Elementary School (10900 Inwood Ave, Wheaton-Glenmont, MD 20902)

Estimated Distance: 0.70 miles (15 minute walk)

Surface Type: Paved

Walking Directions:

  • Follow the trail across Sligo Creek to Sligo Creek Fest

ADA-Accessible parking can be found at MacDonald Knolls Early Childhood Center where Program Access will be running an accessible shuttle to Sligo Creek Fest.

Macdonald Knolls Early Childhood Center (10611 Tenbrook Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20901)

Estimated Distance: 0.20 miles (4-minute walk)

Surface Type: Paved with a very small hill

Walking Directions:

  • At the intersection of Tenbrook and Whitehall, identify the paved footpath on your right and follow all the way to Sligo Creek Open Parkway

Walking & Biking

Popular parks that are a short walk to Sligo Creek Fest.

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Bike parking will be available in the Green Zone.

Argyle Local Park (1030 Forest Glen Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20901)

Estimated Distance: 0.90 miles (20 minute walk, 5 minute bike ride)

Surface Type: Paved

Walking & Biking Directions:

  • Make a left out of Argyle Local Park onto Forest Glen Road heading west toward Sligo Creek Parkway. At the intersection of Forest Glen Road and Sligo Creek Parkway, make a right onto Sligo Creek Parkway
  • Follow Sligo Creek Parkway north towards Dennis Avenue. Cross over Dennis Ave onto  Sligo Creek Open Parkway
Kemp Mill Urban Park (1200 Arcola Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20902)

Estimated Distance: 0.50 miles (11 minute walk, 3 minute bike ride)

Surface Type: Paved

Walking & Biking Directions:

  • Take Lamberton Drive west through Kemp Mill Center parking lot toward the back left corner of the parking lot where you will see the beginning of a paved footpath
  • Make a left onto the Sligo Creek Trail and follow the trail until University Boulevard
  • Cross over University Boulevard to Sligo Creek Open Parkway
North Four Corners Local Park (315 University Blvd W, Silver Spring, MD 20901)

Estimated Distance: 0.90 miles (20 minute walk, 5 minute bike ride)

Surface Type: Paved

Walking & Biking Directions:

  • From North Four Corners Local Park, turn right and head north on University Boulevard toward Dennis Avenue. At the intersection, go left crossing over University Boulevard and onto Dennis Avenue. Collins Funeral Home will be on your right.
  • Continue west on  Dennis Avenue until you reach Sligo Creek Parkway. Make a right onto either Sligo Creek Open Parkway (may require walking on grass) or a right onto Sligo Creek Trail.
Wheaton Forest Local Park (1700 University Blvd W, Wheaton, MD 20902)

Estimated Distance: 0.60 miles (12 minute walk, 5 minute bike ride)

Surface Type: Paved

Walking & Biking Directions:

  • At Sligo Creek Parkway, make a right onto Sligo Creek Open Parkway
Wheaton Regional Park – Wheaton Athletic Complex and Ice Arena (11717 Orebaugh Ave, Wheaton, MD 20902)

Estimated Distance: 1.20 miles (25 minute walk, 6 minute bike ride)

Surface Type: Paved

Walking & Biking Directions:

  • From near the indoor tennis and ice arenas, follow Orebaugh Avenue toward Arcola Avenue. Cross over Arcola Avenue and follow Orebaugh Avenue to the end of the road. At the end of Orebaugh, identify the paved footpath and follow signs to the Sligo Creek Trail. Follow Sligo Creek Trail until University Boulevard
  • Cross over University Boulevard to Sligo Creek Open Parkway

Public Transport

Both bus stops are located at either end of Sligo Creek Fest.

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Stop at Tenbrook Drive & Dennis Avenue
  • To enter the event from Dennis Avenue via public transportation, take Bus #8 to Tenbrook Drive and Dennis Avenue (Stop ID: 26364)
  • Walk west along Dennis Avenue toward Sligo Creek Parkway and make a right onto either Sligo Creek Open Parkway (may require walking on grass) or a right onto Sligo Creek Trail.
Stop at Sligo Creek Parkway & University Boulevard
  • To enter the event from University Boulevard via public transportation, take Bus #8, C2, or C4 to University Boulevard and Sligo Creek Parkway (Stop ID: 2000477)
  • Walk toward Sligo Creek Parkway and make a left onto Sligo Creek Open Parkway