Cars 3: Road to the Races Tour

Disney Pixar’s “Cars 3” is hitting the road with Road to the Races, a nationwide tour inviting fans of #95 to gear up for the upcoming big-screen release, and will be stopping at Downtown Silver Spring. Life-size, character look-alikes of five-time Piston-Cup champion Lightning McQueen, tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez and the sleek next-gen racer Jackson Storm will be rolling into 27 cities coast to coast to celebrate the new movie, which opens June 16, 2017.

A host of sponsors have signed on to support the tour, which includes a variety of activities.

  • Alamo Rent A CarSM is hosting a street art booth and will bring “Cars 3” to life with a giant coloring mural featuring Lightning McQueen and friends, along with a color pencil pack souvenir. Owned and operated by Enterprise Holdings, Alamo Rent A Car offers low rental rates and a hassle-free customer experience at the most popular travel destinations around the world.
  • Coppertone® is creating a racer pit crew that encourages visitors to take part in a tire-changing activity and photo-sharing opportunity. A leader in the sun care industry, Coppertone is made by Bayer HealthCare, LLC.
  • Crest® and Oral-B® celebrate the Road to the Races tour, providing fans with an opportunity to create a digital postcard with Lightning McQueen and get “Cars”-themed oral care products. Crest and Oral-B are the first step to enjoying a lifetime of healthy smiles.
  • Dole®, the leader in fresh, quality produce, invites visitors to fuel up and recharge their batteries, sample high-octane fruit and vegetable smoothies, collect “Cars 3”-inspired recipes and discover how Dole and Disney are working together to make healthy living fun and easy for families. To see more of Dole’s exciting promotions around summer family fun, visit
  • Mattel presents an interactive play area, which sends Lightning McQueen and other racers down the gravity drop and launches them into action in new play sets that feature locations from the movie. Also on display will be a collection of die cast racers from past and present. Mattel is the leading global childhood development and play company.

Fans will be able to catch a sneak peek of the movie in the Cinetransformer Mobile Movie Theater. Visitors will also be able to take photos with the life-size character cars. In addition, the sports national youth program NASCAR Acceleration Nation will display the science behind NASCAR racing, and elements from the NASCAR Hall of Fame will allow attendees to get up close and personal with the history of NASCAR. Mack Trucks, Inc. will transport the life-size character cars on the coast-to-coast tour.

Schedules are subject to change without notice, and attractions may be unavailable for unscheduled reasons.

Hurricane Hunters Tour

Want to tour the planes & talk to the pilots that fly into hurricanes for better forecasts?

For the first time ever, four Hurricane Hunter aircraft will be visiting Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) for a public event. Hurricane experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Air Force will visit to talk with our community to raise awareness of our local threats from  tropical cyclones, and the danger of being caught without a personal hurricane plan.

 Hurricane Hunter pilots and crew from NOAA and USAF, as well as Dr. Rick Knabb (Director of the National Hurricane Center/NHC), NHC hurricane specialists, and meteorologists from our local NWS forecast office will all be on hand to educate residents of vulnerable communities about hurricane preparedness, and will be available for interviews.

Staff from local and state emergency management offices, non-profit organizations such as the American Red Cross, NOAA & FEMA, and other partners will be a part of the event.

 Community groups, media, elected officials, and the public are invited to participate and tour the aircraft and exhibits. Public tours will start at 2 pm. The gates will close at 4:30 pm, but those inside will have until 5 pm to tour. Registration is not required for the public tours; those wishing to visit this event can simply show up any time between 2:00 and 4:30 pm. No backpacks or large bags permitted. Any attendee may have their bag searched.

For more information, contact Chris Strong of NWS Baltimore/Washington at 703-996-2223 or

Hands on History Tent in Alexandria for Kids

Step through the doors of the Mansion House Hospital for their annual Hands on History Tent! Children and their families are invited to explore the history that inspired Mercy Street through various crafts and hands-on activities. Visitors will have the chance to meet a Union Army surgeon and learn about medical tools and equipment from the era. One brave volunteer will have the opportunity to have an operation performed on them! This event is designed for children ages 3-12 but all are welcome!

Gaithersburg Book Festival

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is a celebration of the written word and its power to enrich the human experience. Our mission is to foster an interest in reading, writing and literary conversation.

Since its inception in 2010, the Festival has quickly become one of the nation’s top literary events, attracting hundreds of award-winning and best-selling authors, poets and songwriters from across the country to its quaint, park-like setting in the heart of Olde Towne Gaithersburg.

 The event was conceived and introduced by Gaithersburg Council Member Jud Ashman, with the support of the Mayor and City Council and the Cultural Arts Advisory Committee. The Festival is produced by a core committee comprised of city staff and a dedicated group of volunteers who donate their time and talent.

 Funded almost entirely by generous sponsors and supported by the City of Gaithersburg, the Festival is free to attend, offers free parking and is open to everyone.


Award-winning children’s and teen authors will speak about their recent books and interact with audiences in the Jim Henson and Willa Cather Pavilions throughout the day. Each presentation will be followed by a book signing. All books will be available for purchase in the Politics and Prose Book Sales Tent. We encourage you to support this fabulous independent book store.

In the GBF Children’s Village, you will also find a literary sea of activities, workshops and performances brought to us by multiple sponsors. They are designed to engage and stimulate your child’s book curiosity and interest in reading and writing.



Delight in fine art created by 130 of the nation’s best artists, live entertainment and Bethesda restaurants. 

Located in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle, along Norfolk, Auburn & Del Ray Avenues.
Admission to the festival is free and free parking is available in the public parking garage on Auburn Avenue. This event is held rain or shine.

Admission to the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival is FREE.

Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle, along Norfolk, Auburn & Del Ray Avenues

The Bethesda Fine Arts Festival was ranked #78 on the 200 Best Shows by Sunshine Artist  Magazine in September 2008, making it the highest ranked fine art show in Maryland!

Au Pair in America Cultural Fair

Au Pair in America, the nation’s first and largest au pair provider, will host a Cultural Fair at Nationals Park from 1 pm to 4 pm. Organized by local Au Pair in America counselors from the DC Metro Area, the fair provides a great opportunity for families who are looking for child care to learn more about the program. Au Pair in America host families and their au pairs from more than 30 countries will be in attendance along with Au Pair in America staff to answer questions. Games and activities are planned for children in attendance. Children will be given a passport card that they can affix country flag stickers to as they visit au pairs from around the world.

Mother’s Day Catch on the Field At Orioles Park

The Orioles will host a special Catch on the Field opportunity for parents and their children on both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day this season. The Mother’s Day Catch on the Field will take place on Sunday, May 8, prior to the 1:35 p.m. game against the Oakland Athletics while the Father’s Day Catch on the Field will be on Sunday, June 19, prior to the 1:35 p.m. game against the Toronto Blue Jays. 

Beginning this Friday at 11:00 a.m., fans may purchase one of two ticket packages that include a pair of tickets for the Mother’s Day game and a 25-minute pregame session of catch on the field at Oriole Park. Father’s Day packages will go on sale on Tuesday, May 10, at 11:00 a.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation.

The Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Catch on the Field packages are available for $200 ($100 for each additional participant) per game and include two Left Field Lower Box tickets (sections 82-84), the unique opportunity to play catch on the field for two participants, two soft baseballs, and a donation to the Orioles Charitable Foundation. An upgraded Catch on the Field Package is available for $250 ($125 for each additional participant) and includes two Field Box tickets (sections 56-58), as well as the opportunity to play catch on the field for two participants, two soft baseballs, and a donation to the Orioles Charitable Foundation. Fans are advised that availability is limited and the events are expected to sell out. To purchase, fans should visit Additional online fees apply.

Registration on May 8, for the Mother’s Day package and on June 19, for the Father’s Day package will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Schaefer Circle, outside of Home Plate Plaza, located on the southwest corner of the ballpark between Gates D & E. Participants must check-in 15 minutes prior to their session. In the event of inclement weather, a makeup date will be determined. Upon completing a purchase transaction, an information packet will be mailed and will include tickets, important information, and a waiver of liability which must be completed by each participant.

The Orioles will also celebrate Mother’s Day weekend and Father’s Day weekend with four exclusive giveaway items. On May 7, the first 10,000 female fans 18 and over will receive an Orioles canvas tote presented by MLB Network. On May 8, Mother’s Day, the Orioles will give away Orioles infinity scarves to the first 10,000 female fans 18 and over. The Orioles will also celebrate Father’s Day with unique giveaways including an O’s BBQ Tool Set presented by BGE on June 18, and a Father’s Day newsboy cap on June 19. Both items will be given to the first 10,000 male fans 18 and over.

Princess Train at B&O Railroad

All aboard the B&O Mile One Express with Olaf and some of your favorite princesses for a round-trip train ride fit for any king or queen. Little passengers board the decorated royal train car and have some fun! Come dressed as your favorite astronaut, railroad engineer, or prince or princess for an out-of-this-world experience. With paid admission train ride is an additional $3 for adults, $2 for children and FREE for B&O Members. No advance reservations required.