2nd annual Montgomery County GreenFest entertainment lineup is set

Tree Climbing with Montgomery Parks
April 19, 2016
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The Montgomery County GreenFest Planning Committee has announced the entertainment lineup for the 2nd Annual GreenFest. It is the County’s largest environmental festival, a dynamic celebration to bring together a community dedicated to build a greener, healthier community locally and globally. This free event is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Takoma Park Community Center at 7500 Maple Avenue.

“I encourage everyone to come out to enjoy our 2nd Annual GreenFest,” said County Executive Ike Leggett. “Our event organizers have put together a wonderful celebration for everyone – both children and adults – who are looking to pursue a greener lifestyle.”


Music on the Outdoor Stage

The outdoor stage provided by the Maryland-National Capitol Park and Planning Commission Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County, will feature local musicians and dancers. This area will provide attendees a chance to relax from visiting the vendors and workshops and participate in a dance lesson or two.

  • 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.:  Kathryn Para, environmentally themed folk and ukulele music
  • 12:30 – 1 p.m.: Hālau Nohona Hawai`i, Hawaiian music, hula, and song
  • 1:15 – 1:30 p.m.: Thomas Young Dance, Ethiopian dance
  • 1:30 – 2 p.m.: MAELSTROM, fiddlers
  • 2 – 2:15 p.m.: Thomas Young Dance, Ethiopian dance
  • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.:  The Lovejoy Group, jazz, funky blues and smooth Latin rhythms


Kathryn Para

Kathryn Para


“Takoma Park was founded by people looking for clean air and water and natural beauty,” said Mayor Stewart. “Today, we are home to many environmental activists, including a group of young people who successfully lobbied City Council to ban polystyrene food service ware city-wide. It’s essential that we make sure we work with residents of all ages to protect the environment and ensure the City’s legacy is fostered in future generations.”


Environmental Films

Two documentary films will be screened at GreenFest. The featured documentary in partnership with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital is E.O. Wilson: Of Ants and Men. This award-winning film chronicles the life and impact of renowned biologist E.O. Wilson who changed how we see and understand the environment around us.


Screening at GreenFest


The second documentary is Water Blues, Green Solutions, a short film on the role that green infrastructure plays in urban environments. It will be followed by a panel discussion on how the themes of the film apply to Montgomery County.


Activities for Kids

Elementary-aged children will enjoy rope-assisted tree climbing with Montgomery Parks, arts and crafts, and a storytime with the Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart. High school students are invited to the High School Extravaganza, a student led discussion and networking session, while kids of all ages will enjoy the electric vehicle show, green scavenger hunt and exploring the more than 80 exhibitors and vendors.

Family Enjoying GreenFest




Food will be available for purchase at the event. The Mesob on Wheels food truck and the Chatpat Truck, will serve Ethiopian and Indian cuisine, and vegetarian and vegan menu items will be available, as well as a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream truck.


The Details

The full schedule of special events, including the welcome by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, and festival information is available at montgomerycountygreenfest.org.  As part of the GreenFest’s commitment to lowering our ecological footprint, the website is designed for mobile usage so festival attendees can view the schedule on their phones rather than printing schedules.

Parking will be available at the Takoma Metro Lot, Takoma Park Middle School, and public lots. Accessible parking is available behind the library. The City of Takoma Park will provide a free, accessible shuttle from the Takoma Metro station, nearby parking and downtown Takoma Park to the event. GreenFest also encourages taking the bus, biking, or walking to the event.

Sign language interpreters and other auxiliary aids or services are available upon request, with as much advance notice as possible, preferably at least three business days before GreenFest. Contact Jessica Jones at 240-777-7753 (voice) or send a request toaskdep@montgomerycountymd.gov. TTY users use Maryland Relay.

Montgomery County GreenFest is organized by a coalition of government and non-profit partners designed to connect County residents with resources for environmental solutions to build a healthier planet and greener environment. For more information, contact Jessica Jones at 240-777-7753.


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