Weekend Events: Gaithersburg Book Festival; Preakness History Happy Hour; Chevy Chase Garden Tour
A sampler of what's happening May 17-19
History Happy Hour “A Day at the Races” – Friday – Sandy Spring Museum
Editor, publisher and horse racing expert Joe Clancy discusses thoroughbred racing on the eve of the Preakness Stakes. Drinks and snacks provided. 6:30-8 p.m. Tickets $20. 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring.
“Shrek the Musical Jr.” — Friday through Sunday – Arts Barn Gaithersburg
KAT-2nd Stage performance of the kid-friendly musical based on the award-winning movie and Broadway musical. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets $15. 311 Kent Square Rd, Gaithersburg.
Gaithersburg Book Festival – Saturday – City Hall, Old Town
More than 100 featured best-selling and award-winning authors – including Ben Bradlee Jr., Gennifer Choldenko, Dhionelle Clayton, Alan Gratz , Anne Hillerman, Bob Levey, Jessica Long, Elinor Lipman, Gary Schmidt, Etan Thomas, Jeff Zentner and more – will participate in panel discussions and book signings. Free, interactive writing workshops, a Children’s Village, literary exhibitors, the Brew and Vine Cafe featuring live entertainment, and onsite book sales by Politics & Prose. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Parking and accessible shuttle buses from Shady Grove Metro and Lakeforest Mall are free. Full schedule online.
Historic Chevy Chase Garden Tour – Saturday – Chevy Chase
Annual Garden Club of Chevy Chase tour of eight private gardens and opportunities to meet landscape designers, plants for sale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets $30 in advance, $40 on day of tour. Tour begins at 1 Quincy St., Chevy Chase. Information and tickets online.
Taste The World in Fenton Village Festival – Sunday – Silver Spring
Ninth anniversary of Fenton Village festival featuring music, vendors and a restaurant crawl. The Silver Spring neighborhood has some 200 shops and restaurants. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. More information online.