Get Out: Greenbelt Weekend Events

See what's happening in and around Greenbelt this weekend.

Greenbelt has a lot to offer, and with temperatures expected to cool a bit, there's even more of a reason to get out and enjoy our community. Even with the possibility of Sunday thunder storms, the New Deal will keep its lights turned on, well, as long as Pepco can handle it.



Friday, Aug. 12

It's not too late to head on out to for its End of Summer dance. The festivities last until midnight. For $10 a person, dance the night away while the Retro-Rockets play classic rock hits of the '50s and '60s.

Saturday, Aug. 13

Hey Teens. Here's one for you. Want to show the world (or at least Utopia) your art skills? has a Sidewalk Chalk Art Competition as part of the library’s teen summer reading program. It starts at 11 a.m., and there are prizes.

Slim Pickinz plays at the New Deal Cafe from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The quartet offers a mix of original music and traditional bluegrass along with classic rock and classic country.

Sunday, Aug. 14

James Benson plays jazz guitar with rock and blues tones from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ask James about his March release of "Turning Toward Spring," a CD with nine original jazz fusion songs played by the James Benson Quartet.

If you're not planning to do some shopping this weekend, maybe you should reconsider. Sales tax free week starts on Sunday in Maryland and runs through Aug. 20. While it lasts, you can buy, sales tax free:

  • eligible clothing of $100 or less
  • eligible footwear of $100 or less
  • sorry, you get no break on accessories



On Saturday, Aug. 13, it's the Battle of Bladensburg Encampment at the Riversdale Mansion from noon to 4 p.m., at 4811 Riverdale Road in Riverdale Park. There will also be children's activities and live music through the afternoon.

The U.S. Army Field Band will be holding an outdoor concert in Fort Meade at Constitution Park on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, Aug. 14, enjoy Arts on the Waterfront at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park. Come out from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to hear live music performed featuring Oasis/Island Sounds.

Learn about Creatures of the Air at the Patuxent Research Refuge on Sunday, Aug. 14, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the National Wildlife Visitor Center site. Ages 5 to 7 are welcome.


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