Sixth Annual Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival

By Editorial Team on September 19, 2022
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Event: Sunday, September 25 at 10am

The Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival returns to the streets of Wheaton on Sunday, September 25 for the 6th annual event. The festivities will take place in the Marian Fryer Town Plaza in Downtown Wheaton. The Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival celebrates the artistic and cultural diversity of the community and provides a unique showcase for local artists.

The Arts Parade starts at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Grandview and Ennalls Avenues. It will move down Georgia Avenue, around the Wheaton Triangle Business District, ending at the festival site on the town plaza above the Wheaton Metro Station.

Anyone can join the parade as long as they push, pull, carry, wear or perform art. On this day everyone can be an artist. There are no motor vehicles, but there will be more than 15 large artist-designed floats – some old favorites and some new ones, including a gold and silver double tetrahedron.

The parade will walk to the beat of marching bands, bagpipes, drums and dance companies. A map of the parade route can be found at https://www.wheatonartsparade.org/wapf2022. Come and parade the triangle!

The celebration will continue at the festival with 50+ tents of original art for sale and three stages of continuous performances from noon-5 p.m. featuring some of Montgomery County’s top talent. Confirmed performers include Strathmore artists: Taisha Estrada, Amadou Kouyate, and Seán Heely, plus Urban Artistry Dance Company, the Wheaton Studio of Dance, the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance, Beijing Opera Dance, and showcases by Albert Einstein High School and Northwood High School. Carpe Diem is bringing a number of performers including: Munit and Z Lovebugs, Mr Lilo, Gabrielle Zwi & Friends, Christina Drapkin, and the Glenn Pearson Band w/ Dick Kaufmann. Local musicians Roadside Attraction, Dir and the Howlers, and Spencer J, and Cody as Always and Tai the Bouffoon will be on stage!

Food will be available to purchase from local award-winning restaurants from pupusas to pizza, from burgers to bundt cakes. Once again, the festival will include a Beer Garden featuring Astro Lab Brewing and True Respite Brewing Company.

More than 40 individual artists as well as art organizations and galleries will sell their original art, including artists from the Montgomery Art Association, the Washington Watercolor Association, the Capitol Hill Art League, Gallery 209 and the Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery.

Family fun will include balloon art, chalk art, face painting and various free art-making activities.

A map of the festival tents and the program of entertainment on each stage can be found at https://www.wheatonartsparade.org/wapf2022.

Wheaton is one of three Maryland Arts and Entertainment Districts in Montgomery County. The mission of the Wheaton Arts Parade organization is to bring the community together with art. The parade and festival are sponsored in part by the Montgomery County Government, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Montgomery Parks and Planning, the County Department of Environmental Protection, Montgomery County Recreation, Greenhill Properties, Westfield Wheaton, the Maryland State Arts Council and numerous local businesses and community organizations.

For more information on the parade and festival visit: www.wheatonartsparade.org.

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