25 Top Arts and Culture Things to Do
Find African-American artifacts, symphony orchestras, woodcarvings, poetry slams, sculptures, Shakespeare, stoop storytelling and more in the diverse arts and culture scene of Maryland.
1 Glenstone Museum, Potomac
Glenstone hosts changing exhibitions of modern art in generously proportioned spaces that open up to a terrace overlooking a pond. A limited palette of materials—zinc, granite, stainless steel, and teak—allows the architecture to exist in harmony with the surrounding landscape and the art it houses. Please make reservations in advance for an unhurried, uncrowded experience with the art, architecture and landscape.
2 Downtown Frederick Public Art Trail
Downtown Frederick is a unique outdoor gallery of diverse and exquisite artwork. Frederick’s public art sheds light on the city’s history, as well as the personal dreams and ambitions of its citizens. Lifelike murals reside on the sides of historic buildings waiting to be discovered.
Check out Visit Frederick's online interactive map and to learn more about all of the art, or pick up a brochure and map at the Frederick Visitor's Center.
3 AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Spring
Cinephiles and all those searching for an alternative to mainstream movie-plexes, you can thank Montgomery County and the American Film Institute who partnered to redevelop this historic 1938 theater into a state-of-the-art complex, where you can take in programming largely unavailable elsewhere. See independent features and documentaries, attend a foreign film festival, or watch a series of classic movies, then discuss what you saw at a post-screening reception.
4 Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Hagerstown
Visit The Maryland Theatre to enjoy the big and bold sounds of this orchestra that regularly draws audiences from surrounding states. The Maryland Symphony Orchestra plays everything from classics to popular to traditional holiday tunes, so you’re sure to find music you love.