Weekend Events: Concerts, Cabaret and a Crafts Festival

What’s happening Oct. 20-22


Sugarloaf Crafts Festival—Friday to Sunday—Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg

Via Sugarloaf Crafts Festival/Facebook

The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival features hundreds of professional artists and craftsmen who work in wood carving, basket weaving, jewelry, clothing and more. The event features live demonstrations and a Festival of Foods, with concession stands and samples of chocolate, jam, dip, wine and bread.

GoldLink—Friday night—The Fillmore, Silver Spring

Via Fillmore

Washington, D.C., area native GoldLink earned acclaim for his first mix tape, The God Complex, and was named to the XXL magazine Freshman Class in 2015. The rapper’s latest album, At What Cost, brings in elements of go-go and music from the African diaspora.

Tickets are $30 to $35 for the 11:30 p.m. show.

Lila Downs—Friday night—Strathmore, North Bethesda

Via Strathmore

Mexican-American musician Lila Downs brings together pop, Mexican and indigenous music in her performances. She’s won a Grammy and four Latin Grammys and has nine studio albums.

Tickets are $38 to $78 for the 8 p.m. show.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival—Saturday—Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville

Via F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival

The 21st annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival will include writing workshops and a keynote address from Washington Post editorial cartoonist and writer Tom Toles. This year, the festival will give its annual award to writer Annie Proulx, author of the story “Brokeback Mountain.”

Tickets are $25 to $68 for the 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. event.

Strathmore Cabaret—Saturday night—AMP by Strathmore, North Bethesda


Strathmore Cabaret night will feature swing dancing and Strathmore Artists in Residence performing music by Duke Ellington, Cole Porter and Ella Fitzgerald. Proceeds will benefit Strathmore’s artistic development programs.

Tickets are $150, which includes dinner and drinks. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. and performances begin at 8 p.m.

VisArts celebration—Sunday—VisArts, Rockville

Via VisArts

VisArts on Gibb Street in Rockville is celebrating 30 years with free workshops in the afternoon. The sessions include work with printmaking and ceramics, as well as a chance to build a sculpture.

The free event runs from 1 to 4 p.m.

Nobuntu—Sunday and Monday—Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, Silver Spring

Via Montgomery College

An all-female a cappella quintet, Nobuntu performs traditional Zimbabwean music infused with Afro jazz and gospel. The group has been nominated for best musician of the year at the Zimbabwe International Women Awards in London.

Tickets are $25 for general admission, with discounts for students, staff, senior citizens and children. There are shows at 2 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m. Monday.

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