Holiday Happenings around the DMV

Bring in the holiday season with these fun events around the Greater DC area. Here’s a list of local festivals, shows, and light displays to help you get into the season’s spirit:

Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens is running from November 22 – December 31 (check their website for the full schedule with holiday closings). Brookside Gardens is transformed into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with twinkling colorful LED lights shaped into flowers, animals and much more. Brookside Gardens is close to our communities in Rockville:  Rollins Park, Congressional Towers Apartments and Country Place Apartments in Burtonsville.

Seneca State Park is holding a Winter Lights Festival from November 29th – December 31. The 3.5 mile drive through the magical display of lights will be open nightly. There will be over 450 illuminated displays that are sure to delight the whole family. The park is only a 10-minute drive away from our Brighton Village community.

The National Zoo is hosting Brew Lights on Thursday, December 12th. It will be the “hoppiest holiday” with craft beer and microbrew tastings throughout the event. Enjoy carolers and beautiful light displays and feel good about going because your ticket will support the zoo’s biology institute. it’s all happening just a short metro ride away from The Swift at Petworth. Read More “Holiday Happenings around the DMV” »

Celebrate The Fall Season at these Local Events

The fall season is here and with the changing leaves and cooler temperatures comes a host of fun local events in the DMV area. We’ve rounded up the best autumn events, from Oktoberfests to Halloween celebrations, happening around our communities. 


Rocktobierfest is on Saturday, October 5th and features live German Rock music. Enjoy festive classics like Würstl and Brezen⁠— traditional German sausages and pretzels. Then, pair your food with a pint from the many local brewery vendors there. This event is family-friendly with kids’ activities and free admission. Rocktobierfest is hosted by the City of Rockville at the Rockville Town Center, which is just a 10-minute car ride away from Rollins Park and Congressional Towers Apartments.


Taste of Bethesda, a favorite fall event, is returning on Saturday, October 5th. The event is at Woodmont Triangle, right next to Bethesda Place and only a 10-minute car ride away from Highland House, and Highland House West. The event is extremely popular with more than 40,000 attendees sampling bites from local restaurants. Find more information here.


The 28th annual Oktoberfest returns to Gaithersburg on Saturday, October 12th. The festival takes place along Main Street and Market Square and is two miles away from Brighton Village Apartments. There will be performances by traditional German Bands and the Alt-Washingtonia Bavarian Dancers. Enjoy pumpkin carving and apple cider pressing demonstrations to get into the fall spirit. Prost! Read More “Celebrate The Fall Season at these Local Events” »

September Events around the Greater DC Area

September is filled with fun events to enjoy the rest of the summer and usher in the fall season. Grab some friends and save the dates for these upcoming events:

Greater DC Area

DC Wine Fest is on September 14th, specially curated wineries will be serving wine all day for the ultimate wine lovers’ experience. The event is rain or shine and there will be live music to keep the party going. The fest is happening about 8 blocks away from Columbia Plaza and 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Labor Day Capitol Concert is an annual event that is happening on Sunday, September 1 on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The concert is free to the public and is about a half hour metro ride away from Columbia Plaza, The Swift at Petworth, and 2401 Penn Ave.

Zoo Uncorked on September 12th. Expect an evening event filled with wine and animals. Included in the ticket is unlimited wine tasting hosted by Total Wine and food trucks to purchase food and it’s all happening just a short metro ride away from The Swift at Petworth.


Rockville Town Square is holding “Salsa on the Square” every Thursday through September 26th. It’s a great way to get moving and it’s just a 10 minute car ride away from Rollins Park and Congressional Towers Apartments.

September 8th is the Takoma Park Folk Festival, a free event, all about folk music and the community. The event boasts over 60 musicians with crafts, games and food. Free Shuttles from Takoma’s Metro Read More “September Events around the Greater DC Area” »

Enjoy A Day At Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park has been a leafy oasis with miles of trails and picnic area for years, founded in 1890, it’s the oldest natural urban park in the National Park system. Open year-round it’s especially popular during the warmer months. The park is massive at 2,100 acres it’s two times the size of Central Park. 

The park’s paved trails are mostly flat which is great for bikers, runners, and hikers. On weekends, the park is closed to vehicles so you can get a full escape from the city. With 32 miles of trail, there is no shortage of loops and routes to take. The beginning of the main road that goes through the park, Beach Drive, is about 10 minutes away from Bethesda Place.

The park has horseback riding trails that will lead you through breathtaking forests. Horseback riding is allowed on the Western Ridge Trail and the Rock Creek Park Horse center is 3 miles away from Highland House and 

Highland House West. The center offers rides on guided trails through the park regardless of experience.

The park has many public facilities including an outdoor concert and theater venue. The Carter Barron Amphitheatre hosts concerts, festivals and the Citi Open tennis tournament is held there every July. The Swift at Petworth is just a 10 minute car ride away from the Amphitheatre. 

Peirce Mill is a water-powered gristmill that was built on a quaker farm in 1820 and a 30-minute metro ride away from 4000 Massachusetts Avenue. It’s an amazing landmark within the park that is open to the public and holds tours.  Read More “Enjoy A Day At Rock Creek Park” »


It’s easier than ever to eat, drink, and be merry with all of the local breweries in Montgomery County and DC. 

Just across the street from our Rollins Park and Congressional Towers communities, you’ll find 7 Locks Brewing. Famous for their “Surrender Dorothy IPA” they also feature local food trucks. 

One block from Bethesda Place Apartments you’ll find Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery. Part of a nationwide chain, the beer selection rotates weekly and the restaurant features a full menu. 

Our Country Place Apartments community is only a few miles from the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Halethorpe. It is the only one in the country and has a partnership with Lyft to ensure safe travels. 

Residents of the Swift Petworth can enjoy a crisp experience at the Capitol Cider House. They craft hard ciders using apples sourced within 200 miles of the Capitol building. 

Farmers Fishers Bakers in Georgetown doesn’t brew their own beer, but they have 24 taps featuring many local Maryland, DC and VA breweries. Their extensive happy hour makes it a great spot to visit, especially for the residents of our nearby 2401 Penn Ave community. 

Over the Potomac in Arlington is the New District Brewing Company. A few blocks from Aura Pentagon City Apartments, they are a dog-friendly establishment and encourage visits from our 4-legged furry friends. 

With our apartment communities are close to Metro stations and in thriving neighborhoods, it’s easy to spend time investigating the local flavors while staying close to home. For a complete list of our properties in the DMV click here