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Montgomery County, MD Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 55
Total Sleeping Rooms 9,664
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 447
Committable Meeting Rooms* 24
Convention Center Space 48,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 23,408 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 23,408 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $251
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $76
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $230
*Maximum for a single hotel

Montgomery County, MD Meeting Planning Overview

Close. For Comfort.

Montgomery County, Maryland, puts endless art, entertainment, and attractions — as well as some of the country’s most beloved historical sites — right at your fingertips, close to the action but a world apart.

On the water or in the woods, a date night downtown or on a brewery tour, travelers will find a broad scope of America’s favorite pastimes. Explore the great outdoors, soak up history and culture at one of the countless museums and galleries, and indulge in some of the country’s best shopping and finest restaurants.

With new and exciting culinary crossroads, rich history, and outdoor adventures, Montgomery County is an iconic and unparalleled gateway to the nation’s capital, just a short Metro ride away.

Bustling with busy kids and happy parents, date nighters and culture vultures, thrill seekers and comfort creatures, Montgomery County has something for everyone — with classic Maryland flavor.

About Visit Montgomery, MD

Visit Montgomery, MD is the destination marketing organization for Montgomery County, Maryland, which is located just north of Washington, D.C. Whether you’re traveling to the metropolitan area for business or leisure, we’re here to bring you helpful information about our area, no matter the season.

Meeting and event planning in Montgomery County offers historic landmarks, beautiful scenery, and diverse cities such as Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, Rockville, Gaithersburg, and Germantown. Montgomery County event venues benefit from being a short distance to Washington, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Northern Virginia. But while Montgomery County may serve as a gateway to Washington, its affordability, accessibility, recreation, and cultural wealth make it a group and meeting destination all its own.

In fact, Montgomery County's accessible location puts it within 45 miles of three major airports: Ronald Reagan National Airport, Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Groups can also ride the Metrorail system, the second-busiest rapid-transit system in the nation. Metrorail operates via 13 Red Line stations throughout Montgomery County, with a total of 106 miles of track along five lines, which serve 86 stations. Visitors can also ride Metrobus, which covers 150 square miles in D.C., Maryland ,and Virginia, with service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train provides rail service throughout Maryland, Washington, and West Virginia; it also connects to both Metrobus and RIDE ON Montgomery County Transit.

The largest among Montgomery County meeting venues is the 447-room Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, which features nearly 50,000 square feet of total meeting space. Its event venues include a 23,408-square-foot ballroom, a 120-seat amphitheater, and 20 meeting rooms.

Among Montgomery County special event venues and attractions, VisArts at Rockville, located in the heart of Rockville Town Square, is home to three galleries and resident artist spaces. VisArts is a dynamic nonprofit arts center that features educational programming for the public. Private events may be held in VisArts' Gibbs Street Gallery, Executive Conference Center, and 2,500-square-foot Buchanan Event Room. In addition, one of Montgomery County's most beloved attractions, the Strathmore Music Center in North Bethesda, hosts world-renowned music and dance performances by international, national, and local artists, as well as rotating fine-art exhibitions and literary lectures. The Strathmore Music Center also welcomes private events at its two venues, including the turn-of-the-century Mansion at Strathmore and Music Center at Strathmore, which features soaring glass walls and windows overlooking the site's 11 acres of hills and lawns.

Nestled within Wheaton Regional Park in Silver Spring, Brookside Gardens features a variety of garden spaces, including a Japanese Garden, Butterfly Garden, and Rain Garden, as well as two conservatories. Brookside Gardens welcomes indoor private events in its Visitors Center and conservatory space, while outdoor private events can be held throughout the garden spaces. One of the largest professional theater companies in the D.C. area, Round House Theatre produces nearly 200 performances each year in its Bethesda and Silver Spring theaters. Round House Theatre welcomes private rentals of its 400- and 150-seat theaters, as well as its Education Center.

In addition, many of Montgomery County's restaurants offer private event and group space. Located in North Bethesda, Seasons 52 creates healthy fare that evolves with the seasons. Groups can dine on healthy selections (nothing on the menu is over 475 calories) in the restaurant's four private dining options, on the patio, or at the chef's table. Family owned and operated since 1977, Bethesda's Positano Ristorante Italiano features six private dining rooms, accommodating up to 600 guests, while Rockville's Mykonos Grill serves traditional Greek cuisine and offers a 50-person banquet facility. Also located in Rockville, the upscale vintage pizza bistro Matchbox is a Montgomery County favorite for group dining.

About Montgomery County, MD / Additional Info

Montgomery County features a rich history, made evident by its many historical sites. Founded in 1776, the county ceded 36 square miles to the federal government in 1791 in order to create the nation's capital. County historical attractions include the National Capital Trolley Museum, which is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of Washington's electric street railways. The museum displays historical exhibits and even takes visitors on streetcar rides through the beautiful Northwest Branch Park.

Montgomery County offers meeting participants a variety of urban environments, cultural diversity, and outdoor recreation, as well as fantastic shopping and dining. All of the county's communities feature distinct flavors and highlights. Rockville, the county seat, is known for its historical charm, while Silver Spring is a lively arts and entertainment district bursting with cultural attractions, such as The Fillmore Silver Spring and AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. Bethesda and Chevy Chase are renowned for their urban sophistication and variety of shops and eateries, while Potomac is one of the wealthiest communities in the country. Kensington is a historic community lined with elaborate Victorian homes and an antique row commercial area, and Wheaton is a downtown revitalization area bursting with arts and entertainment options. Germantown is one of the country's fastest-growing communities, while Gaithersburg features neo-traditional urban sophistication.

Even though Montgomery County is located adjacent to Washington, it features a multitude of recreation options, thanks to 200 miles of trails and paths, nine golf courses, 33,602 acres of parkland, a national park, a state park, and nine regional parks. Outdoor recreation attractions include Go Ape! and the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring. Go Ape! is home to a treetop adventure course full of obstacles, Tarzan swings, and the longest zip lines in the region (perfect for group events and team-building). The family-friendly Adventure Park offers an aerial forest adventure that is fun, exciting, and safe for ages 7 and up. For a different kind of team-building, Gaithersburg's 300 Shady Grove is a high-energy, exciting entertainment venue that features state-of-the-art bowling lanes with multimedia screens at the end of each lane. As the only vineyard/winery in Montgomery County, Sugarloaf Mountain Winery welcomes guests and groups to enjoy vineyard tours and tastings of its award-winning Bordeaux wines.

 
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