Arts & Entertainment

The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center is a Washington D.C. regional success story, bringing a little of Hollywood to downtown Silver Spring. With its state-of-the art facilities, the AFI Silver is considered the best theatre in the United States. Showcasing the best film has to offer, “The Silver” has become a mecca for entertainment in the region. In cooperation with Discovery, AFI hosts the annual AFIDOCS International Film Festival that attracts more than 15,000 filmmakers and luminaries from all over the world each June.

Just across the street, The Fillmore Silver Spring brings a dynamic, first-class music, entertainment, and community use venue to downtown Silver Spring, in partnership with Montgomery County. For more than 40 years, the legendary Fillmore name has stood as the link between some of the most influential artists in music and their fans. With a capacity of 2,000, the Fillmore Silver Spring offers an array of diverse live music programming. Located in the heart of downtown Silver Spring, the Fillmore joins the American Film Institute and Discovery Communications as cornerstones of the neighborhood’s exciting arts and entertainment district.



During the summer months, the Silver Spring Thursday Concert Series brings free musical performances to Veterans Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring.  Music styles run the gamut, from rock & roll to blues, to Latin rock, to jazz, to Zydeco, to R&B, and everything in between.


The Silver Spring Jazz Festival, hosted each fall in the heart of Silver Spring, has become an annual marquee event for Silver Spring, drawing music-loving audiences of more than 20,000 from not only Silver Spring, but throughout Maryland, neighboring Washington, D.C., Virginia and even Pennsylvania. With a blend of instrumental jazz and smooth vocals, it has featured world-renowned headliners such as Sergio Mendez in 2012, Branford Marsalis in 2013, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in 2014.


At the southern end of Silver Spring, Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center features a variety of cross-cultural performances and events for all ages. The Center provides a comprehensive program focusing on the cultural intersection of performing the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences, and the influence of human culture on the natural and built environments.  It examines traditional and contemporary indigenous, American, and international cultural expression through presentation of music, theatre, dance, cultural exhibitions, film, lectures, forums and cultural exhibitions.  The Center includes a 500-seat dance and music theatre with state-of-the-art stage and acoustics, as well as a 116-seat theatre that is used as a classroom and for performances.






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For more Places of Interest please check out the Montgomery County Conference and Visitors Bureau