Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

Events and Performances

New ticket subscription plan!

Buy tickets for any six jazz, folk, or blues concerts and get a seventh $25 concert free. Call the arts center at 301-377-7800 or 410-792-0664 for details.

Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and The Arts
Saturday, April 30, 10 am
Annual Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea, and the Arts

Annual Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea, and the Arts FREE
Held rain or shine

Hosted by Montpelier Arts Center and Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site, celebrate spring at this fun festival for the entire family!

Visit the resident artists’ studios, watch art demonstrations, paint the Montpelier bird, and create spring-themed crafts. Stroll the Arts Center’s galleries and view exhibitions by Cianne Fragione & Seth Aldesberger and Dominie Nash.

At 1 pm, enjoy a classical recital by the Fortunata Trio (flute, clarinet, and bassoon).

Adjacent to the Arts Center is Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site. Visit the Mansion and stroll the beautiful grounds where you can purchase art, crafts, food, herbs, plants, and more. Self-guided tours are available year-round from
11 am – 3 pm (Thursdays–Tuesdays).

The Montpelier Classical Recital Series
Saturday, April 30, 1 pm
Fortunata Trio, Flute/Clarinet/Bassoon

Fortunata Trio, Flute/Clarinet/BassoonThe Fortunata Trio includes Alicia Kosack on flute, Laura Armstrong on clarinet, and Kimberly Buchar Nolet on bassoon. Celebrating the joy and good fortune of performing chamber music as friends, they present unique programs that have recently featured works by women, Latin American, and a variety of 20th century and classical composers.

Free; $5 donation appreciated

Following the recitals, please join us for a reception sponsored by CAAPA: Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts.


LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, May 6, 8 pm
Bumper Jacksons

Bumper JacksonsThe Bumper Jacksons are hot and sweet, painting America's story from New Orleans' brothels to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78's, the Bumper Jacksons boldly and elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, DIY style.

Recognized as the region's "Best Traditional Folk Band" at the 2013 and 2014 Washington Area Music Awards, the Bumper Jacksons are playfully creative with their originals and re-imagining roots music with both power and tenderness.

Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, Bumper Jacksons bring you into the center of a party where everyone's invited and the dance floor never sleeps.

Tickets: $25/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors

Special Events at Montpelier
Saturday, May 7, 11 am
Pen & Pose: A Workshop in Yoga and Writing

Yoga and writing both use literal and metaphorical vehicles to discover parts of ourselves that have lain dormant, illuminating pathways to feelings, memories, images, and stories embedded within our tissues, and helping us reflect, heal, and build community.

In this workshop, we’ll get in touch with our bodies through breath work and poses; mindfulness techniques will slow the mind and create a sense of the sacred; and writing exercises will help excavate what gets buried inside.

Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat, and your favorite notebook and pen.

Ages 18 & up; FREE

Smooth Sounds for Seniors at Montpelier
Thursday, May 12, 12 am
DC’s Finest aka “The Doo Wop Cops”

DC’s Finest aka “The Doo Wop Cops”DC's Finest is an a cappella group consisting of active and retired DC police officers who are often referred to as "The Doo Wop Cops." All members are Washingtonians who attended local high schools and sang at some point in their lives with a doo-wop group in the 50's and 60's.

Those years are revisited by many each time the group takes the stage with their a cappella nostalgic renditions of songs of the past as well as some of the current hits.

Tickets: $12/person


LIVE at Montpelier!
Friday, May 13, 8 pm
René Marie

Starting her music career at age 42, René Marie experienced a whirlwind of success rarely seen in the jazz world. Winning over critics, receiving awards such as “Best International Jazz Vocal CD,” gracing the Billboard charts multiple times, and headlining major international festivals, her most recent achievement was the nomination of her album, I Want to Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt for the 2015 Grammy Awards. A woman of great strength and humor, Marie specializes in writing her own music that shines attention on important issues in America, including race relations.

“[René Marie’s] delivery is so honest, so personable, so intimate […] that it is impossible to resist her charms. Her vocal agility, pitch-perfect musical sensibility, collaborative spirit and charisma give her the ability to deliver a tune like no one else.” ---Adam Parker, Arts & Culture Writer, The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)

Tickets: $30/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors


LIVE at Montpelier!
Saturday, May 14, 5 pm
René Marie

René MarieStarting her music career at age 42, René Marie experienced a whirlwind of success rarely seen in the jazz world. Winning over critics, receiving awards such as “Best International Jazz Vocal CD,” gracing the Billboard charts multiple times, and headlining major international festivals, her most recent achievement was the nomination of her album, I Want to Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt for the 2015 Grammy Awards. A woman of great strength and humor, Marie specializes in writing her own music that shines attention on important issues in America, including race relations.

“[René Marie’s] delivery is so honest, so personable, so intimate […] that it is impossible to resist her charms. Her vocal agility, pitch-perfect musical sensibility, collaborative spirit and charisma give her the ability to deliver a tune like no one else.” ---Adam Parker, Arts & Culture Writer, The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)

Tickets: $30/person; 10% discount for Montpelier members & seniors


Special Events at Montpelier
Friday, May 20, 7 pm
Yoga & Jazz

Breathe in… breathe out! Breathing connects yoga, jazz, and life to achieve the perfect balance between hard and soft, the firm and flexible, and the give and take. Get some relaxation and find your center this evening at a yoga class with live jazz music. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.

Ages 18 & up; FREE

Special Events at Montpelier
Saturday, May 28, 11 am
The Art of Yoga

Enjoy an hour-long yoga class in the beautiful galleries of Montpelier Arts Center. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Following the class, explore the art exhibitions in the galleries and discover the gorgeous grounds of Montpelier.

Ages 18 & up; FREE