Azalea Garden Festival
For more than 60 years, the Azalea Garden Festival has been our school’s signature event and an eagerly anticipated rite of spring for members of the Landon community, as well as Bethesda and the greater D.C. area. Each year on the first weekend in May, Landon’s gorgeous 75-acre campus welcomes thousands of visitors for a weekend of family fun and fundraising: All proceeds from the weekend’s events go toward student financial aid (which 25 percent of Landon boys receive) and faculty enrichment programs.
The festival, organized and run completely by volunteers, features thousands of beautiful plants for sale, including (of course) an array of azaleas, and a bevy of specialty boutique vendors. Families enjoy rides, games and face-painting at our FunLand amusement park on Freed Field, take in the budding beauty of the Perkins Memorial Garden, eat delicious food as they listen to live music on Miniter Quad, and get exercise for a great cause when they participate in the Mark’s Run 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run (proceeds go to the Joslin Diabetes Center).
The 2015 Azalea Garden Festival runs Friday to Sunday, May 1–3, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily, with a kickoff Spring Fling party April 29 from 7–10 p.m. Marianne Powell is this year’s Azalea Festival chair.