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What’s So Special About Takoma Park?

We’re known for our Victorian homes and tiny bungalows, our tree-lined streets, parks and spectacular spring blossoms. But more than that, we’re known for our sense of community, and our small-town atmosphere, all within arm’s reach of the Nation’s Capital.

Our many community festivals and family-oriented programs and activities make Takoma Park a unique and special community to live and play. Be sure to check out our yearly Calendar of Events!


Photo: exercise classWe’re a Health-Conscious Community

We have your health covered from A to Z:

 


Photo: Art Palette.We’re a Creative Community

Writers, dancers, designers, potters, musicians, opera singers and other creatives all make their home in Takoma Park. Some say we have one of the highest concentrations of artists per square centimeter! Okay, we don't know if there's empirical proof, but it sure seems like there's at least one creative-type on every block. Some blocks even have a New York Times bestselling author or two! And then there's:

 


Photo: scales of justice.We're an Active, Passionate and Involved Community

Takoma Park's city government has more than a dozen citizen advisory committees that volunteer their expertise to the council. Many talented and knowledgeable experts make Takoma their home, and they contribute their time on a variety of city committees ranging from environmental issues to landlord-tenant affairs.

Our city government has passed legislation on national and international issues like smoking in public places, purchasing goods from repressive regimes like Burma, and refusing to support corporations involved in the production of nuclear weapons. It all stems from our residents who want to practice what they preach … and practice good government. We really do think globally and act locally.


Photo: flowers.We’re a Colorful and Blooming Community

Did you know that Takoma Park is the birthplace of several varieties of azaleas? Longtime resident and first director of the U.S. Arboretum, B.Y. Morrison, developed dozens of varieties right here, and you can see many of them in the gardens at Takoma Junction and in front of City Hall. Azaleas, magnolias, tulips, daffodils, dogwoods and cherry trees are just some of the blossoms we see every spring. We’re also:


Photo: two children.We’re a Kid-Friendly Community

Our schools offer magnet programs in Science, Communication Arts, Spanish Immersion, Math, Computer Science, Gifted & Talented, French Immersion and more.

And when they’re not studying, we offer our children city-sponsored baseball and soccer sports leagues and after school music and arts programs to keep active. Ready for some quiet time? Check out our particularly child-friendly municipal library. Soccer fields, basketball courts, baseball diamonds, tennis courts… and it's all close to home.

 


Photo: folk singer on stage.We’re a Musical Community

Takoma Park is home to many music festivals each year. The annual JazzFest takes place every May. And mark your calendar for the Takoma Park Folk Festival each September, so renowned that music fans troop from far and wide to attend every year. There are free summer concerts, classical concerts, the Washington Opera (practicing in Takoma DC), and great music regularly in venues around town. Stop by Taliano's, Savory, Takoma Station, and the House of Musical Traditions for jazz, country and more good music.

 


Photo: 4th of July ParadeWe’re a Patriotic Community

Takoma Park hosts one of the oldest 4th of July celebrations in the country (116 years and still counting). Our parade is a delightfully diverse representation of our great city, from the VFW to the Marching Precision Lawnmower Drill Team. Join us along the curbs on Carroll and Maple Avenues!

 


Photo: couple in a park.We're an Environmentally Conscious Community

We have some of the most extensive environmental policies in the country. From our award-winning city recycling program to our laws that protect our trees and environment, our residents are environmental activists of every description.

 


Photo: textile.We Have Great Shopping

Take care of all your gift-giving needs by visiting our stores, artisan shops, and boutiques!

We’re home to more artisans than anywhere else in the metro area. Their handicrafts are readily available right in your home town! Our unique stores in Old Town feature wonderful pottery, beads and jewelry, woodworking, weaving, paintings, photography, metal work, and gift shops with other handmade treasures from around town and around the world. We believe in thinking globally and shopping locally!