Sponsor an M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation event and give back to the community by donating resources, in-kind services, or volunteering. Public events and festivals attract a diverse audience from Prince George’s County and the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Annual community events can attract crowds of 15,000 to 20,000. Community and corporate support is needed for event entertainment, prizes and giveaways, refreshments, advertising, and event promotion. Corporate volunteers also are a welcome resource at large events serving metropolitan area residents.
Event sponsors receive recognition through:
Event banners and signs
Opportunities for sponsor-related giveaways
Printed promotional materials
Special announcements at events
Sponsors may receive benefits such as event tickets, VIP parking, and stage time for introductions and announcements. Sponsorship packages vary depending on the size and scope of the event.
We conduct several large, annual special events designed just for seniors. Sponsorship opportunities include the following programs: Seniors on Stage, Senior Health and Fitness Day, Senior Dance Party, and six senior concerts offered throughout the year.
Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea, & the Arts (April)
The Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea, and the Arts is a celebration of spring with vendors providing herbs, spring plants, breads and baked goods, crafts, jewelry, and teas from all over the world. This event is held at the historic Montpelier Mansion in Laurel and includes children’s activities, gardening seminars, live music, and tours of the mansion.
Teen Cotillion (May)
The final event of a 16-week leadership and skill development program for teens where their accomplishments are recognized in front of friends, family, youth specialists and community leaders. These young men and women make their debut at the formal Cotillion ceremony each spring.
Beltway BBQ (May)
The Beltway BBQ Showdown contest highlights the art of barbecuing to citizens living in the Washington metro area including the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. As an event sponsor, organizations can test new markets, introduce products and play a role in an event that focuses on a distinctive and valued American pastime – BBQ!
Summer Concert Series (June, July, August)
Musicians and performers from around the Mid-Atlantic area come out to play each summer at Watkins Regional Park, Bladensburg Waterfront Park, and various parks in southern Prince George’s County. Thursday night concerts at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro run June through August and include a diverse range of musical tastes, including jazz, rock, rhythm and blues, latin beat, and almost anything you can dance to.
On Sunday afternoons at Bladensburg Waterfront Park, enjoy a wide array of talent from the Washington DC area including reggae, blues, military bands and children’s performers. On select Wednesdays in southern Prince George’s County, you can visit Tucker Road Athletic Complex, Cosca Regional Park, and neighborhood parks in the area for the Sunset Music Series. A variety of talent will be on hand from R&B to reggae to go-go and gospel.
Shakespeare in the Parks (July)
Through a collaboration with a national traveling theater troupe, each summer the Department of Parks and Recreation brings a Shakespearean classic to county residents through outdoor productions in Prince George’s County parks for one week in July. Past shows have included As You Like It, The Tempest, and Two Gentleman of Verona.
Celebrate Africa (September)
Discover the cultures, music, food, and fashion of Africa each September at Bladensburg Waterfront Park at the region’s largest festival focused exclusively on the continent of Africa.
Pre-Teen and Teen Program Open House (September)
Prince George’s County teens and parents are invited to open house events at M-NCPPC community centers in Prince George’s County each fall to introduce new programs and events for teens ages 12-17. We reach over 1000 youth who attend open house events at more than 40 facilities.
Hispanic Festival (September)
Celebrating the rich Hispanic heritage of Prince George’s County, the annual Hispanic Festival brings live music, food, craft vendors, games and family activities to the Hyattsville/Langley Park communities. This event serves over 15,000 participants from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. Sponsorships are available for event promotion, live entertainment, children’s activities, and community booths.
Kinderfest features live music, kid-friendly activities, a pumpkin patch, pony rides, hay rides, carnival food, and fun for all ages. Held annually at Watkins Regional Park, the family festival draws a large regional crowd of 10,000-15,000 and incorporates every area of the park into the day’s activities.
Jug Bay 10K Run for Wildlife (November)
More than 400 participants come from Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia to run or walk the trails at Patuxent River Park in Upper Marlboro. Participant registration fees support nature and outdoor education programs in our parks.
Winter Festival of Lights (November-December)
A holiday favorite since 1986, the Winter Festival of Lights offers a winter light show with more than 1 million lights decorating trees and displays throughout Watkins Regional Park. The Winter Festival of Lights features energy-saving light emitting dome (LED) lights, a laser light show, and light show night hikes and hay rides. Sponsorships may include lights displays, giveaways, promotions, and more.
Invest In The Future of Parks
High-quality parks are essential for a healthy and vital community. Parks and trails in Prince George’s County are used by millions of visitors each year. Commemorative gifts enhance and extend the park system to meet the needs of the growing community. Gifts in memory of an individual or honoring an important event beautify parks, support continued park development, and create community links to the Department’s award-winning park system.
The Department of Parks & Recreation welcomes commemorative gifts from
Honoring a Person or Event
Memorialize a family member or Colleague
Celebrate a Birthday, Anniversary, or Another special Event
All donors receive a dated certificate, a map recording the placement of the gift, and recognition with a tag or plaque.
Landscape specialists will provide a selection of native and durable trees for planting in selected park sites from September through May. These include shade, evergreen and flowering trees. Donations include the cost of a tree, a standard plaque, and maintenance for the life of the tree.
Park Renovation & Amenities
Amenities including sculptures, interpretive signage, bike racks, drinking fountains, or other suitable items may be arranged on an individual basis with park staff. These projects vary in size, cost, and availability of sites. Requests will be handled individually and gifts will include item costs and maintenance fees. Patrons’ good stewardship of the parks and natural areas will provide a lasting legacy for future generations.
The donation of a tree, bench, or another amenity to M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation’s park system does not constitute ownership of the item, the land upon which it is situated, or the surrounding lands. Department of Parks and Recreation staff can accept only those commemorative gifts that are in alignment with the Commission’s organizational mission and purpose. The Commission reserves the right to determine the suitability of all commemorative gifts and donations and expressly reserves the right to refuse any donation or commemorative gift. The Commission, in its sole discretion, will determine whether to repair or replace any of the commemorative gift items that are damaged, stolen, or destroyed.
Friends of the Park
A New Program
Friends of the Parks is a new program designed to honor the strength and support of Prince George’s county. Generous contributions foster programming and bring the community together in support of the parks we love.
Friends of the Park strives to improve the quality of life for all citizens of Prince George’s area through the enhancement, cultivation, and continued support of our parks and programming.
Reasons to Help
Kids to Camp Campaign 2023
Help give a Prince George’s County child in need the summer of their dreams at one of the 53 summer camp locations. Tax-deductible Friends of the Parks donations will contribute to summer camp experiences for eligible children based on documented need.
Give a child the gift of adventure, imagination, sports, the arts, nature, and fun. Pay it forward!
Campaign Goal- $10,000
Friends of the Park offers multiple supporter tiers catered to giving.
Legacy Champion- $1,000 or more
Includes a fifteen percent discount on a park permit, a commemorative brick placed at one of our parks or facilities, a personal feature on M-NCPPC social media, and more.
Parks Philanthropist- $500
Includes a ten percent discount on a park permit, a VIP pass to select Department Signature Events, a 6-month combo fitness pass, and more.
Parks Supporter- $150
Includes four daily swims and fitness combo passes, a “Friends of the Parks” tote and t-shirt pack, and more.
Community Ally- $75
Includes a “Friends of the Parks” water bottle pack, and more.
Friends of the Parks – $25
Includes a “Friends of the Parks” souvenir decal and subscription to our Community e-newsletter.
What Donation Supports
From athletic complexes and community centers to dog parks and tennis bubbles, Parks and Recreation supports many facilities throughout Prince George’s County.
Prince George’s has 4 regional parks, 370 community and neighborhood parks, and 165 miles of trails located throughout the county.
Parks and Recreation hosts hundreds of events each year for all ages, including festivals, summer camps, and learning programs.
For more information on these opportunities to invest in the community, contact below: