Silver Spring, an unincorporated city, is Maryland’s third most populated area. Silver Spring's downtown offers residents and visitors alike a variety of shops, restaurants, arts and culture in this recently redeveloped urban center.
Silver Spring's Silver Theatre, built in 1938 by noted architect John Eberson, is now known as the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, featuring a restoration of the original theatre and housing two stadium theatres, office and meeting space and reception and exhibit areas. The AFI Silver Theatre offers visitors not only a variety of movies, but also filmmaker interviews, panels, discussions, musical performances and other events.
Downtown Silver Spring hosts the annual Silverdocs documentary film festival, an eight day event including 100+ films representing more than 60 countries. Silver Spring hosts a number of other events, including Montgomery County’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and the Silver Spring Jazz Festival. Silver Spring is a convenient gateway to downtown Washington, as well as all-points Maryland, via Georgia Avenue and I-495. Washingtonian Magazine notes that downtown Silver Spring has been transformed to "one of the region's most desirable areas for families and young professionals."
Via Second Avenue, residents enjoy convenient access to the Capital Crescent Trail, a hiker-biker trail connecting Georgetown in Washington, DC to west Silver Spring. Within a few blocks on Seminary Road, Montgomery Hills Park is a 3.75 acre local park with a basketball court, tennis court, playground and gazebo serving North Woodside and Montgomery Hills residents.