The Bethesda Fine Arts Festival and Mother's Day...they kind of go together, AND, its one of our most favorite BethesdaUp Events! The annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival is on tap for this coming weekend (Mother's Day Weekend!) and will be held rain or shine! Saturday, May 9 from 10am - 6pm and Sunday, May 10 from 10am - 5pm.
Whether you are looking for a last minute gift for mom - or want to take her to pick out her own - you can browse and shop for fine arts & crafts, eat delicious food and listen to live music! More than 120 contemporary artists, live entertainment, children's activities and local restaurant fare are expected during this annual weekend event.
Location: in Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle area. Norfolk, Auburn & Del Ray Avenues. Free admission, held rain or shine!
Just a few more Thursdays left this summer to catch live music in Downtown Bethesda!
Each Thursday evening from 6-8pm - live music that rocks the downtown! The FREE concerts take place in Veterans Park, corner of Norfolk & Woodmont Avenues.
Here is the lineup for the remainder of the summer:
July 31 - Flo Anito
August 7 - Levi Stephens
August 14 - Gary and the Grove
Enjoy five great films this summer beginning Tuesday, July 22!
SHOW DATES: July 22 - July 26, 2014
SHOW TIMES: 9:00 p.m.
SHOW PLACE: Corner of Norfolk & Auburn Avenues
Five consecutive nights of blockbuster hits at this annual event! Come view or favorite, or all 5!! Why, not? Its FREE!
Tuesday, July 22 - FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF
Wednesday, July 23 - MOONRISE KINGDOM
Thursday, July 24 - CITIZEN KANE
Friday, July 25 - PITCH PERFECT
Saturday, July 26 - TOP GUN
A limited number of chairs will be provided and attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs.
The Annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival is upon us and, as usual, coincides with Mother's Day Weekend!
WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 10am - 6pm & Sunday, May 12, 10am - 5pm
WHERE: Auburn & Norfolk Avenues in Bethesda
Weather you are looking for last minute shopping for mom, or just want to browse and shop for fine art & craft, eat delicious food and listen to live music - Bethesda is the place to be this weekend! According to the Bethesda UP website, there will be 130 artists from throughout the United States and Canada showcasing jewelry, furniture, painting, photography, sculpture and more. Click here for a list of participating artists.
In addition, the festival will have live musical, children's activities and good food from area restaurants.
Admission to the festival is free and free parking is available in the public parking garage on Auburn Avenue. This event is held rain or shine.
You know its getting close to summer (especially when the current temperatures in Bethesda and the DC area feel like July!) when Bethesda Urban Partnership starts promoting their annual Free Summer Concerts! Each Thursday evening from 6-8 pm (from May through July) live music rocks Veterans Park in downtown Bethesda! Here's a list of the thrilling events & groups coming this 2013 summer:
Veterans Park is located at Woodmont & Norfolk Avenues in downtown Bethesda.
- May 2 Joker's Wild www.thejokerswild.net Swing
- June 13 8 Ohms Band www.8ohmsband.com Horn Heavy Funk
- May 9 Lloyd Dobler Effect www.lloyddoblereffect.com Irish Rock
- June 20 Blue Funk Funk
- May 16 The Walkaways www.thewalkaways.com Alt-Country
- June 27 Wes Tucker www.westucker.com Rock
- May 23 JohnStone Reggae Band www.johnstonemusic.com Reggae
- July 11 19th Street Band the19thstreetband.com Rock/Country/Celtic/Bluegrass
- May 30 Flo Anito www.floanito.com Pop/Jazz
- July 18 Too Many Daves www.toomanydaves.org Brass
Don't hybernate - Come Out and Dine your way Through Downtown Bethesda & Chevy Chase!
Yes, we know everyone just finished up one of the more intensive months of eating, but you don't want to miss out on the biannual tradition as Bethesda / Chevy Chase's winter Restaurant Week begins Thursday January 24, 2013 and runs through Sunday, February 3, 2013. More than 20 Downtown Bethesda and Chevy Chase restaurants are participating in the 2013 Winter Bethesda-Chevy Chase Restaurant Week!
Participating restaurants will offer pris fixe gourmet cuisine items created exclusively for Restaurant Week. They will offer a 2-course lunch ($12 or $16) and a 2-course ($22) or 3-course dinner ($33), plus each restaurant will also offer its standard fare at regular prices.
Click here for a complete list of participating restaurants, along with phone numbers and links to make lunch or dinner reservations. Bon Appétit!
Though Downtown Bethesda will likely NOT look like the picture below, it does get you in the mood! And so will will Bethesda's annual WINTER WONDERLAND celebration this coming weekend - Saturday & Sunday, December 1-2, 2012.
As in year’s past, be sure to make time on your busy schedule to be entertained and start the holiday celebrations early with Bethesda’s annual WINTER WONDERLAND, set this year for December 1-2, 2012. Many free performances throughout downtown Bethesda, a live ice sculpting presentation and more!
Schedule of Events:
Saturday, December 1: 8:00 p.m.
The Winter Wonderland celebration begins at 8 pm with a concert featuring professional A Capella and gospel groups. Tickets to the concert are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Tickets for the concert may be purchased here --> https://btsolutions.securesites.com/event.php?id_event=3.
Sunday, December 2: 1:00 - 4:00 pm.
The celebration continues on Sunday, December 2 from 1-4 pm with a choral concert from local school performance groups, live ice sculpting and a visit from Santa Claus! Check Bethesda Urban Partnership website for more details – http://www.bethesda.org/bethesda/winter-wonderland.
Bethesda is bringing back its B.U.Y.S. - Bethesda Upscale Yard Sale on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 9 am - 2 pm...
Join the following Woodmont Avenue area businesses for some great deals at this traditional Bethesda Event. Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 9 to 2 p.m. on Woodmont Avenue between Fairmont & St. Elmo Avenues.
Here is a list of particpating stores:
- Bella Italia
- Blue House
- Blush Med Institute
- Bone Jour
- Creative Parties
- Daisy Baby
- Reddz Trading
- Sports Extra
Bethesda Brings Back Saturday Artist Market
Regional artists offering original fine art and crafts of nearly 20 local and regional artists at the Bethesda Artist Market on July 14 from 10am - 4pm. Shop for painting, jewelry, photography, wood, pottery, glass and more! Live entertainment is also featured throughout the day (see below).
The Bethesda Artist Market is located on Norfolk Avenue, between Fairmont & St. Elmo Avenues. Come early and also enjoy the regular summer Bethesda Farmers Market at the same location.
The Bethesda UP website lists participating artists as follows:
Jamie Agins, jewelry Jen Athanas, handbags Judy Bliss, jewelry Laurie Breen, mixed media Ana Cavalcanti, ceramics Karen Clark, jewelry Steph Dempsey, clothing Lynn Ferris, painting Evan Goldman, painting Constance Guerra, drawing Rod Hemming, ceramics Jean-Louis Monfraix, photography Gayle Mosier, basketry Jacobe Noonan, painting Avner Ofer, photography Amy Smith, photography Sherry Terao, jewelry Joel Traylor, painting Sandra Zacharia, jewelry
- 10-12:30 - Cletus & Lori (folk music)
- 1-3:30 - ilyAIMY (Indie sounds)
Imagination Bethesda, a children's street festival sponsored by Bethesda Urban Partnership, comes back to town on June 2, 2012! This year the festivities will take place in the "other side" of Bethesda - at Norfolk & Auburn Avenues. This Saturday, June 2nd from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - come and celebrate with the whole family at this absolutely free event! Activities include face painters, live entertainment, street dancing and more!
Downtown Bethesda's Modern Luxury Home, "The Hampden House"
5104 Hampden Lane in Downtown Bethesda's Coveted Edgemoor Neighborhood
The Edgemoor neighborhood in Downtown Bethesda
, Maryland, lined by Mature trees, gardens, and multi-million dollar homes, is just a stone throw to downtown Bethesda's urban village. 5104 Hampden Lane's especially "close-in" location allows just a few block walk to the the urban core and Metro station.
Learn more about design philosophies and amenities after picture gallery. For additional information and virtual tour, you may reference may featured homes displayed on every page of the site. For a new image gallery,
5104 Hampden Lane, Downtown Bethesda: In Pictures
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Yes, you heard correctly, Downtown Bethesda was awarded “downtown of the month” by the “International Downtown Association”
. I'm not kidding!
I’m un-aware if Downtown Bethesda has been given this distinction before but if not but it seems to fit the mold of one of the IDA’s most fundamental principal.
“The International Downtown Association is a world leader and champion for vital and livable urban centers”
I’ve yet to find the Metrics the IDA uses determine their “Downtowns of The Month” but it's safe to say.
- Downtown Bethesda deserves it...
- If consumer friendliness/fairness of Bethesda Parking laws and enforcement was a metric, I feel safe saying we would've been in trouble.
But an event like Bethesda Artist Market (which is tomorrow - sorry for the late notice!) seems to be microcosmic of what makes the urban core of Downtown Bethesda so vibrant, unique, progressive...and deserving of many awards.
Just click on the following links for more information about the Bethesda Artist Market. International Downtown Association, and Downtown Bethesda real estate...
One of the great things about living in the Bethesda area is being able to take advantage of the many “street fairs” that happen throughout the year. One of my favorites, the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, is being held on Mother’s Day Weekend.
Recently ranked by Sunshine Artist Magazine (September 2008 issue) as #78 in the Top 200 Best Craft Shows, the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival will be held this year on Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th. Saturday hours will be from 10am to 6pm and Sunday goes from 10am until 5pm.
The location of the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival will be in the Woodmont Triangle area, using Norfolk, Del Ray and Auburn Avenues. There will be live entertainment, food from some of Bethesda’s most popular restaurants and, of course, fine crafts presented by 150 artists from around the country.
For detailed information on this year’s festival, see you can visit the offical website below. See you there!