Check out Kensington’s Monthly Event – THIRD THURSDAY NIGHT OUT
If you haven’t had a chance to explore the charming Town of Kensington, this is your chance! The Town, along with many of its fine shops and eateries, will open their doors for special events, discounts, open mic, book readings, chess challenges and more on Thursday, November 17, 2011 from 5-8 pm. Come on out and see what Kensington has to offer!
Summer is just around the corner – let the Downtown Bethesda event planning begin!
Bethesda will be kicking off the season with a slew of family friendly activities, starting with Imagination Bethesda on June 4th. The 17th annual arts celebration features live entertainment and hands-on activities like face painting, arts & crafts and sing-alongs with live performers. The Little Maestros, the Funny Guy, and Mutts Gone Nuts are just a few names of performers who will take the stage from 11am to 4pm.
Woodmont Avenue and Elm Street, the urban core of Downtown Bethesda, will be lined with tents all day (21 in total!) featuring local interactive businesses like Audubon Naturalist Society, Bethesda Magazine, Gymboree Play & Music… the list goes on! The event is open and free to
families all day.
Downtown Bethesda Artist Market
The following weekend is the now famed Downtown Bethesda Artist Market on June 11th (and also on July 9th) Bethesda will be the center exhibit for local art with the Bethesda Artist Market. Located on Norfolk Avenue, 25 local and regional artists will sell their paintings, jewelry, and other fine crafts throughout the day’s event, accompanied by live music. The public can enjoy the sounds of Soul, Indie, Jazz, Folk, Light Rock and Pop music from local faves.
Movie Night in Woodmont Triangle (“old” Downtown Bethesda”)!
Toward the end of July from the 26th to the 30th, still on Norfolk Avenue, the public can watch all-time favorite movies for free, right on the lawn. Stars on the Avenue will feature The Breakfast Club, Rocky, and the Social Network for the 7th annual outdoor movie series, with show times beginning at 9pm. Movie-goers are encouraged to bring their own chairs for comfort – there will be limited seats available!
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This Friday marks the last Bethesda Art Walk of 2008. On the second Friday of every month, 13 galleries and studios open their door from 6 – 9pm to welcome visitors. We are extremely fortunate in Bethesda to have such a fine inventory of artwork – featuring local as well as national and even international offerings. There are paintings, photographs, sculpture and a variety of mixed media.
The 13 galleries – although scattered throughout downtown Bethesda — are within walking distance and it’s a fun time to enjoy the holiday decorations as you stroll through the streets. Remember that there is also the free Bethesda Circulator (with even more stops now!) that can offer an easy way to get to your next stop if you need a rest.
For a list of the participating galleries and a map of the Bethesda Circulator route, you can click here.
This weekend, Bethesda will host a number of celebrations of the season. Beginning at 8PM on Friday, December 5th at Imagination Stage there will be a free Winter Concert with four a cappella and Gospel groups. Imagination Stage is located at 4908 Auburn Avenue and there is plenty of garage parking.
On Saturday, December 6th, you can watch live ice sculpting at 1PM at Veterans Park, which is located at the corner of Norfolk and Woodmont Avenues. A Student Concert and the arrival of Santa Claus will follow at 2PM at the same location. At this concert, there will be performances by students from Garrett Park Elementary School, Our Lady of Lourdes, Seneca Valley and Watkins Mill High Schools and St. Jane de Chantal.
It will be a great weekend to get into the holiday spirit by attending one or more of these free local events. ENJOY!!