Special Events

Bethesda Urban Partnership produces year-round events to delight downtown residents, visitors and guests.

Bethesda Art Walk
Second Friday of every month
Bethesda art walk galleries and businesses showcase original fine art on the second Friday of every month from 6-9pm. Free guided tours are held in June and September.
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Play In A Day
February 20, 2016
Play In A Day challenges playwrights, directors and actors from Washington, D.C. area theatres to create original plays in just 24 hours. The result is an unpredictable theatrical experience.
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Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards
March 4, 2016
adjudicated contest will award a talented songwriter a grand prize of $10,000. 
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Bethesda Film Fest
March 19-20, 2016
Bethesda Film Fest celebrates the work of local and regional documentary filmmakers, screening five selected films.
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Bethesda Literary Festival
April 15-17, 2016
This event celebrates the literary arts with renowned authors, journalists and poets, as well as contests for local writers.

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Summer Concert Series
May - July

Live music rocks downtown Bethesda May through July on Thursday evenings in Veterans Park.
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Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
May 14 &15, 2016
The Bethesda Fine Arts Festival is a two-day art fair featuring 140 booths of fine art and fine craft along with the best local bands in the region.

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Imagination Bethesda
June 4, 2016
Imagination Bethesda is a street festival celebrating children and the arts featuring cultural and educational activities by local businesses and organizations, musical entertainment and more for the 12-and-under crowd.
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Bethesda Painting Awards Exhibit
June 2016
The Bethesda Painting Awards is a juried competition that awards $14,000 to regional painters. The finalists' artwork is featured in a group exhibition.

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Bethesda Outdoor Movies
July 26-30, 2016
The Bethesda Outdoor Movies features five nights of blockbuster hits under the stars at the corner of Norfolk & Auburn Avenues.
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The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards Exhibit
September 2016
The Trawick Pirze is a juried art competition honoring regional artists across all mediums. Finalists are featured in a group exhibition and $14,000 is awarded to the winners.
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Taste of Bethesda
October 1, 2016
Taste of Bethesda, held the first Saturday in October, is a renowned food and music festival featuring more than 50 delicious Bethesda area restaurants. Taste also features four stages of musical and cultural entertainment.

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Bethesda's Winter Wonderland
December 3, 2016
Winter Wonderland features holiday festivities for families including a professional choral concert, Live ice sculpting, holiday performances from local schools and more.
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