Events Calendar

The Bethesda Urban Partnership publishes a bi-monthly calendar of events and distributes it free of charge to area residents and businesses. To submit an event to be considered for the print or online calendar, please contact Valerie Hillman at

July August

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Concerts/Music | Classes/Workshop | Children's Events/Classes
Discussions/Readings | Live Performance/Exhibit | Special Events

Children's Events/Classes

July 2 - July 31 - Puppet Performance

Jellybean Circus – July 2-3; Dragon Babies – July 6, 9-10; Winter Wonderland – July 13; Clowning Around – July 23-24; Magic Toyshop – July 27, 30-31. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. 10am. Ages 2-4. $6. 301/634-5380.

July 6 - July 20 - Storytime

Enjoy children's stories. Barnes & Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave. Wed., 10am. FREE. 301/986-1761. 

July 11 - Read to a Dog

School-aged children are invited to practice reading aloud in short, semi-private sessions with certified therapy dogs. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 4-5pm. FREE. 240/777-0970.

July 13 - July 16 - Family Storytime

Stories, songs, rhymes & other early literacy activities. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. July 13 & 16, 10:30am. All Ages. FREE; Tickets handed out 30 min before. 240/777-0970.

July 14 - Arts & Crafts

Children of all ages are invited to drop in and make some fun crafts. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 2pm. FREE. 240/777-0970.

July 14 - GOGO Learn & Play

Description: --  A free, fun-filled community event to prevent summer learning loss in honor of National Summer Learning Day.  Veterans Park , Norfolk & Woodmont Aves.  11am-2pm. FREE.

July 20 - Family Movie Night

Families are invited for a viewing of Fantastic Mr. Fox (PG). Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 6:30pm. Elementary School Age. FREE. 240/777-0970.

July 21 - August 28 - Puppet Performance

Peter and the Wolf. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Call for times. Ages 3+. $12; group rates available. 301/634-5380.

July 23 - Music n’ Motion

Join performer Tracey Eldridge for interactive musical activities including sing-alongs & story songs with puppetry. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 11am. Ages 3+. FREE; Tickets handed out 30 min before program. 240/777-0970.


July 5 - July 24 - Introduction to Tai Chi

Learn Sun & Moon Taiji One's dynamic approach to Tai Chi as a form of non-impact exercise, moving meditation, performing art & martial art; no prior experience necessary. Sun & Moon Taiji One, 4916 Fairmont Ave. June 5 & July 24,10-11am. Ages 8+. FREE. 301/512-5071.

July 7 - July 28 - Real Estate Career Course

Prepare to pass the real estate salesperson examination & start a career in real estate. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage School of Real Estate, 7272 Wisconsin Ave., Ste.100. Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, 9:30am-4pm. $199. 

July 9 - Writing Workshop

New Feature Films Break Screenplay Conventions. Watch, analyze, and discuss recent films that break the mold. The Writer's Center 4508 Walsh St. 10am-5pm. Ages 18+. $115. 301/654-8664.

July 13 - September 21 - Healthy Choices

A Suburban Hospital registered dietician will help you get started on the best way to achieve a healthy body through nutrition, exercise & behavioral skills. Wed., 7-8pm. $145. Ages 18+. 301/896-3939.

July 14 - July 17 - Yoga Teacher Training

Become a certified yoga teacher. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St. Suite 100. Call for times & prices. 301/986-1090.

July 16 - Writing Workshop

Writing with Woolf. A workshop discussing and analyzing the methods of Virginia Woolf. The Writer's Center 4508 Walsh St. 10:30am-4:30pm. Ages 18+. $115. 301/654-8664.

July 26 - Writing Workshop

Words and Wine: Use Your Senses to Improve Your Writing. Participants join food writer Aaron Hamburger for an evening of wine tasting at Vino Volo & learn how to maximize the senses in their writing. Register with The Writer’s Center. Ages 21+. 6:30-8pm. $80. 301/654-8664.

July 28 - Bethesda Green Speaker Lunch Series

Marc Silverstein, from On the Marc Media, will speak about “The Fundamentals of Media and Public Relations: How to Position Your Company in a Positive Spotlight.”  Bethesda Green, 4825 Cordell Ave., Ste. 200. 12 -1:30pm. $25; lunch provided. Registration:

July 30 - Writing Workshop

How to Write and Produce Your Independent Film. The Writer's Center 4508 Walsh St. Ages 18+. 10am-5pm. $115. 301/654-8664.

Community Meetings

July 11 - Community Meeting

Discussing Battery Lane water main replacement. Bethesda Chevv Chase Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane. 7-9pm. FREE. 410/363-0150. 


July 7 - July 28 - Bethesda Summer Concerts

Live music in Veterans Park. Corner of Norfolk & Woodmont Aves. Thurs., 6-8pm. All Ages. FREE. 301/215-6660.

July 9 - Concert

Shenandoah Run, nine-piece folk ensemble. AMP by Stratmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave. 8pm. $30-$40; portion of the proceeds will benefit Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-Being. 301/581-5100.

July 9 - September 2 - Concerts

Free Friday concerts on the plaza. Old Georgetown Road, Wisconsin Avenue and East-West Highway, just outside Bethesda Metro station. 6-9pm. FREE.

July 15 - Concert

Evermay Chamber soloists partner with the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras of Strathmore. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane.7:30pm. $15. 301/581-5100.


July 6 - Book Discussion

Discussion of Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 1pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

July 12 - Book Discussion

Discussion of Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 10:30am. Ages 18+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

July 17 - Poetry & Prose Open Mic

Share your latest poem, excerpt from your novel or other short piece. The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St. Sign-up begins at 1:30pm; Readings begin at 2pm. FREE. 301/654-8664.

July 24 - Author Reading

Readings by authors including Laura Shovan, Allison Joseph, Jon Tribble, Grace Cavalieri, Michael Gushue & Clarinda Harriss; reception to follow. The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St. 2-4pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 301/654-8664.

July 30 - Novel Year Program Information Session

Learn about the second Novel Year Program; beginning September 15, serious novelists who have completed a draft of their manuscript will have the opportunity to workshop their entire novel over the course of a year. Learn about the structure of the workshop and get to know the teacher. The Writers Center, 4508 Walsh St. 10:30 am-12pm. FREE. 301/654 - 8664. 

Live Performance/Exhibit

July 2 - July 30 - Laugh Riot

Live standup comedy show. Hyatt Regency Hotel, 7400 Wisconsin Ave. Sat., 8-10pm. Ages 18+. $10 (cash). 301/946-1102.

July 6 - July 20 - Art Exhibit

Work by Antonio Scott. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. Wed.-Sat., 12-6pm. FREE. 301/215-6660.

Special Events

July 1 - December 31 - Bethesda Central Farm Market

Bethesda Elementary School, 7600 Arlington Rd. Sun., 9am-1:30pm. FREE. 

July 2 - July 22 - Baseball Game

Bethesda Big Train plays. Shirley Povich Field, 10600 Westlake Dr. 7:30pm. $9/adults, $7/seniors (65+) & students, $5/kids ages 6-12. 301/365-1076.

July 9 - Ice Cream at the Plaza

Join Clark Enterprises for an evening of summer fun, including treats and live music at the Bethesda Metro Plaza. 6:30-9pm. FREE.

July 9 - Mysa School Open House

Join the Mysa School Team to learn more about the new cozy little microschool in the heart of Bethesda! Mysa School is a 21st century version of the one room schoolhouse (for grades 6-12) that emphasizes getting out into the real world to learn. La Madeleine, 7607 Old Georgetown Rd. 10am-12pm. FREE. RSVP:

July 16 - Bethesda Loves Our Pets

Join Clark Enterprises and enjoy an afternoon with you pets; veterinary experts available for questions and answers, snacks & toys provided. Bethesda Metro Plaza. 12-2pm. FREE.

July 23 - Bethesda Loves Kids

Join Clark Enterprises for a day of fun for the kids; food, games, arts & crafts & more. Bethesda Metro Plaza. 12-4pm. FREE.

July 26 - July 30 - Bethesda Outdoor Movie Series

A different blockbuster movie is shown each night. Woodmont Triangle, corner of Norfolk & Auburn Ave. 9pm. FREE. 301/215-6660.