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 vhillman@bethesda.org.

August September

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

Children's Events/Classes

August 1 - August 5 - D.C. United Summer Camps

Full & half day summer soccer camps. The Landon School, 6101 Wilson Lane. Call for times & prices. 5-16. 202/587-5498.

August 1 - August 12 - Musical Theatre Camp

Exposure to acting, performance skills, music coaching, costumes & more. International School of Music, 10450 Auto Park Ave. Mon.-Fri., 9:30am-3pm. Ages 7-12. $51. 301/365-5888.

August 1 - August 12 - Dance Summer Camp

Dance all day & learn various styles. Dansez Dansez, 4907 Rugby Ave. 9am-5pm. Ages 3-15. $365/week. 301/652-2551.

August 2 - August 14 - Theatre Performance

The Little Mermaid. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave. Call for times. Ages 5+. $10+. 301/280-1660.

August 2 - August 16 - Build & Learn with Lego

Imaginative construction with LEGO; blocks supplied. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. Tues., 2pm. Ages 6-10, accompanied by adult. FREE. 240/777-0970.

August 3 - August 27 - Puppet Performance

Penguins’ Playground – August 4, 6-7; Bedtime Buddies – August 10, 13-14; Panda-Monium – August 17, 20-21; Bunny Business – August 24, 27. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. 10am. Ages 2-4. $6. 301/634-5380.

August 4 - Puppet Show

Barefoot Puppets present Trickster Tales. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 10:30am. Ages 3+. FREE; tickets handed out 30 min before. 240/777-0970.

August 8 - Read to a Dog

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

August 17 - Bethesda Loves the Kids

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

August 17 - Family Movie Night

Families are invited for a viewing of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (PG). Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 6:30pm. Elementary School Age. FREE. 240/777-0970.

August 19 - Evening Stream Splash & Campfire

After a cookout explore Cabin John Creek’s pools & riffles; footwear for the stream required; bring your own hot dogs & rolls, smores provided. Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. 5:30pm. Ages 3+; registration required. $7. 301/765-8660. 

August 20 - Science Presentation

Race Against Time with Sciencetellers; experience the science of power & energy through hands-on experiments. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 2pm. All Ages. FREE; tickets handed out 30 min before. 240/777-0970.

August 22 - August 26 - Italian Summer Camp

Italian Language Program-Italian Cultural Society, 4827 Rugby Ave., Suite 301. Monday-Friday, 9am-3:30pm. Ages 4-11. Call for prices. 301/215-7885.

August 23 - August 24 - Family Storytime

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

August 26 - Night Hike & Campfire

Take a nature walk with a naturalist & roast marshmallows by a campfire. Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. 7pm. Ages 2+; registration required. $6. 301/765-8660. 

Classes/Workshops

August 1 - September 30 - Tai Chi Class

Enhance balance, flexibility & strength through Tai Chi. Sun & Moon Taiji One, 4916 Fairmont Ave. Call for times & prices. Ages 8+. 301/512-5071.

August 1 - September 30 - Community Yoga Class

Mixed-levels yoga class. Unity Woods Yoga Center, 4853 Cordell Ave., Suite PH7. Fridays, 6-7pm. Ages 14+. $8 cash. 301/656-8992

August 1 - September 30 - Chinese & English Classes

Chinese Now! & English Now! 4630 Montgomery Ave. Suite 300. Call for times & prices. All ages. Chinese Now!: 301/785-3892; English Now!: 301/718-3575.

August 6 - Adoption Workshop

International & domestic policy informational meeting. The Barker Foundation, 7979 Old Georgetown Rd., 1st Fl. 9:30am-12pm. Ages 21+. FREE. 301/664-9664.

August 11 - Playwriting: Exposition Workshop

Participants will consider various strategies for managing exposition. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 7:30-10pm. Ages 18+. $50. 301/654-8664.

August 11 - August 14 - Yoga Teacher Training

Become a certified Yoga Teacher; 200 HR training. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St. Call for hours & pricing. 301/986-1090. 

August 12 - Candlelight Yoga

Release tension, calm the mind & explore inner depths through gentle flow yoga. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St. 8-9:30pm. Ages 12+. $20. 301/986-1090.

August 13 - Dialogue Workshop

Lecture & practice-based workshop that explores dialogue as a technique for improving character dimensions & engaging the reader. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 10am-12:30pm. Ages 18+. $50. 301/654-8664.

August 13 - Pranayama Breathwork

Learn pranayama to cultivate optimal well-being. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St. 12-2pm. Ages 12+. $40. 301/986-1090. 

August 19 - August 20 - Weekend Mediation Retreat

The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St. Fri., 6:30-9:30pm & Sat., 12-5pm. Ages 12+. $149. 301/986-1090.

August 20 - Write a Winning College Essay

Learn the elements of great college admission essays, brainstorm potential essay themes & develop an essay outline. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 10am-12pm. Ages 13+. $50. 301/654-8664.

August 25 - Write Like the News

Learn key journalistic writing skills. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 7-9pm. Ages 18+. $50. 301/654-8664.

August 27 - Pacing Your Story

Learn how to create scenes that move quickly & engage the reader. The Writer’s Circle, 4508 Walsh St. 10am-12:30pm. Ages 18+. $50. 301/654-8664

August 27 - August 28 - Italian Immersion Course

Course prepares travelers to navigate Italy & interact with Italian residents. Italian Language Program-Italian Cultural Society, 4827 Rugby Ave., Suite 301. 9am-5pm. All Ages. $210/16 hours. 301/215-7885.

August 28 - Introduction to Tai Chi

Learn a form of non-impact exercise, moving mediation, performing art & martial art. Sun & Moon Taiji One, 4916 Fairmont Ave. 10-11am. Ages 8+. FREE. 301/512-5071. 

Concerts/Music

August 14 - Concert

DC Fusion; high-energy dance band led by keyboardist Benjie Porecki. Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. 7:30pm. $10. 240/330-4500. 

August 28 - Concert

Soul Sessions featuring Conya Doss. Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. 8pm. $35. 240/330-4500. 

Discussions/Readings

August 7 - Mariposa Poetry Reading

Poetry reading by writers who participated in Mariposa Poetry Retreat; reception to follow. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 2-4pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 301/654-8664.

August 9 - Book Discussion

Discussion of The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 10:30am. Ages 18+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

August 14 - Poetry & Prose Open Mic

Share your latest poem, novel excerpt or other short piece. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. Sign-up begins at 1:30 pm; readings begin at 2pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 301/654-8664. 

August 21 - Little Patuxent Review Reading

Readings by writers published in Little Patuxent Review; reception to follow. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 2-4pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 301/654-8664.

Live Performance/Exhibit

August 6 - September 24 - Laugh Riot at the Hyatt

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

August 31 - September 24 - The Trawick Prize Exhibit

Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards exhibit; work by eight finalists. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. Wed.-Sat., 12-6pm. Opening Reception: Fri., Sept. 9, 6-8pm. FREE. 301/215-6660. 

Special Events

August 6 - Pottery Sale

32nd Annual Kiln Club Clearance Sale; rain or shine. Bethesda Elementary School, 7600 Arlington Rd. 9am-1pm. FREE. 301-652-2252.

August 7 - September 25 - Bethesda Central Farm Market

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

August 10 - 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. http://www.protectbethesdaopenspace.com/

August 20 - Wear Blue: Run to Remember

Join a running community that honors the service and sacrifice of the American military. Meet at the corner of Beach Dr. & Cedar Ln. 7:30am. FREE.

August 24 - 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. http://www.protectbethesdaopenspace.com/