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.

October November

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

Children's Events/Classes

October 1 - October 31 - Playseum Storytime

Fun & creative thematic stories, followed by a free fruit or veggie snack with matching art activities. Playseum, 7000 Wisconsin Ave. Mon.-Fri., 11am, 2pm; Sat., 11am, 2pm, 5pm. $9/admission. 301/807-8028. 

October 5 - November 17 - Puppet Performance

Pinocchio. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Call for times. Ages 5+. $12; group rates available. 301/634-5380.

October 5 - October 26 - Teen Writers' Club

Meet other teen writers, share your work & strengthen your writing. Hosted by Bethesda Library at The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St. Thursdays, 7:30pm. Ages 12-18. FREE. 240/777-0970.

October 7 - Music Classes

Engaging, educational activities; singing, dancing, playing instruments & more. International School of Music, 10450 Auto Park Ave. 9am, 10am & 11am. Ages 3-5. FREE. 301/365-5888. 

October 7 - October 28 - Puppet Performance

Baby Bear’s Birthday – Oct. 7, 11, 15; World on a String – Oct. 18, 22, 28. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. 10am. Ages 2-4. $6. 301/634-5380.

October 7 - October 29 - Theatre Performance

The Smartest Girl in the World. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave. Sat. & Sun., 1:30pm & 4pm. Ages 6-11. $10+. 301/280-1660.

October 22 - Open House at Sidwell Friends Lower School

Tour campus & learn about the PreK-4th grade programs. Sidwell Friends Lower School, 5100 Edgemoor Ln. 2pm. FREE. 202/537-8111.

Classes/Workshops

October 1 - October 31 - Italian Classes

Italian language, culture, art & cooking classes. Italian Cultural Society, 4833 Rugby Ave., Ste 201. Call for times & prices. Ages 14+. 301/215-7885.

October 1 - October 31 - English Classes

English Now!, 4630 Montgomery Ave., Ste. 300. Call for times & prices. All Ages. 301/718-3575. 

October 1 - October 31 - Tai Chi Classes

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

October 4 - October 25 - English Conversation Club

English conversation practice for non-native English speakers. BCC Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, 2nd Fl., Room C. Wednesdays, 11am-12:30pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 

October 4 - Short Story Writing

Learn the basics. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street. 7pm. Ages 18+. $50. 301/654-8664. 

October 12 - October 15 - Yoga Teacher Training

Become a certified instructor; 200hr training. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St., Ste. 100. Ages 12+. Call for times & prices. 301/986-1090. 

October 13 - October 14 - Mind-Body for Cancer

Supports cancer patients & caretakers & teaches methods of cancer care. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St., Ste. 100. Fri., 6:30-9:30pm & Sat., 12-5pm. Ages 12+. FREE for patients. 301/986-1090.

October 14 - Adoption Information Meeting

International & domestic policy informational meeting. The Barker Adoption Foundation, 7979 Old Georgetown Rd., 1st Fl. 9:30am-12pm. Ages 25+. FREE. 301/664-9664.

October 14 - Writing Class

Learn how to overcome your inner critic. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street. 1pm. Ages 18+. $50. 301/654-8664. 

October 21 - Elements of Fiction: Dialogue

Learn how to write dialogue. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street. 10am. Ages 18+. $50. 301/654-8664. 

October 28 - Standup Comedy in Writing

Learn to apply comedy techniques to your writing. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street. 1pm. Ages 18+. $80. 301/654-8664. 

Concerts/Music

October 5 - Concert

Drew Davidsen; singer/songwriter, guitarist. Bethesda Blues & Jazz, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. 8pm. $25. 240/330-4500.

October 7 - Concert

Ocean Orchestra: Leaves of Autumn; Irish music & traditional instruments mixed with electronics & percussion. Cedar Lane UU Church, 9601 Cedar Ln. 7:30pm. All Ages. FREE. 301/493-8300. 

October 8 - Concert

Lisa Loeb. AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave. 8:30pm. $30-$37. 301/581-5100.

October 12 - Concert

Brasil Guitar Duo, João Luiz & Douglas Lora. The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. 7:30pm. $30. 301/581-5100.

October 13 - Concert

Incognito; funk/jazz/soul/dance. Bethesda Blues & Jazz, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. 7pm & 10pm. $60. 240/330-4500.

October 19 - Concert

Paula Cole. AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave. 8:30pm. $30-$40. 301/581-5100.

October 22 - Concert

The Gibson Brothers; bluegrass. AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave. 8pm. $30-$40. 301/581-5100.

October 26 - Concert

Rachel Franklin, piano; with SONOS. The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. 7:30pm. $30. 301/581-5100.

October 29 - Concert

Billy Gilman. Bethesda Blues & Jazz, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. 7:30pm. $45-$75. 240/330-4500.

Discussions/Readings

October 4 - Book Discussion

Discussion of Six Years by Harlan Coben. Hosted by Bethesda Library at Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Ln., Room C. 1pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

October 7 - Poetry Reading

Readings by Shirley Brewer & Fleda Brown. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 2pm. Ages 16+. FREE. 301-654-8664. 

October 14 - Poetry Reading

Poetry & prose reading with Melissa Scholes Young, Iggy McGovern & Miranda K. Pennington. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 3pm. Ages 16+. FREE. 301-654-8664. 

October 17 - Book Discussion

Michael Bevel discusses Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell. Hosted by Bethesda Library at Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Ln., Room B. 7pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

October 21 - Poetry Reading

Readings by Nancy Naomi Carlson, Lola Haskins & Katherine E. Young. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 2pm. Ages 16+. FREE. 301-654-8664. 

October 26 - Author Discussion

Novelist & short story writer Alice McDermott speaks with Washington Post columnist Bob Levey. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 2pm. Ages 16+. FREE. 301-654-8664. 

Live Performance/Exhibit

October 7 - October 28 - Comedy Show

Live standup comedy. Positano, 4948 Fairmont Ave. Saturdays, 8-9:30pm. Ages 18+. $10 (cash). 301/946-1102. 

October 10 - November 4 - Art Exhibit

Blooming; Metal Art by Wajin Kim. Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East West Hwy. Tues.–Sat., 12-6pm. Reception: Fri. Oct. 13, 6-9pm; Meet the Artist: Saturdays, 1-3pm. FREE. 301/951-9441.

October 11 - November 4 - Art Exhibit

Sent and Received; artwork explores the tradition of care packages by service members, curated by Naval Support Activity Bethesda. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. Wed.-Sat., 12-6pm. Reception: Oct.20, 6-8pm. FREE. 301/215-6660.

October 12 - Comedy Show

Kevin Lee. AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave. 8pm. $14. 301/581-5100.

October 15 - Cinema Art Bethesda

Film screening of Harmonia (Israel); discussion to follow. Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave. 10am; doors open at 9:30am. $15; includes bagels & coffee. 240/395-0042.

October 20 - Art Reception

An evening celebrating the art of Linda Cafritz; additional local artists’ work will also be on display. SR/A La Collection, 7020 Wisconsin Ave. 7-9pm. All Ages. FREE. 301/560-3700. 

October 21 - November 15 - Art Exhibit

Artwork by Jamie Marin-Price. Marin-Price Galleries, 7022 Wisconsin Ave. Mon.-Sat., 10:30am - 7pm, Sun., 12-5pm. FREE. 301/718-0622. 

Special Events

October 1 - October 29 - Bethesda Central Farm Market

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

October 7 - 28th Annual Taste of Bethesda

50 restaurants & 5 stages of live entertainment. Woodmont Triangle. 11am-4pm. FREE entry; four tasting tickets for $5. 301/215-6660.

October 7 - Rescue Day

Fire & rescue squad activities for all ages. B-CC Rescue Squad, 5020 Battery Ln. 11am-4pm. FREE. 301/652-0077.

October 14 - October 15 - Bethesda Row Arts Festival

Ceramics, glass, painting, photography & more. Elm St., Woodmont Ave. & Bethesda Ave. Sat., 11am-6pm & Sun., 10am-5pm. FREE. 301/637-5684.

October 15 - Fire Dept. Open House

Tour Glen Echo Fire Dept.; junior firefighter training, bounce house, free hot dogs & more. Glen Echo Fire Dept., 5920 Massachusetts Ave. 11am-2pm. All Ages. FREE. 301/229-3200.

October 15 - Italian Movies & Cultural Events

Social meeting & Italian movies. 4833 Rugby Ave., Ste.201. 1-5:30pm. Donations accepted. 301/215-7885.

October 22 - Crab Feast to Benefit BCC Rescue Squad

All-you-can-eat steamed crabs, fried chicken, potato salad, baked beans & more. Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, 5020 Battery Ln., Anastasi Room. 1-5pm. $45/person in advance; $50/person at door.  301/442-4136 

October 22 - Fall Back to Bethesda

Celebrate Fall with the whole family and support the Bethesda Fire Department, NIH Charities, and the metroBethesda Rotary Foundation.  Rock Creek Mansion on Cedar Lane, 5417 West Cedar Lane. 12 - 4pm. $10. 

October 30 - Empty Bowls Bethesda

Capital Area Food Bank fundraiser; guests receive lunch from area restaurants & a handmade bowl. Hyatt Regency Bethesda, One Bethesda Metro Center. 11am-1:30pm. $35/ticket; proceeds provide meals to neighbors in need. 202/644-9882.