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.

May June

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

Children's Events/Classes

May 2 - May 31 - Puppet Performance

Snow Show – May 2; The Mother Goose Caboose – May 3; Penguins’ Playground – May 9; Animal Crackers – May 10; Teddy Bear’s Picnic – May 13; Teddy Bear’s Picnic – May 16; Clowning Around – May 23; Old McDonald’s Farm – May 31. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. 10am. Ages 0-4. $5. 301/634-5380.

May 6 - Ants on Parade

Learn about insects & watch ants up close; outdoor activities included in this program. Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. 10am. Ages 2-5, accompanied by adult. $5; registration required. 301/765-8660.

May 6 - May 20 - Mommy & Me French Classes

Sing and play in French together! Bonjour Mama, 3786 Howard Ave. Wed., 9:45-10:30am. Ages 2-6. $25 per child per session. 1-888-951-1119

May 7 - June 21 - Puppet Performance

Cinderella. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Thurs. & Fri., 10am & 11:30am; Sat. & Sun., 11:30am & 1pm (no 1pm show on May 30 & 31). Ages 4-12. $10; group rates available. 301/634-5380.

May 13 - Over in the Meadow

Explore the meadow at Locust Grove; outdoor activities included in this program. Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. 10am. Ages 2-5, accompanied by adult. $5; registration required. 301/765-8660.

May 15 - Bats are Back Mini-Fest

Welcome the bats back from winter hibernation; crafts, activities, hike & more. Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. 7:30pm. Ages 5+, accompanied by adult. $5; registration required. 301/765-8660. 

May 30 - Kids Bicycle Rodeo

he Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail (CCCT) and the Maryland-National Capital Park Police will conduct a free bicycle rodeo for children and parents. Washington Episcopal School along the Capital Crescent Trail, 11am-1pm. FREE. 

Classes/Workshops

May 3 - Family Yoga Workshop

Yoga class for the family. Unity Woods Yoga Center, 4853 Cordell Ave., Suite PH7. 3-4pm. Ages 7+. $15/person; $50/family of 4+. 301/656-8992.

May 4 - Adoption Workshop

International & domestic policy informational meeting. The Barker Foundation, 7979 Old Georgetown Rd., 1st Fl. 6:30-9pm. Ages 21+. FREE. 301/664-9664.

May 5 - May 26 - Move & Improve with Yoga

No experience necessary. Unity Woods Yoga Center, 4853 Cordell Ave., Suite PH7. 12:30-1:30pm. Ages 16+. $72/four-week course; $20/single class drop-in. 301/656-8992.

May 6 - May 20 - English Conversation Club

English conversation practice for non-native English speakers. B-CC Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Ln., 2nd Fl. Wed., 11am-12:30pm. Ages 18+. FREE

May 8 - May 19 - Mind-Body for Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain

Recovery from fibromyalgia with Dr. Deborah Norris. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St., Suite 100. May 8, 6:30-9:30pm; May 9, 12-5pm. Ages 12+. $318. 301/986-1090.

Concerts/Music

May 1 - Concert

RAIN; A Tribute to the Beatles. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. 8pm. All Ages. $48-$88. 301/581-5100.

May 14 - July 30 - Bethesda Summer Concerts

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

May 15 - Concert

Elijah Jamal Balbed, saxophonist & composer. Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike. 11am. Ages 12+. $17. 301/581-5100

Discussions/Readings

May 3 - Author Reading

Abdul Ali reads from Trouble Sleeping; poet Kyle Dargan reads from Honest Engine; reception and book signing to follow. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 2pm. FREE. 301/654-8664.

May 6 - Book Discussion

Discussion of The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 1pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

May 10 - Poetry & Prose Open Mic

The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. Sign-up begins at 1:30pm; Readings begin at 2pm. FREE. 301/654-8664.

May 17 - Author Reading

Katherine Freese reads from The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Darkness; John Gaudet reads from Papyrus: The Plant That Changed the World; reception and book signing to follow. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 2pm. FREE. 301/654-8664.

May 19 - Book Discussion

Discussion of Candide by Voltaire. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 7pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

Live Performance/Exhibit

May 2 - May 30 - Laugh Riot

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

May 5 - June 6 - Art Exhibit

Birds of the Deep Water: Photography by Evelyn Jacob. Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East West Hwy. Tues.–Sat., 12-6pm. Reception: May 8, 6-9pm; Artist Talk: May 30, 2pm. FREE. 301/951-9441.

May 8 - May Bethesda Art Walk

Galleries & studios open late. Downtown Bethesda. 6-9pm. FREE. 301/215-6660

Special Events

May 2 - Spring Dance Showcase

Dance showcases performing to music from cinema and Broadway; hors' d'oeuvres & dance party. Dance Bethesda, 8227 Woodmont Ave., Suite 2A. 7pm. All Ages. $30/advance tickets; $40/at the door. 301/951-3660.

May 3 - RES1CUE Run 8K

USATF-certified course, music, food, games and fun run for kids ages 12 and under; proceeds benefit volunteer rescue squad. Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, 5020 Battery Ln. 8am. $35 for 8K until 4/15, $50 after 4/15; $10 for kids' run. 301/652-0077.

May 5 - Cinco De Mayo Tea

Mexican food & music by Cristian Perez in the Strathmore Tea Room. Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike. 1pm. All Ages. $28. 301/581-5108.

May 9 - May 10 - Bethesda's Fine Arts Festival

120+ fine art & craft vendors & live entertainment. Woodmont Triangle, along Norfolk & Auburn Aves. Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., 10am-5pm. FREE. 301/215-6660.

May 14 - Plant Sale

Selection of perennials, annuals, native plants & shrubs. Bethesda Farm Women’s Market, 7155 Wisconsin Ave. 7am-1pm. Proceeds benefit community projects. 301/654-3115.

May 16 - Strut Your Mutt

9th annual parade and festival; activities for kids, adults & dogs; organized & sponsored by the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rotary Club. Woodmont Triangle. 10am-3pm. All Ages. $25/registration closes on 5/15. 301/229-6105.

May 21 - Historic Home Tour

Guided tour about the history, architecture & personal stories of the Mansion at Strathmore. 10701 Rockville Pike. 11am. Ages 18+. FREE, reservation required. 301/581-5108.

May 21 - Conversation with Cokie & Steve Roberts

Conversation with Cokie and Steve Roberts with refreshments & all proceeds benefitting Bethesda Cares, A Community Outreach Program Ending Homelessness in Our Community. The Edgemoor Club, 7415 Exeter St. 7pm. $20 advance, $25 at the door minimum donation. RSVP & more info.

May 30 - May 31 - Baseball Game

Bethesda Big Train plays. Shirley Povich Field, 10600 Westlake Dr. 7:30pm. $10/adults, $7/seniors & military, $5/kids 6 & under. 301/365-1076.