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.

December January

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

Children's Events/Classes

December 3 - Storytime

Stories, rhymes, songs & other early literacy activities. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 10:30am, 11:15am. Ages 0-2, accompanied by adult. FREE; Tickets handed out 30min before program. 240/777-0970.

December 4 - December 30 - Puppet Performance

The Nutcracker. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Thurs. & Fri., 10am & 11:30am; Sat. & Sun., 11:30am & 1pm; Dec.26-30, 11:30am & 1pm. Ages 5+. $10; group rates available. 301/634-5380.  

December 5 - January 1 - Live Performance

Tiny Tim Christmas Carol. Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Tues.-Fri., 10:30am; Sat., 11am, 2pm & 4:30pm; Sun., 11am & 2pm. Ages 4+. $19. 301/634-2270.

December 6 - Nativity Performance

Dress rehearsal performance by children of historic nativity plays of medieval England; music & folk dance. Fourth Presbyterian Church, 5500 River Rd. 2pm. FREE. 301/455-1821.

December 6 - January 11 - Live Performance

101 Dalmations. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave. Sat. & Sun., 1:30pm & 4pm. Ages 6+. $10+. 301/280-1660. 

December 6 - February 1 - Interactive Performance

Inside Out; kids play dress-up & imagination run wild. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave. Sat. & Sun., 10am & 11:45am. Ages 1-5. $12. 301/280-1660. 

December 6 - December 30 - Puppet Performance

Nutcracker Fantasy. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Call for show times. Ages 0-4. $5. 301/634-5380.

December 7 - Jeux du Dimanche: Holiday Party / Fête de Noël!

The Bonjour Mama French Bookstore invites you to a Holiday Party and special session of our weekly "Les Jeux du Dimanche/ Sunday Board Games in French." Bonjour Mama French Bookstore, 3786 Howard Ave. 3-4:30pm. Ages 6-10. $15. RSVP.

December 13 - Art Talk & Tour

Young art lovers talk about & tour the exhibit; program includes hands-on activity. Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike. 10:15am. $5. 301/581-5108.

December 13 - Bach to Rock Open House

Tour, demo classes & opportunity to meet teachers. Bach to Rock, 4819 St. Elmo Ave. 11am-1pm. All Ages. FREE. 301/913-5757.

December 18 - Storytime

Stories, songs & other early literacy activities. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 10:30am. Ages 3-5. FREE; Tickets handed out 30min before program. 240/777-0970.

Classes/Workshops

December 3 - December 17 - 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.

December 5 - December 6 - Meditation Seminar

Advanced meditation exercises. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St., Suite 100. Fri., 6:30-9:30pm; Sat., 12-5pm. Ages 18+. $149. 301/986-1090.

December 5 - December 6 - Dance Lessons

2014 World & U.S. Rhythm Dance Champion Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine teaches dance workshops. Dance Bethesda, 8227 Woodmont Ave., Ste 2A. Call for times & prices; register by Dec.1. 301/951-3660.

December 5 - December 19 - Yoga Classes

Mixed-level yoga class. Unity Woods Yoga Center, 4853 Cordell Ave., 16th Fl. Fri. 6-7pm (except 12/26). Ages 16+. $8/drop-in fee (cash). 301/656-8992.

December 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.

December 7 - 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.

December 12 - Painting Workshop

Tour, light far, wine and hands-on art making workshop. Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike. 7pm. Ages 21+. $35. 301/581-5108. 

December 20 - Painting Workshop

Nancy Still teaches tradition of painting skills into miniature scale. Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike. 10am. $75. 301/581-5108. 

December 31 - The Ball of Bethesda New Year's Eve Gala

Ring in 2015 with Dance Bethesda; three course dinner, social dancing, entertainment. 5601 River Rd. 7pm. Ages 18+. $130/purchased in Nov.; $145/purchased Dec. 1 or later. 301/951-3660.

Concerts/Music

December 2 - Concert

Allyn Johnson, jazz. Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike. 7:30pm. Ages 12+. $17. 301/581-5100.

December 4 - Concert

Mirel Wagner, acoustic guitar. Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike. 9pm. Ages 12+. $12. 301/581-5100. 

December 5 - Concert

Classic Albums Live: Led Zeppelin II; ensemble of rock musicians recreate albums. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. 8pm. Ages 16+. $29-$45. 301/581-5100.

December 6 - Concert

St. Bartholomew choir & instrumentalists present Handel’s Messiah. St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 6900 River Rd. 7:30pm. FREE; donations for homeless shelter accepted. 301/229-7933. 

December 6 - Concert

Cantate Chamber Singers; featuring soprano Rachel Evangeline Barham. St. John's Norwood Parish, 6701 Wisconsin Ave. 7:30pm. $35-45; students w/ID, $15; ages 18 and under FREE. 301/986-1799. 

December 9 - Concert

Davison Duo. Woman’s Club of Bethesda, 5500 Sonoma Rd. 11am. Ages 13+. $15. 301/530-1784.

December 9 - Concert

Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour; fresh takes on holiday classics. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. 8pm. Ages 12+. $38-$85. 301/581-5100.

December 10 - Concert

Susan Jones Klezmer Ensemble; pre-Chanukah klezmer. Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike. 7:30pm. Ages 12+. $25. 301/581-5100. 

December 11 - Concert

Bach to Rock students perform bi-annual recital. Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike. 6-9pm. FREE. 301/913-5757.

December 12 - Concert

The Temps and Tops sing your holiday favorites. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. 8pm. All Ages. $40-$125. 301/581-5100.

December 12 - December 14 - Concert

Festival of lessons and carols; soloist, adult & youth choirs & orchestra. Fourth Presbyterian Church, 5500 River Rd. Dec.12, 8pm; Dec.14, 6pm. FREE. 301/320-3434.

December 13 - Concert

Concert Artists of Baltimore will perform a Christmas Concert. Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, 7701 Bradley Blvd. 6:30pm. $15 - $50. 301/469-7990.

December 13 - Concert

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. 4pm & 8pm. All Ages. $48-$98. 301/581-5100. 

December 14 - Concert

NIH Community Orchestra & Chorus Concert; performing selections from Handel’s Messiah & more. Cedar Lane Church, 9601 Cedar Ln. 4pm. FREE. 240/277-3480. 

December 14 - Concert

Christmas Chamber Choral Concert featuring piano, strings, flute & percussion. Christ Lutheran Church of Bethesda, 8011 Old Georgetown Rd. 5-6:30pm. All Ages. FREE; donations accepted. 301/652-5160. 

December 14 - Concert

Voices XXI: Christmas Concert. Chevy Chase United Methodist Church, 7001 Connecticut Ave. 3pm. Free; donations accepted. 240/643-6563.

December 14 - Festa di Natale

Musical program, sing-along carols, Babbo Natale and his elves; hosted by Italian Cultural Society. Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave. 4-6:30pm. Donations accepted. 301/215-7885.

December 16 - Concert

Strathmore Children’s Chorus Winter Concert; winter & holiday music. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. 7:30pm. All Ages. $16. 301/581-5100.

December 17 - Concert

Robyn Helzner Trio; guitar & mandolin trio perform for an evening of Chanukah fun. Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike. 7:30pm. Ages 12+. $25. 301/581-5100.

December 19 - Concert

Peabo Bryson: The Colors of Christmas; joined by Jennifer Holliday, Taylor Dayne, Ruben Studdard. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. 8pm. All Ages. $35-$100. 301/581-5100.

December 19 - Concert

Christie Dashiell Quartet; jazz-style holiday classics. Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike. 2pm. $17. 301/581-5100.

December 19 - Concert

Christie Dashiell Quartet; jazz-style holiday classics. Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike. 2pm. $17. 301/581-5100.

Discussions/Readings

December 3 - Book Discussion

Discussion of Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 1pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

December 7 - 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.

December 9 - Book Discussion

Discussion of Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 10:30am. Ages 18+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

December 14 - Poetry Reading

Reading by poets Carolyn Clark, J.C. Elkin and Lalita Noronha. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 2pm. FREE. 301/654-8664.

December 14 - Panel Discussion

Art & craftsmanship of American master clockworks. Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike. 11am. Ages 12+. FREE. 301/581-5108. 

December 16 - Book Discussion

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

Live Performance/Exhibit

December 3 - December 29 - Art Exhibit

Work by Jeffrey Cooper, Philippe Mougne, Rebecca Hirsh & Sally Levie. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. Wed. – Sat., 12-6pm. Reception, Dec.12, 6-9pm. FREE. 301/215-6660.

December 6 - December 27 - Laugh Riot

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

December 9 - January 3 - Art Exhibit

Holiday Show: Exhibition of 22 Gallery Artists. Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East West Hwy. Tues.–Sat., 12-6pm. Reception, Dec.12, 6-9pm. FREE. 301/351-9441.

December 12 - December Art Walk

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

December 13 - Art Talk & Tour

Guided tour of current collection & discussion about artists & techniques. Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike. 1pm. FREE. 301/581-5108.

December 21 - Live Performance

"The Friendly Beasts", Christmas Musical performed by children and teens. CSA Church, 5910 Goldsboro Rd. 10am. All Ages. FREE. 301/229-3383.

Special Events

December 1 - December 24 - Christmas Tree Sale

Christmas trees, wreaths and roping. Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, 5020 Battery Ln. Mon.-Fri., 12-9pm; Sat. & Sun., 9am-9pm. 301/652-0077.

December 3 - Montgomery Parks Public Meeting on Maplewood-Alta Vista Park Activity Building Reuse

Rock Creek Dance Academy, LLC, is seeking to lease the building to offer dance classes for people ages 3 – 18 years old. A presentation on the proposed use will be given at the meeting. Maplewood-Alta Vista Park Activity Building, 5209 Alta Vista Rd. 7-8pm. FREE. 301/650-2866.

December 3 - Public Meeting

Discuss proposed new use of Maplewood-Alta Vista Park Activity Building; hosted by Montgomery Parks. Maplewood-Alta Vista Park Activity Building, 5209 Alta Vista Rd. 7pm. FREE.   

December 5 - Parents’ Night Out

Parents can drop the kids off at Bach to Rock for holiday fun. Bach to Rock, 4819 St. Elmo Ave. 6-9pm. Ages 3+. $35/first child & $15/each sibling. 301/913-5757.

December 6 - Holiday Book Fair

Meet workshop leaders & editors from literary journals & small presses. Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 12-4pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 301/654-8664.

December 6 - Bethesda's Winter Wonderland 2015

School choral performances, live ice sculpting, treats & a visit from Santa. Veterans Park, corner of Norfolk & Woodmont Aves. 1-4pm. FREE. 301/215-6660.

December 7 - Opera Night at Sorrento

Soprano, Tenor serenade guests at tables & take requests. Trattoria Sorrento, 4930 Cordell Ave. First Sunday of each month unless otherwise noted; 6pm. $60. 301/718-0344.

December 7 - Craft Show

Clara Barton Community Center, 7425 MacArthur Blvd. 1-5pm. FREE. 240/777-4910.

December 8 - Moms’ Club & Cookie Swap

Socialize and swap cookies; open to moms in the Ashburton, Wyngate, Buning Tree, and Carderock Springs school clusters. Call for location & information. 10am. 240/426-5074.

December 12 - Dance Holiday Party

Frozen-themed holiday dance party. Dance Bethesda, 8227 Woodmont Ave., Ste.2A. 8-11pm. Ages 18+. $18. 301/951-3660. 

December 17 - Festival of Lights Ceremony

Menorah lighting, magic & illusion show, songs & more. 3 Bethesda Metro Center Plaza, lobby. 7pm. FREE. 301/652-4988.