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

December 3 - December 4 - Pleiades Jewelry Show & Sale

Handmade original jewelry by 30+ local artists. The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. 11am-5pm. FREE. 301/986-8739.

Children's Events/Classes

December 1 - December 30 - Puppet Performance

The Nutcracker. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Call for dates & times. Ages 5+. $12. 301/634-5380.

December 1 - January 30 - Saturday Song Circle

Explore a children’s book with your family through song & instruments. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave. 10:30-11:15am. Ideal for ages 1-3. $8/person. 301/280-1660. 

December 3 - STEAM Showcase

Activities in science, technology, engineering, arts & math. The Woods Academy, 6801 Greentree Rd., 1st Fl. 10am. Ages 3-10. FREE. 301/365-3080.

December 3 - December 30 - Tiny Tots Puppet Performance

Nutcracker Fantasy; call for show dates. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. 10am. Ages 2-4. $6. 301/634-5380.

December 3 - January 15 - Theatre Performance

Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave. Call for times. Ages 4+. $15+. 301/280-1660.

December 7 - The Polar Express Storytime

Learn about trains, listen to Chris Van Allsburg's classic tale & make a bell necklace. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 6:30pm. Ages 3+. FREE; tickets distributed 30min before. 240/777-0970.

December 9 - December 14 - Storytime

Stories, rhymes, songs & early literacy activities. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 10:30am & 11:15am. Ages 0-2 with an adult. FREE; tickets distributed 30min before. 240/777-0970.

December 14 - Pajama Storytime

Stories, songs, rhymes & a craft. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 7pm. Ages 3+ with an adult. FREE; tickets distributed 30min before. 240/777-0970.

December 17 - Family Movie Night

Families are invited for a viewing of Ice Age Continental Drift (G). Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 10:30am. Elementary School Age. FREE. 240/777-0970.

December 20 - Book Discussion

Discussion of Man & Wife by Wilkie Collins. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 7pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

Classes/Workshops

December 1 - December 4 - Yoga Teacher Training

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

December 2 - Candlelight Yoga

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

December 2 - December 19 - Yoga for Osteoporosis

Improve balance, strength, posture & well-being; no experience necessary. Unity Woods Yoga Center, 4853 Cordell Ave., Ste.PH7. 10-11:30am. Ages 21+. $22/single class. 301/656-8992. 

December 2 - December 16 - Community Yoga Class

Mix-level yoga class. Unity Woods Yoga Center, 4853 Cordell Ave., 16th Fl, Suite PH7. Fri., 6-7pm. Ages 14+. $8 cash. 301/656-8992.

December 4 - Yoga for Two

Yoga with a partner; no experience necessary. Unity Woods Yoga Center, 4853 Cordell Ave., 16th Fl, Suite PH7. 3-5:30pm. Ages 16+. $60/pair. 301/656-8992.

December 6 - Pre-Diabetes Class

Licensed & registered dietitian teaches how to make food choices that help take control of pre-diabetes. Suburban Hospital 8600 Old Georgetown Rd. 6:30-8pm. Ages 18+. $25. 301/896-3939. 

December 7 - Write Like the News

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

December 7 - Beat Procrastination

Gain “how-to” techniques to get results and reduce your stress. Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd. 7– 9pm. Ages 18+. $20. 301/896-3939. 

December 7 - December 28 - 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 8 - Class for First-Time Grandparents

Infant & child CPR and choking rescue instruction; life skills refresher including, diapering, swaddling & feeding. OASIS at Macy’s Home Store, 7125 Democracy Blvd. 6-9pm. $45/person or $75/couple. 301/896-3939.

December 9 - December 10 - Weekend Meditation Retreat

Advanced meditation seminar. The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm Street, Suite 100. Dec. 9, 6:30-9:30; Dec. 10, 12-5pm. Ages 16+. $149. 301/986-1090.

December 10 - 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.

Concerts/Music

December 3 - Concert

Rising singer-songwriters Justin Jones, Maddy Clark & Jason Byrd perform a Bernard/Ebb Showcase. AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave. 8pm. $23. 301/581-5100. 

December 6 - Concert

Strathmore Children’s Chorus: This Shining Night; special guests Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Choirs. Strathmore Music Center, 5301 Tuckerman Lane. 7:30pm. $16. 301/581-5100.

December 7 - Concert

Ramón Tasat, tenor and guitar. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. 7:30pm. $20. 301/581-5100.

December 9 - Concert

Millicent Scarlett, soprano & Frank Conlon, piano, perform opera selections & art songs. Jazz vocalist Karla Chisholm & guitarist Steve Hom perform jazz, pop & holiday favorites. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. 11 am. FREE. 301/365-3479.

December 10 - Concert

NIH Community Orchestra & Chorus. Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Ln. 4pm. FREE. 410/474-8250.

December 16 - Concert

New Orleans based clarinetist Ben Redwine. Theatre of Concord-St. Andrews, 5910 Goldsboro Rd. 7:30-9:30pm. All Ages. $18/adults, $15/seniors, FREE/18 & under. 301/229-3383.

December 17 - Concert

The Clear Harmonies Carolers a capella, Christmas music and sing-along.  Church in Bethesda, 5033 Wilson Lane, Bethesda.  7 p.m.  Free.
301-654-4159. 

December 25 - Concert

Sing your favorite Christmas Hymns. Sanctuary of Concord-St. Andrews, 5910 Goldsboro Rd. 10am. All Ages. FREE. 301/229-3383.

December 30 - Concert

Deanna Bogart Band. Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. 8pm. $30. 240/330-4500.

Discussions/Readings

December 4 - Author Reading

Michelle Brafman, Bertrand Court & Carolyn Parkhurst, Harmony. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 2pm. FREE. 301/654-8664.

December 11 - Poetry Reading

Poets Walter Cybulski, Piotr Gwiazda & Caitlin Reid read. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 2pm. FREE. 301/654-8664

December 18 - Poetry & Prose Open Mic

Share poetry, fiction & nonfiction works. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. Sign-up begins at 1:30pm; reading begin at 2pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 301/654–8664.

December 28 - Menorah Lighting

Annual Chanukah Menorah Lighting with Chabad of Bethesda. Bethesda Lane. 5:30-7:30pm. FREE. 301/998-8100.

Live Performance/Exhibit

December 1 - December 18 - Theatre Performance

Miss Bennet Christmas at Pemberley. Round House Theatre, 4545 East West Hwy. Tues. – Thurs., 7:30pm; Fri. & Sat., 8pm; Sat. & Sun., 2pm. Ages 18+. Call for prices. 240/644-1100. 

December 1 - December 31 - Art Exhibit

Cadence featuring artwork by Damon Arhos, Kristine DeNinno & Clare Winslow. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. Wed.–Sat., 12-6pm. Reception: December 9, 6-8pm. FREE. 301/215-6660.

December 6 - January 7 - Art Exhibit

The Holiday Show; gallery artists present a group show. Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East West Hwy. Tues.–Sat., 12-6pm. Reception: Dec.9, 5-9pm. FREE. 301/951-9441.

December 9 - December 10 - Flying V Awesome-a-Thon

A 24hr Flying V Fest; readings, performances, podcast recordings, cabarets & more. Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Ln. Open door from Fri., 10pm – Sat., 10pm. FREE; donations accepted. 

December 16 - Live Performance

The Hip Hop Nutcracker; the classic score re-imagined through hip-hop choreography. Strathmore Music Center, 5301 Tuckerman Lane. 8pm. $32-$58. 301/581-5100.

December 18 - Cinema Art Bethesda

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

Special Events

December 3 - Bethesda's Winter Wonderland

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

December 4 - Holiday Craft Show

Local artists, crafters, authors & more. Clara Barton Community Center, 7425 MacArthur Blvd. 1-5pm. FREE. 240/777-4910.

December 4 - Used Book Donation

Donate books to the B-CC High School PTSA for the upcoming used book sale. B-CC High School, 4301 East-West Hwy. 12:30-4:30pm. 

December 9 - Holiday Dance & Fundraiser

B-CC Rescue Squad’s Holiday Dance Party & Fundraiser. B-CC Rescue Squad, 5020 Battery Ln. 7-11pm. Ages 18+. $30/person + $10 for dinner. 240/876-1532.

December 10 - Holiday Market

Music, food & entertainment. Women's Club of Bethesda, 5500 Sonoma Rd. 10am-5pm. FREE. crucianlady@gmail.com.