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.

July August

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

Children's Events/Classes

July 1 - July 29 - Puppet Performance

Mother Goose Caboose – July 1 & 5; Winter Wonderland – July 8; Clowning Around – July 11; Penguins’ Playground – July 15 & 18; World on a String – July 19; Sing-a-long – July 22; Old McDonald’s Farm – July 26; Bunny Business – July 29. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. 10am. Ages 0-4. $5. 301/634-5380.

July 2 - Meet Trio of Teen Authors

Authors Miranda Kenneally, Jenny Martin & Lindsay Smith will discuss latest works. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 7pm. Ages 12+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

July 2 - August 9 - Puppet Performance

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Thurs. & Fri., 10am & 11:30am; Sat. & Sun., 11:30am & 1pm (no shows on July 4). Ages 4-12. $10; group rates available. 301/634-5380.

Classes/Workshops

July 13 - Read to a Dog

Children are invited to practice reading aloud in short semi-private sessions with certified therapy dogs. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 4-5pm. Ages 5+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

July 13 - July 17 - Creative Critters Camp

Children will discover the art in nature & use found materials, textiles & colors to create their own natural masterpieces. Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd. 9am-3:30pm. Ages 6-10. $290. 301/765-8660.

July 14 - 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.

July 21 - Retirement Planning Seminar

Tips & strategies that can help bring retirement dreams & goals more within reach. Ameriprise Financial, 7500 Old Georgetown Rd. 6:30pm. Must call to reserve spot. Ages 21+. FREE. 301/634-5565.

July 24 - July 25 - Meditation Retreat

The Mindfulness Center, 4963 Elm St., Suite 100. July 24: 6:30-9:30pm; July 25: 12-5pm. Ages 12+. $149. 301/986-1090.

Concerts/Music

July 2 - July 30 - Bethesda Summer Concerts

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

July 18 - Concert

Blues Alley 50th Anniversary; Kindred Family Soul, Angela Winbush, Chelsey Green. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln. 8pm. All Ages. $48-$88. 301/581-5100.

Discussions/Readings

July 1 - Book Discussion

Discussion of A Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 1pm. Ages 18+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

July 7 - August 1 - Art Exhibit

Benthos; Discoveries & marine habitats in glass. Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East West Hwy. Tues.–Sat., 12-6pm. Reception: July 10, 6-9pm; Artist Talk: July 18, 3-5pm. FREE. 301/951-9441.

July 12 - Author Reading

Novelist Susan Coll reads from The Stager; poet Frederick Pollack reads from A Poverty of Words; reception and book signing to follow. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 2pm. FREE. 301/654-8664.

July 14 - Book Discussion

Discussion of The Good Lord Bird by James MacBride. Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Rd. 10:30am. Ages 18+. FREE. 240/777-0970.

July 19 - Author Reading

Emily Mitchell reads from Viral, her new collection of stories; Lauren Acampora reads from The Wonder Garden, her recent collection of linked stories; reception and book signing to follow. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 2pm. FREE. 301/654-8664.

July 26 - The Federal Poets Reading

Reading by members of the Federal Poets, Jacqueline Jules, Judith McCombs, Don Illich & Michael H. Levin; reception and book signing to follow. The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. 2pm. FREE. 301/654-8664.

Live Performance/Exhibit

July 1 - July 25 - Art Exhibit

Galerie Myrtis. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E. Wed. – Sat., 12-6pm. Reception: July 10, 6-9pm. FREE. 301/215-6660.

July 10 - July Art Walk

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

July 16 - July 25 - Live Performance

Wildwood Summer Theatre presents RENT. Albert Einstein High School Auditorium, 11135 Newport Mill Rd. July 16- 24, 7:30pm; July 25, 1:30pm & 7:30pm. Ages 17+. Call for prices. 240/583-0978.

July 24 - August 16 - Live Performance

Oliver! Roundhouse Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway. Fri., 7pm; Sat. & Sun., 2pm & 7pm. All Ages. $45/adults, $35/students. 301/634-2270.

Special Events

July 1 - July 24 - 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

July 4 - Bell Ringing Ceremony

Let Freedom Ring Bell Ringing Ceremony by the Ark and Dove Society and the Maryland Children of the American Revolution. Veterans Park, corner of Norfolk & Woodmont Avenues. 1:30pm. FREE. Call Michelle at 703-425-4568 for more details.

July 4 - July 25 - Laugh Riot

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

July 13 - July 26 - Jaleo Paella Festival

13th Annual Paella Festival featuring paellas from Jose Andres and his team, as well as guest chef Quim Marqués from Barcelona. 7271 Woodmont Ave. 301/913-0003.

July 17 - July 18 - URBNmarket Bethesda

Local vendors selling one-of-a-kind items, including home decor, pet accessories, jewelry, toys, clothes, bath and beauty products and gourmet food. Bethesda Metro Center Plaza. Fri., 3:30-8:30pm; Sat., 11am-5pm. FREE. More info.

July 19 - Italian Cultural Society Meetings

Social meeting & Italian movies. Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave. Third Sun. of each month; 1-5:30pm. Donations accepted. 301/215-7885.

July 21 - July 25 - July 21-25 – Bethesda Outdoor Movies Series

A different blockbuster movie is shown each night. Woodmont Triangle, corner of Norfolk & Auburn Ave. 9pm. FREE. 301/215-6660. 

July 21 - Jaleo Paella Cooking Class

Learn how to make paella; enjoy select tapas, your paella, flan and a glass of wine or sangria. 7271 Woodmont Ave. 6:30-8:30pm. $75. 301/913-0003.