Bethesda Urban Partnership produces year-round events to delight downtown residents, visitors and guests.
Play In A Day
Returning in 2023
Play In A Day challenges playwrights, directors and actors from Washington, D.C. area theatres to create original plays in just 24 hours. The result is an unpredictable theatrical experience. Learn more >
Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
May 14 - 15, 2022
The Bethesda Fine Arts Festival is a two-day art fair featuring 130 booths of fine art and fine craft along with the best local bands in the region. Learn More >
Bethesda Painting Awards Exhibit
June 8 - July 2, 2022
The Bethesda Painting Awards is a juried competition that awards $14,000 to regional painters. The finalists' artwork is featured in a group exhibition. Learn more >
Parks, Party, Play!
June, July, September & October
Enjoy live music and food, beer and wine by Bethesda restaurants while partaking in fun happenings from Yappy Hour to Climbing Walls and S'Mores. Learn More >
The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards Exhibit
September 7 - October 1, 2022
The Trawick Prize is a juried art competition honoring regional artists across all mediums. Finalists are featured in a group exhibition and $14,000 is awarded to the winners.
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Taste of Bethesda
October 1, 2022
Taste of Bethesda, held the first Saturday in October, is a renowned food and music festival featuring more than 50 delicious Bethesda area restaurants. Taste also features four stages of musical and cultural entertainment. Learn more >
Bethesda's Winter Wonderland
December 3, 2022
Winter Wonderland features holiday festivities for families including a professional choral concert, Live ice sculpting, holiday performances from local schools and more. Learn More >