Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture will present the annual Then & Wow! Festivalthroughout the Park on October 1.The popular event celebrates the Park's past and present, and visitors can find out about the Park's arts programs and be entertained with Share your Glen Echo Park stories - and learn about the Park through exhibits and programs.
Visitors can also take a ride on the historic Dentzel Carousel - pictured below - for the last time this season before it’s closed for fall and winter.There will be other amusement rides and games for kids as well, plus magic shows, vintage cars, arcade games, and more! Note that Carousel rides and games require ticket purchases.
Glen Echo Park Partnership will present the annual Fall Frolic 2017 on October 28.The daytime event will feature activities for families such as pumpkin decorating ($2/ pumpkin), trick-or-treating in resident art studios and galleries, and a costume parade around the Park.
The Puppet Co. is presenting Circus, thru October 1 at Glen Echo Park. The production - called the Greatest Show on Strings- features "a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe." Many of the acts were built more than 50 years ago by Christopher Piper's parents for Len Piper’s International Marionette Circus.
The Puppet Co. will present The Nutcracker" at Glen Echo Park, November 24-December 31.It’s the classic story of Clara-Marie’s favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. The show is set to music from Tchaikovsky’s ballet, and the production blends the music with marionettes and costumed characters to create a unique production.
Adventure Theatre MTC at Glen Echo Park will present How I Became a Pirate, based on the book by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon and directed by Jenny Male, September 22–October 22. It’s the lively tale of a boy who goes on board ship and becomes an honorary pirate.
The show is recommended for all ages.
Adventure Theatre MTC will present Frosty the Snow Man, directed by Jason Schlafstein, at Glen Echo Park, November 17-December 31. It’s the beloved “merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, as Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike- even the heart of one near-sighted cop- through his uproarious antics.” The show is recommended for all ages.
Imagination Stage in Bethesda will present Miriam Gonzales’s The Smartest Girl in the World, directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer, in the Lerner Theatre October 7-29.It’s the story of a very bright & well-intentioned young girl, her studious brother - who has a chronic illness - and their overworked parents.
Imagination Stage in Bethesda will present Charlotte’s Web, based on the book by E. B. White, as adapted by Joseph Robinette & directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer, in the Lerner Theatre, November 18-January 7.The production of the beloved classic will be “infused with live music!” It’s the tale of a soft-hearted farm girl, a charismatic pig, a silly goose, a moody sheep, a selfish rat, and Charlotte, a clever spider. The show is considered best for ages 5+.
The Annual Maryland Renaissance Festival is in progress on select days, thru October 22 in Revel Grove in Crownsville, which is just outside Annapolis, Maryland.On arrival, visitors are greeted with “a map of the realm listing all of the locations and attractions the festival has to offer.
With 8 stages, jousting, street entertainment and pub/tavern performances all included with your admission, there is so much to do and see, that not all of it can be experienced in one day.”
The annual Taste of Bethesda will take place in the city's Woodmont Triangle - along Norfolk, St. Elmo, Cordell, Del Ray and Auburn Avenues -on Saturday, October 7.The food and music festival features 60 restaurants and five stages of entertainment. Each year, "more than 40,000 attendees sample the delicious restaurants, enjoy the live entertainment and visit the kids' corner for face-painting and arts & crafts. Admission to the Taste of Bethesda is free. Taste tickets are sold on-site in bundles of four tickets for $5. Food servings cost one to four tickets. Restaurants serve dishes from 11am-4pm. Ticket sales end at 3:30pm.”
The annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival will take place October 14-15.The highly-regarded festival will feature 190 juried museum-quality artists, and will transform the streets of Bethesda Rowinto an outdoor art gallery. Art collectors will find unique ceramics, drawings, pastels, fiber, decoratives, wearables, glass, graphics/prints, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media 2D, mixed media 3D, oil/acrylic painting, photography, digital art, sculpture, watercolor, and wood. Original art displayed will range in price from $45 to $20,000.
Images below - left to right from top: Works by 2016 Festival winners Mikula, Mascoli, Lewanski, Freundt, Kwamena-Poh, Harrold, Engebretson & Kwamena-Poh
The 36th Annual Takoma Park Street Festivalwill take place on Sunday, October 17 from Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park, MD to Carroll Street, NW in Takoma, DC.The festival will host a mix of local artists offering paintings, photographs, pottery, silk-screening, bath and body care, stained glass, jewelry, woodworking, textiles, ceramics, kids’ items and much more. Non-profits, local companies and a variety of food vendors will also participate. Takoma’s indie businesses will be open and will welcome visitors. Kids can enjoy crafts, face painting, inflatables and more!
Image below: Photo of a previous Takoma Park Street Festival
Strathmore will have the annual Museum Shop Holiday MarketNovember 9-12.The market offers “fabulous finds that make marvelous gifts, and they also support nonprofit museum and arts organizations in our community.” Eighteen area museum & cultural shops will offer “unique and meaningful presents.”Admittance is free, but a $10 donation is suggested.