The annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival will take place on Woodmont and Bethesda Avenues and Elm Street on October 13 & 14.The Festival transforms four blocks in downtown Bethesda into an outdoor art gallery featuring fine arts and crafts for sale from 190 museum-quality artists and crafters from around the country. The outdoor event is held rain or shine. The arts on display will include the finest in: ceramics, drawings, fabrics, glass, graphics, jewelry, metalwork, paintings, pastels, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood and mixed media. The Festival is one of the top fine arts festivals in the U.S. Recognized local artists will be playing acoustic music live from a variety of different genres on the stage at Elm Street and Woodmont Avenue. There will also be more than 50 dining options - from ice cream to fine dining. The Festival raises funds and awareness for the NIH Children’s Charities.
Image below: A view of a previous Bethesda Row Arts Festival.
The annual Taste of Bethesda will be held along Norfolk, St. Elmo, Cordell, Del Ray and Auburn Avenues in Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle on October 6. The food and music festival features 60 restaurants and five stages of entertainment. More than 40,000 attendees sample foods from the restaurants, enjoy the live entertainment and visit the kids’ corner for face painting and arts & crafts. The Taste of Bethesda is held rain or shine & admission is free. Taste tickets are sold on-site in bundles of four tickets for $5. Food servings cost one to four tickets.
The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park is presenting Peter and the Wolf, staged with half life-size marionettes, thru September 30.The show is based on Prokofiev’s popular tale of good versus evil and is performed by Puppet Master Christopher Piper. "An introduction to the instruments in the orchestra precedes this story of Peter and his animal friends and their attempts to capture wily “Old Lupus.” The show is recommended for Ages 4 - Adult.
The Puppet Co. will present Humperdink's children's opera Hansel and Gretel at Glen Echo Park, October 4-November 16.The puppets, lights, music and effects, are all operated by Christopher Piper, who also performs all the live vocal characterizations. The show is recommended for ages: 4 years old - Adult
Adventure Theatre MTC & New York City’s Children’s Theatre will present a musical titled Blueberries for Sal, based on the book by Robert McCloskey & directed by Jess Jung, at Glen Echo Park, September 21-October 21.Written by Sandra Eskin and Michael J. Bobbitt, the show has Book, Music and Lyrics by William Yanesh. The musical is about the adventure of a bear and a little girl on Blueberry Hill.It’s recommended for all ages.
The Maryland Renaissance Festival is in progress in Crownsville, MD on select days, thru October 21.The unique outdoor entertainment experience draws patrons from all over the world. The festival is a crafts show as well as an entertainment venue. The pretend setting is Revel Grove in Oxfordshire, England in the year 1527, when King Henry VIII, his wife, Queen Katherine, and his future wife Anne Boelyn come to visit.Patrons can “see the Royal visitors,” stroll wooded paths; shop for unique, handcrafted gifts; let the kids play in the free children’s area, and enjoy many other entertainments and dining options.
The annual Takoma Park Street Festival will take place on October 7 from Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park, MD to Carroll Street, NW in Takoma, DC.The festival always features a talented 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 welcoming visitors. For kids, the festival offers crafts, face painting, inflatables and FUN! Visitors can enjoy "discounted pours at Takoma restaurants, bars and cafes. Mugs will be available for purchase at the festival info both in front of 7000 Carroll Avenue.” The lively event will feature three stages with 18 bands.
The Victorian Lyric Opera Company will present Jack and The Beanstalk, a children’s opera, at The Arts Barn in Gaithersburg, Maryland on October 20/21 and 27/28.The one-act opera features songs based on the lively melodies composed by Sir Arthur Sullivan in his operettas with W.S. Gilbert. The opera will be fully staged and will feature four singers and puppets.