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Bethesda is the Best in October

Capital Crescent Trail between mile marker 6.0 and 6.5

Capital Crescent Trail between mile marker 6.0 and 6.5

Bethesda is truly a wonderful place to be in the fall and there is no better time than the month of October.  The leaves begin to change color and the air cools off but remains warm enough to sport a light sweater or jacket and a comfy light scarf.  Take a walk on the ever-popular Capital Crescent Trail and perhaps you’ll spot a deer, a fox or an owl hovering in the trees.  Oh, and there’s always pumpkin this-and-that to grab at one of the 180+ area restaurants.  C’mon, you know you want that taste of fall no matter how cliche!

Looking for something to do besides eating and drinking in Bethesda?  For you more adventurous types, check out our concerts, classes, exhibits and events around town at the non-profit Bethesda Urban Partnership or “BUP”.  Established in 1994, the organization creates and promotes a variety of  events and festivals for the community.

Sculptures on Woodmont Ave.

Sculptures on Woodmont Ave.

One of our favorite events is the upcoming Bethesda Row Arts Festival scheduled this year for Saturday, October 15th, 2016 from 11 AM -6 PM and Sunday, October 16th, 2016 from 10 AM – 5 PM.  The event is FREE…. What’s not to love?!

Oh right, you won’t love the parking!  Perhaps try parking just outside of town at the Bethesda Pool and walking into town on the Capital Crescent Trail (about 1/2 mile).  At this time of year, it’s a perfect stroll and you’ll pop right out onto Bethesda Ave in the heart of the festival.  Enjoy!

 

Bethesda Row Arts Festival Oct. 18-19, 2014

Bethesda Row Arts Festival October 18-19, 2014

Bethesda Row Arts Festival October 18-19, 2014

My favorite month of the year in Bethesda is absolutely the month of October!  The fall colors come out and can be enjoyed best along the Capital Crescent Trail.  The weather is mild and the festivals in town are plentiful!  We always enjoy the Taste of Bethesda, the Friday night Art Walks, Oktoberfests  and Halloween events and of course, the Bethesda Row Arts Festival.

This year the 17th Annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, October 18th from 11 AM to 6 PM and on Sunday, October 19th from 10 AM – 5 PM along Bethesda Ave, Elm Street and Woodmont.  Admission is free.

Bethesda Arts Festival 2013

Bethesda Arts Festival 2013

 

With approximately 90 vendors exhibiting their talents, you are sure to find something to excite the senses and compliment your decor…or perhaps a unique holiday gift for a loved one.

Prices will range from around $20 up to tens of thousands.  Whether you intend to make a purchase or just enjoy the show, it’s always fun to stroll around with a warm cup of java and listen to the live music while soaking in the art and the atmosphere.  Rain or shine the show will go on.  For more details check out BethesdaRowArts.org.

Nom Nom…Taste of Bethesda is here!

Taste of Bethesda 2013

Taste of Bethesda 2013

This weekend you can snack to your heart’s delight at the 25th Annual Taste of Bethesda this Saturday, October 11th, 2014 from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  Tickets cost $5 for a bundle of 4 and each taste can range from 1-4 tickets.  (Ticket sales will end at 3:30 PM.)

Although there will be over 60 restaurants available to tickle your taste buds, you can delight other senses too as you enjoy live music on any of the five (5) stages that will offer performances throughout the day.  The experience is always a favorite among Bethesda locals and visitors alike with tens of thousands in attendance.  Walk, bike or ride the Metro which is only 3 blocks away as parking will be a bear.  But it’s worth it!   The event takes place over several blocks around the Woodmont Triangle including Del Ray, Norfolk, Auburn and Cordell.  Come hungry!

Fine Fun at Bethesda Fine Arts Festival 2014

Bethesda Fine Arts Fest 2014

Bethesda Fine Arts Fest 2014

Calling all art enthusiasts!  Don’t miss the last day of the 11th Annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival.  With over 120 booths featuring jewelry, fine art, hand-crafted furniture and more, this annual tradition is one of my personal favorites in our town.

This year the festival is located at Auburn & Norfolk Avenues at Woodmont Triangle.  It’s open Saturday, May 10th from 10 AM – 6 PM and Sunday, May 11th from 10 AM to 5 PM.  FREE parking everywhere – all meters and public garages on Sunday.  Live bands are featured throughout the day including one of our favorites, The 19th Street Band who is playing today from 12:30 – 2:30 PM.  The Fine Arts Festival is produced by Bethesda Urban Partnership and the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District.  

P.S. A little tip we can give you from our visit yesterday – the chili dog at the Hard Times Cafe booth is absolutely irresistible!  If you do not intend to eat a chili dog, don’t even go near there!  Even though we had just had lunch, we caved and HAD to indulge in a chili dog.  Frankly, I can’t say I regret it!

So take Mom out today and enjoy the art, the music and perhaps some mouth-watering fun at the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival!

The Rich History of Our Town Bethesda

This 15 minute video on the history of our town, Bethesda, is worth a watch!  You’ll learn about some famous people behind the street names you recognize in the area such as Lilly Stone, Tuckerman, Leland and more.  You find out about the New Deal and how Bethesda benefited from it and see the old and new photos of significant historic buildings and icons of our town, including the oldest office building still standing, the oldest road in Montgomery County and the Madonna of the Trail.  Narrated by a Bethesda native, Mr. Offutt offers a charming yet informative overview of the rich history of our town.  Enjoy!

Top 5 Things to do in Bethesda in October

Capital Crescent Trail

Capital Crescent Trail

October is, in my opinion, the most wonderful time of the year.  It started at a young age for me…my birthday is in October.  At my current age however, that is no longer a good thing.  Yet the month remains my favorite of the year!  Football season is in full swing, the weather is wonderful, the leaves are changing color, Oktoberfests abound, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie and all things pumpkin are aplenty.  What’s not to love?!

Bethesda has some great October fun to offer as well.  Here is our TOP 5 things to do in Bethesda in October:

1.  Taste of Bethesda is usually the first Saturday of the month; this year it’s Saturday, October 5th from 11 AM – 4 PM.  Ticket sales end at 3:30 PM.  Over 60 restaurants will offer samples of some of their best treats while music lovers can enjoy live performances on five stages.  Kids have face painting and art & crafts to look forward to as well.  The event is held across several streets at the Woodmont Triangle area.

2. The Bethesda Row Arts Festival is being held this year from October 19-20th, 2013.  With over 190 artists from around the world featuring works ranging from the sublime to the surprising, you can’t beat a stroll through the streets of Bethesda for this amazing show.  Of course, no event in Bethesda is complete without food, music and fun, and this Festival is no exception!  Admission is free; however, bring your checkbook or credit card.  It’s awfully tough to leave empty handed when you can find some fantastic art to fill your hallowed halls.

3.  A walk on the Capital Crescent Trail in the month of October is different every week as the leaves change color and alight upon your path.  Walk, run, bike or stroll and enjoy the fresh, fall air as you appreciate one of the great features our town has to offer!  One of our personal favorite spots ranges from Little Falls Parkway (mile marker 4.0) down through the Dalecarlia Tunnel at Mile marker 6.5 just before the DC line.

4.  Bethesda abounds with cuisines from around the world!  One of our favorite activities in October is eating lunch or dinner outdoors at one of the 180+ restaurants in downtown Bethesda.  Bethesda Row offers an array of outdoor eating establishments including Mon Ami Gabi, The Mussel Bar, Assagi, Redwood, American Tap Room, Raku and many others!  And if you don’t want to eat outdoors, you can always just enjoy a nice drink at happy hour!

5. Halloween in Bethesda is an event!  From school festivals to neighborhood parties to late-night parties for the big kids, there is something spooky around every corner!  If you want to dress up and let off some steam, try a bar crawl to Union Jack’s, The Barking Dog, Tommy Joe’s or any of the other dozens of sports bars and pubs who are sure to be offering some freaky fun. Hitch a FREE ride around town on the Bethesda Circulator!

October in Bethesda is definitely the most wonderful time of the year!  What do you enjoy most?

~Amy

 

Free Concerts Every Thursday This Summer

In need of a relaxing outing for your family this summer?  Enjoy the FREE concert series, produced by Bethesda Urban Partnership, happening each Thursday evening from 6 PM – 8 PM featuring a wide variety of music from swing to reggae.  The concerts are held at Veteran’s Park located at the corner of Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues. As the weather heats up this summer take advantage of a perfect excuse to get out and play!

On July 11th, Bethesda Urban Partnership will be featuring a favorite of Bethesda365, The 19th Street Band!  Check out our earlier post featuring The 19th Street Band here.  We won’t be missing the chance to get out and see a great show.

Here is a link to the summer line-up: http://www.bethesda.org/bethesda/summer-concert-series

The concerts will begin Thursday, June 6th and continue through July 25th so rally your friends and family and head out to Veteran’s Park.

Photo courtesy of Bethesda Urban Partnership

Photo courtesy of Bethesda Urban Partnership

Imagination Bethesda 2013

The 19th Annual Imagination Bethesda will be held this Saturday, June 1st, 2013 from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  Imagination Bethesda is designed especially for kids 12 and under with face painting, dancing, art stations and places to play music and hear stories.

June 1, 2013 - Bethesda Urban Partnership

June 1, 2013 – Bethesda Urban Partnership

Performances will include:

11am – The Funny Guy

12pm – Rockin’ Railroad

1pm – Silly Bus

2pm – The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

2:45pm – Dansez! Dansez!

3pm – The Diggity Dudes

Event tents will line the streets of Auburn & Norfolk Avenues and street performers will be roving around. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself dancing, singing and playing like a kid!  Imagination Bethesda is produced by Bethesda Urban Partnership and is sponsored by MIX 107.3 FMWashington Parent and Bethesda Magazine.

40th Annual Strawberry Festival and Silent Auction

June 8th, 2013 Festival  Photo from redeemerbethesda.org

June 8th, 2013 Festival Photo from redeemerbethesda.org

Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 8, 2013 to enjoy some good eats and fun and games at the 40th Annual Strawberry Festival at Glen Echo.  The event will be held from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  In addition to all the freshly-picked strawberries that can be had, the event includes grilled lunch, a book and plant sale and kids can enjoy the moon bounce and face painting.  Plus, the exciting silent auction will feature artwork, business services and even vacation packages, among other great items.

This event is the largest annual fundraiser for The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer and they welcome visitors from the community to attend and enjoy the food and festivities. Personally, I am looking forward to some amazing homemade strawberry shortcake!

Azalea Festival at Landon School May 3-5th, 2013

Azaleas in full bloom

Azaleas in full bloom

It’s the 60th Annual Azalea Garden Festival at Landon School this year!  The event is a time-honored tradition to help raise funds for student financial assistance and faculty enrichment at Landon School.

The festival runs from 10 AM – 5 PM each day, May 3rd – 5th, 2013 and is located at 6101 Wilson Lane.  Parking and general admission are free.  The event offers more than just gorgeous blooming plants.  You will also find entertainment in the form of music, art and even Funland for the kids!  Oh, and of course, yummy treats too.

60th Annual Azalea Garden Festival

60th Annual Azalea Garden Festival

Click here to check out the pictures and an article from our 2011 visit to Funland at the Azalea Festival.  Perfect for all ages, the festival is wonderful time for the whole family.

Here is a link to the 2013 Landon Azalea Festival Garden booklet for this year’s event details.

 

Day 137: Calling all Bethesda Fashionistas to The Front Row!

The Front Row May 17-19, 2012

I keep seeing signs all over the Bethesda Lane/Bethesda Avenue corridor about “The Front Row” coming May 17-19th.  Curiosity finally got the best of me and I looked it up.  Glad I did because you will either want to avoid the chaos downtown or seize the opportunity for what may be some great buys, good meal deals and a great time with friends over the next 3 days – your choice!

The Front Row will be held May 17-19, 2012 and offer 40+ fashion events plus special menus and happy hours at local restaurants, celebrity guests, family fun and other events.  Some of the highlights include the following:

THURSDAY –  Washingtonian Magazine fashion editor Kate Bennett hosts a special film screening at Landmark’s Bethesda Row Theater of the award-winning documentary God Save My Shoes.   There will be a Q&A session afterward with the film’s producer.  The event kicks off at 7:30pm at 7235 Woodmont Ave. and is first-come, first serve, although the  Bethesda Row web site lists an RSVP at: [email protected].  Jaleo, Mussel Bar, Assaggi and Mon Ami Gabi will have happy hour specials before the film.  PLUS there will be trunk shows and sales at Urban Chic, Urban Country and Ginger.  Top it all off with a shoe cupcake from Georgetown Cupcake. 

FRIDAY fashion fun continues with a runway show at 7:30pm.  The VIP guest, Andy Cohen (who is the host of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live) will be there and has offered to sign his new book at Redwood Restaurant.  Cocktail specials are being offered at Redwood to make your time waiting in line a little less tedious. There will be extended hours on Bethesda Lane to shop the specials offered by local retailers until 9pm.

SATURDAY from 11 AM – 2 PM is a day all about your junior fashionistas with fashion trunk shows, sales and specials plus family fun including balloon animals, art projects, and cooking classes for the kids.  Equinox will also offer a free class EQ360 (no membership required) at 3 PM.  My advice is to get there early.

All the details for the three-day event can be found at the Bethesda Row website at: http://bethesdarow.com/events/specials 

Have fun either enjoying the events at The Front Row or avoiding downtown Bethesda and sticking around the back 40 for 3-days!

~Amy

Day 100: Bethesda's Best Restaurant on Wheels!

One3Five Cuisine rolled into town in the parking lot of the Farm Women’s Co-operative Market  on Wisconsin Ave in December 2011.  Although it’s a food truck like any other, this restaurant on wheels is anything but ordinary!  The owner and chef, Steve Markam, was working the day Brian and I strolled up to the window curious about the menu and intrigued, yet tentative about what we would find.  We love food – ALL kinds of food – but typically “fast food” from a truck doesn’t yield gourmet delights. In this case however, we were so wrong!  Steve’s One3Five Cuisine knocked our socks off.  

Brian at the window of One3Five Cuisine

First we tried ONE soup: clam chowder.   Loaded with seriously large chunks of clam and a beautifully creamy sauce.  Highly recommended!

Then we tried THREE appetizers: Weber Veggies (fresh vegetables and big, fat mushrooms perfectly grilled on a Weber of course!), Corn and Black Bean Rice and Down Home Potato Salad.  To say these appetizers were good is really understating it.  The flavors were surprising and unique!   We were drooling!

Last, we selected two of the FIVE specialty sandwiches offered on the menu: Bahn Mi and Gaucho’s Delight.  The Bahn Mi is described on their website as: Paper-thin slices of marinated pork loin, pickled veggies (daikon radishes and carrots), cucumber spears, cilantro, scallions, red onion, and jalapeño on a Vietnamese style roll with a lime/garlic/ginger aioli and fish sauce.  I describe it in a word as “sensational!”  Without a doubt, I will order this again. 

Brian’s selected Gaucho’s Delight (marinated flank steak on a ciabatta roll with buttery potato and onion stick mixture, tomato and olive salsa, and arugula with a chimichurri sauce).  Forget Gaucho, it had Brian moaning with delight with each bite.  Enough said, eh?  For the full ONE3FIVE menu you can check out their website

The next best thing about the food was the price.  Our dinners were only $9.99 each – including soup, appetizer, sandwich and drink.   They are open from 11 AM – 7 PM, 6 days a week and offer catering and family sized serving options too.  I hope Bethesda supports this chef/entrepreneur with his fabulous food truck business because I want it to stick around for a long, long time.  I would like to get through the entire menu!    ~Amy

Day 337: Bethesda's Winter Wonderland – Dec 2-3, 2011

Student Concert 2010 Photo from Bethesda Urban Partnership

Black Friday is already a distant memory and winter is just around the corner!  It’s time again to get into the holiday spirit and if you’re looking for a great way to do just that, check out the Winter Wonderland Festival in downtown Bethesda today, Dec. 3rd, 2011.

Most of the activities will take place at Veteran’s Park located at the corner of Norfolk and Woodmont Avenues and at Imagination Stage located at 4908 Auburn Avenue.  All the events are FREE, including the concert performances held today.

The a capella and gospel performers will begin today at 1 PM and include the Capital Blend, American University Gospel Choir, The Capital Hearings and Vox Pop DC.

Icy guys from 2010...photo from BUP

Santa's grand entrance in 2010 - photo from BUP

From 1-2 PM there will be a live ice sculpture event at Veteran’s Park.  Using tools like picks and even chainsaws, the sculptor will craft his works of icy art right before your eyes!

Following the ice sculpting event, the afternoon will wrap up with a student choral concert from several local schools and a visit from Santa Claus!  Last year santa showed up in a cute red convertible.  I wonder how he will make his grand entrance this year!

So come on out and get into the holiday spirit.  Meet Santa, sing songs, and have a happy holiday!     ~Amy

Day 325: Fresh EATS for Thanksgiving: SPECIAL Bethesda Central Farm Market

BCFM on Bethesda Lane

This Wednesday, November 23rd from 10:00 AM – 2 :00 PM the Bethesda Central Farm Market will hold a SPECIAL THANKSGIVING MARKET on Bethesda Lane!  What a wonderful place to pick up some last-minute fresh additions to your big meal.

The market is located on Bethesda Lane between Elm Street and Bethesda Ave.  The whole area is decorated for the holidays and even the most ardent Scrooge can’t help but feel a tinge of the holiday spirit walking past it’s lavishly decorated boughs of holly.

Fresh Bread! Yum!

The special market on Wednesday will feature vendors offering salamis, organic beef jerky, sausage for your stuffing, dressings for your salads, honey-sweetened cranberry-orange relish, fresh breads and of course pies!  The vendor Wollam Gardens will also offer beautiful pumpkin centerpieces and bouquets many around $30.

If you’re like me and often wait until the last minute to buy for the big day, the Bethesda Central Farm Market on Wednesday just might save your turkey butt!  Let’s get into the holiday spirit and support our local farmers.    ~Amy

Day 287: Bethesda Row Arts Festival Oct 15-16, 2011

Bethesda Row Arts Festival 2011 - Oct 15-16

Other than the occasional wind gust today, the weather was absolutely perfect for the 14th Annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival.  The fall leaves bursting with color created a wonderful backdrop for this outdoor gallery of sorts feauring over 185 artists from around the country.  Live music played and visitors strolled through with their canine companions – so many furry friends in fact that one may have mistaken this for Strut Your Mutt!

The show features paintings, ceramics, jewelry, fashion, sculpture, metalwork, glass art, drawings, woodwork and more. The festival also includes an art sale benefitting the NIH Children’s Charities, live music and street vendors.  As always, you will find some good eatin’.

Sherri's Crab Cakes

Today, Brian and I indulged in Sherri’s Crab Cakes with some sweet tea!  They were a tasty little delight – even though they come from Pennsylvania and not Maryland!  Sherri’s is an interesting concept – only selling their crab cakes and crab soup at festivals and on-line as uncooked frozen goods.

If you missed the Bethesda Row Arts Festival today, don’t worry.  They will be there again tomorrow, Sunday, October 16th from 11 AM – 5 PM, rain or shine.  “Shine” is predicted!  Stop by and enjoy a stroll yourself.  I may have to go back tomorrow and select something fun to take home with me.  A must admit to a certain feeling of longing for a little tree frog I met today.  Check it out at www.adventuresofatreefrog.com.

Here are some photos from our day:

Bethesda Ave where the fall leaves frame the Art Festival

Sculptures on Woodmont Ave.

Elm Street, Bethesda

Steve, Editor of Bethesda Magazine with Brian