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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?



Day 187: Enjoy the Arts this Weekend in Bethesda

Summers in Bethesda are a wonderful time to enjoy eating at our many fine restaurants, walking around the town, visiting with friends and catching some local entertainment.  One of the great things Bethesda offers is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the arts and this weekend is no exception.

ArtWalk 2011 logo from Bethesda Urban Partnership

July 8 – Bethesda Art Walk

As we posted on Day 42 of Bethesda365, the galleries and studios of Bethesda offer Art Walk every second Friday of the month from 6 – 9 PM.  You can ride the circulator for free to visit the galleries which stay open late for this event.  Check out the route for the Circulator here.  Call 301-215-6660 with questions.

 July 9 – Bethesda Artist Market

Enjoy fine art & crafts from 25 local and regional artists including jewelry, blown glass, painting, photography, pottery and more.  Plus enjoy some live entertainment while you stroll around.   This FREE event is located at Norfolk Ave between Fairmont & St. Elmo from 10 AM -5 PM.

July 10 – Open Door Reading

From 2 PM – 4 PM, author Joan Gussow and poet W. Perry Epes will offer readings at The Writer’s Center which is located at 4508 Walsh St.  This FREE event is geared toward attendees aged 18 and older. Call 301-654-8664 with any questions.

Enjoy the opportunity to appreciate the arts this weekend in Bethesda.     ~Amy

Day 42: Bethesda Art Walk

Art Walk Locations

Every second Friday of the month from 6 – 9 PM, the galleries and art studios of downtown Bethesda open their doors and showcase the fine works of their artists for Bethesda Art Walk.  The featured works were created locally, nationally and internationally and offer an array of unique pieces through a variety of media including photography, paintings, sculpture, and mixed media.

Teke bottle

According to Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP), there are currently 6 galleries participating.  Their map is posted here and on their website.  For your convenience, the free Bethesda circulator (see our blog of January 6th for details) stops just a few steps from each of the galleries and runs throughout the event.

Support the arts and enjoy a wonderful and enriching evening visiting our local galleries and studios.  ~Amy

Day 9: You got me going in circles . .

Look for these signs to ride

One spring day when my daughters Nicole and Caroline were very little I decided they needed some adventure.  I told them we were going to take a trolley ride through the city.  They were very excited, swinging their stocking covered legs back and forth on the sidewalk bench, as they waited impatiently for the Trolley to come.  All of the sudden we could hear the unmistakable rumble of the trolley as it made its way down Bethesda Avenue to the bus stop.  We climbed aboard the Bethesda 8 Trolley and quickly headed to a seat in the back. The seats were made of wrought iron and wood and we had a great view out the open back windows of the bus.  Spring air filled the bus as the driver pulled back onto the road as the wind began to blow the girls hair.  “Weeeeeeeeeee”, they squealed as we headed off on our adventure.  I think we completed the figure 8 bus loop through downtown Bethesda four times that day.  We waived at every pedestrian we saw and tried to get passing car and truck drivers to blare their horns by giving them the bicep pump signal.  You know the one where you close your fist and pump your arm up and down hoping like mad the driver will honk their horn.  People were waiving, horns were blaring and I was smiling at all the fun we were having…..and for free!

The signature red Trolley arrives

As the city of Bethesda has grown, so too has the need to get from one end of town to the other.  Enter the Circulator, Bethesda’s free and cool way to traverse downtown.  Formerly known as the Bethesda 8 Trolley, for it’s figure 8 shaped route through the town and the bus’ Trolley car design, the Circulator ferries passengers from the Woodmont Triangle area down Woodmont Avenue to Bethesda Avenue where it turns onto Arlington Road and heads back up to Old Georgetown Road returning to the Woodmont Triangle (see Circulator map). Unfortunately the Trolley buses may not be with us much longer due to high maintenance costs and reliability problems.  The current route, which services 20,000+ riders a month, will be served by sleek new buses instead.  So get the kids and get out and enjoy a nostalgic ride around town….. while it lasts.  ~Brian

The Circulator is managed by Bethesda Urban Partnership and the operation is as follows:

The Circulator Route

Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday: 7:00 am – 12:00 am
Friday: 7:00 am – 2:00 am
Saturday: 6:00 pm – 2:00 am
Sunday: no service

Stops (approximately every 10 min.)

  • Woodmont Ave. & Bethesda Ave.
  • Arlington Rd. between Elm St. & Hampden Ln. (Giant & Library)
  • Arlington Rd. & Montgomery Ln.
  • Edgemoor Ln. near Woodmont Ave.
  • Bethesda Metro Station
  • Old Georgetown Rd. near Commerce Ln. (Safeway)
  • Old Georgetown Rd. between Fairmont Ave. & St. Elmo Ave.
  • Old Georgetown Rd. between Cordell Ave. &Del Ray Ave.
  • Auburn Ave. & Old Georgetown Rd.
  • Auburn Ave. & Norfolk Ave.
  • Rugby Ave.
  • Rugby Ave. & Del Ray Ave.
  • Woodmont Ave. between Cordell Ave. & St. Elmo Ave.
  • Woodmont Ave. & Norfolk Ave.
  • Woodmont Ave. at Garage 11
  • Woodmont Ave. & Moorland Ln.
  • Woodmont Ave. between Edgemoor Ln. & Montgomery Ln.
  • Woodmont Ave. & Elm St.