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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:

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

Day 179: Events in Bethesda this Weekend

BUP logo

Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) is a great resource for planning your weekend activities in Bethesda.  They offer a comprehensive calendar of events and keep things happening in our quaint little town, including festivals, concerts, farmers markets and even outdoor movies.  If you’re looking for fun things to do this weekend, there’s quite a lot to choose from before the 4th of July holiday rolls around.  Here are some highlights of events starting tomorrow, June 30th:

Thursday, 6/30: Dance the night away at the Summer Concert Series at Veteran’s Park featuring the jazz and soulful sounds of LaRue Boogaloo from 6 PM – 8 PM.  Veteran’s Park is located at the corners of Woodmont Ave. and Norfolk and thanks to BUP, the concert is FREE!

Veteran's Park

Friday, 7/1: Enjoy live music and an outdoor Dance Concert at Bethesda Metro Center at the corner of Wisconsin Ave. & Old Georgetown Rd. from 6 PM – 9 PM.  This event is also FREE.

Saturday, 7/2: Laugh til you cry at Laugh Riot at the Hyatt.  This live standup comedy show will feature engineers, government employees and IRS agents who moonlight as local comics.  Actually, I’m just kidding about that but the comics are actually locals so it wouldn’t surprise me if you did have the garden variety Housewife of Bethesda up there!  (Check out our blog from Day 53 for details.)  The Hyatt Regency Hotel is located  at 7400 Wisconsin Ave.  The show costs $10 and begins at 8 PM.


Farm Market Veggies

Sunday, 7/3: Pop in to visit the local farm markets and enjoy the chance to meet the farmers themselves and take home some of the freshest fruits and veggies of the season.  The Bethesda FRESHFARM Market is located at Norfolk Ave. between Fairmont & St. Elmo Aves. The market is open from 9am-1pm and FREE to attend.  The Bethesda Central Farm Market is on Elm St. between Woodmont & Wisconsin also from 9am-1pm and also FREE…well, that is, until you buy something.  And I promise you will buy something.  🙂

We plan to feature details in a future blog about 4th of July events in our area, but in the meantime, enjoy the beautiful weekend ahead!     ~Amy

Day 158: Summer Concert Series – Swingtopia


Veterans Park - Bethesda

The Summer Concert Series hosted by Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) on the corner of Woodmont and Norfolk Aves. (Veterans Park) from 6 PM – 8 PM every Thursday evening continues through July 21st.  The full concert series 2011 calendar is available at the BUP website.

This week, enjoy the octet Swingtopia featuring music from Glenn Miller, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, and many others during the 1930s through the 1950s.   Many of the Swingtopia musicians are also past or present members of the premier service bands in DC, including the Airmen of Note, the Army Blues, and the Navy Commodores, according to their website.  Come on out this warm Thursday evening and enjoy their cool sounds.     ~Amy


Day 130: Play that Funky Music Thursdays

Photo courtesy of BUP website

The arts are an integral part of the Bethesda city scene and as we are now beginning to enjoy warmer weather, we also have the opportunity to enjoy outdoor music at our FREE Summer Concert Series courtesy of Bethesda Urban Partnership.  Every Thursday evening a new band and music genre is featured.  This Thursday, May 12th, enjoy the big band sounds of the 18-piece Swing Shift Big Band.  Their rich, full sound is sure to please and to get you up and dancing!

The Summer Concert Series is hosted at Veteran’s Park on the corner of Woodmont and Norfolk Aves. from 6 PM – 8 PM every Thursday evening through July 21st.  Check out our recent blog about Veteran’s Park on Day 109.  The concert series is held there each week and organized by BUP (Bethesda Urban Partnership).  The full 2011 concert series calendar is available at their website

In the coming weeks, Bethesda can look forward to hearing the sounds of rock, blues, West African funk, reggae, dance variety, soul and jazz.  The price is right for this wonderful local event.  It’s a great way to enjoy a nice warm spring or summer evening in our town.  You can grab an awesome burger right there next to Veteran’s Park at The Burger Joint or a coffee at Starbuck’s right at the corner and relax while enjoying the free concert.  I hope to see you there!     ~Amy