Add Some Color to Your Weekend at the Bethesda Row Arts Festival

We covered this event in 2012 and are bringing it back again, because it is our druthers, because, like Alexander Haig once proclaimed, “I am in control here” … or unlike him, I pretend to be.

Bethesda is such an arty little town, so it’s fitting they host the Bethesda Row Arts Festival. In its 17th year, this free event will take place on October 18 and 19 (Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Spread out over four blocks, for these two days downtown Bethesda resembles “an outdoor art gallery” rife with “fine arts and crafts for sale from 190 museum [-] quality artists.” The festival is juried, and here is the list of participants.

Arts Festival (Chris Connelly via Flickr)

In the market: See something you like? According to the festival’s site, prices for original works will range from “$45 to over $20,000.” (Chris Connelly via Flickr)

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As you can imagine, there are quite a few mediums on view here: drawings, glass, ceramics, jewelry, graphics, fabrics, metalwork, paintings, photography, pastels, printmaking, wood, sculpture and mixed media; 14 in all. So this is a true, diverse gathering of artists. And many art lovers out there appreciate this wall of color and texture: More than 300,000 patrons have been to the Bethesda Row Arts Festival since 1997.

Bethesda Row Arts Festival
4841 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, Md. 20814

Now, some of these pieces will run into the thousands, even tens of thousands, but many other pieces can be had for less than $100.

There’ll also be live music on the festival’s main stage, “well-recognized local artists … playing acoustic music live from a variety of different genres.”

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Food, you wanna be fed too? Bethesda Row is chock-full of restaurants ready to serve you.

Sponsors this year include Ford and Bethesda Magazine. The festival benefits NIH Children’s Charities.

Here are excellent directions for those who want to drive to the festival. Folks who live near a Metrorail station are encouraged (of course) to take the Red Line and get off at the Bethesda stop, which is a little less than half a mile away from the event. Even better, if you rent an apartment in this fine community, you might be able to walk.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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