The Bethesda Row Arts Festival transforms four blocks downtown Bethesda into an outdoor art gallery featuring fine arts and crafts for sale from 190 museum quality artists in the Bethesda Row area of Bethesda, Maryland. Here is a link to the Festival map showing artist booth locations, parking, dining, shopping and more.

18th Annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival
View the Official 2015 Festival Program

Saturday, October 17, 2015 – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, October 18, 2015 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission is FREE.

The outdoor event is held rain or shine on Bethesda Row located on Woodmont and Bethesda Avenues, Elm Street. The festival is in easy walking distance from the Bethesda Metro station and 15 minutes from downtown Metrorail stops. Numerous FREE and paid parking garages (49 and 57) are conveniently located near the Festival.

Each October, the streets of Bethesda Row are transformed into an outdoor art gallery of spectacular fine arts and crafts. More than 300,000 people have enjoyed the Bethesda Row Arts Festival in the heart of Bethesda’s designated Arts & Entertainment District since it began in 1997. This year many of the world’s finest arts and crafts will be presented.

The Festival features the work of 190 leading fine artists and crafters from the Mid-Atlantic and around the country. On display will be the finest in: ceramics, drawings, fabrics, glass, graphics, jewelry, metalwork, paintings, pastels, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood and mixed media. The Festival has been widely recognized as one of the top fine arts festivals in the United States.

Live Music

Well-recognized local artists will be playing acoustic music live from a variety of different genres. Check out our main stage at the intersection of Elm Street and Woodmont Avenue.



Bethesda Row offers more than 30 delicious dining options from ice cream to fine dining – complete listing. The Festival additionally features fabulous crab cakes from Sherri’s. Check your Festival program for deals and savings.

Event & Community Activities

The Bethesda Row Arts Festival offers an art sale thanks to donations from participating artists benefiting the NIH Children’s Charities, the charity also presents children’s art activities available for a small donation. The Bethesda Row Arts Festival raises funds and awareness for the NIH Children’s Charities, which include The Children’s Inn, Camp Fantastic/Special Love, Inc., and Friends of the Clinical Center. These three wonderful organizations are instrumental in providing much needed support for young patients and their families. The Festival will continue its support of the community with proceeds from the Art Sale, Children’s Activities and Sponsorship funds, benefitting NIH Children’s Charities.

Saturday, October 17 Sunday, October 18