Get Out: Ideas for the Weekend

The Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, a free summer concert, Art Walk and more are on the calendar for this weekend.

Enjoy the weather this weekend with fun and free outdoor events in Bethesda! Our picks:

Summer Concert In Veteran's Park

Where/When: Veteran's Park, at the corner of Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues, Thursday, May 10, 6 - 8 p.m.

Why Go: Enjoy the Southern Soul sounds of King Soul as a part of the Bethesda Urban Partnership's free outdoor summer concert series in Veteran's Park. The concerts are happening each Thursday evening during May and June.

Price: Free.


Where/When: Downtown Bethesda art galleries. Friday, May 11, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Why Go: It's the second Friday of the month, so that means downtown Bethesda art galleries will keep their doors open late to showcase great local, regional and national artwork. Participating venues include (7740 Old Georgetown Rd.), (4862 Cordell Ave.), (7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E), L'Eclat de Verre (7015 Wisconsin Ave.), Upstairs Art Studios (4948 St. Elmo Ave.) and the (4600 East-West Highway). This month, you can also check out the opening reception for

Price: Free.


Where/When: International Spy Museum (600 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.). Friday, May 11, from 6 to 11 p.m.

Why Go: Visit the International Spy Museum for the "Spy at Night" experience, which provides visitors with exclusive, after-hours access to the museum's permanent collection and an evening full of intrigue, deception and cocktails (including a complimentary drink).

On May 11, "Spy at Night" will take on a "Moscow Nights" theme, with special guest retired KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin, a KGB-themed scavenger hunt through the permanent exhibit, a Russian dance performance and the special complementary cocktail, "From Russia With Love."

Price: General admission: $19.95. Operation Spy at Night: $14.95. Combination General Admission and Operation Spy at Night: $27.95.


Where/When: Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle along Norfolk, Auburn, Del Ray and Cordell Avenues on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Why Go: This two-day event highlights nearly 140 contemporary artists who will sell their original fine arts and crafts. Participating artists were selected and juried by members of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District. Live entertainment and children's activities will also be featured.

Price: Free to enter the festival.


Where/When: (8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase). Saturday, May 12, at 5 p.m.

Why Go: This magic show is sure to make skeptics think twice and kids-at-heart become younger. Peter Wood will perform amazing mind-reading acts, baffling card tricks and impossible sleights-of-hand. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County.

Price: Free.


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