Bethesda Fine Arts Returns May 12 & 13

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

The Bethesda Urban Partnership and the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District announce the ninth annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, a two-day event highlighting 140 contemporary artists who will sell their original fine art and fine craft. The festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 13, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Artists from throughout the country representing 25 states and Canada will showcase painting, drawing, photography, furniture, jewelry, mixed media, wood and ceramics. Sunshine Artist ranked the 2008 Bethesda Fine Arts Festival the 78th Best Festival in the U.S. and Best Show in Maryland and Washington, D.C. This outdoor festival brings unique fine crafted products right to the streets for Bethesda area residents and visitors to enjoy an exceptional shopping experience.

The event will be held in downtown Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle along Norfolk, Auburn, Del Ray and Cordell Avenues, and will feature live entertainment, children’s activities and Bethesda restaurants including Haagen Dazs, BlackFinn American Saloon, Mamma Lucia, Hard Times Cafe and Yamas Mediterranean Grill.

Admission to the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival is free. The festival is located six blocks from the Bethesda Metro station and free parking is available adjacent to the event in the parking garage located on Auburn Avenue.

The Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, one of downtown Bethesda’s marquis arts initiatives, is directed by Catriona Fraser, a veteran of fine arts festivals, an international award-winning photographer and art dealer in Bethesda.

Comcast, MIX 107.3 FM, The New York Times, Renewal by Andersen, Bethesda Magazine and Union Hardware are serving as event sponsors.

Visit www.bethesda.org or call 301-215-6660.