2021 Bethesda Row Arts Festival

By Editorial Team on October 4, 2021

Event: Saturday, October 9 from 11am to 6pm and Sunday, October 10 from 10am to 5pm

The weekend of October 9th and 10th, Bethesda Row’s Arts and Entertainment District will transform into a massive outdoor art gallery featuring ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, printmaking, jewelry, metalwork, painting, photography, sculpture, and other disciples from 129 carefully jury-selected artists around the country. The 23nd Bethesda Row Arts Festival, which has been recognized as one of the most important art events in the country by Art Fair Sourcebook and Sunshine Artists will run from Saturday, October 9 (11am-6pm) to Sunday, October 10, (10am-5pm) hosting art-loving patrons from around the area.

Nearly a third of the artists are new to the festival and many new to exhibiting in the region. For loyal visitors, this means a return of their favorites with the addition of countless new art to experience. 15% of the artists are regionally-based.

This year’s festival will have an injection of energy after its break last year due to the pandemic. The event is fully outdoors and masks are recommended. Artists will maintain social distancing at their displays.

“Art is incredibly personal, both for the artists who create it and the collectors who display it in their homes. Too often today, people purchase mass-produced home decor at discount stores without knowing anything about the process or the person who created it. Art festivals like this allow people to bring meaning to the items that make their space a home,” says Jon Gann, Festival Co-Director.

An event sponsor, Wildgood, will provide samples of the first plant-based ice cream crafted with the goodness of extra virgin olive oil.

The Festival is free and open to the public. More information about each artist, and our easy-to-use interactive map is online at bethesdarowarts.org.