Saturday, May 14, 2016

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival 2016 today and Sunday; Villain & Saint recreates Watkins Glen Summer Jam today in Bethesda

Art lovers and classic rock lovers can make a day - and night - of it in Bethesda today. Bethesda Urban Partnership is hosting the annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival in the Woodmont Triangle today, May 14, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and tomorrow from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is free, and so is parking in the Auburn-Del Ray Parking Garage 36 at 4910 Auburn Avenue.

Walk to the festival, which will be held along Auburn, Del Ray and Norfolk Avenues rain or shine. 130 artists from across the country will display their works. In addition to the many restaurant options in the Triangle, the following restaurants will be serving food on Del Ray Avenue near the entertainment stage: Yamas Grill, Bethesda Curry Kitchen, Haagen-Dazs, Mamma Lucia, and Smoke BBQ.

Enjoy live music, and check out the booths of local businesses - The Flats at Bethesda Avenue luxury apartments will have giveaways and a chance to win a hefty gift card from Paper Source at Bethesda Row, and Stonehall Bethesda's condo sales center will be open from noon until 4:00 PM at 7706 Woodmont Avenue (this could be a great option if thunderstorms hit in the afternoon - bring an umbrella).

A different type of festival will be held across town at Villain & Saint at 7141 Wisconsin Avenue (there's easy parking in the lot behind the building). The bar and live music venue is recreating the famous 1973 Watkins Glen Summer Jam starting at noon. While the main event starts at 6:00 PM and costs $30 online or $35 at the door, you can enjoy the pre-show party outside starting at noon for $5 at the Montgomery Womens Cooperative Farm Market next door.

Cover bands will recreate the legendary acts who appeared before a crowd of 600,000 in 1973: The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers and The Band. For more details and ticket links, visit their Facebook page.

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