Call for Entries: Bethesda, MD


October 18 & 19
11th Annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival
Bethesda Row: Woodmont Ave., Bethesda Ave., Elm St.
and introducing, Bethesda Lane
185 Artists
Deadline: May 31

Where is Bethesda, MD? It is in the heart of the DC Beltway, where you will meet patrons from around the world, an exhilarating atmosphere.

This preeminent urban festival attracts art lovers from the metropolitan Washington, DC, region, displaying the works of a select group of highly creative and talented artists. What makes the event unique is its continuing tradition of free attendance while financially helping kids through NIH Children’s Charities and the Corcoran School of Art + Design. The art fair features juried artists, selected for technique, originality and art quality, showcasing their work in Bethesda, MD’s, Arts & Entertainment District.

New for 2008:

  • Increased media partnerships to boost event advertising
  • Online application & digital jury to ease the submission of applications and images
  • Addition of Bethesda Lane to improve the flow of patron traffic and enhance the event experience for buyers and artists

A bit about our patrons:

  • This year’s show is expected to attract more than 45,000 visitors
  • They come from one of the nation’s most affluent regions, with 40% of households earning $100,000 and over
  • The area is ranked 6th in the nation for the number of households attending arts/cultural events with 38% of households attending arts events and purchasing fine arts

To take part in the jury for this event, please fill out an application or download a copy at

For more information about the festival, please visit the website at, e-mail, or call 301.637.5715.

Have you attended any art fairs in the East? If not, this is a very hospitable event with many patrons where you can find an audience if you have distinctive and sophisticated art. The date should be attractive to artists from the Midwest whose art fair season has ended.

It is always exhilarating to exhibit in a new area of the country and being in Bethesda you find yourself in the heart of the nation’s capital with the chance to meet the people attracted by the proximity of the federal government and its agencies. This festival has excitement and new opportunities for you.

One of the perks of participating in art fairs is that they often take you to interesting places and you bring home much more than income but enriching experiences. To my thinking being in the D.C. area in October with the national elections taking place soon will present you with information and experiences that you will long remember.


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3 Responses to “Call for Entries: Bethesda, MD”

  1. anna madrigal Says:

    i need a contact number for the west coast shows

  2. Constance Mettler Says:

    Hello Anna,

    Just “google” the names of any of the events you see listed on the website…they are easy to find. Best of luck.

  3. david therriault Says:

    looked very interesting wanted more info on showing at it in 2009

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