Escape a few miles north outside of the hectic district and beltway and relax at the stylish, trendy, and quaint Bethesda Row. Choose from a wide variety of over 30 international restaurants including Irish, Thai, American, Asian, Spanish, Mediterranean, and American for a nice outdoor lunch or dinner. Enjoy desserts at specialty shops such as Dolcezza Gelato or Sweetgreen. There are plenty of new boutiques and stores to please all types of shoppers. Bethesda Row also holds many events such as Movie Nights and art fairs.
What once stood as the historic Bethesda Theater in 1938 has now been transformed into a suave live music supper club. Still carrying the glory of the yesteryear, Bethesda Blues and Jazz houses a small concert hall that serves brilliant continental fare. While 300 seats are ticketed as dinner seats, there are an additional 200 performance seats made available later. Come and enjoy this acoustically enhanced wonder on a fine evening.
The National Gallery houses an extensive collection of European and American art in two spectacular buildings. In the grand, neoclassical West Building, Rembrandt, Rubens and Gainsborough are well-represented. The permanent collection includes works from the 13th to 20th Centuries, including a section devoted to Impressionism. An underground concourse with a cafeteria, an excellent gift shop and a walled-in waterfall takes you to the East Building. Designed by I.M. Pei, this triangular building is a key city landmark and home to famous pieces of art and other temporary exhibitions.
The Music Center at Strathmore has been hosting music shows since 1981. World class performances by local, national and international talents take place here. Several organizations, each unique in their own way, host concerts spanning numerous genres from folk and jazz to rock and pop, thus offering something for every music taste here. Concerts are held at one of the many spaces featured on the premises of this expansive venue. These include the Concert Hall and the Rehearsal Rooms.
Established in 1910, the National Museum of Natural History aims to inform people about the natural history of earth through its exhibits. Nestled somewhere within this museum is the famous Hope Diamond, which has gained notoriety for supposedly carrying a curse. Apart from that, some of the museum's popular galleries include The Discovery Room, Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals, Dinosaurs/Hall of Paleobiology, Insect Zoo, Teleology: Hall of Bones, Ocean Hall, Hall of Human Origins and many more.
This club somewhat resembles Dr. Frankenfurter's laboratory in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The large, open space features a bar and a chest-high stage with a rather impressive sound and lighting system. Four bars are located throughout the venue, serving premium draft and bottled beer. Light snacks are also available for when those late night hunger pangs start kicking in. You can relish a wide range of items like sandwiches, wraps, paninis and sweets among many others during your visit to 9:30 Club.
Bethesda Row Cinema is an eight-screen cinema that features a program of independent and foreign language films. With stadium-style seating and wall-to-wall screens, and state-of-the-art sound systems, this cinema offers an elevated movie-watching experience. Additional perks include an espresso bar and local baked items besides the usual popcorn-soda combo.
Located near Bethesda Row, Kidville offers a range of fun and entertaining classes for young children. These innovative classes are designed by child development specialists and offer recreation for children of up to five years old. The line-up of classes features gym classes, music and art classes, dance classes and enrichment classes that focus on both knowledge sharing and fun. The indoor playspace at Kidville is also open and available to kids, for rough-and-tumble play.
This restored 1920s-era movie house has two historic auditoriums for your viewing pleasure. The theater screens everything from first-run Hollywood hits to forgotten classics, celebrated indies, and the most talked-about foreign films. Don't miss the continuing series of special events and screenings. Bring the kids to the weekend family matinees. For a more enjoyable experience, sit back and relax with popcorn and a soda from the refreshment stand.