July-August 2021

Best bets

Things to see and do in the Bethesda area in July and August

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Photo courtesy of Gaithersburg Arts Barn

Magic man

July 24

YouTube videos show people freaking out after self-described mentalist and magician Kourosh Taie seemingly reads their thoughts, guessing names of celebrities or friends they’ve imagined, or random words they’ve thought up. He amazes people with new twists on sleight-of-hand tricks, somehow knowing beforehand which card a person will pull from a deck or making a person’s initials magically appear on a coin they’re holding. During A Virtual Magic Hour with Kourosh Taie, presented by Gaithersburg’s Arts on the Green visual and performing arts program, the entertainer presents his signature style of magic and mind reading in an interactive virtual format. Recommended for ages 12 and older. Ticketholders will be sent a link to the online performance.

8 p.m., $22, virtual event, gaithersburgmd.gov


Go global

Aug. 1

After more than a year with no festivals due to COVID-19 restrictions, street fairs are making a comeback this summer. That’s a good enough reason to dance in the streets, and the International Food and Craft Festival in Silver Spring is a great place to do it. A DJ will spin international tunes while vendors and artisans sell their wares. Expect a diverse selection of handmade jewelry, textiles, candles and more, as well as food selections from around the globe. The event will be held in accordance with CDC and county health guidelines.

2-8 p.m., free, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, chiceventsdc.com


Photo courtesy of Strathmore

All in the hour

Aug. 7

More than 30 years ago, siblings Sean and Sara Watkins, along with Chris Thile, formed Americana band Nickel Creek. With Sean on guitar and Sara on fiddle, the two also performed as the Watkins Family Hour, playing live shows and incorporating special guests, such as Fiona Apple and Jackson Browne. But it was only last year that they released their first album of original songs as a duo. Brother Sister features lush harmonies and pretty melodies that reflect the siblings’ upbringing in bluegrass and folk music traditions. Strathmore’s new outdoor Patio Stage is a great showcase for the pair’s folksy originals and fun covers.

6:30 & 8:30 p.m., $176-$232 per table (seats up to four), Patio Stage at The Music Center at Strathmore, strathmore.org


Catch a shooting star

Aug. 11

According to NASA, the Perseid meteor shower is the best one of the year. Sky watchers can see 50 to 100 meteors per hour during its peak, which falls on Aug. 11 and 12 this year. Check out Stargazers for Starters, held outside the Black Hill Visitor Center in Boyds, to learn the basics of observing the night sky and to possibly see some of the Perseids, which appear as shooting stars but are actually pieces of the Swift-Tuttle comet. No equipment is needed but attendees are welcome to use their own binoculars. The rain date is Aug. 12.

8:30-9:30 p.m., $2, ages 10 and older, Black Hill Regional Park, montgomeryparks.org, register at activemontgomery.org