Things to See and Do in the Bethesda Area in September and October
Our picks for live music, festivals and more
Photo Courtesy of The Fillmore Silver SpringOct. 1
Andy Grammer started out as a busker in California, but with his positive pop hits, such as the uplifting “Keep Your Head Up” and country-tinged “Honey, I’m Good,” the singer-songwriter went on to become a platinum-selling recording artist. This summer he released his fourth album, Naive, with songs “My Own Hero” and “Don’t Give Up on Me,” which was featured in the soundtrack of the 2019 movie Five Feet Apart. Grammer’s high-energy performances keep the good vibes flowing with plenty of sing-along moments and enviable dance moves (the singer was also a contestant on Dancing With the Stars).
8 p.m., $32.50, The Fillmore Silver Spring, fillmoresilverspring.com
Honoring American authors
Fans of Amy Tan can hear The Joy Luck Club author give a reading or can participate in a master class she’ll lead at this year’s F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival, where she’ll also receive the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Achievement in American Literature. The festival also features writing workshops, literary discussions and a bus tour of Fitzgerald’s haunts in Rockville. The Great Gatsby author is buried in the cemetery at St. Mary’s Church in Rockville.
$10-$15 Thursday literary luncheon; $35 festival registration; Glenview Mansion, Rockville (some events are free and at other locations), fscottfestival.org
Art for all
The annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival brings fine art and crafts by nearly 200 artists to downtown Bethesda. This year, in addition to showcasing art, the festival will have a focus on both new and established art collectors and building connections among them and artists. The new StARTer Gallery will be a specially tented area aimed at new art collectors and featuring the work of 18 young and local artisans. Curatorial students will be on hand to help those interested in buying art to choose pieces.
Free, Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda Avenue and Elm Street, bethesdarowarts.org
Oct. 4-Nov. 2
Into the Woods
Hiking the trails at Markoff’s Haunted Forest is no walk in the park. The Halloween attraction in Dickerson has been scaring people for more than 25 years. The frightening experiences include two haunted trails where hikers encounter gruesome scenes, scary characters and a spooky ghost town. You’ll also find a zip line, carnival games, food, and performances by fire dancers and others. The Haunted Forest is open Fridays and Saturdays in October, plus Halloween and Nov. 1 and 2. For a gentler experience, the Enchanted Forest at Calleva offers a well-lighted trail walk where visitors will see scenes from fairy tales and folk stories. The Enchanted Forest, which runs Oct. 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26, is recommended for ages 8 and younger.
Haunted Forest $25 and up; Enchanted Forest $15, younger than age 2 free; 19120 Martinsburg Road, Dickerson, markoffshauntedforest.com