The Bethesda Theater and Arts Scene

One of the best reasons to live at Fox Hill is our proximity to some of the region’s best performing arts venues, including Strathmore. The Bethesda theater and arts scene is a vibrant one, with some of the world’s best performers visiting venues just a few minutes from Fox Hill’s doors. Bethesda arts and music offerings are also top notch, meaning you can enjoy plenty of high culture without going far from home.


The Strathmore music venue. Fox Hill has forged an exciting partnership with Strathmore, a preeminent center for the arts that brings a tremendous range of the world’s best performers to Bethesda. Strathmore presents live performances of popular music, contemporary dance, spoken word, theatrical entertainment and a well-regarded chamber music and recital series.  It is also a home of the National Philharmonic.

Fox Hill’s partnership with Strathmore brings the center’s visiting musicians to our performing arts center for exclusive performances. Visual artists from Strathmore offer classes at Fox Hill, and our residents enjoy previews of Strathmore art exhibits before they open to the general public. All of these events are free for owners at Fox Hill.

If you prefer to head to Strathmore to check out the best of Bethesda music, here are a few highlights from the current season, which runs through April 2022

Along with these shows on the main stage, you can enjoy dozens of intimate performances as part of Strathmore’s “The Patio Stage” series. These concerts take place in thier open-air venue on the music center’s trawick terrace.

Prefer the visual arts? Strathmore is a hub of the Bethesda arts scene, offering spacious galleries, events, exhibits and more. Strathmore mounts about 25 exhibits a year and collaborates with museums from around the region. The mansion serves as the visual arts center of the campus and is open year round. Admission to exhibitors is free. Learn more about the upcoming events and exhibits.

American University Performing Arts

American is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its Katzen Arts Center. Shows at American are extremely affordable, with $5 or $10 senior tickets available for most performances.

Roundhouse Theatre

Roundhouse focuses on providing roles for local artists of diverse backgrounds. The theater encourages active participation in theater and hopes to engage the audience in a dialogue of ideas. Learn more about their upcoming events for the current season.

Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club

Looking to get up and dance or hear someone sing from the soul? The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club is the place to be. There are shows several times a week, so check out the latest schedule online. The Bethesda music scene has a lot to offer, but the blues and jazz club may be the finest option around.

Holton-Arms School

We’re lucky to be neighbors with Holton-Arms School, a top-notch school for girls in third through twelfth grade. Holton pairs with nearby Landon School—an all-boys school—for major productions. Holton-Arms hosts the fall and winter plays, while Landon hosts the spring musical. Holton-Arms also offers extensive choral music and instrumental music offerings, including a chamber music and handbell choir concert each spring.

The Washington, D.C. and Bethesda areas are full of amazing arts and theater options. These Bethesda theater options are a few of our favorites, but there are plenty of other great choices slightly further afield. If you have other favorites, or want to visit a spot that’s not on our list, we’ll help you make it happen.

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