“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West

Bethesda, MD – Even though we often take up the task of writing about places that aren’t very familiar, it should be known that the opposite can also occur. Meaning, we frequently encounter places that are familiar to the general public, in one way or the other. That being said, many of them you’ve heard about on television. Some were featured in movies. Others you just know about. But the one place that has consistently been featured in movies that have to do with the military or navy is – Bethesda, MD. Therefore, we bring you more details about this popular place nestled in Maryland.

One Of The Best Places To Live In The Country

Situated just northwest of Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, Bethesda is actually a census-designated place in southern Montgomery County, Maryland. The name comes from the Bethesda Meeting House, which is a local church built in 1820 and then rebuilt in 1849. This church, however, got its name from the Pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem. The name Bethesda actually means House of Mercy in Aramaic and House of Kindness in Hebrew.

Bethesda actually has no official boundaries. This is because it represents an unincorporated area. However, it is also one of the most highly educated and affluent communities in the country. That being said, it was placed first in Time’s 2014 list of top earning towns and first in Forbes list of America’s most educated small towns. So, if having academic-level conversations is something you like to do in your free time, this place will definitely be right up your alley.

Always Something To Do And Somewhere To Go In Bethesda, MD

Generally speaking, Bethesda, MD, is a thriving and very urban district. It boasts two live theaters, some 200 restaurants, some of the best shopping in the DC metro area and approximately 20 art galleries. Basically, it has all the amenities required for a well-planned and busy vacation. It is also accessible by the Metro Red Line and boasts ample parking. This small town is also home to the National Institutes of Health and the Bethesda Naval Hospital.

There is always a special event of some sort taking place on the bustling streets of this coveted residential community. These include the Bethesda Literary Festival, a free Summer Concert Series, Imagination Bethesda and Taste of Bethesda. On the other hand, dance and music studios, public art, live theaters and art galleries can be visited in the town’s Arts and Entertainment district. And speaking of special events, two are coming up that are totally worth timing your visit for.

Why Not Check Out These Fun Festivals While In Bethesda?

A street festival for children designed for celebrating children and the arts, the 22nd annual Imagination Bethesda is scheduled for June 4, 2016 from 10am to 3pm. The stage will be lit up by professional children’s entertainers and musical performances. Additionally, the streets along Woodmont Avenue and Elm St. in downtown Bethesda will be lined by hands-on art & craft activities. This shindig is intended for kids 12-and-under and will also feature free giveaways, balloonists, face-painters and more.

On the other hand, the 13th annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival is intended for a slightly more mature crowd. Here, in excess of 120 artists from the nation over as well as Canada will showcase and sell their fine art and craft. Scheduled for May 14 and 15, this weekend celebration will also boast local restaurants and live music in addition to fine art. Artists will sell their original ceramics, jewelry, furniture, photography and paintings. The event will be located along Del Ray, Auburn and Norfolk Avenues, in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle. You’re welcome!

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