Event Information

Bethesda Row Arts Festival 2019

Bethesda, Maryland
Bethesda , Maryland (South)

Phone: 301-637-5684
Event Dates: 10/12/19 - 10/13/19
Application Deadline: 6/7/19 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Non-refundable jury fee): $50.00

You can submit up to 5 applications for this show.


Event Summary

Each October, 190 leading artists nationwide turn Bethsda Row’s Arts and Entertainment District into an outdoor art gallery, featuring juried fine arts and fine crafts. “Art Fair Sourcebook” has recognized the Bethesda Row Arts Festival (BRAF) as one of the top 30 Fine Art Shows in the United States, attracting 45,000 art patrons over the two-day event.


Bethesda Row, just outside of Washington, DC, features more than 50 fine shops, upscale galleries and unique restaurants with outdoor seating. Located just a few short blocks from the Metro and along the Capital Crescent Trail, the area is EASILY accessible to the entire region by metro, bus, car and bike.

General Information

We invite you to apply to the 22nd annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival, Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13, 2019.


The festival takes place on the streets of Bethesda Row, located in Bethesda, Maryland (Woodmont, Ave., Bethesda Ave., and Elm St.). Streets are closed to traffic during the Festival. Set-up begins early-morning, Saturday, October 13th.  


The Festival attracts 45,000 high income attendees come from the Washington, DC Metro Area, and the surrounding suburbs of Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Upper Northwest. The three mile radius around the Festival has an average household income of $196,910, making it one of the nation's most affluent and educated art marketplaces.


The event is promoted through a targeted and integrated marketing plan, which includes a comprehensive social media and internet campaign, magazine and newspaper advertising, postcards and posters, and radio promotion. Our public relation firm works with the local chamber of commerce and urban district to engage the community, and reach out to new audiences.






$50 non-refundable application fee





$575 single booth

Limited 15' and Double Booths Available

After July 31, open spaces will be offered to waitlisted artists




OCTOBER 12, 2019

Set-up begins 4:30am

Drive-In set up ends at 7:00am

Dolly-only setup continues until 9:30am

Show Hours: 11am - 6pm


OCTOBER 13, 2019

Show Hours: 10am - 5pm

Teardown: 5pm - 8pm





Location: Bethesda, Maryland


Festival Director:  Jim Taglauer, director@bethesdarowarts.org


Mailing Address: 14803 Southlawn Lane, Suite L-N, Rockville, MD 20850


Telephone: 301-637-5684

Application Images:  4 images of work + 1 outdoor booth image

NOTE: Images of your Outdoor Booth cannot have identifying information in the photo, including company name/ artist image and/or logo. Photos with identifying information will result in an automatic disqualification from the jury.


Jury: Images electronically reviewed.


Jurors: Three paid art professionals, including one working artist. New jury every year.


Multiple Applications: If an artist has work in different media categories or distinctly separate bodies of work within one category, they may apply with multiple applications.


Application Fee: $50


Booth Fees:  10' X 10' space $575

There are limited number of double spaces available. Please contact the Festival Director.


Cash Awards:

    Best in Show $2,000

    Second place $1,500

    Third place $1,000

    Category Winners (16) $50


Award Winners: Jury exempt for next year.


Number of Artists Exempt from Jury: 19 (Award Winners from 2018)


Security: Police detail, 24 hours


Hospitality Room: Snacks and beverages are provided for artists during show hours.


Artist Parking: Free


Attendance: 45,000


Booth Sitters: Available daily


Staff Onsite Entire Festival


Festival Program:  Multi-page glossy mailed prior to the show to high income single family homes, and passed out by Art Ambassadors to 45,000 patrons at the show.


Festival Website: Our mobile-first website will be upgraded in 2019 to include sorting by artistic discipline, booth location, and artist name.




Artist excellence of original work is the sole criteria for selection of exhibitors.


The jury is comprised of one working artist, and two full-time art professionals.


Images are reviewed by jurors in a blind jury online process. Artists are assigned a number and judged only by the digital images submitted, not on any other qualifications. Digital images are displayed in one row showing four (4) digital images of the artwork, and one (1) image of the booth. The identities of artists are not disclosed to jurors. The process, materials and dimensions for each image as well as artist information statements are made available to the jury. The three jury scores are  averaged together for a combined score.


Decisions of the jury panel are final. The top 180 applicants will receive invitations with about 20 of the next highest scoring artists comprising the waitlist.





If you are accepted into the Festival and submit your booth fee, that is your commitment. Based on your commitment, the Bethesda Row Arts Festival turns away other artists who would like to participate; therefore no refunds can be made.




  • CERAMICS: Original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each must be signed.
  • DIGITAL ART: Includes any original work in which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using the computer. Work must be in editions, signed and numbered, on archival papers, inks and emulsions.
  • DRAWING: Work created using dry medium including pencil, chalk, pastel or charcoal, etc. or from fluid mediums like inks and washes applied by pen or brush.  A minimum of 75% of work for sale (hanging and in bins) must be originals. Hand-colored reproductions are not considered originals.  All work must be clearly labeled as original or reproduction.
  • FIBER — DECORATIVE: Any work created from fiber, including leather and basketry. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass productions allowed.
  • FIBER — WEARABLE: Any work created from fiber, including leather. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass productions allowed.
  • GLASS: Glasswork that has been handcrafted by glass blowing, molding, casting or kiln-forming. No alterations of pre-fabricated glass objects.
  • GRAPHICS/PRINTMAKING: Original works created using traditional printmaking methods including block, lithograph, serigraph, etc.
  • JEWELRY: All jewelry must be entered into this category. NO STRUNG PEARLS OR BEADS. You may only display jewelry if you have been accepted in this category.
  • METALWORK: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.
  • MIXED MEDIA 2D: Two-dimensional work that incorporated more than one type of physical material in their production.
  • MIXED MEDIA 3D: Three-dimensional work that incorporates more than one type of physical material in their production.
  • OIL/ACRYLIC: Two-dimensional work created in oils / acrylics.  A minimum of 75% of work for sale (hanging and in bins) must be originals. Hand-colored reproductions are not considered originals.  All work must be clearly labeled as original or reproduction.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: Prints created from the artist's original negative processed by the artist. Prints must be framed to hang on the walls. If prints are in a bin, they must be matted and signed.
  • SCULPTURE: Three-dimensional work created in any medium.
  • WATERCOLOR: Creation of a still life, portrait, landscape, abstract or other image on a flat surface with watercolors. A minimum of 75% of work for sale (hanging and in bins) must be originals. Hand-colored reproductions are not considered originals.  All work must be clearly labeled as original or reproduction.
  • WOOD: Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.

Applications are accepted via ZAPP only. No slides, CD's of images, or other envelopes, packages or boxes will be reviewed or returned. 2018 award winners are exempt from the jury process.

  1. Applicants must create 100% of all work displayed. Artwork on display must be consistent with the images submitted for jurying. Artists may only exhibit work in the medium (media) for which they were selected.
  2. Each exhibitor is responsible for the sale of his/her work. No agents or representatives are permitted.
  3. Each artist must be present for the entire show. If accepted as collaboration, both artists must be present.
  4. All artwork must be signed by the artist.
  5. Reproductions must be clearly marked. Each reproduction must be signed, numbered and clearly labeled "reproduction" and must comprise less than 25% of art for sale by an artist. Reproductions may not be framed.

Booth Information


  1. Booths must be 10' square, white, covered tents. All tents must be appropriately secured by the use of substantial weights on each leg as required by the Festival and Fire Marshall. Exhibitors may not secure tents to the pavement or to Bethesda Row property.
  2. All artwork must be set up within the booth space. No art is to be displayed outside the allotted 10’ x 10’ booth space.
  3. Electricity is NOT provided. NO GENERATORS ALLOWED.  
  4. Overnight police security is provided by Festival Management. Anything left in the booth overnight is at the artist's own risk. Festival Management and their agents affiliated with the event will not be responsible for artwork and display left in booths overnight.
  5. The use of the booth is restricted to the artist(s) to whom it is assigned.
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