Arts & Entertainment Districts in the Capital Region
Discover the sights and sounds of Maryland just outside Washington, D.C.
A unique enclave that’s always drawn and produced profound artists in music, theater, the visual arts, and beyond, the Capital Region is home to arts districts, ground breaking galleries, world class museums, and poignant and powerful public arts.
From award-winning theater to independent films, Bethesda's Arts & Entertainment District is filled with inspiring artists and venues. Galleries and public art line downtown streets. The Art & Soul of Bethesda publication details arts organizations, public art, cinemas and live theater in the downtown district. While you’re in the area, drive 15 minutes to Potomac, where the Glenstone Museum is a must-visit. At the Glenstone, explore contemporary art, striking architecture and serene nature with grounds as stirring as the art on display.
If you are looking for a place to spend a weekend, consider the Gateway Arts District in Prince George's County. The artistic diversity of the area encourages offerings at local and regional theaters, galleries and entertainment venues. Contributing to the vitality of the artists’ community are a variety of restaurants, coffeehouses and arts-related businesses.
Silver Spring’s Arts & Entertainment District is the place to go for live music, theater, films, visual arts, dance and so much more. Watch a movie at the AFI Silver Theatre & Cultural Center or a show at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre. On your way to dine or catch an outdoor summer concert, check out the public art—it’s everywhere in this district.
Wheaton is alive with culture and the arts. Come here hungry because you won’t want to miss sampling cuisine inspired by all of the cultures that make up this diverse community. Sing karaoke, take a dance class or enjoy live music. Budding musicians will want to shop at Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center, the largest independent music store in the country.
Downtown Frederick’s Arts & Entertainment District is home to impressive galleries, theaters, outdoor venues, and family-friendly events year-round. Local artist William Cochran’s “The Community Bridge Mural” is a large-scale public art project done in the stunning trompe l'oeil technique. The Weinberg Center for the Arts and the Maryland Ensemble Theatre present outstanding performances by artists from all over the world. Or just stroll the streets of downtown were welcoming venues are alive with local music, comedy, theater and more.