3 Exciting Fall and Back to School Events Around Bethesda

With Labor Day next weekend, the summer season is officially coming to a close. While some students might not be welcoming the first day of school on September 5, there are some exciting things to look forward to as we move into the cooler months of the year.

Pawpaw Festival

The pawpaw is native to the mid-Atlantic region of North America – on September 9, visit Meadowside Nature Center to celebrate this wonderful tree and its delightful fruit through storytelling, games, speeches from agricultural experts, and more. There will also be fruits and seedlings available for purchase. Tickets are $5 per person and available on the event website; children 2 and under are free.

Takoma Park Folk Festival

One of the most exciting fall festivals in Montgomery County is the Takoma Park Folk Festival, which takes over Takoma Park Middle School on Sunday, September 10 between 10:30 AM and 6:30 PM. More than 50 musical performers, from singer-songwriters to bluegrass ensembles to international drum troupes, will be taking one of the festival’s six stages.

Besides some of the top local and international performers, the festival will also include over 20 different artisan booths, more than 15 food vendors, and over 50 community organizations promoting their causes. A juried craft show will also take place at this free community event – don’t miss it!

Department of Transfusion Medicine Thirty-Sixth Annual Symposium

Healthcare professionals who are involved in the collection, production, transfusion, and monitoring of blood products should come to this event at the Masur Auditorium in the NIH’s Building 10. Between 8:25 AM and 4:30 PM on Thursday, September 28, you can learn the latest issues impacting blood products in healthcare, including the Zika virus, the American Red Cross’ Hemovigilance Program, and a review of the latest advances in the treatment of sickle cell disease.

This symposium event requires pre-registration but is free to attend.

Finding a great fall hotel in Montgomery County

Whether you’re making a trip to the District in later months of the year or you will be checking out its surrounding cities, the autumn season has plenty of attractions for both entertaining recreation and personal development. Choose the American Inn of Bethesda as your destination if you want a place to stay with comfortable accommodations, easy access to downtown and the metro, complimentary hot breakfast, and a staff that truly cares about the well-being of guests.