Guide to Winter Theater in Bethesda

Fan of musicals? Love checking out up-and-coming performers? If so, Bethesda is an excellent place to be! The city’s proximity to the District gives locals and visitors access to some of the best theater destinations in the nation, in both D.C. and its surrounding cities. Here are some of the top performing arts attractions this season:

Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert

What better way to ring in the new year than with a selection of vibrant, uplifting Viennese music at the Strathmore? On Monday, January 2 at 3 PM, guests will enjoy music performed by The Strauss Symphony of America. Selections include pieces from popular European operettas like Die Fledermaus and Merry Widow. Dancers from the Europaballet St. Polten and International Champion Ballroom Dancers will also be performing at the concert.

Step Afrika!’s Magical, Musical, Holiday Step Show

If you’re looking for a more lively way to celebrate the holidays, head to The Atlas Performing Arts Center in D.C. to check out Step Afrika!’s holiday showcase. The performance runs until December 30 at 7:30 PM on weekdays except Monday, 2 PM & 8 PM on Saturdays and 4 PM on Sunday. The special show involves lots of audience participation – attendees create their own instruments before the show and make music along with the cast and DJ Frosty the Snowman. No performances from December 24 through 26.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Catch the magic of this timeless Disney classic at Bethesda’s Imagination Stage until January 15. For the movie’s 25th anniversary, you can enjoy an exciting live performance of this “tale as old as time” about a book-obsessed French woman who falls in love with a vicious beast. To learn more, check out the Imagination Stage website.

If you’ll be making a trip to catch a show in the area and need a hotel in Bethesda, there’s no better place than the American Inn. Located less than a mile from two metro stops in the heart of downtown Bethesda, the American Inn also boasts comfortable amenities like complimentary breakfast and free wireless internet.

Book now to take advantage of the hotel’s special holiday rates, running until December 30.