Thursday, May 11, 2023

Get Out! Celebrate the EU in DC; Support Authors of Banned Books in Columbia, MD; Appreciate the Fine Arts in Bethesda - All in ONE WEEKEND

 by Peggy Robin

Going back to the time, B.C.P. (Before Covid Pandemic), the weekly "Get Out!" events column on the Cleveland Park Listserv routinely listed a dozen or more events, with descriptive write-ups, links, and contact information for each one. When everything started shutting down at the beginning of 2020, we shut down the column for a while, and then re-invented it as a single, featured event of the week. Now that everything is back in full swing, we could easily return to the double-digit listings of events....but man, that was time-consuming! Still, there's now too much going on to limit the "Get Out!" column to just one thing. So here's the compromise: THREE great events, and if you plan your weekend just right, you can probably squeeze them all in. 

CELEBRATE THE European Union on May 13: EU Open House Day

This event falls every year on the first Saturday after Europe Day on May 9. This date marks the signing of the Schuman Declaration on May 9, 1950, which established the European Coal and Steel Community, a multinational entity that would eventually become the European Union as we know it today.

We celebrate Europe Day by opening our doors to the public so that Americans can catch a glimpse of the European cultures that make up the European Union. Normally you have to cross the Atlantic to visit the EU, but at Open House, you just have to cross the street!

On Saturday, May 13, from 10 AM to 4 PM, the European Union and its Embassies open their doors to the public for a day of culture, food, music, and more. No registration, tickets, or passport required!

Plan your embassy-hopping day with a directory/schedule available here:
and this map:

It's a short hop on the Red Line to the 
Saturday, May 12 from 10am - 6pm
Sunday, May 14, 10am - 5pm
Woodmont Triangle

The 2023 Bethesda Fine Arts Festival is back this weekend, featuring fine art created by 120 of the nation's best artists, live entertainment, and great food from Bethesda restaurants.

Located in Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle, along Norfolk, Auburn & Del Ray Avenues. Admission to the festival is FREE and free parking is available in the public parking garage on Auburn Avenue. This event is held rain or shine.


Don't miss the 

Books in Bloom Literary Festival in Columbia, MD
Saturday, May 13 from 11am - 5pm
Now back for its seventh year, the Books in Bloom festival highlights banned books, freedom of speech, libraries' civic and education's roles in communities, and the exploration of race, gender, and diversity in literature.

Books In Bloom is an innovative, progressive, and memorable festival, poised to be one of the premier book festivals in the region.

This year, Books in Bloom will be headlined by two incredible authors - teacher and LGBTQ+ rights advocate Chasten Buttigieg, and a world-renowned poet Nikki Giovanni, who uses her work to raise awareness on important social issues. Through their works, both headliners highlight this year’s theme of “Building Community – Through Empathy and Understanding Each Other”.

Books in Bloom 2023 will feature a full day of in-person programming.

The festival is free and open to the public.

Register to join us for the free one-day outdoor festival full of author readings, children's activities, a pop-up bookstore by Busboys & Poets, and more.

For more information, please visit:


The "Get Out" Events column is posted on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Thursdays.

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