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Bethesda Row Arts Fest Shouldn’t Be Hurt By Metro Closure, Organizers Say

By Aaron Kraut

Friday - 10/19/2012, 2:10pm  ET

Organizers say attendance at the annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival, which this weekend will transform three blocks of Bethesda Row into an outdoor art exhibit, shouldn’t be hurt by the closure of the Bethesda Metro station.

The nationally recognized arts contest draws from around the region, evidenced by the large floor advertisement developer Federal Realty placed at the Bethesda Metro station and the more than 300,000 it claims have flocked to Bethesda Row since the festival began in 1997.

Federal Realty marketing official Vanessa Rodriguez said attendees know they can ride the free shuttles Metro will be providing to the Bethesdsa station. She declined to provide the typical amount of attendees per year or how many organizers are expecting this year.

Federal Realty, the owner of the Bethesda Row development, puts on the event.

It features more than 180 entries of fine art pieces in 14 judging categories and will shut down Bethesda and Elm Avenues to traffic and bring foot traffic from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.