New and Coming Soon to Westbard Square (Bethesda)

Courtesy Regency Centers

$37 million first phase of the Westbard Square redevelopment project has signed new tenants with a few businesses already open in the 23-acre project at Westbard Ave. and Ridgefield Rd. Overall, the development will include 148,000SF of retail as well as Kensington Senior Living– a 116-unit assisted living facility that is currently under construction.

Already open in the center are Bowlero, Kumon Math & Reading center, Citgo gas station, a new Giant Food store, Voorthuis Opticians, and Westbard Barber Shop. Coming soon are:

  • District Dabblelab: An art studio space that “seeks to inspire imagination, develop skills, spark curiosity, and promote creativity”
  • Oak Barrel & Vine: Montgomery County’s Department of Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) “upgraded retail concept”
  • Piccoli Piatti: Piccoli Piatti Pizzeria features a hybrid of Neapolitan and American style pizza called Neo Neapolitan pizza. Additional menu items include small and shared plates – Piccoli (small) Piatti (plates) – such as Panzanella salad, house made spreads, grilled and fried calamari, and house made desserts. Its first location can be found at
    Piccoli Piatti Pizzeria in the Wildwood Shopping Center.
  • Silver and Sons BBQ: Additional information here.
  • Starbucks
  • Stretch Zone: The nation’s first and largest practitioner-assisted stretching company
  • Tatte Bakery: The bakery and cafe offers pastries, desserts, brunch dishes, and more.  Some items on their menu include Spinach & Labne Pita, Cheese Bourekas, Halva Bomb, a variety of shakshukas, coffees, salads, and more.
  • Westbard Dentist

The entire Westbard Square project should be complete by 2027. Additional information can be found here.

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17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Now in its 17th year, the Kensington Day of the Book Festival is a family-friendly street festival featuring 150+ renowned authors, poets, and literary organizations. Enjoy live music on five stages, special guest speakers, military veteran writers and comedians, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children's program, and much more.

Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

301-949-9416 (text preferred)

FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival

Get ready to experience the vibrant colors, tantalizing flavors, and infectious rhythms of the Caribbean at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival! Hosted by RHU LLC, this exciting festival is set to take place on May 18, 2024, at the picturesque 16700 Barnesville Rd in Boyds, MD.

Step into a world where the Caribbean spirit comes alive! From 12:00 PM onwards, immerse yourself in a sensory journey that celebrates the unique culture, cuisine, and music of the Caribbean. Whether you're an African American, a Reggae or Soca music enthusiast, a wine lover, or part of the vibrant Caribbean diaspora, this festival promises to delight and captivate you in every way.

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Accompanying the culinary extravaganza is a carefully curated selection of premium wines, ensuring the perfect pairing for your palate. Sip on fine wines from renowned vineyards, each sip a reflection of the Caribbean's vibrant spirit. Discover new flavors, expand your wine knowledge, and savor unforgettable moments with every glass.

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Don't miss this opportunity to embrace the Caribbean spirit and celebrate the arrival of spring in style! Tickets are available on AllEvents, so secure your spot today. Join us at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival, where cultures collide and unforgettable memories are made.



2 NIGHT Camping packages available: RV/CAMPER $200 | TENTS $150 Starting on Friday May 17 @ 5pm | 30 RV SPACES | 30+ TENT SPACES



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