Free this week: the tail end of the Comcast Film Festival, the Washington International Piano Festival and a day of splashing around at the Shenandoah Riverfest.
Watch Maverick, Goose, Iceman and the rest of the crew in the 1986 classic “Top Gun,” which screens on the last day of this annual film festival. The movie is free, but a cut of the proceeds from such food vendors as Ben & Jerry’s and Potomac Pizza benefits NIH Children’s Charities.
For her 2010 book, Sally Wolff of Emory University delved into the diary of a mid-1800s plantation owner that the famous novelist used in his works. Learn about the characters, details and incidents the diary inspired in a lecture by the author.
At the third annual Washington International Piano Festival, young pianists and educators convene for a week of one-on-one coaching and classes. Hear 10 local participants perform works by Chopin, Debussy, Mendelssohn and others when the festival culminates in a recital on Millennium Stage.
The tale of the Mapuche people of northern Argentina echoes those of indigenous peoples around the world who have been displaced from their land for centuries. The history of the Mapuche homeland unfolds in the award-winning film “Awka Liwen,” or “Rebellion at Dawn,” which screens at the IDB Cultural Center.
Looking to continue the party after Chuck Redd’s performance at Jazz in the Garden? Head to Redline after the concert and tell them who headlined the show, and you’ll get a glass of champagne or a draft beer on the house. Same goes for the rest of the Jazz in the Garden shows through Sept. 9.
Get your feet wet with a canoe trip down the Shenandoah or a fly fishing lesson, check out an array of indigenous wild animals, or enter in a rock skipping contest at the Shenandoah Riverfest. The all-day event also includes a raffle and music, and is followed by a ticketed “rodeo,” a larger get-together with food, music, camping and beverages.
This free open house at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center has plenty of hands-on art activities for kids and adults alike. This particular event celebrates all things fairy, with fairy-themed art activities and outdoor games.