Horse and pony program This hands-on animal program teaches basic equestrian care and more. For ages 5 and older. 2-3 p.m. Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. 301-249-7077. www.pgparks.com. $3; residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties $2.
St. Mary’s County Fair Miniature mules, pig races, K9 and robot demonstrations, a beauty pageant, jousting matches, livestock exhibits, a speech contest, ice and chain saw carvers, stilt-walkers and illusionists are all part of this year’s offerings. Free shuttles will be provided from the Governmental Center to the fairgrounds. Thursday 3-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, 42455 Fairgrounds Rd., Leonardtown. 301-475-2256. www.smcfair.somd.
com. $5, ages 6-12 $1, 5 and younger free. Season passes $9, ages 6-12 $2. Ride tickets $1 each, 25 for $20 or wristband $20 (Thursday and Sunday only). Wristband coupons available online.
“African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives From the David C. Driskell Center” An exhibition of renowned African American artists including Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett and Sam Gilliam. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Thursday, exhibit runs through Dec. 14. University of Maryland, Cole Student Activities Building, College Park. 301-314-2615. www.driskellcenter.umd.edu. Free.
“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” An outdoor showing of the 1982 science-fiction film about a little boy who attempts to get a stranded extraterrestrial to its home planet. Doors open 7 p.m., movie begins at 9. College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. 301-864-6029. www.collegeparkaviationmuseum.
com. Free with admission: $4, seniors $3, age 18 and younger $2.
“Cafe Variations” A cafe provides the backdrop for short plays and songs by Gershwin. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kogod Theatre, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. $40, seniors $35, students and youth $10.
Rock-and-roll night Tommy Lepson, Kent Ashcraft, John Previti, Chip Clemmer and Lee Travers perform as part of the Musician Protection Program. 7:30-10 p.m. Westlawn Inn, 9200 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach. 410-257-0001. www.westlawninn.com. Free, reservations recommended.
“The Tempest” The magician Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, and his daughter, Miranda, have been stranded for 12 years on an island. Prospero casts a spell raising a tempest that causes a ship to run aground on their island. Will it free Prospero and Miranda or doom everyone? 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 23. Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel. 301-617-9906. www.laurelmillplayhouse.org. $15, seniors and students $12, reservations requested.