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.
“And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson” The Hard Bargain Players present the stage play about a small-town girl who is crippled at birth with polio and her attempts to fight against the prejudices of her fellow townspeople. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., through Sept. 29. Alice Ferguson Foundation, Theater in the Woods, 2001 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. 240-766-8830. www.hbplayers.org. $10, seniors and students $8.
Charles Covington Trio The jazz bebop pianist and Howard University professor performs as part of the Montpelier Fall Jazz Series. 8 p.m. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-377-7800. www.mncppcapps.org. $25.
Maryland Renaissance Festival A 16th-century fair featuring jousting games, live performances, English village crafts, food, pony rides, archery and more. Saturdays-Mondays from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., through Oct. 21. Route 450 and Crownsville Road, Crownsville. 410-266-7304. www.rennfest.com. $17, seniors $15, ages 7-15 $8, younger free. After Sept. 22: $22, seniors $19, ages 7-15 $10, younger free.
Bluebird Blues Festival Blues legend Bobby Blue Bland headlines the 20th annual festival, along with a full lineup of funky blues musicians. The event will also feature children’s activities, music workshops, food and crafts for all ages. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Prince George’s Community College, Queen Anne Theatre and Novak Field House Lot, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. 301-322-0853. www.pgcc.edu. Free.
Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival Explore the Hyattsville Arts District at the fifth annual event featuring more than 50 visual and performing artists, educators and craft vendors. Visit the town center shops and restaurants, sample food and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Baltimore Avenue and Jefferson Street, Hyattsville. 301-863-8267. www.hyattsvillearts.com. Free.
The Wee Scott Games A children’s version of Scotland’s famous highland games for ages 5 to 12. Children will compete within their age bracket in games such as wee caber toss, the stone throw, tug of war, etc. Other activities include face painting, stories, crafts and bagpipers. Ribbons awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Darnall’s Chance House Museum, 14800 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. 301-952-8010.
“Das Best OktoberFest” The traditional German festival features international beer and wine tastings, authentic oompah and polka bands, German food and more. Rain or shine. Saturday noon-6 p.m., Sunday noon-4 p.m. National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. 877-628-5427. www.dasbestoctoberfest.com. $20-$200.
The Susan Jones Jazz Quartet The jazz violinist plays Latin and jazz dance music with Tom Jones on drums, Pete Fields on guitar and Bob Abbott on bass. 2-3:30 p.m. Lake Artemesia Natural Area, Berwyn Road and Balew Avenue, Berwyn Heights. 301-627-7755. www.berwyn-heights.com. Free.
Lyra The Russian a cappella ensemble performs religious, folk and Russian swing music. 2 p.m. Christ Church Parish, 600 Farmington Rd., Accokeek. 301-292-5633. www.accokeekchurch.org. Free.
“Patriot Classic” The 19th annual marching band competition features 10 local high school bands battling it out with beating drum lines, spinning flags and changing formations. Doors open 4 p.m., Show begins at 6 p.m. Northern High School, 2950 Chaneyville Rd., Owings. Beth Johnson, Patriot Classic Coordinator, at 410-257-1519. firstname.lastname@example.org.
$6, ages 6-12 $4, age 5 and younger free.
“The Civil War Afloat: Secretaries, Strategies, Ships, Sailors and Key Battles That Shaped the War on Salt and Fresh Water” Author Andrew Jampoler discusses the various elements that shaped the U.S. Navy during the Civil War and the crews that manned the vessels. 4 p.m. Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Rd., Clinton. 301-868-1121. www.surratt.org. Free.
“Dazzling Dames in Watercolor, Figuratively Speaking” Southern Maryland watercolor artists Mary Blumberg and Ann Trentman celebrate the opening of their exhibit with music by jazz singer Joyce Kinser. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Exhibit runs through Oct. 14. CalvART Gallery, 110 Solomons Island Rd., Prince Frederick. 410-535-9252. www.calvartgallery.org. Free.
Karyne Messina exhibit The local artist showcases her blown glass and metal sculptures, displaying whimsical floating sea creatures, ships and dancing figures. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Sept. 22. Exhibition on display through Nov. 17. Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. 301-277-2863; TTY 301-446-6802. arts.pgparks.com. Free.
Diane Daly The singer performs blues, ballads and bebop accompanied by pianist Benjie Porecki. 7:30-10 p.m. Westlawn Inn, 9200 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach. 410-257-0001. www.westlawninn.com. Free, reservations recommended.
“Yesterdays: An Evening With Billie Holiday” Vanessa Rubin stars in the National Black Touring Circuit’s performance of Holiday’s final appearance in New York. 8 p.m. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. arts.pgparks.com. $30.
St. Mary’s star party Observe the moon, planets and stars through a variety of astronomical equipment. 8 p.m. Cecil Park, 19241 St. Georges Church Rd., Valley Lee. 301-475-4200 Ext. 1800. www.smas.us. Free.
University of Maryland Latin rhythms concert Faculty from the School of Music perform rhythms from Brazil, Spain and Argentina in this live show. 8 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. Free.
Basket-weaving workshop Learn materials, forms and methods of basket-weaving and create a basket for the holidays. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 23, Oct. 21 and Nov. 11. Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Smallwood State Park, Route 224, Marbury. 301-743-5159. www.mattawoman
art.org. $169, registration required.
Redskins Home Opener It’s been a good, long while since fans have had a reason to be excited about the Redskins. Finally, cause for jubilation has arrived in the form of No. 2 draft pick and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III (a.k.a. RG3). See him play in the Redskins home opener against the Bengals. 1 p.m. FedEx Field, 1600 FedEx Way, Landover. 301-276-6000. www.redskins.com. $50-$498.
Active Aging Week program Walk, pedal or kayak around Lake Artemesia in this special event. For ages 60 and older. 9 a.m.-Noon. Lake Artemesia Natural Area, Berwyn Road and Balew Avenue, Berwyn Heights. 301-446-3400. www.pgparks.com. Free.
“A Soldier’s Tale” The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus and the University of Maryland Chamber Singers present a joint musical telling of the story of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that predicts the future. 8 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. Free.
“Bearden at Bowie” An exhibition of limited-edition prints and other works by Romare Bearden. Diedra Harris-Kelly, the artist’s niece and co-director of the Bearden Foundation, will serve as guest speaker. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, exhibit runs through Oct. 31. Bowie State University, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall. 14000 Jericho Park Rd., Bowie. 301-860-3750. 301-860-4000. www.bowiestate.edu. Free.
Calvert County Fair The county fair features animals, exhibits, performers, games and a carnival. On Thursday, admission and lunch are free for seniors and the handicapped until 2 p.m.; Friday, age 17 and younger enter free until 4 p.m. Bring a canned food donation Friday. Wednesdays 4-9 p.m., through Sept. 30. Calvert County Fairgrounds, 140 Calvert Fair Dr., Barstow. 410-535-0026. www.calvertcounty
fair.com. $5, age 11 and younger free.
— Compiled by Jillian Sowah from staff reports