3The 132nd fair features daily exhibits, rides, food, livestock, horse shows, live music from local and national artists, and more. Highlights of this year’s event include: the Sinbad High Dive Show on Friday; pictures with a 1966 Batmobile replica Aug. 29-Sept. 2; and the fifth annual Arm Wrestling USA/Maryland Classic on Aug. 31. Fair runs through Sept. 2. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Rd., Timonium. 410-252-0200. www.marylandstatefair.com. $8, seniors $6, ages 6-11 $3, age 5 and younger free. Ride tickets $1 each or book of 50 for $45.
“Garrett Van Sweringen: The Man Who Had It All” Henry Miller, director of research at Historic St. Mary’s City, lectures on the life of the 17th-century Dutchman who became a leader in development in early Maryland. 7 p.m. Historic St. Mary’s City, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City. 240-895-4990. www.stmaryscity.org. Free.
Eban Brown of the Stylistics The soul vocalist and lead singer of the Stylistics stops in for “Thursdays at the Blue.” 7 p.m. Blue Dolphin, 1166 Route 3, Gambrills. 410-721-9081. www.theashleighgroup.com. $25.
“October Sky” Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this coming-of-age, biographical film about NASA engineer Homer H. Hickam Jr., who takes up rocketry after being inspired by the first Sputnik launch. Popcorn and snow cones will be served. 8:30 p.m. College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. 301-864-6029. www.collegeparkaviationmuseum.com. $4, seniors $3, ages 2-17 $2, age 1 and younger free.
Maryland State Fair The 132nd fair features daily exhibits, rides, food, livestock, horse shows, live music from local and national artists, and more. Highlights of this year’s event include: the Sinbad High Dive Show on Friday; pictures with a 1966 Batmobile replica Aug. 29-Sept. 2; and the fifth annual Arm Wrestling USA/Maryland Classic on Aug. 31. Fair runs through Sept. 2. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Rd., Timonium. 410-252-0200. www.marylandstatefair.com. $8, seniors $6, ages 6-11 $3, age 5 and younger free. Ride tickets $1 each or book of 50 for $45.
“Hodges’ Chance: Treason and the War of 1812” Come learn about John Hodges, a wealthy merchant who was charged with high treason in 1815 after he helped return prisoners to a British officer who had threatened to burn his home, Darnall’s Chance, unless they were released. Visitors will be able to cast their vote for his innocence or guilt. Friday and Sunday noon- 4 p.m. Darnall’s Chance House Museum, 14800 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. 301-952-8010. www.pgparks.com. $3, seniors $2, ages 5-18 $1, age 4 and younger free.
John Cronin and Mac Walter The guitar duo performs a blend of blues, country and folk music. 7 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. 410-326-2042. www.calvertmarinemuseum.com. $10.
“Much Ado About Nothing” The Newtowne Players present Shakespeare’s comedy as part of the Shakespeare on the Lawn series. Friday and Saturday 6:30-9 p.m. through Aug. 31. Historic St. Mary’s City, State House, 47418 Old State House Rd., St. Mary’s City. 240-895-4990. www.stmaryscity.org. $10, children $7.
Lynn Hollyfield Band An outdoor concert of original acoustic music. Part of the Sunset Concert Series. 7 p.m. O’Donnell Lake Restaurant Park, St. Patrick’s Drive and Smallwood Drive West, Waldorf. www.stcharlesmd.com. Free.
“A Soldier’s Play” The Hard Bargain Players production takes place in 1944 Louisiana, where the sergeant of an African American Army company has been murdered. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., through Sept. 7. Hard Bargain Farm, Theater in the Woods, 2001 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. 301-292-5665. www.hbplayers.org. $10, seniors and students $8.
“Subversion” Photographer Rahshia Linendoll-Sawyer’s exhibit explores an imaginative underwater world. Closes Friday. Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. 301-397-2208. www.greenbeltmd.gov/arts. Free.
Dragon Boat Regatta With roots in ancient China, the second annual event features the best dragon boat teams on the East Coast racing for the top prize. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. 877-628-5427. www.nationalharbordragonboat.com. Free.
Lobstapalooza This outdoor festival includes a sampling of all-you-can-eat lobster, beer, wine and live musical performances. 5-9 p.m. National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. 877-628-5427. www.nationalharbor.com. $90, advance purchase suggested.
Battle of Bladensburg encampment Costumed interpreters reenact activity from the War of 1812, with crafts, dress-up stations, cannon firings, gunnery drills, kitchen displays and more. Noon-4 p.m. Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park. 301-864-0420. history.pgparks.com. Events free, house tours $3, seniors $2, students $1, age 4 and younger free.
Rochambeau’s March Through Bowie Celebrate Count Rochambeau’s march to Yorktown with live reenactors, wagons, horses, crafts and ladies sewing circle. Noon-4 p.m. Belair Mansion, 12207 Tulip Grove Dr., Bowie. 301-809-3089. www.cityofbowie.org/museum. Free.
Civil Rights Concert In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, musicians Ken and Brad Kolodner will perform traditional folk tunes such as “We Shall Overcome,” “If I Had a Hammer,” and “Blowing in the Wind.” 2 p.m. Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. 301-699-3500. www.pgcmls.info. Free.
Sotterley Barn Bash This family-friendly event features live music by the Southern Maryland band Country Memories, with barbecue, beer and wine available for purchase. 5 p.m. Historic Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood. 301-373-2280. www.sotterley.org. $5.
Commodores Jazz Ensemble The U.S. Navy Band’s jazz ensemble performs a mixture of jazz standards and original works in an outdoor venue. 7 p.m. National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. 202-433-2525. www.navyband.navy.mil/commodores.. Free.
Matt Venuti Venuti has been recognized as one of the world’s premierplayers of the hang, a Swiss metal hand drum. Hosted by Imagine Yoga & Wellness Center. 7 p.m. Christian Community Presbyterian Church, 3120 Belair Dr., Bowie. 301-233-1694. www.ImagineThePlace.com. $20, couples $30.
Riseband and Show The nine-member R&B/funk/jazz/soul ensemble performs. Must be age 21 or older. 8 p.m.-midnight Miss Motley’s Cafe, 9501 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton. 301-392-9794. www.belaltonalumnicdc.org. $12.
“Nostalgia Structures” Works by Si Jae Byun, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, Megan Mueller and Rachel Schmidt explore themes of nostalgia, structure and play. Closes Saturday. Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. 301-277-2863. arts.pgparks.com. Free.
Painterly Polka Dots Visitors are invited to participate in this public art project to paint or color circular canvases that will decorate the fence along the Children’s Discovery Garden. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640. www.annmariegarden.org. $5, seniors and military $4, ages 6-17 $3, age 5 and younger free.
“A Star Spangled Summer: The War of 1812 Comes to Mount Welby” Dramatic vignettes, walking tours and reenactments of the events from the summer of 1814, when the British invaded Maryland. Visitors will come face-to-face with members of the U.S. artillery, a runaway slave and the mistress of Mount Welby, among other activities. Noon-3:30 p.m. Oxon Cove Park, 6411 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. 301-839-1176. www.nps.gov/oxhi. Free, reservations required.
“Refresh, Renew, React!” An exhibition by members of Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance. Public reception Sunday 3-5 p.m., exhibit runs through Sept. 7. Franklin’s Restaurant and Brewery, 5123 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville. 301-927-2740. www.hcaaonline.org. Free.
N2N Band The Northern Virginia-based R&B/soul/Motown cover band performs an outdoor concert. 7-8 p.m. Allen Pond Park, 3330 Northview Dr., Bowie. 301-809-3076. www.n2nband.webs.com. Free.
“Thrills and Spills: The Golden Era of Powerboat Racing in Southern Maryland” An exhibit tracing the highs and lows of the powerboat racing in the region. Artifacts on display include trophies, engines, helmets and embroidered shirts and jackets worn by racers. 10-5 p.m. daily. Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. 410-326-2042. www.calvertmarinemuseum.com. $9, seniors and military $7, ages 5-12 $4, age 4 and younger free.
Community Quilt display The handmade historical quilt was created by students in the Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center’s Culture Keepers, an after-school program, and members of community. On display next to the quilt is the student-created mural “Gorgeous Prince George’s: Then and Now.” Open daily. The Mall at Prince George’s, 3500 East West Hwy., Hyattsville. 301-559-8844. www.pgaamcc.org. Free.
“Urban Roots” The documentary film explores how Detroit is attempting to recover from a collapsed industrial town, using urban farming in order to secure its future. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Prince George’s County Administration Building, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. 301-350-970. www.urbanrootsamerica.com. Free.
“Narrow Doors, Wide Paths: Africans in the Americas” Historian Harvey Bakari lectures on the transatlantic slave trade and its connections to the Colonial Chesapeake Bay region. 7 p.m. Historic Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood. 301-373-2280. www.sotterley.org. Free, reservations requested.
Civil Rights Movement and the Media Curators from the National Capital Radio and Television Museum lead a discussion on the significance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and how the movement used the media to spur change. 7 p.m. Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd., Bowie. 301-699-3500. www.pgcmls.info. Free.
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