JUNE 7-JULY 31 -- "LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN" -- Oscar Wilde's satire of Victorian high society, June 7-July 31 at the Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. 202-547-1122 (TDD: 202-638-3863).
JUNE 9 -- BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- conducted by Yuri Temirkanov in Haydn's Symphony, Strauss's "Don Juan" and Sibelius's Symphony No. 2, June 9 at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 877-276-1444 or 301-581-5100 (TDD: 301-581-5101).
Cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin -- the focus of the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival, March 26-April 10.
JUNE 9-10 -- THE RUSSELL MALONE QUARTET -- June 9-10 in the Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).
JUNE 9-11 -- NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- conducted by Leonard Slatkin with remarks by author Martin Goldsmith in "Composer Portrait: Johannes Brahms," June 9-11 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).
JUNE 10-11 -- "H.M.S. PINAFORE" by the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, June 10-11 at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap Park, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860.
JUNE 10-12 -- CELEBRATE FAIRFAX! -- The annual festival includes entertainment on multiple stages, arts and crafts, children's activities and other diversions, June 10-12 at Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax. 703-324-3247.
JUNE 10-12 -- MOUNTAIN HERITAGE Crafts Festival -- Displays by about 200 artists and artisans, bluegrass bands and food vendors, June 10-12 on Route 22 off U.S. 340 between Harpers Ferry and Charles Town, W.Va. 304-725-2055 or 800-624-0577.
JUNE 10-12 -- BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- conducted by Yuri Temirkanov in Haydn's Symphony, Strauss's "Don Juan" and Sibelius's Symphony No. 2, June 10-12 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. 410-783-8000 or 800-442-1198.
JUNE 10-19 -- COLUMBIA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS -- International, national and regional stars of music, stage and dance perform in this annual festival, June 10-19 at multiple venues throughout Columbia. 410-715-3044.
JUNE 11-12 -- CAPITAL PRIDE FESTIVAL -- A parade on June 11 in the Dupont Circle area and a street festival on June 12 along Pennsylvania Avenue with crafts and food vendors are highlights of the week-long Capital Pride Festival, a celebration by the area's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents. 202-797-3510.
JUNE 12 -- "LOUISIANA SWAMP ROMP" -- Sounds of the Bayou, June 12 in the Filene Center at Wolf Trap Park, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860.
JUNE 11, 18 & 25 -- NATIONAL ORCHESTRAL INSTITUTE -- June 11, 18 & 25 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787.
JUNE 12 -- CARLOS CESAR RODRIGUEZ -- pianist, June 12 in the West Garden Court of the National Gallery of Art, Sixth and Constitution NW. 202-842-6941.
JUNE 15-JULY 24 -- "THE LAST FIVE YEARS" -- a musical love story, June 15-July 24 at MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 703-548-9044.
JUNE 16-18 -- NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- conducted by Leonard Slatkin with violinists Mark O'Connor and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg in Berg's "Three Pieces for Orchestra," O'Connor's Double Concerto for Two Violins and Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," June 16-18 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).
JUNE 16-19 -- JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL -- Evening concerts, June 16-18, and festival matinee, June 19 in the Filene Center at Wolf Trap Park, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860.
JUNE 16-19 -- BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- conducted by Yuri Temirkanov with violinist Vadim Repin in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, Daniel Brewbaker's Violin Concerto (world premiere) and Respighi's "Pines of Rome," June 16-19 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. 410-783-8000 or 800-442-1198.
JUNE 17-19 -- ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC BOAT Festival -- Displays of antique and classic boats, wooden boat building demonstrations, crafts fair, music and food vendors, June 17-29 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Mill Street in St. Michaels, Md. 410-745-2916.
JUNE 18 -- MARITIME HERITAGE DAY -- Boat displays, nautical exhibits, hands-on workshops and demonstrations, June 18 in Historic St. Mary's City in St. Mary's County. 800-762-1634.
JUNE 18 -- BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- conducted by Yuri Temirkanov with violinist Vadim Repin in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, Daniel Brewbaker's Violin Concerto (world premiere) and Respighi's "Pines of Rome," June 18 at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 877-276-1444 or 301-581-5100 (TDD: 301-581-5101).
JUNE 18-19 -- ALEXANDRIA RED CROSS Waterfront Festival -- Music on multiple stages, an arts and crafts fair, ship tours, exhibits, amusement rides, food vendors and more, June 18-19 at Alexandria's Oronoco Bay Park, on the Potomac at Union and Madison streets. 703-549-8300.
JUNE 19 -- NATIONAL GALLERY CHAMBER Players String Quartet, June 19 in the West Garden Court of the National Gallery of Art, Sixth and Constitution NW. 202-842-6941.
JUNE 22-26 -- THE SUZANNE FARRELL BALLET -- June 22-26 in the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).
JUNE 22-JULY 17 -- "LA TRAGEDIE DE CARMEN" -- a 90-minute adaptation of the classic Bizet opera, June 22-July 17 at the Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. 301-924-3400.
JUNE 23-27 AND JUNE 30-JULY 4 -- SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL -- "Oman: Desert, Oases and Sea," "Forest Service, Culture and Community," "Nuestra Musica: Music in Latino Culture" and "Food Culture USA" are the themes of the Smithsonian Institution's 39th annual celebration of folk culture, June 23-27 and June 30-July 4 on the Mall with exhibits, daytime and evening concerts, crafts demonstrations, talks and food vendors. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).
JUNE 23-JULY 30 -- "THE EMPEROR JONES" -- Eugene O'Neill's chronicle of a Pullman porter who becomes an island despot, June 23-July 30 by American Century Theater at Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. 703-553-8782.
JUNE 24-25 -- BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- with vocalist Johnny Mathis, June 24-25 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. 410-783-8000 or 800-442-1198.
JUNE 25-26 -- NATIONAL CAPITAL BARBECUE BATTLE -- Teams from across the country compete to represent the United States in the World Barbecue Championship, with entertainment on multiple stages, cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, children's activities and food vendors, June 25-26 along Pennsylvania Avenue between Ninth and 14th streets NW. 301-860-0630.
JUNE 26 -- NATIONAL GALLERY VOCAL Arts Ensemble, June 26 in the West Garden Court of the National Gallery of Art, Sixth and Constitution NW. 202-842-6941.
JULY 4 -- FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION -- Independence Day is commemorated with the National Independence Day Parade along Constitution Avenue NW, a concert by the National Symphony Orchestra on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and fireworks over the Washington Monument grounds. 202-619-7222.
JULY 5-10 -- KIROV BALLET -- "Le Corsaire," July 5-10 in the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).
JULY 8-31 -- CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN THEATER Festival -- Now in its 15th season, new American plays in rotating repertory, July 8-31 at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va. 304-876-3473.
JULY 9 -- USA/ALEXANDRIA BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION -- The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra celebrates the City of Alexandria's 256th birthday and America's 229th with a concert that includes Tchaikovsky's "1812" Overture with cannon followed by fireworks, July 9 at Oronoco Bay Park, on the Potomac at Union and Madison streets in Alexandria. 703-883-4686.
JULY 11-AUG. 14 -- "THE CLEAN HOUSE" -- a drama in which the act of cleaning house transforms the lives of two sisters, July 11-Aug. 14 in Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's new theater at Seventh and D streets NW. 202-393-3939.
JULY 13-AUG. 21 -- "HAIRSPRAY" -- the Tony Award-winning return to 1962 Baltimore, July 13-Aug. 21 in the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).
JULY 14 -- BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION -- Celebrate French independence at the Bastille Day Race, July 14 at Brasserie Les Halles, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, with live entertainment and a race by tray-bearing waiters and waitresses to the U.S. Capitol and back. 202-347-6848.
JULY 16 -- WATERLILY AND FOUNDERS DAY -- Explore more than 75 varieties of blooming lilies and lotuses, July 16 at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, Anacostia Avenue and Douglas Street NE. 202-426-6905.
JULY 19-24 -- "PETER PAN" -- the musical classic, July 19-24 at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap Park, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860.
JULY 21 -- "THE ROYAL HUNT OF THE SUN" -- opening July 21 by the Washington Shakespeare Company at the Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. 800-494-8497 or 703-418-4808.
JULY 21-AUG. 21 -- "DEATH OF A SALESMAN" -- the tragedy of Willy Loman, July 21-Aug. 21 by the Keegan Theatre at the Old Town Theater, 815 1/2 King St., Alexandria. 703-527-6000.
JULY 22-24 -- ARTSCAPE 2005 -- Baltimore's celebration of the arts, with music and dance on multiple stages, an arts and crafts fair, children's entertainers, food vendors and other activities, July 22-24 in Baltimore's "Cultural Corridor," on Mount Royal Avenue between North Avenue and Preston Street, near the Lyric Opera House, the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the Maryland Institute College of Art. 877-225-8466.
JULY 23-24 -- VIRGINIA SCOTTISH GAMES and Festival -- Highland music, dancing, athletic competitions, trained dog demonstrations, a British car show and other activities, July 23-24 at Episcopal High School, 3901 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. 703-912-1943.
JULY 27-28 -- CHINCOTEAGUE PONY SWIM -- Wild ponies will be rounded up for the 80th annual Wild Pony Auction and Carnival, July 27-28 in Chincoteague, Va., a fundraiser for the island's volunteer fire department. 757-336-6161.
JULY 30-31 -- TIDEWATER ARCHAEOLOGY DAYS -- Observe and assist archaeologists uncovering the past at the site of Maryland's first capital, July 30-31 in Historic St. Mary's City in St. Mary's County. 800-762-1634.
JULY 30-AUG. 7 -- LEGG MASON TENNIS CLASSIC -- The professional men's tennis tour visits for the 36th year, July 30-Aug. 7 at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park. 202-397-7328 or 202-721-9500.
AUG. 6-13 -- HOWARD COUNTY FAIR -- Livestock shows, horse and tractor pulls, exhibits, rides and entertainment are featured at this annual fair, Aug. 6-13 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship. 410-442-1022.
AUG. 10-SEPT. 4 -- "THE MIRACLE WORKER" -- William Gibson's portrait of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, Aug. 10-Sept. 4 at the Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. 301-924-3400.
AUG. 12-14 -- POND AND WATER GARDEN EXPO -- Displays by vendors of water gardening goods and services, Aug. 12-14 at Dulles Expo Center, on Willard Road off Route 28 in Chantilly. 703-378-0910.
AUG. 12-20 -- MONTGOMERY COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR -- Carnival rides, livestock displays, exhibits and entertainment are featured at this annual fair, Aug. 12-20 at the fairgrounds on Route 355 in Gaithersburg. 301-926-3100.
AUG. 12-21 -- COMCAST OUTDOOR FILM Festival -- Free family feature films are screened on a giant outdoor screen on 10 consecutive nights, Aug. 12-21 on the lawn of Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-816-6958 or 301-530-0540.
AUG. 13-14 -- KUNTA KINTE FESTIVAL -- A celebration of African American history and culture with music, dance, exhibits and vendors, Aug. 13-14 at Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville, outside Annapolis. 410-349-0338.
AUG. 18-21 -- ARLINGTON COUNTY FAIR -- The 29th annual fair features exhibits, entertainment, rides, food vendors and other activities, Aug. 18-21 at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St., Arlington. 703-920-4556.
AUG. 20-21 -- AUGUST COURT DAYS -- Leesburg's annual Colonial street fair re-creates street scenes of 1775 with more than 300 Colonial reenactors, with crafts, musical entertainment and living history portrayals, Aug. 20-21 around King and Market streets. 800-752-6118.
AUG. 20-21 -- VIRGINIA WINE FESTIVAL -- Sample Virginia vintages at this festival of wine, music and entertainment Aug. 20-21 at a Historic Long Branch in Millwood, Va. 800-520-9670.
AUG. 25-SEPT. 5 -- MARYLAND STATE FAIR -- The huge fair features livestock displays, home and garden exhibits, thoroughbred racing, carnival rides and entertainment, Aug. 25-Sept. 5 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. 410-252-0200.
AUG. 27-OCT. 23 -- MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL -- Enjoy entertainment, food, crafts and jousting in a re-creation of a 16th-century English village at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, open weekends and Labor Day from Aug. 27 through Oct. 23 in Crownsville, outside Annapolis. 800-296-7304 or 410-266-7304.
AUG. 30-SEPT. 4 -- "MY FAIR LADY" -- the musical classic, Aug. 30-Sept. 4 at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap Park, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860.
SEPT. 4 -- NSO LABOR DAY CONCERT -- The National Symphony Orchestra marks the end of summer with a free concert, Sept. 4 on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. 202-619-7222.
SEPT. 6-OCT. 2 -- "ALI SALEM DRIVES TO ISRAEL" -- Rick Foucheux stars in the world premiere of an adaptation of a memoir by an Egyptian author who drove across the Sinai desert to meet his Israeli counterparts, Sept. 6-Oct. 2 at Theater J at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497 or 202-777-3229.
SEPT. 8-11 -- PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY FAIR -- Maryland's oldest fair features music, agriculture and animals, Sept. 8-11 at the Prince George's Equestrian Center, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave. in Upper Marlboro. 301-579-2598.
SEPT. 9-11 -- SUGARLOAF CRAFTS FAIR -- Hundreds of artists and artisans display their creations, Sept. 9-11 at the Prince William County Fairgrounds, Manassas. 301-990-1400 or 800-210-9900.
SEPT. 10-11 -- ALEXANDRIA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS -- An outdoor festival featuring sculptures, paintings, photography, fused glass, jewelry and other works by more than 150 artists and artisans, Sept. 10-11 along King Street in Old Town Alexandria. 703-838-4200.
SEPT. 10-11 -- NATIONAL CAPITAL CAT SHOW -- More than 500 cats compete, with displays by vendors of feline goods and services, Sept. 10-11 at Dulles Expo Center, on Willard Road off Route 28 in Chantilly. 703-378-0910.
SEPT. 10 -- WOODLAND INDIAN DISCOVERY DAY -- Learn about the culture and crafts of Maryland's first residents, with hands-on activities and demonstrations, Sept. 10 in Historic St. Mary's City in St. Mary's County. 800-762-1634.
SEPT. 10-11 -- BLACK FAMILY REUNION -- This 20th annual cultural celebration of the African American family, with live entertainment, exhibits, an arts and crafts marketplace and food vendors, is sponsored by the National Council of Negro Women, Sept. 10-11 on the Mall. 202-737-0120.
SEPT. 11 -- KENNEDY CENTER OPEN HOUSE -- This annual event celebrates the arts with free concerts and other performances on multiple indoor and outdoor stages, Sept. 11 from noon to 6 at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).
SEPT. 14-18 -- ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY FAIR -- Entertainment, children's activities, exhibits and more, Sept. 14-18 at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville. 410-923-3400.
SEPT. 15-18 -- CHARLES COUNTY FAIR -- Agricultural exhibits, entertainment, midway rides, food vendors, Sept. 15-18 at the fairground in La Plata. 301-932-1234.
SEPT. 16-24 -- GREAT FREDERICK FAIR -- Concerts, agricultural exhibitions, midway rides and other activities, Sept. 16-24 at the Frederick County Fairgrounds in Frederick. 301-663-5895.
SEPT. 17 -- FESTIVAL OF THE BUILDING ARTS -- Hands-on activities for all ages to explore the skills used in the building arts, Sept. 17 at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
SEPT. 17-18 -- INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL -- Children's performers from around the world entertain on multiple stages at this annual family festival, Sept. 17-18 at Wolf Trap Park in Vienna. 703-642-0862 or 703-255-1860.
SEPT. 17-18 -- 18TH-CENTURY FAIR -- Crafts displays and demonstrations by artisans in Colonial attire, 18th-century entertainment and children's activities, Sept. 17-18 at Mount Vernon, George Washington's estate, at the end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway south of Alexandria. 703-780-2000.
SEPT. 17-18 -- MARYLAND WINE FESTIVAL -- Sample Maryland wines and local food specialties and enjoy a crafts fair and entertainment, Sept. 17-18 at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster. 410-876-2667 or 800-654-4645.
SEPT. 18 -- FIESTA MUSICAL -- A celebration of Latin American culture with music, dance and Latin foods, Sept. 18 at the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-673-4821.
SEPT. 23-25 -- MOUNTAIN HERITAGE Crafts Festival -- Displays by about 200 artists and artisans, music by bluegrass bands and food vendors, Sept. 23-25 on Route 22 off U.S. 340 between Harpers Ferry and Charles Town, W.Va. 304-725-2055 or 800-624-0577.
SEPT. 23-25 -- BALTIMORE BOOK FESTIVAL -- Celebrate the literary arts at this tent event with displays by local bookstores and publishers, children's books and storytellers, and author readings and signings, Sept. 23-25 at Mount Vernon Place, in the 600 block of North Charles Street in Baltimore. 877-225-8466.
SEPT. 23-25 -- CAPITAL HOME SHOW -- Displays by hundreds of vendors of remodeling, redecorating and landscaping goods and services, Sept. 23-25 at Dulles Expo Center, on Willard Road off Route 28 in Chantilly. 703-378-0910.
SEPT. 24 -- CATHEDRAL OPEN HOUSE -- Guided tours, tower climbs and entertainment are part of the annual Open House, Sept. 24 at Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-3129.
SEPT. 24 -- ROCK CREEK PARK DAY -- Entertainment, ranger-guided walks and other activities commemorate Rock Creek Park's 113th birthday, Sept. 24 at Rock Creek Park Nature Center, Glover and Military roads NW. 202-895-6070 or 202-619-7222.
SEPT. 24 -- COLUMBIA CLASSIC GRAND PRIX -- World-class riders compete in this 18th annual equestrian event, Sept. 24 at Howard Community College in Columbia. 410-772-4450.
SEPT. 25 -- OATLANDS BRIDAL SHOW -- Displays by vendors wedding-related goods and services, Sept. 25 at Oatlands Plantation, on U.S. 15 south of Leesburg. 703-777-3174.
SEPT. 28-OCT. 2 -- CALVERT COUNTY FAIR -- Livestock displays, entertainment, rides, food vendors and more, Sept. 28-Oct. 2 at the fairground in Barstow. 410-535-0026.
SEPT. 30-OCT. 2 -- SUGARLOAF CRAFTS FAIR -- Hundreds of artists and artisans display their creations, Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium. 301-990-1400 or 800-210-9900.
OCT. 1 -- FALL FOR FAIRFAX -- This annual fair includes family entertainment, exhibits, children's activities and food vendors, Oct. 1 at Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax. 703-324-3247.
OCT. 1 -- TASTE OF BETHESDA -- This street festival features samples from area restaurants, entertainment on multiple stages and other activities, Oct. 1 around Fairmount, St. Elmo and Cordell avenues in downtown Bethesda. 301-215-6660.
OCT. 1 -- ALEXANDRIA ARTS SAFARI -- A family arts festival, with exhibits, tours and hands-on activities, Oct. 1 at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center, 105 N. Union St. 703-838-4565 or 703-838-4200.
OCT. 1 -- ART ON THE AVENUE -- A multicultural arts festival, with exhibits, music and food vendors, Oct. 1 along Mount Vernon Avenue in the Potomac West community of Alexandria. 703-683-3100.
OCT. 1 -- MANASSAS FALL JUBILEE -- Entertainment, crafts fair, exhibits, food vendors and children's activities, Oct. 1 at sites throughout Old Town Manassas. 703-361-6599.
OCT. 5-30 -- "MORNING'S AT SEVEN" -- Paul Osborn's comic portrait of four elderly sisters and a sudden change in their lives, Oct. 5-30 at the Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. 301-924-3400.
OCT. 6-10 -- U.S. SAILBOAT SHOW -- In-water and onshore displays of racing and cruising sailboats, and booths by vendors of nautical goods, Oct. 6-10 at Annapolis City Dock. 410-268-8828.
OCT. 7-9 -- MOUNT VERNON FALL WINE FESTIVAL and Sunset Tour -- Taste wines from Virginia vineyards, learn more about George Washington's winemaking efforts and enjoy live jazz, Oct. 7-9 at the first president's estate, at the southern end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Tickets are required, and advance purchase is recommended. 703-780-2000.
OCT. 7-9 -- SUGARLOAF CRAFTS FAIR -- Hundreds of artists and artisans display their creations, Oct. 7-9 at Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg. 301-990-1400 or 800-210-9900.
OCT. 7-9 -- WATERFORD FAIR -- The 62nd annual festival on the streets of this 1733 village, with music, a crafts fair, crafts demonstrations and tours of Colonial homes, Oct. 7-9 in Waterford, Va. 540-882-3018 or 540-882-3085.
OCT. 8 -- COLONIAL DAY -- Colonial reenactors re-create a busy 18th-century day on Mrs. Bealle's Tobacco Farm, Oct. 8 at National Colonial Farm, 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. 301-283-2113.
OCT. 13-16 -- U.S. POWERBOAT SHOW -- In-water and onshore displays of yachts, racing boats, trawlers, and other powerboats and booths by vendors of nautical goods, Oct. 13-16 at Annapolis City Dock. 410-268-8828.
OCT. 15 -- INTERNATIONAL GOLD CUP -- The 68th annual running of this fall classic steeplechase race, Oct. 15 at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va. 540-347-1215.
OCT. 15 -- PATUXENT WILDLIFE FESTIVAL -- Live animals, children's crafts and behind-the-scenes tours, Oct. 15 at the Patuxent Research Refuge of the National Wildlife Visitor Center, on Powder Mill Road between Route 197 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, Laurel. 301-497-5763.
OCT. 15 -- GRAND MILITIA MUSTER -- Competitions and pageantry by St. Maries Citty Militia and other 17th-century military reenactment units, Oct. 15 in Historic St. Mary's City in St. Mary's County. 800-762-1634.
OCT. 15-16 -- BETHESDA ROW ARTS FESTIVAL -- More than 180 artists and artisans display their creations, Oct. 15-16 along four blocks in downtown Bethesda. 301-816-6958.
OCT. 15-16 -- OATLANDS FALL ANTIQUES FAIR -- More than 100 dealers display furniture and other goods, Oct. 15-16 at Oatlands Plantation, on U.S. 15 south of Leesburg. 703-777-3174.
OCT. 15-16 -- HUNT COUNTRY FALL Antiques Fair -- About 150 dealers display their furniture, jewelry and other goods, Oct. 15-16 at Morven Park International Equestrian Center in Leesburg. 703-779-2800.
OCT. 22-23 -- FALL HARVEST DAYS -- Demonstrations of traditional Colonial-era farm crafts, children's workshops, exhibits, entertainment and Potomac River sightseeing cruises, Oct. 22-23 at Mount Vernon, first president's estate, at the southern end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. 703-780-2000.
OCT. 25-30 -- WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW -- Hundreds of horses and riders compete in hunter and jumper events at the 47th annual Washington International Horse Show, a benefit for national and local charities, Oct. 25-30 at MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. (Tickets go on sale Sept. 1 from Ticketmaster.) 202-628-3200, 202-397-7328 or 301-987-9400.
OCT. 28-30 -- BOO AT THE ZOO -- Halloween trick-or-treating, animal demonstrations and zookeeper talks, Oct. 28-30 at the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-673-4613.
OCT. 30 -- MARINE CORPS MARATHON -- Thousands of runners will join this marathon road race Oct. 30, starting at the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington around 8:30 a.m. and following a course into the District, along the Mall and back to the Memorial. The field is limited to 30,000. (Online registration opens April 6.) 800-786-8762 or www.marinemarathon.com.
NOV. 11 -- VETERANS DAY CEREMONIES -- Veterans of America's armed services are honored with ceremonies, Nov. 11 at Arlington National Cemetery, the U.S. Navy Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Women's Memorial and the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. 202-619-7222.
NOV. 11-13 -- WATERFOWL FESTIVAL -- The 35th annual festival celebrates ducks and geese in photographs, paintings, carvings, sculpture and other media, with music, duck-calling contests, children's activities and food vendors, Nov. 11-13 in Easton, Md. 410-822-4567.
NOV. 12-13 -- McLEAN ANTIQUES FAIR -- About 60 dealers display their wares, Nov. 12-13 at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-0123.
NOV. 16-DEC. 11 -- "OLIVER!" -- the musical adaptation of Dickens's "Oliver Twist," Nov. 16-Dec. 11 at the Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. 301-924-3400.
NOV. 17-20 -- SUGARLOAF CRAFTS FAIR -- Hundreds of artists and artisans display their creations, Nov. 17-20 at Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg. 301-990-1400 or 800-210-9900.
NOV. 18-20 -- ALEXANDRIA ANTIQUES SHOW -- Dealers from around the country display their collections, Nov. 18-20 at the Holiday Inn, 625 First St., Alexandria. 703-549-5811.
NOV. 25-DEC. 11 -- MOUNT VERNON BY CANDLELIGHT -- Tour the first president's estate, including the usually closed third floor, weekends Nov. 25 through Dec. 11, at the southern end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. 703-780-2000.
DEC. 1-31 -- KENNEDY CENTER HOLIDAY FESTIVAL -- The Kennedy Center celebrates the holidays with free performances and ticketed concerts throughout December. 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).
DEC. 2-4 -- WINTER ANTIQUES FAIR -- More than 100 dealers offer fine art, furniture, jewelry and other goods, Dec. 2-4 at the D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. 301-933-9433.
DEC. 3 -- SCOTTISH CHRISTMAS WALK -- More than 100 Scottish clans dressed in tartans and playing bagpipes parade through Old Town Alexandria on Dec. 3 as part of an annual festival. 703-549-0111 or 703-838-4200.
EARLY DECEMBER -- PAGEANT OF PEACE -- The lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in early December kicks off a month of free holiday activities. 202-208-1631 or 202-619-7222.
DEC. 9-11 -- WASHINGTON CRAFT SHOW -- About 185 artists and artisans from across the country display their creations, Dec. 9-11 at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. 202-249-3000 or 203-254-0486.
DEC. 9-11 -- SUGARLOAF CRAFTS FAIR -- Hundreds of artists and artisans display their creations, Dec. 9-11 at Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg. 301-990-1400 or 800-210-9900.
DEC. 31 -- NEW YEAR'S EVECELEBRATIONS -- Among many area New Year's Eve events, Alexandria, Annapolis and Leesburg offer alcohol-free, family-oriented "First Night" festivals with concerts, children's entertainers and other activities, and Baltimore hosts its own party with fireworks over the harbor. For Alexandria, 703-838-4200; for Annapolis, 410-268-8553; for Baltimore, 877-225-8466; for Leesburg, 703-777-6306.