It's always nice to drive up to Annapolis for the day, but this weekend's Annapolis Arts Festival should bring even more Washingtonians than usual. The three-day extravaganza in the City Dock area will feature lots of live music from rhythm and blues to bluegrass to Dixieland. There'll also be magic shows, mimes, dancers and 130 arts and crafts booths. Hours are 11 to 11 Friday and Saturday and 11 to 8 Sunday. Admission is $4, $1 for kids under 12. To dodge parking hassles, drive your heap to the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium car lot where shuttle buses will take you to the shindig for a small fee. To get to Annapolis and the stadium, take U.S. 50 to Rowe Boulevard. 301/267-7922.

Or, if you'd rather rumba in Old Town, don your water wings and paddle off to the Alexandria Waterfront Festival. About 20 international sailing vessels and tall ships will be there and many will give tours. Visitors aboard the 255-foot Gloria can view a large collection of pre-Columbian goldwork. At 11 a.m. Saturday there'll be a parade beginning at Market Square; an assortment of bands will play evenings throughout the celebration; and fireworks will fly Friday and Saturday nights. The festival will be centered in Founder's Park on Union Street between Queen and Oronoco streets. Hours are 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, 10 to 10 Saturday, 10 to 6 Sunday. Admission is $1. You can pick up a free shuttle bus at the King Street Metro station on the Yellow line. For more information, call 549-8300.