Music in the Streets

The Herndon Festival features carnival rides, arts and crafts and music, Friday from 5 to 10, Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 11 to 6. Friday's music starts at 5, with the Nields, Eddie from Ohio, Nomad and the Big Four Combo with Big Joe Maher. On Saturday, the arts and crafts booths are open from 10 to 5, with music at 7:30 by the Original Drifters and Gaelic Storm, followed by a fireworks display at 9:30. On Sunday, the arts and crafts vendors are open from 11 to 6, the children's art area from noon to 6 and the main concert is at 4 by 10,000 Maniacs. The carnival rides whirl Friday from 5 to 10:30, Saturday from 10 to 11 and Sunday from 11 to 6. All events are around the Municipal Center and the Town Hall Square. Free buses will run to the festival on Friday from 5 to 10:30, Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 to 6 from the Worldgate garage on Worldgate Drive and from Herndon High School, 700 Bennett St. Admission is free; call 703/435-6868.

"Merry" in the Park

"The Merry Wives of Windsor" will be presented at the Shakespeare Free for All, from Saturday through June 20 (except Mondays) at Carter Barron Amphitheatre, on 16th Street at Colorado Avenue NW. Free tickets will be distributed on performance days (a limit of four per person) beginning at noon at the Carter Barron box office and at the Shakespeare Theatre box office, 450 Seventh St. NW (Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial, Gallery Place/ Chinatown), and Tuesdays through Fridays beginning at 8:30 a.m. at The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW (Metro: Farragut North, McPherson Square). Call 202/334-4790.

Music Fests

Enjoy music by Chuck Mangione, Marcus Johnson, Fattburger, Earl Klugh, Rick Braun, David Sanborn, Steve Cole, Roy Ayers and other performers during the Capital Jazz Fest, Friday through Sunday in Columbia. The festival opens with a free concert by Collaboration and Debbie Kirkland, Friday from 7 to 10 at Lake Kittamaqundi in downtown Columbia. The festival continues Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10 on two stages at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. Only lawn tickets remain; they cost $26.50 through Friday and $31.50 Saturday and Sunday from ProTix, 703/218-6500 (service charges and parking added). The Pavilion is on Broken Land Parkway off Route 29. For information, call 301/218-0404.

Dr. John, Boozoo Chavis & the Magic Sounds, Beau Jocque & the Zydeco Hi-Rollers and Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie perform at the Louisiana Swamp Romp, Sunday at 2 at Wolf Trap's Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call ProTix, 703/218-6500; for information, call 703/938-2404.

Don McLean opens the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage at the Capitol performances Tuesday at noon on the East Front of the Capitol grounds (Metro: Union Station, Capitol South) and then appears later at 6 on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Free, no tickets required. The free Capitol concerts continue at noon Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 9. Call 202/467-4600.

Visit the Philippines

A Philippine Fiesta Sunday from 10 to 6 will fill Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 11th and 13th streets (Metro: Federal Triangle) with traditional music, dance, handicrafts and foods from the Philippines. A parade starts at Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW (Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial) at 3. Free; call 202/986-9330.

Mystics See Stars

The Washington Mystics and their stars -- new, Chamique Holdsclaw, and old, Nikki McCray -- open their season against the Charlotte Sting, Thursday at 7 at MCI Center, 601 F St. NW (Metro: Gallery Place/ Chinatown). Tickets to the Women's National Basketball Association game are $8 to $25. Call Ticketmaster, 202/432-7328 (service charges).

Whitewater Races

Kayak and canoe races, freestyle kayak events and other white-water challenges are featured during the Potomac Whitewater Festival, Saturday from 10 to 4 and Sunday from 7 to 3 on the Potomac River, just downstream from Great Falls. The best viewing area is from Great Falls Park, Georgetown Pike and Old Dominion Road in McLean. Parking is $4 per vehicle. Call 202/965-1917.

Anacostia Festival

Anacostia's 17th annual community festival, Unifest '99, features entertainment by Chuck Brown, Vickie Winans, Englishman and many other national and local performers on six outdoor stages; storytelling, crafts activities, face painting and other activities for children; carnival rides and games; and a vendors marketplace, Saturday from 10 to 8 and Sunday from noon to 8 at an outdoor site bordered by Good Hope Road, Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and W Street SE. A 150-unit parade starts Saturday at 10 at Alabama Avenue and 30th Street SE and marches along Good Hope Road to the festival. All free; call 202/889-7707.

Folk Festival

More than 500 folk musicians, vocalists, dancers, storytellers and crafts artisans will entertain at the Folkore Society of Greater Washington's Washington Folk Festival, Saturday from noon to 11 and Sunday from noon to 6 at Glen Echo Park, Goldsboro Road and MacArthur Boulevard. Free admission; call 202/546-2228.

CAPTION: Dancing is spontaneous at the Washington Folk Festival.

CAPTION: An updated "The Merry Wives of Windsor" is presented at Carter Barron.

CAPTION: Chamique Holdsclaw makes her pro debut.

CAPTION: David Sanborn is at Capital Jazz Fest.