DanceAfrica, the 12th annual festival of African dance and music, holds its gala performance Saturday at 8 at Howard University's Cramton Auditorium, 2455 Sixth St. NW (Metro: Shaw/ Howard University). Tickets are $15 through Friday, $20 Saturday ($8 Friday, $10 Saturday for ages 17 and younger); $10 for students at all times. On Sunday from noon to 9, a DanceAfrica Marketplace, with performances by the African Heritage Dancers & Drummers, the KanKouran West African Dance Company and other troupes, will be held at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE (Metro: Brookland/ CUA). The outdoor marketplace, featuring art, crafts and foods, is free. Tickets to the indoor performances are $5 through Saturday, $8 Sunday; $5 for ages 17 and younger, and free for ages 12 and younger with paying adult. Call 202/269-1600.

Heritage Showcase

Montgomery County celebrates its many cultures with an Ethnic Heritage Festival, which opens Saturday evening from 7 to 9 with a concert by Grupo Latino Continental, followed by fireworks, and continues Sunday from noon to 6 with two stages of live music, face paintings and ethnic fare. The festival takes place around Wayne Avenue and Fenton Street in Silver Spring (Metro: Silver Spring). It's all free; call 301/217-6798.

Pride Day Festival

Entertainment by Grammy-winner Jody Watley, Paul Lekakis, Bonnie Pointer, the Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington and more than 30 other acts and a downtown parade are featured in Sunday's Capital Pride Festival, a celebration by the Washington area's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered communities. The celebration starts at noon with a parade from 23rd and P streets NW to the festival, on Pennsylvania Avenue between Ninth and Third Streets NW (Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial, Federal Triangle). The festival site opens at 11:30, with entertainment from 1 to 7. It's all free; call 202/661-7020.

On the Waterfront

Enjoy live music and dance performances, browse at a juried arts and crafts exhibition, see vintage cars and rescue dog and rowing club demonstrations, and let your children listen to a story or ride a carousel at the Annapolis Waterfront Arts Festival, Friday and Saturday from 10 to 7 and Sunday from 10 to 6 at St. John's College, 60 College Ave. in Annapolis. Admission is $6, $3 for children 12 and younger. Take U.S. 50 east to the Rowe Boulevard exit south and follow signs to parking at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. Free buses will run between the stadium and the festival. Call 410/268-8828.

`Madama Butterfly'

The Capital City Opera presents Puccini's "Madama Butterfly," in Italian with English supertitles, Saturday at 2 and Monday at 8 at the Olney Theater Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. Tickets are $20 to $46. Call 301/924-3400.

Celtic Fest

The music, dance, crafts, foods and sports of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and other Celtic lands are showcased at the Potomac Celtic Festival, Saturday from 10 to 7 and Sunday from 10 to 6 at Morven Park International Equestrian Center, on Tutt Lane off U.S. 15 one mile north of Leesburg. Entertainers include Tommy Makem, Iona, Nolwenn Monjarret and the Poor Clares. Tickets cost $10 through Friday, $5 for ages 6 through 12 (younger free); call 703/777-0099. At the gate, tickets are $12, $6 for children. Call 800/752-6118.

Pro Cyclists Race

More than 400 cyclists will compete in the Snow Valley Bethesda Grand Prix of Cycling, a six-race event that takes place Sunday from 9 to 4 on Norfolk, Woodmont, Rugby and Auburn avenues in Bethesda (Metro: Bethesda). The start and finish line is at the corner of Norfolk and St. Elmo avenues. The program starts at 9 with four men's races. The Senior Women's Open Pro/Am Race takes place at 1:10 and the Senior Men's Pro/Am Open race is at 2:30. A fun race for children ages 5 through 12, with different age categories, takes place at 12:30. Spectators are welcome. Call 301/215-7651.

Fairfax Fair

Six stages of entertainment, including performances by Three Dog Night, Mark Chesnutt, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas and Frankie Goes to Hollywood; carnival rides, games and other children's activities; fireworks Friday and Saturday nights; and other entertainment are showcased at the annual Fairfax Fair, Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 10 to 6. The fair is at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Admission is $7, $3 for children 3 through 12 (younger free); fees charged for carnival rides and games. Free shuttle buses will run from Fair Lakes Circle. A Fairfax Connector bus will run from the Vienna Metro station to the shuttles. Call 703/324-3247.

CAPTION: Jude Michel is among the many performers at the 12th annual DanceAfrica festival this weekend.

CAPTION: This 1934 Bentley is one of the vintage cars at the Annapolis Waterfront Arts Festival.

CAPTION: Children can enjoy games at Fairfax Fair.