Rib It

Sample barbecue from restaurants around the country, watch cooking teams compete for prizes and listen to music by the Guess Who, Heatwave, the Nighthawks, the Radiators, Marcus Johnson, Bobby Parker, Mojo Naya and more national and local bands during the National Capital Barbecue Battle, Saturday from 11 to 10 and Sunday from 11 to 7:30 on Pennsylvania Avenue between Ninth and 13th streets NW (Metro: Federal Triangle, Metro Center). Other activities include carnival rides and games, cooking demonstrations and a children's play area. Admission is $6, $2 for children 12 and younger; call 202/828-3099.

Bull Run Jamboree

Two-time country entertainer of the year Neal McCoy, Aaron Tippin, Confederate Railroad, Chely Wright and Keith Harling perform at the 20th annual Bull Run Country Jamboree, Sunday from 10 to dusk at Bull Run Regional Park, off Route 29 at I-66 Exit 52 in Centreville. Tickets cost $25 (children under 7 free) at the gate and at some Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority facilities.

For concert information, including a list of ticket outlets, call 703/359-4638; for park information, call 703/631-0550.

Big Top, Hip-Hop

The UniverSoul Circus, an African American-owned circus that features hip-hop and soul music, pitches its big top tent Friday through July 11 near 19th Street and Independence Avenue SE, on the grounds of D.C. General Hospital (Metro: Stadium/ Armory). Shows are Tuesdays through Fridays at 10:30 and 7:30, with additional shows Thursdays at 4; Saturdays at noon, 4:30 and 8; and Sundays at noon, 3:30 and 6:30. The weekday morning shows cost $9; tickets to other shows cost $15 to $25 for adults, $13 to $22.50 for children 10 and younger. Call Ticketmaster, 202/432-7328 (service charges). For information, call 800/316-7439.

Tasting Events

Sample wine from 23 wineries and enjoy music by Lake Trout, Joe King, Doug Segree, Coloring Lesson and other groups at the Mid-Atlantic Wine Festival, Friday from 3 to 9,

Saturday from noon to 8 and Sunday from noon to 6 at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds on Route 178 in Crownsville. Tickets are $16 and include a wine glass, wine tastings and parking; designated drivers pay $13 and receive unlimited soft drinks; ages 7 through 20 pay $5 (no tastings); younger free. Call 410/280-3306.

Taste dishes from 32 restaurants, enjoy all-day children's activities and live music and other entertainment on two stages at the Taste of the Town, Saturday from 1 to 10 at the Reston Town Center, on Reston Parkway, a half-mile north of the Dulles Toll Road. Food items are $1 to $5 each. Call 703/707-9045.

British Car Day

More than 600 classic British cars and motor bikes will be on display at British Car Day, Sunday from 8 to 4 at Allen Pond Park, 3330 Northview Dr., off Route 197 in Bowie. Other activities include an antique and craft sale and a flea market. Admission is $1. Call 301/292-5888 or 703/323-1260.

Tapping Feet

Tappers With Attitude and guests Step Aside, the Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble and Step Afrika! present a concert of rhythm, tap and clogging, Saturday at 8 at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 3500 R St. NW. Tickets at the door are $15, $10 for children 12 and younger. Call 301/495-0395.

Art Deco Show

Art Deco-style works of art, jewelry and household accessories from about 60 dealers are for sale at the 16th annual Exposition of Decorative Arts, Sunday from 9 to 6 at the Ernst Community Cultural Center at the Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Tnpk., Annandale. The show is sponsored by the Art Deco Society of Washington. Admission is $8. Call 202/298-1100.

Jazz & Blues in the Park

The Wolf Trap Jazz and Blues Festival features the Tito Puente Latin Jazz Ensemble, the Poncho Sanchez Band and Viento de Agua on Friday at 7; Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan and Shemekia Copeland on Saturday at 7; and Pinetop Perkins, Loston Harris and other musicians on Sunday at 1. Tickets are $25 in-house, $15 on the lawn Friday and $28 in-house, $18 lawn Saturday. Sunday tickets are general admission and cost $16 through Saturday, $20 at the gate (ages 3 and younger free). Call ProTix, 703/218-6500; for information, call 703/255-1860.

Caribbean Carnival

Caribbean food, music, crafts and culture are celebrated at the D.C. Caribbean Carnival, Saturday from noon to 8 and Sunday from noon to 7 at Banneker Field, Georgia Avenue and Barry Place NW (Metro: U Street/Cardozo or Shaw/Howard University). It kicks off Saturday at noon with a parade featuring dozens of marching units and such bands as Spice Isle Associates, Master Kompa, Pan Masters Steel Orchestra, Infusion '98 and Pantastik Pan Groove & Black Family. The parade, which is expected to last six hours, starts at Georgia and Missouri avenues NW and marches south on Georgia to the festival. On Sunday, the festival features food, arts and crafts and a free concert by area bands starting at 2. Free; call 202/726-2204.

CAPTION: Unicyclists perform at the UniverSoul Circus.

CAPTION: Guitarist Buddy Guy will play Saturday at Wolf Trap's Jazz & Blues Festival.

CAPTION: Colorful dancers are in D.C. Caribbean Carnival.