Days of the Scots

Folk singers, Highland dancers, Celtic crafts and other aspects of Scottish culture are showcased at the Virginia Scottish Games & Festival, Saturday from 8 to 7:30 and Sunday from 8 to 5 at Episcopal High School, 3901 W. Braddock Rd. in Alexandria. Advance tickets ($15 both days, $9 for one) are available at the Ramsay House Visitors Center, 221 King St., Alexandria, until 5 p.m. Friday. Tickets at the gate are $17 for both days, $10 for a single day (12 and younger free). A shuttle ($1 round trip) will run from the King Street Metro station and free parking at T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St.; the NOVA/Alexandria campus at 3001 N. Beauregard St.; and the Scottish Rite Temple, 1430 W. Braddock Rd. Disabled parking is available at Minnie Howard School, 3801 W. Braddock Rd. Call 703/912-1943.

Lilith Fair

Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, the Dixie Chicks, the Pretenders, Me'Shell Ndegeocello and others star at the Lilith Fair, Wednesday at 3:30 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, on Broken Land Parkway off U.S. 29 in Columbia. Only $31 lawn tickets remain, from ProTix, 703/218-6500 or 410/481-6500 (plus service and parking charges).

In Concert

Marcia Ball, the Radiators, Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet, Duke Robillard, Roomful of Blues, Boozoo Chavis & the Magic Sounds, Mem Shannon, Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans and others perform at Gumbo Fest, Friday from 7 to 11, Saturday from noon to 11 and Sunday from noon to 8 at Anne Arundel County Fairground, on Route 178 in Crownsville. Admission is $25 per day at the gate; a three-day pass is $50. Children under 14 pay $10 per day. For information, call 703/403-6681, or visit the Web site:

Pianist/composer Abdullah Ibrahim performs the U.S. premiere of his "African Suite" with his trio and the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra during "Ode to Ellington," a free concert and dance performance Saturday at 7:30 at Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW, that also features the Levine School of Music Jazz Ensemble and Fabian Barnes & the Dance Institute of Washington. Free tickets will be available Saturday starting at 10 at the box office. Call 202/723-7500.

Congolese vocalist Sam Mangwana and his eight-piece band perform songs of love and liberation, Sunday at 7:30 at Baird Auditorium in the National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW (Metro: Federal Triangle). Tickets are $20. Call 202/357-3030.

The Vans Warped Tour '99 brings Pennywise, Blink-182, Sevendust, Ice-T, Eminem, Black Eyed Peas, Less Than Jake, Molotov, Suicidal Tendencies and many other bands to the RFK Stadium parking lot, 22nd and East Capitol streets (Metro: Stadium/Armory) on Tuesday starting at noon. Tickets cost $22 in advance, $25 on Tuesday. Call Ticketmaster, 202/432-7328 (service charges added).

Digging Up The Past

Help archaeologists sift through three centuries of the past during the annual Tidewater Archaeology Dig, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 to 4 in Historic St. Mary's City, on Route 5 about 70 miles south of the Capital Beltway. Other activities include behind-the-scenes tours of the archaeology laboratory, guided tours of excavations and the Maryland Dove ship, the reconstructed State House of 1676, a re-created 17th-century inn and a restored tobacco plantation. Admission is $7.50, $6 for seniors and students, and $3.50 for children 6 through 12 (younger free). If you are planning to dig, dress appropriately and bring along water or juice. Call 301/862-0990 or 800/762-1634.

Waterlily Day

See more than 75 varieties of beautiful waterlilies and lotuses in full bloom during the annual Waterlily Festival and Founders Day, Saturday from 10 to 2 at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Anacostia Avenue and Douglas Street NE. Other activities include guided tours of the park and its more than 100,000 water plants, naturalist talks, a puppet show and other children's activities. Free; call 202/426-6905.

Family Fare

Ride on a train pulled by Thomas the Tank Engine and enjoy face painting, storytelling and other activities, Friday through Sunday from 9:30 to 8 at the B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore. Admission, which includes the train ride, is $11, $10 for seniors and $8 for children ages 1 through 12 (younger free). Call 410/752-2490.

Dinorock Productions presents "A Dinosaur Book of World Records," more stories about the fastest, smallest and widest dinosaurs, Saturday through Sept. 5 at the Puppet Co. Playhouse in Glen Echo Park, Goldsboro Road and MacArthur Boulevard in Glen Echo. Shows are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10 and 11:30, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 and 1. Tickets are $5. Call 301/320-6668 (TDD: 301/492-6266).

Weekend's Own Concert

The Weekend section of The Washington Post is sponsoring the third free "Weekend's Weekends" concert Sunday at 7:30 at Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW. The performers at "Ska Night" are the Pietasters, Skalicious and Big D & the Kids Table. Free tickets will be released at the box office starting Sunday at noon. The last Weekend's Weekend concert, featuring Latin music, takes place Aug. 8. Call 202/334-4748. See Nightwatch, Page 11

CAPTION: Athletic contests are featured at the Virginia Scottish Games & Festival in Alexandria.

CAPTION: Dig it: Colonial past is just a shovel away.