Children's Festival

Performances by song and dance troupes from Armenia, China, France, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and other countries; hands-on workshops on making folk crafts, kites, puppets and decorative boxes; and Bob McGrath of "Sesame Street" and his friend Big Bird are featured at the International Children's Festival Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 4:30 at Wolf Trap Farm Park, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and children ages 3 through 12 (younger free) from ProTix, 703/218-6500 (service charges). For information, call 703/642-0862.

The Glories of China

More than 200 recent archaeological discoveries, including ritual objects, ceramics, bronzes and jade, will be on display in "The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology: Celebrated Discoveries From the People's Republic of China," opening Sunday and running through Jan. 2 at the East Building of the National Gallery of Art, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW (Metro: Archives/ Navy Memorial, Judiciary Square). Twelve Chinese musicians will play on a set of 65 bells, replicas of those made in the 5th century B.C., on Friday and Saturday from 11 to 11:30 and 3 to 3:30, and Sunday from noon to 12:30 and 3 to 3:30. Admission is free. The National Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 to 5, Sunday from 11 to 6. Call 202/737-4215 (TDD: 202/842-6176).

Adams-Morgan Day

The 22nd Adams-Morgan Day features two stages of live entertainment, crafts, an art show, ethnic food booths, a children's fair and more, Sunday from noon to 7. All the activities take place on or around 18th Street NW south of Columbia Road. The children's fair is from 1 to 5 at Kalorama Park, Columbia and Belmont roads NW. Admission is free. Call 202/478-1887.

On Their Toes

The San Francisco Ballet presents a program of four classic works choreographed by Jerome Robbins and the East Coast premiere of Helgi Tomasson's new production of "Giselle" during its visit to the Kennedy Center Opera House from Tuesday through Sept. 26. The Robbins program is at 8 Tuesday through Thursday; "Giselle" is danced Sept. 24 at 8, Sept. 25 at 2 and 8, and Sept. 26 at 2. Tickets cost $25 to $62. Call 202/467-4600 (TDD: 202/416-8524).

Great Frederick Fair

The Great Frederick Fair, a showplace for agriculture and country music, opens Friday and runs through Sept. 25 at the Frederick County Fairground. The fair features concerts; harness racing; a demolition derby; and a midway with more than 30 rides. The pre-fair period is Friday through Sunday, with reduced prices and limited exhibits and entertainment. On Friday, the midway and carnival rides are open from 5 to 11 p.m. Admission is free. From Saturday through Sept. 25, the fair is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is free before 3 on Saturday; after 3, admission is $2, ages 9 and younger free. On Sunday, admission is $2, ages 9 and younger free. Admission Monday through Sept. 25 is $3, ages 9 and younger free. Parking is $3. Seniors free Tuesday through Thursday before 6 p.m. Entertainment features harness racing Tuesday through Sept. 24 at 1 (included with admission) and a demolition derby on Wednesday at 7 ($10 and $8). Separate-admission concerts feature John Michael Montgomery Saturday at 7:30; Terri Clark Sunday at 7; Toby Keith Tuesday at 7:30; Bryan White Thursday at 7:30; Billy Ray Cyrus Sept. 24 at 7:30; and Sammy Kershaw Sept. 25 at 7:30. Tickets for Montgomery cost $18, $22 and $25; other concerts cost $16, $20 and $22. To order, call 301/695-0049 or 301/695-3928 (service charges). Take I-270 north to Exit 31-A and follow signs to the fairground. Call 301/663-5895. Web site: www.

Largo Has the Blues

BC & the Blues Crew, the Kelly Bell Band, Daryl Davis, Memphis Gold, Sandra Hall, the Holmes Brothers, John Jackson, Tom Larsen, Latimore and Big Jesse Yawn & and His Music Men perform at the seventh annual free Bluebird Blues Festival, Sunday from 1 to 6 in the Student Center courtyard at Prince George's Community College, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Other activities include an arts and crafts fair, entertainment for children and food vendors. Call 301/322-0853.

Fiesta Fairfax

The City of Fairfax celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with "Fiesta Fairfax," a free Latino cultural festival, Sunday from 2 to 5:30 at Van Dyck Park, 3700 Old Lee Hwy. Activities include entertainment by folk music and dance troupes, children's games and food vendors. Call 703/385-7894 or 703/591-2489.


Night Life

Friday marks the start of a six-week celebration of hip-hop culture, "Words, Beats & Movement," including performances, workshops, films and seminars (202/833-9800). The Black Cat (202/667-7960) will host a kickoff event Friday night, a fifth-anniversary party for Washington's impressive hip-hop collective, Freestyle Union. Scheduled to perform are Origin, Daughters of the cipHer with Toni Blackman, Black Indian and more.

-- Eric Brace


At the Smithsonian, a two-part exhibition on Ghanaian kente cloth explores the history of the popular strip-woven textile (at the National Museum of African Art) and its contemporary uses (at the Arts and Industries Building).

-- Michael O'Sullivan


If you can't get enough of the muttering on the pitcher's mound and the roar of hostile fans at Yankee Stadium, Kevin Costner is winding up for you in "For Love of the Game." See review on Page 52.

-- Desson Howe