White House Garden Tours

The White House holds its Fall Garden and House Tours Saturday from 9 to noon and 2 to 5, and Sunday from 1 to 5. Visitors will see the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the South Lawn, the Children's Garden, the Rose Garden and the State Floor rooms. Military bands will entertain on the lawn. The tours are free and no tickets are required. The line begins at the southeast gate at E Street and East Executive Avenue NW (Metro: Metro Center, McPherson Square). All visitors in line by noon Saturday and by 5 Saturday and Sunday will be admitted. The outdoor tours will be canceled in the event of rain, but self-guided indoor tours will continue. Call 202/208-1631 or 202/456-2200, option 2.

Orchid Show

Thousands of exotic orchids will be on display at the National Capital Orchid Society's 52nd Orchid Show and Sale, Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5 and Monday from 10 to 3 at the administration building of the National Arboretum, 24th and R streets NE. Admission is free; call 202/245-2726.

Impressionism's Masters

Fifty-six works by Monet, Renoir, Manet, Cassatt, Degas, Cezanne and other masters are showcased in "Faces of Impressionism: Portraits From American Collections," opening Sunday and running through Jan. 30 at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The museum is open Sundays from 11 to 6, Wednesdays through Fridays from 11 to 5 (until 9 on the first Thursday of the month), and Saturdays 11 to 6. Admission is $6, $4 for seniors; ages 18 and younger free (free for all on Thursdays). The museum is on Art Museum Drive, off 31st and North Charles streets in Baltimore. Call 410/396-7100.

The Taste of D.C.

Sample dishes from 40 Washington restaurants; listen to the sounds of Peabo Bryson, KC & the Sunshine Band, Clarence Carter, Shaggy, the Ernies, Nestor Torres and other musical groups on five stages; and enjoy jugglers, children's entertainers, storytellers, crafts and other activities during the Taste of D.C., Saturday through Monday from 11 to 6:30 on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, between Ninth and 14th streets (Metro: Federal Triangle, Archives/Navy Memorial, Metro Center). Admission and entertainment are free. Tasting tickets are eight for $5, with no samples costing more than eight tickets. Call 202/724-5430.

Herndon Folk Festival

Concerts by John Gorka, Ellis Paul, Magpie, Danny Doyle, Andrew McKnight and others are featured at the Herndon Folk Festival, Sunday from noon to 5 at the Herndon Town Green, 777 Lynn St., and nearby sites. Other activities include arts and crafts, an animal petting zoo, a musical instrument "petting zoo" and a children's area with entertainers and hands-on arts activities. It's all free; call 703/435-6868.

The Fleet's In

Hundreds of new sailboats, from dinghies to luxurious cruising yachts, are on display in the water at the 30th annual U.S. Sailboat Show at the City Dock in Annapolis, Friday through Sunday from 10 to 7 and Monday 10 to 6. Admission is $12, $6 for ages 12 and younger, including infants. Strollers are discouraged. Take U.S. 50 east to Rowe Boulevard/Exit 24, drive south and follow signs to parking areas. Parking is $5. Free shuttle buses will ferry visitors to the dock. Call 410/268-8828.

Autumn Festivals

Crafts by more than 360 juried artists, music, dance and carnival rides are featured at the 36th annual Catoctin Colorfest, Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 5 at three sites in Thurmont, Md.: Thurmont Community Park in the center of town, the activities grounds and Thurmont Middle School. Take I-270 north to U.S. 15 north to Thurmont and follow signs to parking. Free buses will run from the lots to the festival. Admission is free, but parking is $2 per person up to $5 per carload (under age 12 free). Call 301/271-4432.

Help stir a cauldron of simmering apple butter, sip freshly pressed apple cider and enjoy country music, carnival rides and other activities during the Apple Butter Festival, Saturday from 9 to 5 and Sunday from noon to 5 in and around Berkeley Springs State Park, on Route 522 in Berkeley Springs,

W. Va. Admission is free. From the Beltway, take Route 7 west past Leesburg to Route 9 west to Berkeley Springs, or take I-270 north to I-70 west to Route 522 south to Berkeley Springs. Call 800/447-8797.

Love That River!

Harbor cruises on historic vessels, crafts, music, an open house at the Calvert Marine Museum, and science and history exhibits are part of the Patuxent River Appreciation Days, Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5 at the Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd. (Route 2) in Solomons, Md. Admission to the museum and the activities is free. Call 410/326-2042.

OUR PICKS

Exhibit

Twenty-five years after its October 1974 opening, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden considers one of the central issues of recent contemporary art with its multi-artist survey, "Regarding Beauty: A View of the Late 20th Century."

-- Michael O'Sullivan

Nightlife

Born in 1926, bassist Ray Brown has been making absolutely world- class jazz for more than half a century, first with Dizzy Gillespie's important group, then for many years with Oscar Peterson, then with his own trio. It's the latest incarnation of bthat last group that's in town for a six-night-stand at One Step Down (202/955-7141). He performs two shows nightly through Sunday at this tiny club, and considering he hasn't played Washington in more than 10 years, you might not want to miss this rare chance. -- Eric Brace

Film

Yes, there is life after Julie Christie! Terence Stamp, great star of British cinema of the '60s and, yes, known for a certain liaison back then with The Most Beautiful Woman in the World, has a dream role as a vengeful Englishman in "The Limey," Steven Soderbergh's playful crime drama. See review on Page 53. -- Desson Howe