A calendar listing in yesterday's Weekend section gave an incorrect location and phone number for performances associated with the Chinese New Year Parade on Feb. 6. The stage will be on H Street NW near the intersection of Sixth Street. For information, call the Consolidated Chinese Benevolent Association at 202-638-1041. (Published 01/08/2000)

WOW! What a party! It's probably a good thing that the millennium doesn't roll around but every thousand years or we'd all be constantly partied out. Still, it's been a week and it's time to focus your attention on things to do in the coming year.

This calendar of events--the "best," culled from thousands of scheduled activities --has the perennial favorites that our readers call us about: the Bay Bridge Walk, the Smithsonian's Folklife Festival, August Court Days in Leesburg, Orioles' opening day and the like. But it also has other events that maybe you missed last year. Take a good read and plan wisely. And save your strength: The real millennium is coming at midnight Dec. 31!

January

14 -- KING BIRTHDAY OBSERVANCE -- Speeches, music and a replaying of the "I Have a Dream" speech, Jan. 14 at 11 at the Lincoln Memorial. Free. 202/619-7222.

17 -- KING BIRTHDAY OBSERVANCE -- Videotapes of moments from the civil rights movement will be shown to commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 17 at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE. 202/426-5961.

18-JUNE 10 -- IMAGES OF FORTUNE -- Representations of the goddess Fortuna from antiquity to the Renaissance are the focus of an art show from Jan. 18 through June 10 at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202/544-7077.

22-23 -- HUNT COUNTRY ANTIQUES FAIR -- More than 65 dealers display their collections, Jan. 23-24 at this benefit for Oatlands Plantation, a National Trust for Historic Preservation property. The fair is at the Hill School, on Madison Street in Middleburg. $6. 703/777-3174.

22-23 -- ORIOLES FANFEST 2000 -- Players Mike Mussina, Sydney Ponson, Albert Belle and Mike Bordick and new manager Mike Hargrove are among the Baltimore Orioles who will be at Orioles FanFest 2000, Jan. 22-23 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Activities include fan forums, children's baseball clinics, interactive games, exhibits, autograph and photo sessions, and memorabilia dealers. $10, $5 children 14 and younger and seniors. 410/685-9800.

23-MAY 21 -- JOYCE J. SCOTT -- Multimedia and performance artist Joyce J. Scott draws links between Old Master paintings and contemporary issues in an exhibition Jan. 23 through May 21 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive at North Charles and 31st Streets, Baltimore. 410/396-7100.

23-OCT. 22 -- OSHOGBO ART -- Artworks made in the Nigerian town of Oshogbo in the 1960s go on view Jan. 23 through Oct. 22 at the National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. 202/357-2700.

27-30 -- NATIONAL CAPITAL BOAT SHOW --More than 100 exhibitors will display more than 400 fishing boats, ski boats, runabouts, motoryachts and personal watercraft, Jan. 27-30 at the Capital Expo Center on Willard Road in Chantilly. 703/802-0066, 800/441-0013.

February

4-JUNE 30 -- AFRICAN AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY -- More than 300 images by African American photographers, spanning 150 years, are featured Feb. 4 through June 30 at the Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202/357-4500.

4-APRIL 30 -- WOMEN'S MAGAZINES -- The history of American women's magazines is explored Feb. 4 through April 30 at the Newseum, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703/284-3544.

6-OCT.1 -- MUSIC OF THE QIN -- An exhibition on the seven-stringed Chinese instrument called the qin goes on view Feb. 6 through Oct. 1 at the Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW. 202/357-2700.

6 -- CHINESE NEW YEAR PARADE -- Marching bands, lion and dragon dancers, clowns and others, Feb. 6 at 2. It starts at Fifth and H streets NW and winds through Chinatown and around MCI Center. Before the parade, lion dancers and drummers will entertain outside the National Museum of American Art, Eighth and G streets NW. Free. 202/357-2700 (TDD: 202/357-1729).

8-13 -- WALT DISNEY WORLD ON ICE -- The stars of "Toy Story" come to life when the lavish ice spectacular skates into MCI Center, Feb. 8-13. 202/432-7328.

10-MAY 29 -- THE ART OF REMEDIOS VARO -- The first U.S. retrospective of paintings by the late Mexican surrealist Remedios Varo runs from Feb. 10 through May 29 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202/783-5000.

11 -- STERLING & REID BROTHERS CIRCUS -- Small traveling circus performs Feb. 11 at the Patriot Center, Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax. 202/432-7328

12 -- LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY -- Celebration at noon Feb. 12 with a presidential wreath-laying, military bands and a dramatic reading of Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address," at the Lincoln Memorial. 202/619-7222.

12-13 -- CABIN FEVER FESTIVAL -- More than 200 juried professional artists will sell their creations, Feb. 12-13 at the Frederick Fairground, on Patrick Street in Frederick. 301/898-5466.

14 -- FREDERICK DOUGLASS'S BIRTHDAY -- A wreath-laying ceremony, musical tributes and other activities to commemorate the birthday of the abolitionist, Feb. 14 from 10 to noon at the Frederick Douglass Memorial Site, 1411 W St. SE. In conjunction with Black History Month. 202/426-5961.

16-21 -- EAST COAST JAZZ FESTIVAL -- Workshops, recitals and concerts by top local and national jazz artists, opening Feb. 16 at Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Rd., Bethesda, and continuing Feb. 17-21 at the Doubletree Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike. Performers include the Marshall Keys Quintet, Jeanie Bryson, Keter Betts Ensemble, Dakota Staton, Ernie Andrews, Buster Williams, Houston Person and Etta Jones. The Feb. 16 concert is free. Tickets to the Feb. 17-21 concerts are $42 in advance, $50 at the door. 301/933-1822.

17-20 -- CAPITAL SPORT FISHING, Travel & Outdoor Show -- Hundreds of exhibitors display the latest in fishing tackle, gear, boats and accessories Feb. 17-20 at the Capital Expo Center, on Willard Road in Chantilly. 703/802-0066, 202/296-7200.

17-21 -- WASHINGTON BOAT SHOW -- See hundreds of powerboats, sailboats and luxury yachts at this show, Feb. 17-21 at the Washington Convention Center, Ninth and H streets NW. 703/823-7960.

18-JULY 30 -- OTTOMAN EMBROIDERY -- Over 50 examples of floral embroidery from the Ottoman Empire go on view Feb. 18 through July 30 at the Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202/667-0441.

19-MAY 14 -- HONORE DAUMIER -- In the first major U.S. retrospective devoted to Honore Daumier, 245 works by the 19th-century French painter, printmaker and sculptor go on exhibit Feb. 19 through May 14 at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. Admission to the special exhibition is $10, $7 for seniors and students, free for 18 and under. 202/387-2151.

19-21 -- GEORGE WASHINGTON CELEBRATION -- Mount Vernon celebrates the presidential holiday Feb. 19-20 with a parade and a sample of Washington's favorite breakfast, "Hoecakes swimming in butter and honey." On Feb. 21, music and a presidential wreath-laying will mark the 268th birthday of the first president. Activities include performances by the U.S. Army Fife and Drum Corps ("The Old Guard"). Admission is free Feb. 21. 703/780-2000.

21 -- WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY PARADE -- Alexandria holds the nation's largest parade celebrating the birthday of George Washington on Feb. 21, starting at 1 at Wilkes and St. Asaph streets and proceeding through Old Town to Gibbon and South Fairfax streets. Free. 703/838-4200.

21 -- INTERNATIONAL TOURIST Guide Day -- Two-hour motorcoach and walking tours of Washington during the 11th International Tourist Guide Day, Feb. 21 from 9 to 11 and noon to 2. The buses will depart from the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. The tours are $2. Tickets will go on sale Feb. 1 at a site TBA. 202/298-9425.

22 -- WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY CEREMONY -- Observance with speeches and music Feb. 22 at 11 at the Sylvan Theatre on the grounds of the Washington Monument. Free. 202/619-7222.

24-APRIL 23 -- ROBERT GOBER -- Drawings, sculptures and an early slide projection by the controversial Robert Gober are on view Feb. 24 through April 23 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW. 202/357-2700.

25-27 -- ACC CRAFT FAIR -- Huge annual craft show features more than 650 artisans, Feb. 25-27 at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. 410/962-1122.

25-27 -- SPRING CAPITAL HOME & Garden Show -- Acres of ideas and advice for the home and garden, Feb. 25-27 at Capital Expo Center, on Willard Road off Route 28 in Chantilly. 703/802-0066, 800/274-6948, Ext. 111.

26 -- HARAMBEE CARNIVAL -- Explore an African expo and marketplace and enjoy music, art and children's entertainment at this festival, Feb. 26 at 7 at the Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE. $25 in advance, $35 at the door; $25 students and $10 children 13 and younger. 301/530-3697

March

1-JUNE 15 -- TOPKAPI JEWELS -- Treasures from Istanbul's Topkapi Palace go on display March 1 through June 15 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202/639-1700.

4 -- ALEXANDRIA ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE -- The parade of floats, bands, Irish dancers and more takes place March 4 from 10:30 to 12:30 along King Street and will be followed by parties in local restaurants. Free. 703/549-4535.

5 -- HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS -- The magicians and jesters of the court perform March 5 at the Patriot Center, Route 123 and Braddock Road in Fairfax, and March 18 at MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. Times, ticket prices TBA. 202/432-7328.

7-MAY 28 -- SCYTHIAN GOLD -- Treasures from the Scythian nomads of European antiquity go on view March 7 through May 28 at the Walters Art Gallery, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 410/547-9000.

9-12 -- WASHINGTON FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW, featuring 2 1/2 acres of display gardens, a florist competition, demonstrations, lectures and exhibits, March 9-12 at the Washington Convention Center, Ninth and H streets NW. 703/823-7960.

9-MARCH 4, 2001 -- HISTORY OF THE PIANO -- The National Museum of American History's collection of pianos is highlighted in a showing March 9 through March 4, 2001 at the International Gallery of the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202/357-2700.

10-12 -- WORLD OF WHEELS -- See custom cars, monster trucks, dragsters and other special vehicles, March 10-12 at the Capital Expo Center on Willard Road in Chantilly. $10, $4 children 11 and younger. 703/802-0066, 202/296-7200.

11-12 & 18-19 -- MAPLE SYRUP HERITAGE FESTIVAL -- Watch park rangers tap maple trees and boil sap March 11-12 and March 18-19 from 10 to 3:30 at the William Houck Area of Cunningham Falls State Park in Thurmont, Md. 301/271-7574.

12 -- WASHINGTON ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE -- Dancers, bagpipers and bands will parade March 12 at noon along Constitution Avenue, from Seventh to 17th streets NW. 301/879-1717.

12-MAY 28 -- NADAR AND ANDY WARHOL -- The work of the late American pop artist Andy Warhol is contrasted with that of 19th-century Parisian portrait photographer Nadar in a joint exhibition March 12 through May 28 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive at North Charles and 31st Streets, Baltimore. 410/396-7100.

12-JULY 23 -- AFRICAN CURRENCY -- The history of African currency is examined March 12 through July 23 at the National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. 202/357-2700.

16-26 -- ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL -- More than 100 films will be screened during the eighth annual festival, March 16-26 at museums, embassies, universities and other sites in Washington. 202/342-2564.

18-19 -- SEAL DAYS -- The National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, celebrates Seal Days March 18-19 with seal and sea lion feeding and training, face painting for children and special exhibits. Details, times TBA. Free. 202/673-4717.

18 -- GUNSTON HALL KITE FESTIVAL -- The kite fest features kite-flying opportunities, a puppet show, food from vendors and more March 18 from 11 to 4. 703/550-9220.

22-APRIL 9 -- RINGLING BROS. and Barnum & Bailey Circus -- "The Greatest Show on Earth" comes to the Washington area for almost three weeks of shows. The circus opens March 22 at MCI Center for four days of performances and then moves to the D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE, for shows March 28-April 9. Times, prices TBA. 202/432-7328.

24-JULY 4, 2001 -- PHOTOS FROM THE ARCHIVES -- Part II of the exhibition "Picturing the Century: 100 Years of Photography from the National Archives" goes on view from March 24 through July 4, 2001, at the National Archives, Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW. 202/501-5000.

25 -- SMITHSONIAN KITE FESTIVAL -- The Smithsonian's annual Kite Festival takes place March 25 at 10 on the grounds of the Washington Monument with competitions in design, performance and other categories (service charges). Free (rain date March 26). 202/619-7222, 202/357-2700.

26-APRIL 9 -- NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL -- The blooming cherry trees around the Tidal Basin are the centerpiece of this festival of music, sports, special events and the annual National Cherry Blossom Parade on April 8 on Constitution Avenue between Seventh and 17th streets NW. 202/547-1500 or visit the Web site: www.gwjapan.com/cherryblossom.

26 -- MARYLAND DAYS -- Historical reenactments, music, crafts, militia drills and other activities mark Maryland's founding March 26 from 10 to 5 at historic St. Mary's City, approximately 70 miles from the Beltway off Route 5. Details TBA. 301/862-0990, 800/762-1634.

29-SEPT. 17 -- MINIATURE WHITE HOUSE -- In honor of the Executive Mansion's 200th birthday, an up-to-date, 1/12th-scale model of the White House goes on view March 29 through Sept. 17 at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202/272-2448.

31-AUG. 20 -- CRAFT ARTISTS --Two concurrent craft shows (one an invitational featuring the work of five female artists, the other an exhibition of John Cederquist's tromp l'oeil furniture) go on view March 31 through Aug. 20 at the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202/357-2700.

April

3 -- ORIOLES OPENING DAY -- The Baltimore Orioles open their season on April 3 at 3:05 and April 5-6 at 7:05 against the Cleveland Indians at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. 410/685-9800.

5-16 -- WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL FILM Festival -- Dozens of American and foreign films will screen in theaters across the city during this annual festival April 5-16. Schedules, films and prices TBA. 202/724-5613.

6-9 -- HOMESTEAD FOOD & WINE SPECTACULAR -- Tops chefs conduct cooking seminars and wine tastings and create their top dishes at this annual celebration of food and wine, April 6-9 at the Homestead resort in Hot Springs, Va. 540/839-7917.

7 -- CHAMPIONS ON ICE -- Dorothy Hamill, Katarina Witt, Oksana Baiul, Nancy Kerrigan, Surya Bonaly and other champion ice skaters perform at the Champions on Ice show, April 7 at at MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. 202/432-7328.

8 -- CHERRY BLOSSOM PARADE -- Floats, balloons, marching bands and other entertainers take part in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, April 8 at 9:30 on Constitution Avenue from Seventh to 17th streets NW. Free. 202/728-1137 or 202/432-7328.

12 -- SUBMARINES -- A long-term exhibition on the significance of nuclear submarines during the Cold War goes on view April 12 at the National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/357-2700.

15-16 -- MARCHING THROUGH TIME -- A multi-era historic reenactment encampment April 15-16 from 11 to 5 at Marietta House Museum, 5626 Bell Station Rd., Glenn Dale. Admission TBA. 301/464-5291.

MID-APRIL -- WHITE HOUSE GARDEN TOURS -- The executive mansion opens its grounds to visitors at this annual event in mid-April. Details TBA. 202/208-1631.

16-OCT. 8 -- FILMMAKING IN MARYLAND -- A century of films made in Maryland are the focus of an exhibit April 16 through Oct. 8 at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., Baltimore. 410/685-3750.

16 -- SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHDAY -- The Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE, celebrates the Bard's birthday with an open house April 16, with music, food, children's activities, balloons and readings. Free. 202/544-7077.

17-25 -- AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATER FESTIVAL -- See plays by college drama departments at the Kennedy Center April 17-25. Free. Plays, showtimes and details of ticket giveaways TBA. 202/467-4600 (TDD: 202/416-8524).

19-JUNE 18 -- SALVADOR DALI -- An exhibition focusing on Salvador Dali's interest in optics and perception runs April 19 through June 18 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW. 202/357-2700.

22-30 -- HISTORIC GARDEN WEEK in Virginia -- Tour elegant homes and gardens during this annual event held statewide April 22-30. Alexandria holds its Garden Tour on April 22. Call 804/644-7776 for information on Garden Week events.

22 -- OLD DOMINION DOG SHOW -- Thousands of dogs representing scores of breeds are expected at this popular event April 22 from 8 to 5 at Morven Park International Equestrian Center, on Tutt Lane in Leesburg. 703/406-2474.

24 -- AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY Celebration, an annual festival of music, dance and art on April 24 Easter Monday, at the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202/673-4717.

24 -- EASTER EGG ROLL -- Children ages 3 through 6, accompanied by an adult, are invited to gather on the White House South Lawn on April 24 for the traditional Easter Monday event. Egg Roll activities are from 10 to 2. Eggs and entertainment provided. Free timed tickets will be distributed, with a limit of four per person, beginning at 7 a.m. at the visitor pavilion on the Ellipse, south of the White House. All children no matter what age are required to have a ticket. Details subject to change. 202/208-1631 or 202/456-2200.

24-OCT. 31 -- JEFFERSONIANA -- In celebration of its bicentennial, the Library of Congress commemorates founder Thomas Jefferson April 24 through Oct. 31 with an exhibition at 10 First St. SE. 202/707-4604.

24-SEPT. 23 -- "OZ" AT 100 -- The enduring popularity of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" is the focus of a show April 24 through Sept. 23 at the Library of Congress, 10 First St. SE. 202/707-4604.

27-30 -- SMITHSONIAN CRAFT SHOW -- The creations of 120 artists, selected from more than 1,500 applicants across the nation, will be on display and for sale April 27-30 at the National Building Museum, Fourth and F streets NW. Times TBA. 202/357-2700 (TDD: 202/357-1729).

27-MAY 13 -- MARYLAND HOUSE & Garden Pilgrimage -- Tour houses and gardens in six counties during this event April 27, April 29-30, May 6-7, May 9 and May 13 in various locations in the state. Details TBA. 410/821-6933.

27-30 -- BALTIMORE WATERFRONT FESTIVAL -- Seafood cooking demonstrations, children's crafts, entertainment and other activities are featured at this festival, April 27-30 at Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Pratt and Light streets. 410/837-4636.

29-30 -- GEORGETOWN HOUSE TOUR -- Tour six different homes in Georgetown each day during this annual event April 29-30. Tour tickets are $25 each day. 202/338-1796.

29-JUNE 11 -- VIRGINIA RENAISSANCE FAIRE -- A festival with medieval entertainment, sports, music and storytellers, featuring more than 100 costumed actors, on Saturdays and Sundays plus Memorial Day from April 29 through June 11 in Fredericksburg, Va. Times, prices TBA. 540/371-3999.

29-30 -- MILLENNIUM FESTIVAL -- Top entertainers will perform at this festival sponsored by national gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual groups, April 29-30 along Pennsylvania Avenue between Third and Ninth streets NW. 202/776-0100.

29 -- KINETIC SCULPTURE RACE -- The second annual East Coast National Championship Kinetic Sculpture Race takes place April 29 at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy., Baltimore. 410/244-1900.

29-SEPT. 4 -- VIKING EXHIBITION -- "Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga" commemorates the 1,000-year anniversary of the Viking arrival in North America April 29 through Sept. 4 at the National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/357-2700.

30-SEPT. 17 -- ANCIENT MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS -- Chinese musical instruments from 2,500 years ago go on view April 30 through Sept. 17 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202/357-2700.

30-JAN. 2, 2001 -- CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY -- Calligraphy from the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) is the focus of an exhibition April 30 through Jan. 2, 2001 at the Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW. 202/357-2700.

May

1-SEPTEMBER -- HOLOCAUST RESCUE -- The story of the World War II flight and rescue of some 2,200 Polish Jews is told in an exhibition May 1 through September (closing date TBA) at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place (15th Street) SW. 202/488-0400.

5-7 -- LANDON AZALEA GARDEN FESTIVAL and Craft Show -- More than 200 varieties of azaleas, wildflowers, herbs and ornamental bushes will be on sale May 5-7 at Landon School, 6101 Wilson Lane in Bethesda. The garden festival is free; craft show ticket prices TBA. 301/320-1060.

5-6 -- CATHEDRAL FLOWER MART -- Washington National Cathedral holds its annual flower mart and craft show May 5-6 from 10 to 5. 202/537-6200.

6 -- VIRGINIA GOLD CUP -- The steeplechase classic is May 6 at Great Meadow on Route 245 in The Plains, Va. Admission TBA; advance sales only. Times TBA. 540/347-2612.

6 -- MARYLAND DRAFT HORSE and Mule Association -- The Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood, Md., holds a field day and plowing competition, May 6 at the farm at 18400 Muncaster Rd. 301/670-4661.

6-7 -- MARYLAND SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL -- Demonstrations of sheep-herding, shearing and wool-making May 6-7 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship. Admission TBA. 410/531-3647.

7 -- AUDUBON MAY FAIR -- Family activities, May dances, music, food and live animals, May 7 from 11 to 5:30 at Woodend, the Audubon Naturalist Society's headquarters at 8940 Jones Mill Rd., Chevy Chase. Admission TBA. 301/652-9188.

7 -- CHESAPEAKE BAY BRIDGE WALK -- Enjoy a leisurely 4.3-mile stroll across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on May 7 between 9 and 4. Free, but there is a small fee for the shuttle bus. 877/229-7726.

7-JULY 17 -- DONALD SULTAN -- A 15-year retrospective of the art of Donald Sultan, a contemporary painter who works in such unconventional media as linoleum and tar, goes on view May 7 through July 17 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202/639-1700.

9 -- HOPE GALLERY OPENS -- The Bob Hope Gallery of American Entertainment, a permanent exhibition area surveying categories from vaudeville to television and movies, opens May 9 at the Library of Congress, 10 First St. SE. 202/707-4604.

12-20 -- PREAKNESS CELEBRATION -- The 125th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 20 is the centerpiece of this celebration that features hot air balloon races, concerts, the Preakness Parade on May 13 and other events. 410/542-9400 for race information, 410/837-4636 for festival information.

12 -- ZOO'S GUPPY GALA -- National Zoo's annual fund-raising extravaganza for children on May 12 features a climbing wall, moon bounce, puppet shows and many other activities. Details, prices TBA. The zoo is at 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202/673-4717.

13 -- CANDLELIGHT VIGIL -- Memorial service to honor America's fallen law enforcement officers, May 13 at 8 p.m. at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, Fourth and E streets NW. 202/737-3400.

13 -- GOODWILL EMBASSY TOUR -- Visit eight to 10 embassies May 13 on this annual tour sponsored by Davis Memorial Goodwill. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 on May 13. 202/636-4225, Ext. 1257.

13-JULY 16 -- "WINGS OF FANCY" Live Butterfly Show -- See butterflies native to Maryland and North America flying inside a conservatory filled with beautiful plants and flowers, May 13 through July 16 at Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $3. 301/962-7878.

14-JULY 23 -- RAPHAEL DRAWINGS -- Drawn from the Royal Library collection of Windsor Castle, a survey of drawings by Raphael and his circle is on view May 14 through July 23 at the National Gallery of Art, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/737-4215.

18 -- NATIONAL ZOO'S ZOOFARI -- National Zoo's annual fundraiser on May 18 features tastings by more than 100 area restaurants, live entertainment, animal demonstrations and a silent auction. The zoo is at 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202/673-4717.

19-21 -- MOUNT VERNON WINE FESTIVAL -- Taste the wines of Virginia vineyards, learn more about George Washington's wine-making efforts, watch glass-blowers and other artisans, May 19-21 from 6 to 9 at the estate on the southern end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, 16 miles south of Washington. Admission TBA; ticket sales start March 1. 703/799-8604.

20-21 -- ANDREWS AIR SHOW -- Aerial feats of daring, a mass parachute jump and displays of vintage and modern warplanes are featured at the Armed Forces Open House May 20-21 at Andrews Air Force Base, Route 5 and Allentown Road in Camp Springs. Times, details TBA. Free, arrive early. 301/981-1110.

20-21 -- CHESAPEAKE BAY BLUES FESTIVAL -- Huge blues festival, featuring national and local performers, May 20-21 at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis. 301/794-5720.

20-21 -- OATLANDS SHEEP DOG TRIALS -- Watch sheep dogs herd sheep and border collies round up sheep, and enjoy music, food and a crafts fair May 20-21 from 9 to 5 at Oatlands in Leesburg. The Farm Day activities include wagon and pony rides, crafts and music. $8, free for ages 12 and younger. Oatlands is on Route 15 six miles south of Leesburg. 703/777-3174.

20 -- PREAKNESS RACE -- The 125th running of the Preakness Stakes, the middle jewel in racing's triple crown, takes place May 20 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Admission TBA. 410/542-9400.

20-21 -- MIDDLEBURG GARDEN TOUR -- Tour the gardens of some of Middleburg's finest estates, May 20-21 from 11 to 5. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 on the days of the tours. Buy the tickets at the Pink Box Visitors Center, 12 N. Madison St., Middleburg. 800/752-6118.

21 -- TASTE OF WHEATON -- Enjoy live music, children's activities and samples of dishes from Wheaton's many ethnic resaturants, May 21 in Wheaton. 240/777-8122.

21-OCT. 9 -- BAROQUE ARCHITECTURE -- European architecture from 1600 to 1750 is the subject of an exhibition May 21 through Oct. 9 at the National Gallery of Art, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/737-4215.

21-SEPT. 3 -- "TRANSATLANTIC DIALOGUE" -- The influence of contemporary African art on Western artists and of contemporary Western art on African artists is the focus of an exhibition May 21 through Sept. 3 at the National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. 202/357-2700.

27-28 -- HUNT COUNTRY STABLE TOUR -- More than 10 of the nation's premier thoroughbred racing stables in Loudoun County will be open for tours May 27-28. Admission is $15; children 12 and younger free. 540/592-3711.

27-28 -- DELAPLANE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL -- Strawberry sundaes and other berry delights, plus crafts, music, children's entertainment, May 27-28 from 10 to 5 at Sky Meadows State Park, Route 17 in Delaplane, Va. Admission is $10 per car. 540/592-3556 or 540/364-2772.

27-29 -- ROCKVILLE'S HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS -- Pop and classical music concerts, crafts, clowns, fireworks and laser shows, May 27-29 at Rockville Town Center. Performers, other details TBA. Free. 301/309-3334.

28 -- NSO MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT -- The National Symphony Orchestra opens the summer season with its traditional concert May 28 at 8 on the West Lawn of the Capitol. 202/619-7222.

28-AUG. 20 -- PAINTINGS OF ARGENTEUIL -- Impressionist painings inspired by the French town of Argenteuil go on exhibit May 28 through Aug. 20 at the National Gallery of Art, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/737-4215.

29 -- MEMORIAL DAY -- Ceremonies held at Arlington National Cemetery (703/607-8052) and at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (202/393-0090).

29-JUNE 4 -- KEMPER OPEN -- The world's top golfers compete at this PGA Tour event, at the TPC Avenel in Potomac. The first three days are for preliminary events, with the actual tournament running June 1-4. Players, times TBA. 202/432-7328.

June

2-4 -- CAPITAL JAZZ FEST -- Three days of music by national contemporary jazz artists, plus crafts and other entertainment, June 2-4 in Columbia. Names of performers, times and ticket prices TBA. 301/218-0404.

3 -- MANASSAS RAILWAY FESTIVAL -- Rail excursions, memorabilia, exhibits, folklore, music and living history reenactments are part of this festival, June 3 in Manassas. Details, times TBA. 703/361-6599.

3-4 -- DUPONT-KALORAMA MUSEUM WALK -- Visit museums and enjoy textile-weaving demonstrations, interactive tours, hands-on workshops and concerts, June 3-4 from noon to 4 in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Free. 202/667-0441.

4 -- LOUISIANA SWAMP ROMP -- Wolf Trap's Filene Center rocks June 4 with zydeco, Cajun, blues and other entertainment at this annual music festival. Performers, times and ticket prices TBA. 703/218-6500.

9-11 -- FAIRFAX FAIR -- Three stages of entertainment, a car show, arts and crafts, children's activities and other diversions June 9-11 at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax. Admission, times TBA. 703/324-3247.

9-11 -- ALEXANDRIA RED CROSS WATERFRONT FESTIVAL -- Ships, nautical events, music, arts and crafts, games, refreshments and more June 9-11 at Alexandria's Oronoco Bay Park, North Waterfront between Pendleton and Madison streets, Founders Park and City Marina. Performers, ticket prices TBA. 703/549-8300, 800/388-9119.

10-25 -- SHAKESPEARE THEATRE FREE FOR ALL -- "The Merchant of Venice" will be presented at this annual theater festival June 10-25 at Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 16th and Kennedy streets NW. Tickets are free. 202/547-3230.

10-11 -- POTOMAC CELTIC FESTIVAL -- Enjoy music, dancers, children's activities, Celtic foods and other activities at this festival, June 10-11 at Morven Park Equestrian Center, Route 15 and Tutt Lane in Leesburg. 800/752-6118.

11 -- CAPITAL PRIDE FESTIVAL -- Concerts, a parade and a street fair with more than 300 crafts, food and other vendors are showcased at the 25th Capital Pride Festival 2000 on June 11, a celebration by the area's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents, along Pennsylvania Avenue between Third and Ninth streets NW. 202/661-7026.

16-26 -- COLUMBIA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS -- National, regional and local stars of music, stage and dance take part in this festival June 16-26 in Columbia. 410/715-3055.

17-SEPT. 24 -- NORMAN ROCKWELL -- More than 70 paintings and 322 Saturday Evening Post covers by Norman Rockwell go on view June 17 through Sept. 24 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202/639-1700.

22-25 -- WOLF TRAP JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL -- Top musical artists perform June 22-25 at this multi-concert festival at Wolf Trap. Performers, times and ticket prices TBA. 703/218-6500.

23-JAN. 2, 2001 -- WOOD EXHIBITION -- The history and use of wood as an American building material is explored June 23 through Jan. 2, 2001, at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202/272-2448.

23-27 & 30-JULY 4 -- FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN FOLKLIFE -- The Smithsonian's annual celebration of folk culture on the Mall puts the spotlight on American and foreign cultures, June 23-27 and June 30-July 4 on the Mall. Free. 202/357-2700 (TDD: 202/357-1729).

23-25 -- ANNAPOLIS WATERFRONT ARTS FESTIVAL -- A festival with fine arts and crafts, performance art, historic boats, sailboat rides, food and other activities, June 23-25 at St. John's College, 60 College Ave. in Annapolis. Admission, times TBA. 301/261-2180.

23-29 -- OPERATION SAIL 2000 -- More than 100 tall ships will visit Baltimore during this nautical celebration at the Inner Harbor June 23-29. Programs will include free tours of the ships, entertainment, cultural celebrations, children's activities and a parade of the ships. 410/752-8632.

24-25 -- NATIONAL CAPITAL BARBECUE BATTLE -- Festival of food and music features barbecue from area restaurants and dozens of teams battling to advance to the national barbecue championship, June 24-25 on Pennsylvania Avenue between Ninth and 13th streets NW. Prices, other details TBA. 703/319-4040.

28-NOV. 25 -- FOLGER LIBRARY COLLECTION -- An exhibition of books, manuscripts, art on paper and rare bindings goes on display June 28 through Nov. 25 at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202/544-7077.

29-SEPT. 24 -- ROMAINE BROOKS -- Fifty-four artworks by Romaine Brooks drawn from the collection of the National Museum of American Art join an almost equal number from French collections for a retrospective June 29 through Sept. 24 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202/783-5000.

29-SEPT. 17 -- EDWARD RUSCHA -- In Edward Ruscha's first American retrospective since 1982, four decades of work by the difficult-to-categorize L.A.-based artist go on view June 29 through Sept. 17 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW. 202/357-2700.

July

4 -- FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION -- The National Independence Day Parade takes place at 11:45 a.m. on Constitution Avenue between Seventh and 17th streets NW. The National Symphony Orchestra, with guest stars and soloists, performs at 8 on the West Lawn of the Capitol. The Fourth of July fireworks show erupts around 9:10 p.m. over the Washington Monument grounds. 202/619-7222.

4 -- WHEATON SPARKLES -- Fireworks, food, music and children's activities are presented on July 4 from 6:30 to 10 at Wheaton Plaza and in downtown Wheaton. 240/777-8122.

4 -- BALTIMORE'S FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION -- An array of entertainment including fireworks, July 4 at 9:30 p.m. at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. 410/837-4636

8 -- ALEXANDRIA BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION -- The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra celebrates Alexandria's birthday, followed by the firing of cannons to accompany the "1812 Overture" and fireworks, July 8 at Jones Point Park, 1 Lee St. 703/838-4200.

8 -- SOAP BOX DERBY -- Soap box cars roll down Capitol Hill in the 59th annual race, July 8 from 9 to 6 along Constitution Avenue NW between New Jersey and Louisiana avenues. 202/237-7200.

9 -- BOBBY MITCHELL HALL OF FAME WEEKEND -- More than 40 Hall of Fame athletes converge on the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg on July 9 for a golf tournament in this benefit for the Leukemia Society. 703/729-8400.

10 -- BETHUNE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION -- Special activities mark the 125th birthday celebration of Mary McLeod Bethune, an educator and founder of the National Council of Negro Women, July 10 at the Bethune Memorial Statue, 13th and East Capitol streets NE. 202/673-2404.

14 -- BASTILLE DAY -- Celebrate the French independence day at the Bastille Day Race and Celebration July 14 at noon at Les Halles Restaurant, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, with live entertainment and a race by tray-bearing waiters and waitresses to the U.S. Capitol and back. Free. 202/296-7200.

15-16 -- SOUTHERN MARYLAND RODEO -- Professional rodeo featuring bareback and bronc riding, calf-roping, steer-wrestling and other rodeo activities, July 15-16 at the Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. 301/952-7900.

MID-JULY -- CAPITAL SOULFEST -- The festival, at Bull Run Park in Centreville, features live music, including top rhythm and blues recording artists of the '70s and '80s, food and crafts. Dates TBA. 301/218-0404.

20-OCT. 22 -- CATHY DE MONCHAUX -- Young, London-based artist Cathy de Monchaux, whose work suggests human and animal anatomy, displays her sculptural constructions July 20 through Oct. 22 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW. 202/357-2700.

21-23 -- ARTSCAPE -- Baltimore's celebration of the arts, with two stages of music and dance, arts workshops, arts exhibitions and other special events, July 21-23 on Mount Royal Avenue between North Avenue and Preston Street. Free. 410/396-4575.

21-23 -- VIRGINIA SCOTTISH GAMES AND FESTIVAL -- Highland music, dancing, athletics and culture--along with antique British cars--are highlighted at this festival July 21-23 at Episcopal High School, 3901 W. Braddock Rd. Admission, times TBA. 703/912-1943.

22 -- WATERLILY FESTIVAL -- Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens' annual celebration of the waterlily in honor of founder W.W. Shaw, July 22 at the gardens at Anacostia Avenue and Douglas Street NE. 202/426-6905.

22 -- HERNDON BLUES FEST -- Delta, Piedmont and other blues styles will be featured at this music festival July 22 in Herndon. Performers, details TBA. 703/689-9535.

26-27 -- CHINCOTEAGUE PONY SWIM -- Wild ponies will be rounded up and brought to Chincoteague for the 75th annual Wild Pony Auction and Carnival, a fund-raiser for the island's volunteer fire department. The pony swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague takes place July 26 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the auction is July 27 from 8 a.m. to noon. 757/336-6161.

29-30 -- TIDEWATER ARCHAEOLOGY DIG -- Experience hands-on archaeology at the site of Maryland's first capital in Historic St. Mary's City, July 29-30 from 10 to 4. Admission TBA. 800/762-1634, 301/862-0990.

August

5-12 -- HOWARD COUNTY FAIR -- Animals, household arts, country music and rides are showcased at this annual fair Aug. 5-12 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Md. 410/442-1022.

11-19 -- WEST VIRGINIA STATE FAIR -- A showcase of country music, livestock and agriculture, Aug. 11-19 in Fairlee. 304/645-1090.

11-19 -- PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY FAIR -- A rodeo, a demolition derby, truck and tractor pulls, carnival rides and livestock displays are all part of this fair Aug. 11-19 at the Prince William County Fairgrounds on Route 234 one mile south of Manassas. 703/368-0173.

11-19 -- MONTGOMERY COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR -- Carnival rides, livestock exhibits and entertainment are featured at this fair Aug. 11-19 at the fairgrounds on Route 355 in Gaithersburg. 301/926-3100.

12-13 -- KUNTA KINTE HERITAGE FESTIVAL -- A cultural heritage festival with music, dance, fine arts and vendors is celebrated Aug. 12-13 at the St. John's College Campus in Annapolis. 410/349-0338.

12-20 -- LEGG MASON TENNIS CLASSIC -- Professional men's tennis tour stops at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center, 16th Street and Morrow Drive NW, for nine days of matches, Aug. 12-20. Players, ticket prices TBA. 202/432-7328.

19-20 -- AUGUST COURT DAYS -- Leesburg's annual Colonial street fair Aug. 19-20 re-creates the period around 1775 and features more than 300 Colonial reenactors. There are crafts, musical entertainment and "living history players" performing vignettes on the street at the festival, at King and Market streets, adjacent to the courthouse complex. $5 per person, under 12 free. 800/752-6118.

19-20 -- VIRGINIA WINE FESTIVAL -- Sample Virginia vintages at this festival of wine, music and entertainment Aug. 19-20 at Great Meadow on Route 245 2 1/2 miles south of I-66 in The Plains, Va. 800/520-9670.

19-20 -- WINGS OF FREEDOM AIR SHOW -- Distinctive warplanes will re-create famous World War II battles Aug. 19-20 at the Frederick Municipal Airport. Presented by the Confederate Air Force. Admission, times TBA. 301/631-5357.

25 -- ANATOLIAN WEAVING -- The bold woven fabrics of Anatolia (modern Turkey) go on view Aug. 25 at the Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Closing date TBA. 202/667-0441.

25-SEPT. 4 -- MARYLAND STATE FAIR -- The huge Maryland State Fair features livestock and homemaking displays, thoroughbred horse racing, carnival rides and entertainment Aug. 25 through Sept. 4 at the Timonium Fairgrounds, on Exit 17 on I-83 north of I-695. $4 adults, children under 12 are free. 410/252-0200.

26-OCT. 22 -- MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL -- Medieval games, music, entertainment and jousting are featured at this festival that re-creates the days of King Henry VIII, on weekends (plus Labor Day) Aug. 28 through Oct. 22 from 10:30 to 7 at the Maryland Renaissance Festival site on Crownsville Road. Admission TBA. 410/266-7304.

September

2-3 -- WASHINGTON IRISH FESTIVAL -- A celebration of Irish music, dance, song, crafts and culture at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds on Route 355 in Gaithersburg. 301/565-0654.

3 -- NSO LABOR DAY CONCERT -- The National Symphony Orchestra closes its summer season with a concert Sept. 3 at 8 on the West Lawn of the Capitol. 202/619-7222.

8-10 -- MARYLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL -- Seafood, arts and crafts, music, watermen's exhibits and other nautical activities are at this celebration, Sept. 8-10 at Sandy Point State Park, on the Chesapeake Bay just north of Annapolis and the Bay Bridge. 410/268-7682.

9-10 -- BLACK FAMILY REUNION -- The 15th annual cultural celebration of the African American family, with live performances, food and themed pavilions, will be held Sept. 9-10 on the grounds of the Washington Monument. 202/737-0120.

10 -- KENNEDY CENTER OPEN HOUSE -- This annual event celebrates the arts with free concerts and performances throughout the building Sept. 10 from noon to 6. Free. 202/467-4600.

14-17 -- CHARLES COUNTY FAIR -- Agricultural and home arts, a midway and continuous entertainment are featured at this fair Sept. 14-17 at the fairground in LaPlata. 301/932-1234.

15 -- PERUVIAN TEXTILES -- Cotton textiles from the ancient Chavin culture of Peru go on view Sept. 15 at the Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Closing date TBA. 202/667-0441.

15-23 -- GREAT FREDERICK FAIR -- Huge fair showcases agriculture and country music Sept. 15-23 at the Frederick County Fairgrounds. Details TBA. 301/663-5895.

16-17 -- INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL -- Performers from around the world take part in this annual family festival Sept. 16-17 at Wolf Trap in Vienna. 703/642-0862.

21-OCT. 1 -- VIRGINIA STATE FAIR -- Thousands of animals and exhibits and concerts by some of the top names in country music are the highlights at this fair Sept. 21-Oct. 1 in Richmond. Times, prices TBA. 804/228-3200, 800/588-3247.

22-24 -- FALL CAPITAL HOME SHOW -- See the latest decorating, remodeling and home improvement products from more than 300 exhibitors, Sept. 22-24 at the Capital Expo Center, on Willard Road in Chantilly. 703/802-0066, 800/274-6948, Ext. 111.

22-24 -- BALTIMORE BOOK FESTIVAL -- Celebrate the literary arts at this tent event with local bookstores and publishers, children's books and storytellers, author signings, Sept. 22-24 at Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore. 410/837-4636.

23-24 -- FIESTA MUSICAL -- A musical celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 23-24 at the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Details TBA. 202/673-4717.

23-JAN. 21, 2001 -- IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERNIST ART -- Fifty-seven masterpieces from the Detroit Institute of Arts go on view Sept. 23 through Jan. 21, 2001, at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202/387-2151.

24 -- COLUMBIA CLASSIC GRAND PRIX -- Top equestrian riders compete in this annual event, Sept. 24 at Howard Community College on Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. 410/772-4450.

27-OCT. 1 -- CALVERT COUNTY FAIR -- A rich celebration of the farmer's life takes place at this festival Sept. 27-Oct. 1 at the fairgrounds on Route 231 in Barstow, Md. 410/535-0026.

30 -- NATIONAL CATHEDRAL OPEN HOUSE -- Washington National Cathedral holds its annual open house Sept. 30, with special tours, tower climbs and entertainment. Details TBA. 202/537-6200.

October

1-FEB. 4, 2001 -- NATIONAL GALLERY ACQUISITIONS -- Works acquired since 1991 are the focus of an exhibition from Oct. 1 through Feb. 4, 2001, at the National Gallery of Art, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/737-4215.

5-9 & 12-15 -- ANNAPOLIS BOAT SHOWS -- Seven days of boat shows in the first half of October, with displays of sailboats in the Annapolis Yacht Basin, Oct. 5-9, and of powerboats, Oct. 12-15. 410/268-8828.

6-8 -- WATERFORD FAIR -- Music, crafts and tours of Colonial homes are spotlighted at this annual event Oct. 6-8 from 10 to 5 in Waterford, Va. $10 in advance, $12 at the gate, children 12 and younger free. 540/882-3018.

6-JAN. 21, 2001 -- QUILTS -- Exhibitions of Amish quilts and contemporary African American quilts go on view Oct. 6 through Jan. 21, 2001, at the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202/357-2700.

7-SEPT. 1, 2001 -- VISIONARY ART -- An exhibition on the themes of homelessness, wealth and personal happiness goes on view Oct. 7 through Sept. 1, 2001, at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore. 410/244-1900.

7 -- FREDERICK'S IN-THE-STREET CELEBRATION -- Music, dance and entertainment for children, Oct. 7 along Market Street in Frederick. Details TBA. 800/999-3613 or 301/694-2489.

7-8 -- FELLS POINT FUN FESTIVAL -- Outdoor street festival, with arts and crafts, food, music, Oct. 7-8 from 11 to 7 along the Fells Point waterfront in Baltimore. 410/675-6756.

7-8 -- APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL -- Berkeley Springs' annual fall festival, featuring apple butter-making, arts and crafts, music and other entertainment, Oct. 7-8 in downtown Berkeley Springs, W. Va. 304/258-3738.

7 -- TASTE OF BETHESDA -- Street festival features samples from area restaurants, music and other entertainment Oct. 7 from 11 to 4 around Fairmount, St. Elmo and Cordell avenues in Bethesda. 301/215-6660.

7 -- ALEXANDRIA ARTS SAFARI -- From the King Street Metro to the Potomac, the focus Oct. 7 will be on the visual arts with lots of hands-on activities for children and adults and architectural and archaeological tours. 703/838-4200.

7 -- ART ON THE AVENUE -- A multicultural arts festival Oct. 7 in the Potomac West community for Alexandria. 703/838-4200.

7-9 -- TASTE OF D.C. -- Two outdoor stages with live entertainment and 40 area restaurants serving food are featured at this festival Oct. 7-9 on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Ninth and 14th Streets. Free admission, but there's a charge for food tastings. 202/724-5430.

8 -- ARMY 10-MILER -- An expected 16,000 runners will compete in this annual race Oct. 8 through the District. Call 202/685-3361.

8-JAN. 28, 2001 -- ART NOUVEAU -- Three-hundred-and-eighty Art Nouveau objects go on view Oct. 8 through Jan. 28, 2001, at the National Gallery of Art, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/737-4215.

14-15 -- CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN COLORFEST -- Enjoy the autumn foliage, along with arts and crafts created by more than 300 artisans, music and other entertainment at this huge festival, Oct. 14-15 in Thurmont, Md. Details TBA. 301/271-4432.

15 -- HERNDON FOLK FESTIVAL -- Three stages of music, arts and crafts, children's entertainment and other activities Oct. 15 (tentative date) around the Town Green in Herndon. Performers, times TBA. Free. 703/435-6868.

15 -- DUPONT CIRCLE HOUSE TOUR -- Tour historic homes of the Dupont Circle neighborhood Oct. 15 from noon to 5. Prices TBA. 202/265-3222.

MID-OCTOBER -- WHITE HOUSE GARDEN TOURS -- The executive mansion opens its grounds to visitors at this annual event in mid-October. Details TBA. 202/208-1631.

21 -- INTERNATIONAL GOLD CUP -- Fall's classic steeplechase race takes place Oct. 21 at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va. 540/347-2612.

22 -- MARINE CORPS MARATHON -- Thousands of runners will take part in this marathon Oct. 22. The race starts at the Iwo Jima memorial in Arlington around 8:30 a.m. and follows a course that crosses into the District and passes all the major monuments on the Mall before ending back at the memorial. Applications available Feb. 1. Call 703/784-2225 or visit the Web site: www.marinemarathon.com.

24-29 -- WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW -- Hundreds of horses and riders will compete for prizes in the Washington International Horse Show, Oct. 24-29 at MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. Details TBA. 301/840-0281.

27 -- BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION -- The National Capital Bicentennial Celebration takes place Oct. 27 from 9 to 5 at the Lincoln Memorial. Details TBA. 202/619-7222.

28-NOV. 5 -- JEWISH LITERARY FESTIVAL -- Books on Judaism and Israel, music and children's activities will be featured at the Jewish Literary Festival, Oct. 28-Nov. 5 at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Details TBA. 202/518-9400.

LATE OCTOBER -- CONE COLLECTION REOPENS -- The newly renovated galleries housing the Cone Collection of postimpressionist and modern art open in early October (exact date TBA) at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive at North Charles and 31st Streets, Baltimore. 410/396-7100.

November

3-5 -- NATIONAL SKI EXPO -- Exhibits from more than 100 ski resorts, previews of the latest ski films, ski wear and accessories and other activities at this annual show Nov. 3-5 at Ballston Common, Wilson Boulevard and Glebe Road in Arlington. Times, details TBA. 703/912-9332.

10-12 -- WATERFOWL FESTIVAL -- The annual celebration of ducks and geese in photographs, paintings, carving, sculpture and other media, with music, duck-calling contests and other activities Nov. 10-12 in Easton, Md. Admission, times TBA. 410/822-4567.

11 -- VETERANS DAY -- The fallen of the nation's wars are honored Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery and at 1 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Free. 202/619-7222.

11 -- GROUNDBREAKING for World War II Memorial is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 11 at 17th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202/619-7222.

MID-NOVEMBER-SPRING 2001 -- PULITZER PHOTOS -- Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs from 1942 to 2000 go on view from mid-November to spring 2001 at the Newseum, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703/284-3544.

18-DEC. 30 -- CHRISTMAS AT OATLANDS -- Historic mansion is decorated for the holidays and welcomes visitors for tours and entertainment. U.S. 15 six miles south of Leesburg. 703/777-3714.

19-MARCH 11 -- PHOTOGRAPHY OF INDIA -- Photographs of India from 1840 to 1911 go on view Nov. 19 through March 11, 2001, at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202/357-2700.

December

ALL MONTH -- KENNEDY CENTER HOLIDAY FESTIVAL -- Free performances and holiday concerts, starting in late November and ending on New Year's Eve. 202/467-4600.

EARLY DECEMBER -- PAGEANT OF PEACE -- The lighting of the National Christmas tree on the Ellipse south of the White House kicks off a month of activities. Date, details TBA. 202/619-7222.

1-3 -- SCOTTISH CHRISTMAS WALK WEEKEND -- More than 100 Scottish clans dressed in tartans and playing bagpipes march through Alexandria's historic Old Town Dec. 2 as part of this festival, Dec. 1-3. 703/549-0111.

12-JULY 1, 2001 -- AFRICAN AMERICAN DANCE -- The art and history of American dance from its roots in Africa to the present are celebrated in an exhibition running from Dec. 12 to July 1, 2001, at the Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202/357-4500.

DECEMBER-FEBRUARY 2001 -- CORCORAN BIENNIAL -- The 46th Corcoran Biennial Art Exhibition links the traditions of the past to the innovations of new media. Opening and closing dates TBA, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202/639-1700.

31 -- THE REAL MILLENNIUM ARRIVES -- New Year's Eve celebrations welcome the new millennium in Alexandria, Annapolis, Baltimore, Fredericksburg, Leesburg, Montgomery County and Warrenton with alcohol-free, family-oriented festivals that feature music, dance and other performances. For Alexandria, call 703/836-1526; for Annapolis, call 410/280-0700; for Baltimore, call 800/282-6632; for Fredericksburg, call 800/678-4748 or 540/373-1776; for Leesburg, call 1-703/777-6306; for Montgomery County, call 301/217-6798; for Warrenton, call 703/777-6306.