The dates for the Smithsonian Craft Show were incorrectly listed in the Jan. 10 issue of Weekend. The show will be held April 23-27. (Published 1/15/03) ----- An item in the Jan. 10 Weekend incorrectly reported the length of the D.C. Marathon on March 23. It is a 26.2-mile race. (Published 1/15/03)


JAN. 17-MARCH 2 -- "THEOPHILUS NORTH" -- An adaptation of Thornton Wilder's novel about a young man who sets out to see the world, performed Jan. 17-March 2 at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300.

JAN. 17-19 -- CARQUEST WORLD OF WHEELS -- See the latest cars, SUVs, vans and trucks at this auto show Jan. 17-19 at the Washington Convention Center, Ninth and H streets NW. 202-371-1050.

JAN. 17-19 -- "FINE ART OF CUISINE" -- Sample more than 150 wines, enjoy wine seminars and cooking demonstrations, and then savor dinners prepared by famous chefs at the fifth annual "Fine Art of Cuisine" Jan. 17-19 at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean. 703-917-5498.

JAN. 17-19 -- GREATER WASHINGTON GOLF SHOW -- Vendors of golf-related products and services offer their wares Jan. 17-19 at Dulles Expo Center, on Willard Road off Route 28 in Chantilly. 703-802-0066 or 800-939-0040.

JAN. 18-26 -- CHESAPEAKE BAY BOAT SHOW -- Displays of powerboats and other watercraft, and exhibits by vendors of nautical goods and services Jan. 18-26 at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore. 410-649-7000.

JAN. 19 -- GRENADIER GUARDS -- See displays of military precision and drills Jan. 19 at Patriot Center, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 202-432-7328.

JAN. 20 -- MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BIRTHDAY PARADE -- A celebration features floats, marching bands and church choirs Jan. 20 at noon on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Baltimore. 410-837-4636.

JAN. 21-MARCH 9 -- "THE SILENT WOMAN" -- Ben Jonson's wicked farce is presented Jan. 21-March 9 at the Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. 202-547-1122.

JAN. 23-FEB. 23 -- "GEORGE GERSHWIN ALONE" -- Hershey Felder stars as the famous composer in this play Jan. 23-Feb. 23 at Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 703-218-6500.

JAN. 24-25 -- WASHINGTON CAMPING/RV EXPO -- Displays of travel campers and recreational vehicles and exhibits by vendors of related products and services, Jan. 24-25 at Dulles Expo Center on Willard Road off Route 28 in Chantilly. 703-802-0066 or 804-288-5653.

JAN. 24 -- D.L. HUGHLEY, Bruce Bruce, Sommore, Rickey Smiley and Earthquake -- Top comedians perform Jan. 24 at MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-432-7328.

JAN. 31-FEB. 2 -- CAPITAL SPORT SHOW -- Displays of the latest in hunting, fishing and outdoor products, Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at the Dulles Expo Center, on Willard Road off Route 28 in Chantilly. 703-802-0066, 413-467-2171.

JAN. 31-FEB. 2 -- VINTNER WEEKEND -- The Boar's Head Inn resort in Charlottesville holds the first of its seven Vintner Weekends Jan. 31-Feb. 2, with wine education seminars, tastings and classic Virginia cuisine. 800-476-1988.


FEB. 6 -- GEORGE STRAIT -- The country music star performs Feb. 6 at MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-432-7328.

FEB. 6-9 -- MOTOR TREND INTERNATIONAL Auto Show -- Hundreds of cars, trucks, SUVs, minis and sports cars at this show Feb. 6-9 at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. 410-649-7000.

FEB. 7-9 -- BARNEY -- That lovable purple guy performs Feb. 7-9 at Patriot Center, 4400 University Blvd., Fairfax. 202-432-7328.

FEB. 8-9 -- CABIN FEVER FESTIVAL -- More than 200 juried artists and artisans sell their wares Feb. 8-9 at the Frederick Fairground in Frederick. 301-898-5466.

FEB. 9 -- CHINESE NEW YEAR PARADE -- Marching bands, lion and dragon dancers, clowns and others Feb. 9 at about 1. The parade starts at Fifth and H streets NW and winds through Chinatown and around MCI Center. A stage will be on H Street NW near Sixth Street. 202-638-1041 or 202-638-1377.

FEB. 12-16 -- DISNEY ON ICE -- The lavish ice spectacular returns Feb. 12-16 at MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-432-7328 or 202-628-3200.

FEB. 12-16 -- EAST COAST JAZZ FESTIVAL -- Workshops, recitals and concerts by top local and national jazz artists Feb. 12-16 at the Doubletree Hotel in Rockville. 301-933-1822.

FEB. 13-18 -- WASHINGTON BOAT SHOW -- Displays of powerboats, sailboats and luxury yachts and displays by vendors of related goods and services Feb. 13-18 at the Washington Convention Center, Ninth and H streets NW. 703-823-7960.

FEB. 14 -- FREDERICK DOUGLASS'S BIRTHDAY -- A wreath-laying ceremony, musical tributes and other activities honor the birthday of the abolitionist Feb. 14 at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE. 202-426-5961.

FEB. 15-17 -- GEORGE WASHINGTON BIRTHDAY Celebration -- Mount Vernon, George Washington's estate, celebrates the presidential holiday with parades and a sample of Washington's favorite breakfast, "hoecakes swimming in butter and honey" Feb. 15-16. On Feb. 17, music and a presidential wreath-laying will mark the birthday of the first president. Admission on Feb. 17 is free. 703-780-2000.

FEB. 17 -- WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY PARADE -- Alexandria holds the nation's largest parade celebrating the birthday of George Washington, with marching bands, floats, military reenactors and other units, Feb. 17, starting at 1 on the streets of Old Town Alexandria. 703-838-9270.

FEB. 18-FEB. 23 -- "ROMEO AND JULIET" -- American Ballet Theatre presents Sir Kenneth MacMillan's staging of Shakespeare's tragic love story Feb. 18-23 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

FEB. 20-23 -- CAPITAL HOME & GARDEN SHOW -- More than 500 exhibitors showcasing remodeling, gardening and decorating products, Feb. 20-23 at the Dulles Expo Center, on Willard Road off Route 28 in Chantilly. 703-802-0066, 800-274-6948, Ext. 111.

FEB. 21-23 -- ACC CRAFT FAIR -- Almost 800 artists and artisans display their wares during this American Craft Council event Feb. 21-23 at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore. 410-649-7000.

FEB. 21-MARCH 30 -- "BOOK OF DAYS" -- Lanford Wilson's murder mystery is performed Feb. 21-March 30 at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300.

FEB. 22-MARCH 11 -- "AIDA" -- The Washington Opera inaugurates a year of performances at DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and D streets NW, with "Aida" Feb. 22-March 11. (The Kennedy Center's Opera House is being renovated.) 202-295-2400, 800-876-7372.

FEB. 22 -- INTERNATIONAL TOURIST Guide Day -- Two-hour motor coach and walking tours of "Two Hundred Years of Black History in the U.S. Capital" during the annual International Tourist Guide Day, sponsored by the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington and other organizations, Feb. 22 starting at 9 a.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-298-9425.

FEB. 22-23 WASHINGTON D.C. INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL -- Sample wines from around the world and pick up cooking tips from celebrity chefs Feb. 22-23 at the Washington Convention Center, Ninth and H Streets NW. 202-789-1600.

FEB. 24 -- "BRAND" -- Reading of Henrik Ibsen's play chronicling the roller-coaster ride of mental illness Feb. 24-March 30 at the Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. 202-547-1122.

FEB. 28-MARCH 3 -- SPRING ANTIQUES FAIR -- More than 150 dealers will sell thousands of fine antiques, folk art, books and jewelry Feb. 28-March 3 at the D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. 301-933-9433.


MARCH 1 -- ALEXANDRIA ST. PATRICK'S Day Parade -- The annual parade of floats, bands, Irish dancers and other units, March 1 through the streets of Old Town Alexandria. 703-237-2199.

MARCH 2 -- MAPLE SUGARIN' FESTIVAL -- See how maple trees are tapped and the sap is boiled into syrup at this festival March 2 at the Hashawha Environmental Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, Md. 410-848-9040.

MARCH 6-9 -- NATIONAL CAPITAL BOAT SHOW -- Exhibits of fishing boats, ski boats, runabouts, motor yachts and personal watercraft and displays by vendors of related products and services, March 6-9 at Dulles Expo Center, on Willard Road off Route 28 in Chantilly. 703-802-0066 or 804-288-5653.

MARCH 6-9 -- WASHINGTON HOME & GARDEN Show -- Displays by vendors of home- and garden-related goods and services, March 6-9 at the Washington Convention Center, Ninth and H streets NW. 703-823-7960.

MARCH 7-APRIL 13 -- KENNEDY CENTER AMERICARTES FESTIVAL celebrates the cultures of Mexico and the Andean countries March 7 through April 13 with concerts, exhibits and other programs. 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

MARCH 7-9 -- CELEBRATION OF FOOD AND WINE WEEKEND -- Join renowned chefs and vintners from the Pacific Northwest, including Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, March 7-9 for a celebration of food and wine. Harbor Court Hotel, 550 Light St., Baltimore. 410-234-0550.

MARCH 8 -- HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS -- The court magicians perform twice on March 8: in the morning at MCI Center, 602 F St. NW, and in the evening at Patriot Center, 400 University Dr., Fairfax. 202-432-7328.

MARCH 12-23 -- RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS -- "The Greatest Show on Earth" in three rings March 12-23 at Baltimore Arena in Baltimore. 202-432-7328, 410-481-7328.

MARCH 13-23 -- ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL -- About 100 films will be screened during this 10th annual event March 13-23 at museums, embassies, universities and other Washington venues. 202-342-2564.

MARCH 16 -- WASHINGTON ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE -- Dancers, bagpipers and bands celebrate the day, starting at noon along Constitution Avenue NW from Seventh to 17th streets. 202-619-7222.

MARCH 22-23 -- SEAL DAYS -- Seal and sea lion feeding and training, face painting for children, special exhibits and other activities March 22-23 at the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-673-4717.

MARCH 22 -- SMITHSONIAN KITE FESTIVAL -- The Smithsonian's annual Kite Festival, with competitions in design, performance and other categories, March 22 at 10 (rain date March 23) on the Mall between Fourth and Seventh streets NW. 202-619-7222 or 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

MARCH 22-APRIL 7 -- NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL -- The blooming cherry trees around the Tidal Basin are the centerpiece of this annual festival of music, sports events and other activities March 22 through April 7, with the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and Matsuri Street Festival April 5 along Constitution Avenue NW. 202-547-1500 or 202-619-7222, or visit the Web site:

MARCH 23 -- WASHINGTON D.C. MARATHON -- As many as 20,000 runners follow a 22-mile course along the streets of the nation's capital, starting at Memorial Bridge and concluding at Freedom Plaza in the second year of this road race March 23, to be run entirely within the District of Columbia. Registration is open until March 14. 703-528-8176 or visit the Web site:

MARCH 23 -- MARYLAND DAY -- Historical reenactments, music, crafts, militia drills and other activities mark Maryland's founding, March 23 from 10 to 5 at Historic St. Mary's City, approximately 70 miles south of the Beltway off Route 5. 800-762-1634.

MARCH 24-30 -- WORLD FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS -- Top men and women and pairs figure skaters compete in the 2003 World Figure Skating Championships March 24-30 at MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-432-7328.

MARCH 25-MAY 18 -- "RICHARD III" Shakespeare's portrait of a brutal leader is performed March 25-May 18 at Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-547-1122.

MARCH 26-MAY 4 -- "THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY" -- In this Edward Albee work, an older couple teaches a younger couple with a new baby some lessons about suffering, March 26-May 4 at Studio Theater, 1433 P St. NW. 202-332-3300.

MARCH 27-APRIL 6 -- RINGLING BROS. and Barnum & Bailey Circus -- "The Greatest Show on Earth" performs March 27-April 6 at the Patriot Center at George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 202-432-7328.

MARCH 29 -- GUNSTON HALL KITE FESTIVAL -- Enjoy kite-flying opportunities, a puppet show, food from vendors and more March 29 from noon to 5 at Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Rd., Lorton. 703-550-9220.

MARCH 29-APRIL 6 -- "DON GIOVANNI" -- The Washington Opera presents Mozart's work March 29-April 6 at DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and D streets NW. 202-295-2400, 800-876-7372.

MARCH 31 -- ORIOLES OPENING DAY -- The Baltimore Orioles open their 2003 season with a game against the Cleveland Indians March 31 at 3:05, Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore. 888-848-2473.


APRIL 3-6 -- HOMESTEAD FOOD & WINE SPECTACULAR -- Nationally renowned chefs and wine experts share their secrets at this festival April 3-6 at the Homestead resort in Hot Springs, Va. 800-838-1766.

APRIL 5 -- CHERRY BLOSSOM PARADE -- Floats, balloons, marching bands and other entertainers join the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade April 5 at 9:30 on Constitution Avenue from Seventh to 17th streets NW. Free. 202-547-1500.

APRIL 9-21 -- RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS -- "The Greatest Show on Earth" performs April 9-21 at the D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. 202-432-7328.

APRIL 12-13 -- "MARCHING THROUGH TIME" -- A multi-era historic reenactment encampment, with drills, demonstrations and living history portrayals April 12-13 at Marietta House Museum, 5626 Bell Station Rd., Glenn Dale. 301-464-5291.

APRIL 13 -- JEFFERSON'S BIRTHDAY OBSERVANCE -- Guest speakers, a military honor guard and laying of wreaths mark the anniversary of the birth of Thomas Jefferson, April 13 at noon at the Jefferson Memorial on the Tidal Basin. 202-619-7222.

APRIL 19 -- OLD DOMINION DOG SHOW -- Thousands of dogs from scores of breeds compete in this Old Dominion Kennel Club event April 19 from 8 to 5 at Morven Park International Equestrian Center in Leesburg. 703-406-2474.

APRIL 20-27 -- HISTORIC GARDEN WEEK -- Tour privately owned homes and gardens and other historic properties during Virginia's Historic Garden Week April 20-27. Call 804-644-7776 for information on other Garden Week events. Garden tours in Alexandria are April 26. 703-836-7077.

APRIL 21 -- EASTER EGG ROLL -- This annual event is scheduled to take place April 21 on the South Lawn of the White House. Tickets are required. Details, times TBA. 202-208-1631.

APRIL 21 -- AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY Celebration -- The annual Easter Monday jubilee, with an Easter egg hunt, gospel music, storytellers and food vendors April 21 at the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-673-4717.

APRIL 23-MAY 4 -- WASH FESTIVAL -- Dozens of American and foreign films will be screened in theaters across the city during this annual event April 23-May 4. Schedules, films and prices TBA. 703-218-6500.

APRIL 23-28 -- SMITHSONIAN CRAFT SHOW -- The creations of 120 artists, selected from hundreds of applicants from across the nation, are on display and sale April 23-28 at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-357-4000.

APRIL 24-27 -- BALTIMORE WATERFRONT FESTIVAL -- Entertainment, children's crafts, seafood cooking demonstrations, exhibits, sailing, racing and other activities are featured at this event April 24-27 at Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Pratt and Light streets. 410-837-4636, 888-225-8466.

APRIL 25-JUNE 15 -- "AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER" -- Wendy Wasserstein's political comedy is performed April 25-June 15 at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300.

APRIL 26-27 -- GEORGETOWN HOUSE TOUR -- Tour six houses each day during this special event April 26-27. 202-338-2287.

APRIL 26-27 -- MIGRATORY BIRD DAY -- A festival commemorating the ninth annual International Migratory Bird Day, with interactive exhibits, family activities, Latin American music and presentations with live birds, April 26-27 at the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-673-4717.

APRIL 26 -- MARYLAND DAY 2003: Exploring Our World -- The University of Maryland holds an open house with exhibits, demonstrations and performances April 26 at the campus in College Park. 800-868-3777.

APRIL 26-MAY 18 -- MARYLAND HOUSE AND GARDEN PILGRIMAGE -- Houses and gardens in six counties and Baltimore City welcome visitors on weekends April 26 through May 18. 410-821-6933.

APRIL 27 -- SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHDAY -- The Folger Shakespeare Library celebrates the Bard's birthday with an open house, music, children's activities, balloons, readings and food vendors, April 27 from noon to 4. 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.


MAY 2-3 -- CATHEDRAL FLOWER MART -- Washington National Cathedral, at Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW, holds its annual flower mart and crafts show May 2-3. 202-537-5680.

MAY 3 -- VIRGINIA GOLD CUP -- The annual running of the steeplechase classic, May 3 at Great Meadow on Route 245 in The Plains, Va. 540-347-1215.

MAY 3-4 -- MARYLAND SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL -- Demonstrations of sheepherding, shearing and woolmaking May 3-4 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship. 410-531-3647.

MAY 4 -- CHESAPEAKE BAY BRIDGE WALK -- Enjoy a leisurely 4.3-mile stroll across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge May 4, starting at 9. Free; small fee for shuttle buses from parking areas. 877-229-7726.

MAY 4 -- AUDUBON NATURE FAIR -- Family activities, May dances, music, food and live animals May 4 at Woodend, the Audubon Naturalist Society's headquarters at 8940 Jones Mill Rd., Chevy Chase. 301-652-9188.

MAY 4 -- CHAMPIONS ON ICE -- Top figure-skating champions display their talents May 4 at MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-432-7328.

MAY 9 -- NATIONAL ZOO GUPPY GALA -- This annual fundraising extravaganza for children features a climbing wall, moon bounce, magic shows and other activities May 9 at the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-673-4717.

MAY 10 -- MAIN STREET FESTIVAL -- Laurel festival features arts and crafts, food and entertainment May 10 in downtown Laurel. 301-483-0838.

MAY 10 -- PREAKNESS PARADE -- The Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 17 is the culmination of this Baltimore-wide celebration, featuring hot-air balloon races, concerts and the Preakness Parade May 10 in the Inner Harbor. 410-542-9400 for race information; 410-837-3030 for festival information.

MAY 10-11 -- OATLANDS SHEEP DOG TRIALS -- Watch sheepdogs herd sheep and other dogs demonstrate other skills, May 10-11 at Oatlands Plantation, outside Leesburg. 703-777-3174.

MAY 10-SEPT. 21 -- "WINGS OF FANCY" -- See live butterflies native to Maryland and North America flying inside a conservatory filled with plants and flowers, May 10 through Sept. 21 at Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-962-1400.

MAY 15 -- NATIONAL ZOO ZOOFARI -- This annual fundraising gala features tastings by more than 100 area restaurants, live entertainment, animal demonstrations and a silent auction, May 15 at the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-673-4717.

MAY 16-18 -- MOUNT VERNON WINE FESTIVAL and Sunset Tour -- Taste wines from Virginia vineyards, learn more about George Washington's winemaking efforts and enjoy live music, May 16-28 at the estate, at the southern end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Tickets are required, and advance purchase is recommended. 703-780-2000.

MAY 16-18 -- C&O CANALFEST -- Living history exhibits, period artisans and live entertainment at this festival at Canal Place in Cumberland May 16-18. 301-724-3655.

MAY 17 -- AFRICAN AMERICAN Family Community Day -- Dancing, singing, drums, games storytelling, crafts and foods, May 17 at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, 10115 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard, Md. 410-535-2730.

MAY 17 -- PREAKNESS RACE -- The Preakness Stakes, the middle jewel in racing's Triple Crown, May 17 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. 410-542-9400.

MAY 17-18 -- WINE IN THE WOODS -- Sample Maryland's finest wines at this event May 17-18 at Merriweather Post Pavilion at Symphony Woods in Columbia. 410-313-7275.

MAY 17-18 -- ANDREWS AIR SHOW -- Aerial feats of daring, skydiving demonstrations by the Golden Knights, and ground displays of vintage and modern warplanes are featured at the Armed Forces Open House, May 17-18 at Andrews Air Force Base, Route 5 and Allentown Road in Camp Springs. 301-981-4424.

MAY 18 -- TASTE OF WHEATON -- Children's fun and music, plus tastings from Wheaton restaurants May 18 at Grandview and Enalls avenues in Wheaton. 240-777-8122.

MAY 24-25 -- HUNT COUNTRY STABLE TOUR -- Visit a dozen equine facilities in and around Middleburg and Upperville May 25-26 in this annual tour that is a benefit for local charities. 540-592-3711.

MAY 24-25 -- DELAPLANE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL -- Strawberry sundaes and other berry desserts, crafts, music, children's activities May 24-25 from 10 to 5 at Sky Meadows State Park, Route 17 in Delaplane. 540-592-3556.

MAY 26 -- MEMORIAL DAY JAZZ FESTIVAL -- Jazz ensembles and orchestras perform at a free festival, May 26 at Fort Ward, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. 703-838-4686.

MAY 26 -- MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES -- Ceremonies are scheduled May 26 at the U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (202-737-2300); at Arlington National Cemetery (703-607-8052); at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (202-393-0090); and at the Women in Military Service Memorial (800-222-2294).

MAY 29-JUNE 8 -- SHAKESPEARE THEATRE FREE FOR ALL -- The Shakespeare Theatre presents its production of "Hamlet" at this outdoor theater festival May 29-June 8 at Carter Barron Amphitheatre, in Rock Creek Park at 16th and Kennedy streets NW. Free tickets are distributed each day for that evening's performance. 202-334-4790.

MAY 31 -- NATIONAL TRAILS DAY -- A festival and 15-mile bike ride celebrates the Alexandria Heritage Trail. 703-838-4399.


JUNE 2-8 -- KEMPER INSURANCE OPEN -- The world's top golfers compete at this PGA Tour event June 2-8 at the Tournament Players Club at Avenel in Potomac. 202-432-7328, 202-469-3737.

JUNE 2-8 -- UPPERVILLE COLT & HORSE SHOW -- More than 1,000 horse-and-rider teams will compete in this annual event June 2-8 at the show grounds on U.S. 50 in Upperville. Gates open at 8 a.m. daily. 540-253-5760 or 540-592-3858.

JUNE 3-JULY 27 -- "GHOSTS" -- Henrik Ibsen's classic morality tale is performed June 3-July 27 at Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-547-1122.

JUNE 6-22 -- "LACKAWANNA BLUES" -- Ruben Santiago-Hudson's tribute to the woman who raised him, June 6-22 at Studio Theatre, 1433 P St. NW. 202-332-3300

JUNE 6-8 -- CELEBRATE FAIRFAX! -- The annual fair, with entertainment on multiple stages, arts and crafts, children's activities and other diversions, June 7-9 at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax. 703-324-3247.

JUNE 6-8 -- ALEXANDRIA RED CROSS Waterfront Festival -- Visiting ships, music on multiple stages, arts and crafts, exhibits, games, food vendors and more June 6-8 at Alexandria's Oronoco Bay Park, on the Potomac at Union and Madison streets. 703-549-8300.

JUNE 6 -- OPERA BALL -- A black-tie benefit for the Washington Opera June 6 at the French ambassador's residence. 202-295-2486.

JUNE 7 -- MANASSAS RAILWAY FESTIVAL -- Rail excursions, memorabilia, exhibits, living history portrayals and other activities June 7 at sites throughout Old Town Manassas. 703-361-6599.

JUNE 7 -- BOWIEFEST -- A dog show, children's rides, crafts and entertainment June 7 at Allen Pond Park, Mitchellville Road and Northview Drive in Bowie. 301-262-6200.

JUNE 7-8 -- VINTAGE VIRGINIA WINE FESTIVAL -- Sample Virginia vintages at this festival of wine, music and entertainment June 7-8 at Great Meadow on Route 245 2 1/2 miles south of I-66 in The Plains, Va. 800-520-9670.

JUNE 8 -- CAPITAL PRIDE FESTIVAL -- Concerts, a parade and a street fair with crafts and food vendors are part of the Capital Pride Festival, a celebration by the area's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents June 8 in downtown Washington (site TBA). 202-797-3510.

JUNE 13-15 -- ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC Boat Festival -- See more than 100 vintage vessels and enjoy crafts, food and other entertainment at this festival June 13-15 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Mill Street in St. Michaels. 410-745-2916.

JUNE 13-29 -- COLUMBIA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS -- International, national and local stars of music, stage and dance perform in this annual festival June 13-29 at multiple venues in Columbia. 410-715-3044.

JUNE 16-JULY 13 -- "TALLEY'S FOLLY" -- Lanford Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy matches Matt Friedman, a gentle Jewish accountant, with the most unlikely of partners, Sally Talley, a tough southern belle, June 15-July 13 at Theater J, District of Columbia Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3229.

JUNE 21-22 -- NATIONAL CAPITAL BARBECUE BATTLE -- Teams from across the country compete to represent the United States in the World Barbecue Championship, with entertainment on three stages, cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, children's activities and food vendors, June 21-22 along Pennsylvania Avenue between Ninth and 13th streets NW. 301-860-0630.

JUNE 24-29 -- "RIVERDANCE -- THE SHOW" -- The Irish dance spectacular returns to Wolf Trap's Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna for shows June 24-29. 703-218-6500.

JUNE 25-29 AND JULY 2-6 -- FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN FOLKLIFE -- Scotland, Mali and the Birthplace of Country Music are the themes of the Smithsonian's annual celebration of folk culture, on the Mall with daytime and evening musical entertainment, crafts demonstrations, talks and food vendors. 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

JUNE 27-29 -- GRAND PRIX OF WASHINGTON -- The second Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington showcases the American Le Mans international motor sports competition series June 27-29 on a temporary 1.9-mile road course on the grounds of RFK Stadium. 202-432-7328.


JULY 4 -- BALD EAGLE REFUGE -- The National Zoo opens a Bald Eagle Refuge July 4 in the zoo's Beaver Valley. 3010 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-673-4717.

JULY 4 -- FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION -- The day is marked with the National Independence Day Parade on Constitution Avenue NW, a concert by the National Symphony Orchestra on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and fireworks over the Washington Monument grounds. 202-619-7222.

JULY 11 -- BASTILLE DAY -- Celebrate French independence at the Bastille Day Race and Celebration July 11 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. 202-296-7200 or 202-347-6848.

JULY 12 -- ALEXANDRIA BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION -- The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra celebrates the City of Alexandria's 254th birthday with a concert that includes Tchaikovsky's "1812" Overture followed by fireworks July 12 at Oronoco Bay Park, on the Potomac at Union and Madison streets in Alexandria. 703-838-4686.

JULY 15-20 -- "THE SOUND OF MUSIC" -- The smash musical visits Wolf Trap's Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna, for performances July 15-20. 703-218-6500.

JULY 25-27 -- ARTSCAPE -- Baltimore's celebration of the arts, with music and dance on multiple stages, an arts and crafts fair, children's entertainers, food vendors and other activities July 25-27 in Baltimore's "Cultural Corridor," on Mount Royal Avenue between North Avenue and Preston Street, near the Lyric Opera House, the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the Maryland Institute College of Art. 877-225-8466.

JULY 26-27 -- VIRGINIA SCOTTISH GAMES and Festival -- Highland music, dancing, athletic competitions, a British car show and other activities at this cultural festival, July 26-27 at Episcopal High School, 3901 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. 703-912-1943.

JULY 26-27 -- TIDEWATER ARCHAEOLOGY DIG -- Experience hands-on archaeology at the site of Maryland's first capital July 26-27 in Historic St. Mary's City, about 70 miles south of the Beltway on Route 5. 800-762-1634.

JULY 26-AUG. 3 -- LEGG MASON TENNIS CLASSIC -- The professional men's tennis tour stops July 26-Aug. 3 at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center, 16th Street and Morrow Drive NW. 202-432-7328.

JULY 30-AUG. 1 -- CHINCOTEAGUE PONY SWIM -- Wild ponies will be rounded up and brought to Chincoteague, Va., for the 78th annual Wild Pony Auction and Carnival July 30-Aug. 1, a fundraiser for the island's volunteer fire department. 757-336-6161.


AUG. 2-9 -- HOWARD COUNTY FAIR -- Animals, household arts, country music and rides are showcased at this annual fair Aug. 2-9 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship. 410-442-1022.

AUG. 8-16 -- MONTGOMERY COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR -- Carnival rides, livestock exhibits and entertainment are featured at this annual fair Aug. 8-16 at the fairgrounds on Route 355 in Gaithersburg. 301-926-3100.

AUG. 8-16 -- WEST VIRGINIA STATE FAIR -- The West Virginia State Fair, a showcase of country music and agriculture, takes place Aug. 8-16 in Lewisburg, W. Va. 304-645-1090.

AUG. 9-10 -- KUNTA KINTE FESTIVAL -- An African American cultural heritage festival with music, dance, exhibits and vendors Aug. 9-10 at St. John's College in Annapolis. 410-349-0338.

AUG. 15-24 -- COMCAST OUTDOOR FILM FESTIVAL -- Ten nights of free movies on the lawn of Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-816-6968.

AUG. 16-17 -- AUGUST COURT DAYS -- Leesburg's annual Colonial street fair re-creates street scenes of 1775 with more than 300 Colonial reenactors, with crafts, musical entertainment and living history portrayals Aug. 16-17 at King and Market streets, next to the courthouse complex. 800-752-6118.

AUG. 16-17 -- VIRGINIA WINE FESTIVAL -- Sample Virginia vintages at this festival of wine, music and entertainment Aug. 16-17 at Great Meadow, on Route 245 2 1/2 miles south of I-66 in The Plains, Va. 800-520-9670.

AUG. 22-SEPT. 1 -- MARYLAND STATE FAIR -- The huge Maryland State Fair features livestock and homemaking displays, thoroughbred horse racing, carnival rides and entertainment Aug. 22-Sept. 1 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds on York Road at I-83, Exit 17 in Timonium. 410-252-0200.

AUG. 23 -- AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE Day -- Entertainment, storytelling, talks and other activities to increase visitors' knowledge of culture and history Aug. 23 from noon to 6 at the National Colonial Farm, 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. 301-283-2113.

AUG. 23-OCT. 12 -- MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL -- Sixteenth-century England is the setting for entertainment, food, crafts and jousting on weekends and Labor Day Aug. 23 through Oct. 12 in Crownsville. 410-266-7304.

AUG. 26-31 -- "THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE" -- Winner of six Tony awards, the Broadway hit is performed Aug. 26-31 at Wolf Trap's Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-218-6500.

AUG. 31 -- NSO LABOR DAY CONCERT -- The National Symphony Orchestra marks the end of summer with a free concert Aug. 31 at 8 on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. 202-619-7222.


SEPT. 4-7 -- PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY FAIR -- Maryland's oldest fair features music, agriculture and animals Sept. 4-7 at the Prince George's Equestrian Center, 14900 Pennsylvania Avenue in Upper Marlboro. 301-579-2598.

SEPT. 6-7 -- BLACK FAMILY REUNION -- This annual cultural celebration of the African American family, with live entertainment, exhibits, an arts and crafts marketplace and food vendors, is sponsored by the National Council of Negro Women Sept. 6-7 on the Washington Monument grounds. 202-737-0120.

SEPT. 7 -- KENNEDY CENTER OPEN HOUSE -- This annual event celebrates the arts with free concerts and other performances on multiple indoor and outdoor stages Sept. 7 from noon to 6 at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

SEPT. 10-14 -- ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY FAIR -- Entertainment, children's activities, exhibits and more Sept. 10-14 at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville. 410-923-3400.

SEPT. 11-14 -- CHARLES COUNTY FAIR -- Annual agricultural fair at the fairground in La Plata. 301-932-1234.

SEPT. 12-20 -- GREAT FREDERICK FAIR -- Concerts, agricultural exhibitions, midway rides and other activities Sept. 12-20 at the Frederick County Fairgrounds. 301-663-5895.

SEPT. 13-14 -- STAR-SPANGLED BANNER WEEKEND -- Large War of 1812 reenactment, musket firing, artillery demonstrations, children's programs and evening fireworks at the Fort McHenry National Monument in Baltimore. 410-962-4290.

SEPT. 13-14 -- ALEXANDRIA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS -- An outdoor festival featuring fine art produced by more than 150 of the nation's top award-winning artists. Sculptures, paintings, photography, fused glass, jewelry and more will be sold on a closed King Street, from Union Street to Pitt Street. 703-838-4200.

SEPT. 13-14 -- INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL -- Children's performers from around the world entertain on multiple stages at this annual family festival Sept. 13-14 at Wolf Trap Park in Vienna. 703-642-0862 or 703-255-1860.

SEPT. 13-14 -- 18TH-CENTURY FAIR -- Crafts demonstrations by artisans in Colonial attire, 18th-century entertainment and children's activities Sept. 13-14 at Mount Vernon, George Washington's estate, at the end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway south of Alexandria. 703-780-2000.

SEPT. 19-20 -- GREEK FESTIVAL -- Sample Greek cuisine, culture and music at this annual festival Sept. 19-21 at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 16th and Upshur streets NW. 202-829-2910.

SEPT. 20 -- HARD TIMES CHILI COOK-OFF -- Local chefs meet in a chili competition, with live music, tastes from local restaurants and children's activities, Sept. 20 at Oronoco Bay Park, Union and Madison streets, Alexandria. 202-244-7900.

SEPT. 20 -- ARTS ON FOOT -- Festival features performances, artist demonstrations, cooking lessons, open rehearsals and theatrical events Sept. 20 in the Pennsylvania Quarter around Seventh and F streets NW. 202-482-7271.

SEPT. 20 -- COLUMBIA CLASSIC GRAND PRIX -- World-class equestrian event at Howard Community College in Columbia. 410-772-4450.

SEPT. 20-21 -- MARYLAND WINE FESTIVAL -- Wine tastings, seminars, local food, crafts and entertainment at this festival Sept. 20-21 at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St. in Westminster. 410-876-2667, 800-654-4645.

SEPT. 21 -- FIESTA MUSICAL -- A celebration of Latin American culture with music, dance and Latin foods Sept. 21 at the National Zoo, 3001 Connec ticut Ave. NW. 202-673-4717.

SEPT. 24-28 -- CALVERT COUNTY FAIR -- Local agricultural fair Sept. 24-28 at the fairground in Barstow. 410-535-0026.

SEPT. 26-28 -- BALTIMORE BOOK FESTIVAL -- Celebrate the literary arts at this tent event with displays by local bookstores and publishers, children's books and storytellers, and author readings and signings Sept. 26-28 at Mount Vernon Place in the 600 block of North Charles Street in Baltimore. 888-225-8466 or 410-837-4636.

SEPT. 26-28 -- CAPITAL HOME SHOW -- More than 350 exhibits of remodeling, landscaping and decorating ideas Sept. 26-28 at the Dulles Expo Center, on Willard Road off Route 28 in Chantilly. 703-802-0066.

SEPT. 26-28 -- FALL FOR FAIRFAX -- An annual fair, with entertainment on multiple stages, children's activities, exhibits and food vendors Sept. 26-28 at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax. 703-324-3247.

SEPT. 27 -- NATIONAL CATHEDRAL OPEN HOUSE -- Washington National Cathedral, at Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW, holds its annual open house Sept. 27, with special tours, tower climbs and entertainment. 202-537-5680.

SEPT. 28 -- ROCK CREEK PARK DAY -- Entertainment, ranger-guided walks and other activities commemorate Rock Creek Park's 113th birthday Sept. 28 at Rock Creek Park Nature Center, Glover and Military roads NW. 202-426-6828 or 202-619-7222.


OCT. 3-5 -- WATERFORD FAIR -- The 60th annual festival on the streets of this 1733 village, with music, a crafts fair, crafts demonstrations and tours of Colonial homes, Oct. 3-5 in Waterford. 540-882-3018 or 540-882-3085.

OCT. 3-5 -- FALL WINE FESTIVAL and Sunset Tour -- Taste wines from Virginia vineyards, learn more about George Washington's winemaking efforts and enjoy live music, Oct. 3-5 at the estate, on the southern end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Tickets are required, and advance purchase is recommended. 703-780-2000.

OCT. 4-5 -- FELLS POINT FUN FESTIVAL -- Music, crafts and other entertainment at this huge street festival Oct. 4-5 in the historic Fells Point neighrborhood of Baltimore. 410-675-6756.

OCT. 4 -- "TASTE OF BETHESDA" -- This street festival features samples from area restaurants, music on multiple stages and other activities Oct. 4 around Fairmount, St. Elmo and Cordell avenues in Bethesda. 301-215-6660.

OCT. 4 -- ALEXANDRIA ARTS SAFARI -- A family arts festival, with exhibits, tours and hands-on activities Oct. 4 at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center, 105 N. Union St., and nearby sites in Old Town Alexandria. 703-548-2531.

OCT. 4 -- ART ON THE AVENUE -- A multicultural arts festival, with exhibits, music and food vendors Oct. 4 in the Potomac West community of Alexandria. 703-683-3100.

OCT. 9-13 -- UNITED STATES SAILBOAT SHOW -- In-water and onshore displays of racing and cruising sailboats, and booths by vendors of nautical goods Oct. 9-13 at Annapolis City Dock. 410-268-8828.

OCT 11-13 -- TASTE OF D.C. -- Area restaurants serve their specialties, accompanied by entertainment on multiple stages, at this annual outdoor festival Oct. 11-13 on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Seventh and 14th streets. 202-724-5430.

OCT. 16-19 -- UNITED STATES POWERBOAT SHOW -- In-water and onshore displays of yachts, racing boats, trawlers and other powerboats, and booths by vendors of nautical goods Oct. 16-19 at Annapolis City Dock. 410-268-8828.

OCT. 18 -- INTERNATIONAL GOLD CUP -- The 66th annual running of this fall classic steeplechase race Oct. 18 at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va. 540-347-1215.

OCT. 21-26 -- WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW -- Hundreds of horses and riders compete for prizes in the 44th annual Washington International Horse Show Oct. 21-26 at MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200 or 301-840-0281.

OCT. 26 -- MARINE CORPS MARATHON -- Thousands of runners will join this road race, starting at the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington around 8:30 a.m. Oct. 26 and following a course into the District and along the Mall before returning at the Memorial. The field is limited to 16,000, selected by lottery from all applicants. Registration opens March 15. 703-784-2225 or 800-786-8762 or visit the Web site:


NOV. 11 -- VETERANS DAY CEREMONIES -- Veterans of America's armed services are honored with ceremonies Nov. 11 at Arlington National Cemetery, the U.S. Navy Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 202-619-7222.

NOV. 14-16 -- WATERFOWL FESTIVAL -- The 32nd annual celebration of ducks and geese in photographs, paintings, carvings, sculpture and other media, with music, duck-calling contests and other activities Nov. 14-16 in Easton, Md. 410-822-4567.

NOV. 21-23 -- ALEXANDRIA ANTIQUES SHOW -- Dealers from around the country display their collections Nov. 21-23 at the Holiday Inn, 625 First St., Alexandria. 703-549-5811.


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 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

DEC. 6 -- SCOTTISH CHRISTMAS WALK -- More than 100 Scottish clans dressed in tartans and playing bagpipes parade through Old Town Alexandria Dec. 6 as part of an annual festival. 703-549-0111.

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 free holiday activities. 202-208-1631 or 202-619-7222.

DEC. 13-17 -- FIRST FLIGHT CELEBRATION -- The 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight is marked Dec. 13-17 with flyovers, aviation exhibits, a film festival and a reenactment of the first powered airplane flight Dec. 17. Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, N.C. 252-441-7430.

DEC. 31 -- NEW YEAR'S EVE -- Among many area New Year's Eve events, celebrations in Alexandria, Annapolis, Baltimore and Leesburg offer alcohol-free, family-oriented festivals Dec. 31 with music, children's entertainers and other activities. For Alexandria, call 703-838-5005; for Annapolis, call 410-280-0700; for Baltimore, call 888-225-8466; for Leesburg, call 703-777-6306.

The Chinese New Year parade in Chinatown will take place Feb. 9 in downtown Washington.Central Park stretches below the Pierre Hotel near Central Park in New York in a scene from "Pale Male." It and dozens of other movies will screen as part of the Environmental Film Festival in March.The Upperville Colt and Horse Show in early June features more than 1,000 horse and rider teams.

Friends and family gather on the grounds of the Mall for the annual Black Family Reunion. It will be Sept. 6-7 in 2003.Fairs are a hit with families. The Calvert County Fair takes place Sept. 24-28.