* George Washington's farewell address will be read by a costumed reenactor portraying step-grandson George Washington Parke Custis at an 1850 ceremony Monday at 11 and noon at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Admission is free. Call 703-838-4994.
* More than 100 marching bands, equestrian groups, military units, antique cars, floats and reenactment units will take part in George Washington's Birthday Parade on Monday at 1 in Alexandria. The parade starts at Wilkes and South St. Asaph streets, marches north to Queen Street, east to Royal Street, south to King Street, east to Fairfax Street and south to the parade's end at Gibbon Street. A free DASH shuttle bus will run between the Eisenhower Metro station and the Lyceum from 11 to 4. Park in the Eisenhower Metro lot (regular rates apply) or free at the adjacent Hoffman Building parking area. Call 703-838-9270.
* Mount Vernon celebrates the presidential holiday with three days of activities. On Saturday and Sunday from 9 to noon, visitors can join an actor portraying Washington and sample his favorite breakfast -- hoecakes swimming in butter and honey. On Saturday and Sunday at 1:30, Mount Vernon will hold the "Smallest Hometown Parade in America," featuring reenactors, musicians and farm animals. Children are invited to join this parade. On Monday, activities start at 10 and include a wreath-laying ceremony at Washington's tomb and performances by the U.S. Army Fife and Drum Corps and a Revolutionary War drill team. The estate is open from 9 to 4 daily. Admission is free on Monday; on other days it is $11, $10.50 for seniors and $5 ages 6 through 11 (younger free). Mount Vernon is on the southern end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, 16 miles south of Washington. Call 703-780-2000.
Inspired by Boccaccio's "Decameron" and Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales," the Folger Consort and the medieval vocal trio Trefoil, led by Drew Minter, celebrate Valentine's Day with "Medieval Tales," harmonies and tunes that may have been heard on the pilgrimage to Canterbury, Friday at 8 (pre-concert talk by WETA's Robert Aubrey Davis at 7), Saturday at 5 and 8 and Sunday at 2 at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE (Metro: Capitol South). Tickets are $27. Call 202-544-7077.
The Fleet's In
See more than 500 boats, from small fishing boats to elegant yachts, at the 42nd annual Washington Boat Show on Friday from noon to 9:30, Saturday from 10 to 9 and Sunday and Monday from 11 to 6 at the Washington Convention Center, Ninth and H streets NW (Metro: Metro Center, Gallery Place). Admission is $9, ages 6 through 12 $4 (younger free). Call 703-823-7960.
Workshops, recitals and concerts by top local and national jazz artists are showcased at the East Coast Jazz Festival Friday through Sunday at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville (Metro: Twinbrook). Performers include Frank Morgan, Valery Ponomarev, Ernie Andrews, Linda Hopkins, Richie Cole, Buster Williams and Stefon Harris. Shows are Friday from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5:30 and 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Advance tickets are $60 per show, $200 for all five. More than 80 free seminars, workshops and other concerts are featured Friday from 9 a.m. to midnight, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to midnight. Free open jam sessions will be held nightly from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. For tickets and schedules, call 301-933-1822.
Fun in Engineering
Try on a spacesuit, build a skyscraper from Lego blocks, solve design problems and meet real engineers at the Engineer Family Festival on Saturday from 10 to 4:30 at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW (Metro: Judiciary Square). Admission and all activities, intended for children ages 6 to 13, are free. Call 202-272-2448.
Takoma Park Mini-Fest
More than 100 performers will present folk music concerts, dancing, storytelling, workshops and crafts at the 31st annual Folklore Society of Greater Washington's annual Mini-Fest on Saturday from noon to 10:30 at Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd., Takoma Park. Daytime sessions end at 6. At 7:30, a concert will feature vocalists Linda Rice-Johnston and Saul Broudy, harpist David Scheim, Sudrabavots from Latvia and the Scottish ensemble Fynesound. Also at 7:30, Susan Taylor will call dances to music by Karen Ashbrook, Paul Oorts & Charlie Pilzer. Admission to the daytime or evening activities is $10, $4 for ages 6 to 12 (younger free); admission to all events is $15, $6 for ages 6 to 12. Call 202-546-2228 or visit www.fsgw.org.
Folger Poetry and the Poetry Society of America present "Poems and Music of America: A Celebration," an evening of readings and music showcasing the vibrancy and diversity of American poetry, Tuesday at 7:30 at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE (Metro: Capitol South). Poets taking part include Lucille Clifton, Mark Doty, Kimiko Hahn, Reuben Jackson, Marie Ponsot and Linda Pastan. Tickets are $10. Call 202-544-7077.
-- Compiled by Larry Fox