Cherry Blossom Festival The National Cherry Blossom Festival continues with these events:

* The Festival of Origami Architecture invites families to help create an origami city, create pop-up paper replicas of buildings and take part in origami workshops Saturday from 10 to 4 at the National Building Museum, Fourth and F streets NW (Metro: Judiciary Square). Admission is free. Call 202-272-2448.

* Japanese performers, the 70 Cherry Blossom princesses and Washington dignitaries will attend the lighting of a 350-year-old stone lantern Sunday at 2:30 at the Tidal Basin, near 17th Street and Independence Avenue SW. The event is free. Call 202-547-1500.

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Circus Comes to Town The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performs through April 6 at Patriot Center at George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. The schedule: Friday at 8; Saturday at 11, 3 and 8; Sunday at 1 and 5; Wednesday through April 4 at 8; April 5 at 11, 3 and 8; and April 6 at 1 and 5. (The circus then moves to D.C. Armory for shows from April 9 through April 21.) Tickets are $11 to $40, plus service charges, from Ticketmaster. To order, call 202-432-7328. For Patriot Center information, call 703-993-3000; for D.C. Armory information, call 202-547-9077.

Family Opera Festival The Washington Opera will host a free Family Opera Festival Saturday from noon to 4, featuring master classes by company artists for students in the third through seventh grades, makeup workshops, costume studio tours and demonstrations of original operas created by elementary and middle school students, at the Washington Opera Studio, 6925 Willow St. NW (Metro: Takoma Park). Call 202-488-3465.

Crafts Festival More than 400 crafts artisans and fine artists will sell their creations in pottery, wood, stained glass, clothing, furniture, glass and photography at the Craftsmen's Classic Arts and Crafts Festival Friday from 10 to 8, Saturday from 10 to 6 and Sunday from 10 to 5 at the Dulles Expo Center, on Willard Route off Route 28 in Chantilly. Admission is $6, $1 ages 6 through 12 (younger free). Call 888-962-7238 or 703-378-0910.

Calling All Kites Kite-fliers of all ages are invited to take part in the annual Kite Festival Saturday from noon to 5 at Gunston Hall, the colonial estate of George Mason, author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, at 10709 Gunston Rd. in Lorton. The festival also features a puppet show at 1, 2 and 3, costumed living history interpreters and 18th-century games for children. Admission is $8, $4 for ages 13-18 (younger free). Call 703-550-9220.

Dance Gems The Washington Ballet stages its spring production, "Mood Swings," Wednesday through April 5 at 8 and April 6 at 2:30 in the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater (Metro: Foggy Bottom/GWU, with free shuttles). The program includes Balanchine's "Rubies," Choo San Goh's "Unknown Territory" and a world premiere by choreographer Trey McIntyre. Tickets cost $29 to $75. Call 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

'Richard III' Wallace Acton stars in "Richard III," Shakespeare's portrait of a brutal king, through May 18 at the Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW (Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown, Navy Memorial/Archives). Tickets are $16 to $66. Call 202-547-1122.

Orchestra Notes * Andrew Manze conducts the Academy of Ancient Music baroque ensemble in Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" and masterworks by Handel, Biber and Locatelli, Sunday at 7 in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall at George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. Tickets cost $21 to $42 plus service charges. To order, call, 703-218-6500; for information, call 703-993-8888.

* Roberto Abbado conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra and pianist Gianluca Cascioli in works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Busoni, Monday at 7:30 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (Metro: Foggy Bottom/GWU, with free shuttles). Tickets cost $30 to $95. Call 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

Stories for Young and Old The National Theatre of the Deaf stages two shows in sign language and the spoken word Saturday at the Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. The Little Theatre of the Deaf troupe presents "The Giving Tree and Other Stories," featuring a tale of a boy who falls in love with a tree, at 11 for ages 6 and up. Tickets cost $6, $5 for seniors, students and children. At 8, the national company performs "Oh, Figaro!," a romantic comedy based on "The Barber of Seville" and "The Marriage of Figaro." Those tickets cost $22, $20 for seniors and students. Call 301-279-5301.

-- Compiled by Larry Fox

The cherry blossoms in Washington haven't bloomed yet, but the festival continues. Wallace Acton as the tyrannical king in the Shakespeare Theatre's "Richard III."Washington Ballet presents "Mood Swings."