Music to Dine By

Sample specialties from more than 50 restaurants and hear music on four stages at the 15th annual Taste of Bethesda Saturday from 11 to 4 in downtown Bethesda's "Woodmont Triangle," along Norfolk, Fairmont, St. Elmo, Cordell and Del Ray avenues (Metro: Bethesda). Admission is free. Tasting tickets will cost $5 for four; tastes will cost one to three tickets. Call 301-215-6660 or visit During the same hours, classic, custom and antique automobiles will be displayed at the "Come Back to Bethesda" car show nearby at Wisconsin and Cheltenham avenues. Call 301-657-4001 or visit

Festivals for Fall

* The 12th annual Fall for Fairfax Saturday from 10 to 4:30 hosts family entertainment on two stages, a Health Arcade, safety demonstrations by police and fire departments, exhibits by local businesses and community organizations, pony rides, hayrides, a petting zoo, a food court and a Kid Zone with children's rides and games at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy. Baba Jamal Koram blends African American folk tales with music at 11, and Cham Cham Payal Bajey presents traditional dances of India at noon. Fair admission and parking are free. Fees apply for some activities. Call 703-324-3247 or visit

* The 23rd annual Takoma Park Street Festival Sunday from 10 to 5 includes entertainment on three stages, a crafts fair with about 140 artisans, children's activities and food vendors along Carroll and Laurel avenues (Metro: Takoma Park). Headliners include the Nighthawks, Tom Principato, Melanie Mason, Englishman & the Shango Band, Robert Lighthouse and the Cravin' Dogs. Admission is free. Call 301-570-8220 or visit

Fellows Share Heritage

The musicians, dancers and artisans who were awarded 2004 National Heritage Fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts appear at a free concert Friday at 7:30 at Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU). Bluegrass dobro virtuoso Jerry Douglas and blues vocalist Koko Taylor are among the stars. Free tickets are required. Call 301-565-0654 or 202-994-6800.

Paris in Potomac

Explore a 13,000-square-foot residence in Potomac redecorated by dozens of local designers at the 2004 NSO Decorators' Show House, an annual benefit for the National Symphony Orchestra, opening Sunday and continuing through Oct. 31. Chateau Peyrenc de Moras, at 9121 River Rd., was styled after the Rodin Museum in Paris. It will be open Monday through Friday from 10 to 3 and weekends from noon to 5. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Children younger than 8 will not be admitted. Free parking will be provided at the site. Call 202-416-8149.

Anna Goes to Florida

The cutters, bunchers and rollers in a South Florida cigar factory in the 1920s listen to a reading of Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" while they work and are moved to look into their own hearts in "Anna in the Tropics," at the Arena Stage Kreeger Theater through Nov. 21. Nilo Cruz's play won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Tickets cost $40 to $59. Arena is at Sixth and M streets SW (Metro: Waterfront-SEU). Call 202-488-3300.

Tom and Huck Stop By

The Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration stages Ken Ludwig's new musical adaptation of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," Mark Twain's account of a 14-year-old boy's busy life along the Mississippi in the 1840s, Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall at George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. Nick Olcott directs. Tickets are $20, ages 12 and younger $10. To order, call, 703-218-6500; for information, call 703-993-8888.

Dancing for Everybody

Local folk and traditional dance troupes are giving free performances and workshops all over Washington during the first Dance DC Festival Friday through Sunday. Starting Saturday at 11 a.m., Lesole Maine, Carla & Company, Coyaba Dance Theater and other dancers will appear in a Family Folk Celebration at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE (Metro: Brookland-CUA). A concert with audience participation will begin at 7; free tickets are required. For Dance Place events, call 202-269-1600; for others, call 202-724-5613 or visit See story on Page 56.

-- Compiled by Barry Barriere

Free Spree

The 20-piece symphonic pop band

and choir Polyphonic Spree ("Light and Day") performs a free 90-minute concert Friday at 6 outdoors on the new South Plaza at the Kennedy Center (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU, with free shuttles). No tickets are needed. Call 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).The NSO Decorators' Show House has an indoor pool.