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The 29th Arlington County Fair concludes Sunday at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St. The fair spotlights cultural diversity in Arlington with entertainment; exhibits; carnival rides and games; demonstrations by police officers and firefighters; pony rides and pig races; a crafts fair; and international foods. The fair opens Friday and Saturday at 10 and Sunday at 11. Indoor displays close Friday and Saturday at 9 and Sunday at 5; outdoor events continue nightly until 10. Admission is free. Free shuttles will operate from the Ballston Metro station. Free parking with shuttles will be provided at the Arlington Career Center, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr.; Washington-Lee High School, 1300 N. Quincy St.; and the I-66 parking garage, North Quincy and North 15th streets. Call 703-920-4556 (TDD: 703-228-4743) or visit www.arlingtoncountyfair.org.
"Pretty Women: Freer and the Ideal of Feminine Beauty" is an exhibition of paintings by James McNeill Whistler, Thomas Wilmer Dewing and other artists through Sept. 17, 2006 at the Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. The works were acquired by gallery founder Charles Lang Freer in the late 1800s and reflect the artists' idealized view of their subject. The Freer is open daily from 10 to 5:30. Admission is free. Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).
Sample hundreds of wines from more than 50 Virginia wineries, taste specialties from area restaurants, explore a crafts fair and enjoy all-day entertainment at the 30th annual Virginia Wine Festival on Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 6 at Historic Long Branch Farm in Millwood, Va. Mary Ann Redmond performs Sunday at 3, and Deanna Bogart plays Sunday at 4:30. Tickets cost $22 at the gate and include a wine glass and tastings, ages 2 through 20 $5 (no samples), younger free. Designated drivers pay $16 and get free soft drinks. Long Branch Farm is on Route 624 north of U.S. 50 about 60 miles west of Washington and 10 miles east of Winchester. Call 800-520-9670 or visit www.showsinc.com.
Your Day in Court
The street festival that accompanied monthly Loudoun County court sessions in the 1770s will be re-created at the 29th annual August Court Days on Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5 throughout Leesburg's historic district, centered at King and Market streets. More than 200 costumed reenactors will debate the issues of the day and stage mock trials based on historical records. Two militia units, a band of frontiersmen and a company of Scottish Army troops will set up camps. Folk and country bands will perform on multiple stages, and vendors will offer crafts and food. Admission is $5, ages 5 to 10 $2, younger free. Call 800-752-6118.
Bears Play With Dolls
The 2005 Doll and Teddy Bear Expo is a showcase for collectible creatures by more than 150 artists and manufacturers Saturday from 9 to 5 and Sunday from 10 to 5 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW (Metro: Woodley Park-Zoo-Adams Morgan). Admission is $15 for the weekend, younger than 12 free. Friday at 7, about 80 one-of-a-kind bears and dolls will be auctioned to support the International Teddy Bear Relief Fund to help victims of December's Asian tsunami. Auction admission is free. Call 202-328-2000 or 800-331-0038, or visit www.dollandteddyexpo.com.
Baltimore Sings the Blues
Walter "Wolfman" Washington & the Roadmasters with John Mooney, Shemekia Copeland and Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band headline the 13th annual Hot August Blues Festival on Saturday starting at noon at Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Rd., off Interstate 83 at Exit 20-B in Cockeysville. Tickets cost $35 at the gate, ages 12 and younger free. Proceeds benefit the Baltimore Blues Society and the Marcia's Kids Endowment Fund. Call 877-321-3378 or visit www.hotaugustblues.com.
Hoops in the Streets
The nation's leading street basketball players, including newcomers Spyda, Baby Shack, Pharmacist and Spinmaster, will compete in the AND 1 Mix Tape Tour on Friday at 7:30 at MCI Center, 601 F St. NW (Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown). Tickets cost $20, $30 and $75. Before the game, local hopefuls will be selected from all comers to join the main event at a free Open Run on F Street. Registration for the Open Run begins at 3:30 (a parent or guardian must accompany anyone younger than 18); play begins at 4. For tickets, call Ticketmaster, 202-397-7328 (service charges added); for information, call 202-628-3200.
Cinderella Finds Her Prince
The Wolf Trap Opera Company stages Rossini's "La Cenerentola" ("Cinderella"), Saturday at 8 in the Filene Center at Wolf Trap Park, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. The tale of the prince and the maid who find each other despite the worst efforts of her mean stepsisters will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. Tickets cost $34 to $56 in-house, $18 on the lawn. To order, call 703-218-6500 (service charges added); for information, call 703-255-1860.
-- Compiled by Barry Barriere