Revisit the Past
Dozens of artisans in period attire will demonstrate their skills and sell their Colonial-style crafts in tin, wood and other media at the 10th annual 18th-Century Craft Fair on the grounds of Mount Vernon, the first president's last home, Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 5. There will also be traditional music by the Ship's Company Chanteymen, the Martin Family Band and other troupes, living history portrayals, specialty foods, and free cruises on the Potomac with Spirit Cruises and the Potomac Riverboat Company. Admission is $11, seniors $10.50, ages 6 through 11 $5, younger free. Mount Vernon is on the southern end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, about eight miles south of Alexandria. Call 703-780-2000 (TDD: 703-799-8697).
Big Apple Goes West
The Big Apple Circus is pitching its little big top at Dulles Town Center, at Routes 7 and 28 in Dulles, for its new 28th anniversary production. "Grandma Goes to Hollywood," opening Thursday at 7, is set in the city of celluloid dreams and stars an international cast of acrobats, trapeze artists, prancing horses and dancing dogs, jugglers and clowns, including the often-confused but ever-cheerful Grandma (Barry Lubin). "Family night" tickets Thursday and Sept. 23 cost $15 to $25. Daytime and evening shows continue through Oct. 10. Regular prices are $15 to $47. To order, call Ticketmaster, 202-397-7328 (service charges added); for information, call 800-922-3772 or visit www.bigapplecircus.org.
The Arts Are Afoot
The 13th annual Arts on Foot Festival brings live entertainment, films, art exhibits, cooking demonstrations, walking tours and other amusements to sites throughout Washington's Penn Quarter neighborhood and all of downtown Saturday from 11 to 5. Local jazz ensembles will perform all day on the Center Stage at Eighth and F streets NW. Along F Street between Seventh and Ninth streets, more than 75 artists will sell their works and nearly two dozen restaurants will offer samples of their specialties. Many events are indoors or in tents and will go on rain or shine. The nearest Metro stations are Gallery Place-Chinatown, Archives-Navy Memorial and Metro Center. Call 202-482-7271 or 301-704-2587, or visit www.artsonfoot.org.
Singin' the Blues
Cephas & Wiggins, the Jewels, the Tom Larsen Band, Daryl Davis and other local stars headline the 13th annual free Bluebird Blues Festival Sunday from 1 to 6 outdoors at Prince George's Community College, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. There will also be crafts, food vendors and a children's corner. No tickets are needed. Call 301-322-0853.
Voices of Revolution
The Washington National Opera opens its 50th anniversary season with Verdi's "I Vespri Siciliani," a bloody tale of Sicilian rebellion against French oppression, Saturday in the Kennedy Center Opera House (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU, with free shuttles). The opera will be performed in Italian with English supertitles. General Director Placido Domingo will conduct the orchestra. The schedule: Saturday and Oct. 1 at 7; Tuesday, Thursday, Sept. 28 and Oct. 4 at 7:30; and Sept. 25 at 2. Tickets cost $45 to $290. Call 202-295-2400 or 202-467-4600.
Baritone Sings Broadway
Star baritone Brian Stokes Mitchell joins the National Symphony Orchestra in pops concerts Friday and Saturday at 8 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU, with free shuttles). Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch will conduct an evening of highlights from "Porgy and Bess," "South Pacific," "Man of La Mancha," "Ragtime" and other Broadway classics. Washington Symphonic Brass performs with the orchestra. Tickets cost $20 to $80. Call 202-467-4600.
All the World's Children
Music and dance troupes representing India, Mexico, Nigeria and the Republic of Georgia will perform during the 35th annual International Children's Festival, sponsored by the Arts Council of Fairfax County, Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 4 at Wolf Trap Park, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. In addition, the Trout Fishing in America duo will sing, and there will hands-on crafts workshops and an Arts and Technology pavilion with interactive booths. Tickets cost $10, seniors and ages 3 to 12 $8, younger free, at the gate and from Tickets.com. To order, call 703-218-6500 (service charges added); for information, call 703-642-0862 or visit www.artsfairfax.org.
Zoo Hosts Fiesta
Celebrate the music and cultures of Latin America at Fiesta Musical Sunday from
11 to 5 at the National Zoo, 3001
Connecticut Ave. NW (Metro: Woodley Park-Zoo, Cleveland Park). There will be bands, costumed folk dancers, traditional crafts, food vendors and animal demonstrations by the zoo's specialists.
Admission is free. Call 202-633-4470 or visit www.nationalzoo.si.edu.
-- Compiled by Barry Barriere
at the International Children's Festival Saturday and Sunday at
Wolf Trap Park. Brian Stokes Mitchell sings Broadway classics with the National Symphony Orchestra.Mount Vernon hosts its 18th-Century Craft Fair Saturday and Sunday.