Break out the T-shirts and flip-flops. Dust off the lawn chairs and coolers. Summer officially arrives Tuesday, and there is no better place to savor it than Prince George's County. To welcome the season, we've compiled a list of some of the many activities planned for residents and their families and friends. The activities, as varied as street festivals, fairs and Fourth of July and Labor Day observances, are as varied as the county itself. For example, if you're into music, you may want to drop in on an outdoor jazz or rock concert. If you prefer movies, try watching one outside at Allen Pond Park in Bowie or Granville Gude Park in Laurel. Whatever your preference, get out of the house and enjoy.

Festivals/Special Events/June

HYATTSVILLE FAMILY FUN NIGHTS -- Puppet shows, magic, face painting, moon bounce and clowns. At 31st Avenue and Hamilton Street, Hyattsville. 6:30-8 p.m. today, July 21 and Aug. 18. Free. 301-985-5020.

AN EVENING WITH THE COLOURS -- An outdoor evening of soul, funk and Broadway music by the Colours Performing Arts troupe, comprising students from Prince George's County public schools. 7-8:30 p.m. today. Northwestern High School, 7000 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-454-8388.

PLUMMER FAMILY BUS TOUR -- Trace the struggles of the Plummers, an African American family with a long history in Prince George's County, from slavery to freedom. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park. $32, including snack and boxed lunch. 301-864-0420.

NORTH BRENTWOOD DAY -- The town celebrates with entertainment, music, food, games, giveaways and a parade. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. North Brentwood Community Center, 4012 Webster St., North Brentwood. Free. 301-864-0756.

GREENBELT BLUES FESTIVAL -- Performances by Clarence Turner Blues Band, Ronnie Ray and the Coolers, the Paulverizers, Blu Lou and Friends, the Shakers, Matt Kelley and Rich Sampson, and the Zach Sweeney Band, 1-8:30 p.m. Saturday. Roosevelt Center, 113 Centerway Rd., Greenbelt. Free. 202-962-0112.

FLICK AND FLOAT OUTDOOR MOVIE SERIES -- "Shrek 2": The funny adventures of two ogres in love. Film starts at 8:30 p.m. June 24 at Granville Gude Park, 8300 Mulberry St., Laurel. Free. 301-490-3530.

Fourth of July Celebrations

Events are on July 4 unless otherwise specified.

BOWIE -- 3-10:30 p.m. at Allen Pond Park, 3330 Northview Dr., Bowie.Free. 301-809-3078.

DISTRICT HEIGHTS -- Dusk to 9:30 p.m. E. Michael Roll Municipal Building, 2000 Marbury Dr. Free. 301-336-5633.

FORT WASHINGTON PARK EVENTS -- 13551 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington. Free. 301-763-4600.

Sunset Concert, featuring music and songs by the 70-member Fort Washington Community Chorus and the National Concert Band of America on the parade grounds of 19th-century Fort Washington. 7 p.m. July 2.

Artillery firing demonstrations volunteers dressed in Civil War uniforms will fire 12-pound mountain howitzer and explain the procedures used during the muzzle-loading era of American artillery . 1, 2 and 3 p.m. July 3.

View distant fireworks from the demi-bastion wall of 19th-century Fort Washington. 9-10 p.m. July 4.

GREENBELT CONCERT BAND performs at Buddy Attick Park by Greenbelt Lake. 7 p.m. Fireworks to follow. 555 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. Free. 301-397-2200.

LAUREL -- Features a fishing contest, antique and classic car show, games, performances, parade and fireworks. Events start 11 a.m. July 2 at Granville Gude Park, 8300 Mulberry St., Laurel. 301-725-5300, Ext. 444.

SIX FLAGS CONCERT -- with jazz band Pieces of a Dream, at Hurricane Harbor water park. 7 p.m. Six Flags, 13710 Central Ave., Largo. 301-249-1500. Cost included with park admission.


GREENBELT ARTFUL AFTERNOON -- Art project and "Professor Horn's Punch and Judy Show," features comedy, magic, music and a puppet show in a century-old Maryland tradition. 1 p.m. July 3. Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. Free. 301-397-2208.

WEDNESDAY MORNING KIDS' DAY OUT -- Elementary-age schoolchildren can enjoy one-hour musical performances that interweave history, geography, dance, history and science, at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays from July 6 through Aug. 10. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. $4 per person. Group rates available. 301-203-6040.

BOWIE SUMMER CINEMA SERIES -- 8:45 p.m. Thursdays at Robert V. Setera Amphitheater in Allen Pond Park, 3330 Northview Dr., Bowie. Free. 301-809-3068.

July 7: "Shrek 2": The funny adventures of two ogres in love.

July 14: "Annie": A red-haired orphan tries to find her parents.

July 21: "Shark Tale": The adventures of little fish Oscar, who has been named a "shark slayer" after the death of a shark mob boss.

July 28: "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban": A student wizard and his two best friends try to solve a mystery.

FLICK AND FLOAT OUTDOOR MOVIE SERIES -- Films start at 8:30 p.m. Granville Gude Park, 8300 Mulberry St., Laurel. Free. 301-490-3530.

July 8: "Are We There Yet?": A bachelor tries to make a good impression on the preteen kids of his new love interest.

July 22: "Shark Tale": The adventures of little fish Oscar, who has been named a "shark slayer" after the death of a shark mob boss.

MAGIC SHOW AND "THE INCREDIBLES" -- Magician Eric Redman will perform followed by a screening of the Pixar film "The Incredibles." 10 a.m. July 9. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $5. 301-277-1710.

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS -- Free, open-air performances of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Olney Theatre Center's National Players. July 13-17 at various locations. 301-454-1450 or 301-924-4485.

July 13: 7:30 p.m. Magruder Park, 40th Avenue and Hamilton Street, Hyattsville.

July 14: 7 p.m. Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro.

July 15: 7:30 p.m. Montpelier Mansion Grounds, Route 197 and Muirkirk Road, Laurel.

July 16: 7:30 p.m., Cosca Regional Park, 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton.

July 17: 3 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park.

RUSSIAN AMERICAN KIDS CIRCUS ON STAGE -- Back from last year, with children ages 6 to 16 performing acrobatics, juggling on unicycles and tightrope walking at Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $7 before June 30; $8 after June 30. 301-277-1710.

July 19: 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

July 20: 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

July 21: 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

July 22: 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

ALLEN IVERSON CELEBRITY SOFTBALL CLASSIC -- featuring professional athletes, to benefit CrossOver Foundation, nonprofit organization that aims to help inner-city youth. 7 p.m. July 16. Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Northeast Crain Hwy., Bowie. $22 for box seats, $12 for general admission. 301-805-6000.

SUMMER PLAYGROUND CARNIVAL -- With pony rides, moon bounce, dunk tank, face painting and food vendors. 5:30-8:30 p.m. July 22. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Shuttle service from Food Lion at 10715 Indian Head Hwy., Fort Washington. The fee is 50 cents for pony rides and dunk tank. 301-203-6040.


FLICK AND FLOAT OUTDOOR MOVIE SERIES -- Start time is 8:30 p.m. Granville Gude Park, 8300 Mulberry St., Laurel. Free. 301-490-3530.

Aug. 5: "Racing Stripes": An abandoned zebra grows up believing he is a racehorse.

Aug. 19: "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie": SpongeBob leaves Bikini Bottom to track down King Neptune's stolen crown.

AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE DAY -- The Accokeek Foundation-sponsored event at National Colonial Farm celebrates black culture with storytellers, children's authors, musical performances, Colonial and Civil War reenactments and museum exhibitions. The celebration will include an appearance by the Archie Edwards Blues Band. Noon-6 p.m. Aug. 6. 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. $3. 301-283-2113, Ext. 13.

GREENBELT ARTFUL AFTERNOON -- Stage combat demonstration, writing workshop and zydeco music featuring Dixie Power Trio. 1:45 p.m. Aug. 7. Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. Free. 301-397-2208.


GREENBELT LABOR DAY FESTIVAL -- Four days of events, including a community parade, art and photo shows, carnival rides, games, and performances by Diamond Alley, 24U, the Nighthawks, Herman's Hermits, John Hill, Wayne Brown & 2nd Conspiracy, Peter Tork and Shoe Suede Blues. 9 a.m.-midnight Sept. 2-4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 5 at Roosevelt Center parking lot, 113 Centerway Rd., Greenbelt. Exhibitions will be at the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd. Free. 301-397-2208.

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY FAIR -- This long-running four-day event, Maryland's oldest fair, features carnival rides, entertainment, games, displays, animals, an antique car show and more. 4-10 p.m. Sept. 8, 5 p.m.-midnight Sept. 9, 11 a.m.-midnight Sept. 10, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 11. Prince George's Equestrian Center and Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave. Upper Marlboro, $5 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 17, free for children 5 and younger. 301-952-7999.

BLUEBIRD BLUES FESTIVAL -- Blues, crafts, children's activities, food and vendors at this 13th annual event. Performers to be announced. 1-6 p.m. Sept. 18. Prince George's Community College, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Free. 301-322-0853.

WEST HYATTSVILLE STREET FESTIVAL -- Live music, carnival rides, games, clowns, food, vendors, stage shows, face painting and fireworks. Queens Chapel Town Center, Queens Chapel Road and Hamilton Street. 4 p.m. Sept. 24. Fireworks at dusk. Free. 301-985-5020.

BILL PICKETT INVITATIONAL RODEO -- The touring black rodeo with bareback and bull riding, bull dogging, ladies' and junior barrel racing at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24; 3:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. $18 for adults; $12 for 17 and younger. 301-952-7999.

FALL ANTIQUE AND CRAFT STREET FESTIVAL -- Antiques and crafts on display throughout Old Town Bowie. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 25. Bowie Train Station, Ninth Street and Chestnut Avenue. Free. 301-262-3743.

OKTOBERFEST -- A harvest celebration featuring crafts, a hayride, and live and silent auctions for gifts, art and food. Also, German food and beer, pressed apple cider, pretzels and other refreshments. 1-6 p.m. Sept. 24. Hard Bargain Farm, 2001 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. $6; ages 5 and younger, free. 301-292-5665.

Concert Series

FRIDAY FAMILY FUN OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES IN LAUREL -- 6:30 p.m. except as noted. Granville Gude Park Stage, 8300 Mulberry St., Laurel. Free. 301-725-5300.

June 17: Top 40 music with Oracle Band.

July 15: Jazz, big band and swing with Night & Day.

July 29: Bluegrass with Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition.

Aug. 12: Country music with J.R. Booker.

Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. : 1950s rock-and-roll with The Durations.

* GREENBELT COMMUNITY CENTER -- 2:30 p.m. except as noted. Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. Free. 301-397-2208.

Tomorrow: DinoRock presents a musical puppet theater performance "The Dinosaur Book of World Records."

July 15: Join the xylophone orchestra as soprano Yvette Lewis introduces "Operas to Make You Laugh," an interactive presentation.

July 29: Tune in to "Radio WOOF" (World of Folklore) with Bill Wellington for lively banjo music, folk songs, fiddling and storytelling.

Aug. 7 at 3 p.m.: The Dixie Power Trio perform a musical gumbo of zydeco, cajun, New Orleans jazz, funk, street parade and rock.

* OLD TOWN BOWIE -- 2-4 p.m. Saturdays. Town Green Park, 13050 9th St., Bowie. 301-809-3078.

Saturday: Jazz with Jeff Logan.

June 25: Rock and roll with the Crayfish.

July 2: Celtic music with Homespun Ceilidh Band.

July 9: Roots rock and blues with Janine Wilson Band.

July 16: 1950s rock-and-roll with the Rock & Roll Relics.

July 23: Swing and Latin with Mike Surratt & the Continentals.

July 30: Contemporary jazz with the Bay Jazz Project.

Aug. 6: Bluegrass with Jericho Bridge.

Aug. 13: Blues and oldies with the Moonlighters.

Aug. 20: Retro dance music with the Electric Company.

Aug. 27: Bluegrass with Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition.

Sept. 3: Jazz with Project Natale.

* SIX FLAGS -- At Hurricane Harbor water park, 13710 Central Ave., Largo. Cost included with park admission. 301-249-1500.

Sunday: 2005 Fiesta Latino featuring Banda Chula, Grupo Coco, Hermanos Herrera, Jhosy y Baby Q, Enemigo, Kimik and Zeniza. 6:30 p.m.

July 30: Retro Music Day featuring the Village People. 5 p.m.

Sept. 3: Country Music Day featuring Darryl Worley. 3 p.m.

* BLADENSBURG WATERFRONT PARK -- 7 p.m. Sundays. 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg. Free. 301-779-0371.

Sunday: Blues, soul and rhythm and blues from Dr. S.O. Feelgood.

June 26: Contemporary and traditional gospel.

July 3: Pop, Broadway and American music from the Air Force High Flight Group.

July 10: African drumming and dance from the Gye Nyame African Cultural Dance Company.

July 17: Salsa, meringue, mambo and samba from Mambo Combo.

July 24: "Professor Horn's Punch and Judy Show," children's puppets and magic.

* ALLEN POND PARK -- Sunday Sunset concert series, 7-8 p.m. at Robert V. Setera Amphitheater, 3330 Northview Dr., Bowie. 301-809-3078.

Sunday: Pop and rhythm and blues with Annie Sidley.

June 26: Oldies from M&R Project.

July 3: '60s and '70s Motown with Premium Band and Horns.

July 10: Jazz with David Bach.

July 17: Swing with the Dixie Power Trio.

July 24: Barbershop chorus with Bowie Knights of Harmony.

July 31: Rock ensemble with U.S. Naval Academy Electric Brigade.

Aug. 7: Motown with the Winstons.

Aug. 14: Swing with Swing Speak.

Aug. 21: Country rock with Wildfire.

Aug. 28: Rock ensemble with U.S. Army Field Band Volunteers.

Sept. 4: Jazz ensemble with U.S. Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors.

* SUMMER OF SOUL -- 7:15 p.m. select Wednesdays at Stephen Decatur Community Center, 8200 Pinewood Dr., Clinton. Free. 301-297-4648.

Wednesday: Hardway Connection.

July 20: Gridloc.

Aug. 10: Spur of the Moment.

* ON THE GREEN AT WATKINS REGIONAL PARK -- Outdoors at 7 p.m. Thursdays. 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. Free. 301-218-6700.

June 23: Soulful rhythm and blues from Teri S.

June 30: "Phat Rockin' Blues" from the Kelly Bell Band.

July 7: Creative mix of rock, jazz, blues and funk with a hint of reggae from Damon Foreman.

July 14: Shakespeare in the Park's "A Midsummer's Night Dream."

July 21: Danceable rhythm and blues with the VooDudes.

July 28: Jazz from David Bach Consort.

Aug. 4: Rhythm and blues from Mary Lou and the Untouchables.

Aug. 11: Oldies, Motown and blues from the Moonlighters.

* MONTPELIER MANSION -- 7:30 p.m. Fridays. Route 197 and Muirkirk Road, Laurel. Free. 301-776-2805.

June 24: Popular rock, Motown, rhythm and blues from Almost Recess.

July 8: Standards and classic jazz from Jazz Caravan.

July 15: Shakespeare in the Park "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

July 29: '60s tribute music from the Back Pages Band.

Aug. 12: Volunteers of the U.S. Army Field Band .

* MUSIC ON THE PORTICO, JAZZ AT RIVERSDALE HOUSE MUSEUM -- 7 p.m. select Wednesdays. 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park. Free. 301-864-0420.

June 29: Jazz duo Project Natale, featuring Caribbean, Cuban, Brazilian influences.

July 27: Jazz, pop and alternative music with guitarist Bruce Katsu singer-songwriter Carol Gaylor.

Aug. 24: Blues harmonica maestro and vocalist Bruce Ewan and the Solid Senders.


HYATTSVILLE SUMMER JAMS -- Live music, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Also games, face painting, moon bounce, clowns, food and more. Hyattsville Municipal Building, 4310 Gallatin St. Free. 301-985-5020.

July 8: Folk from Cletus Kennelly and Lori Kelley.

Aug. 5: Rock from the Rhodes Tavern Troubadours.

Sept. 9: Swing band with a Hawaiian flavor from Hula Monsters.

SUITLAND COMMUNITY CENTER -- An outdoor concert featuring rhythm and blues artists Nimat and Keith Brown. 6:45-7:30 p.m. Saturday. Suitland Community Center, 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville. Free. 301-736-3518.

A CAPPELLA MUSIC -- Featuring Melo-D-Heirs and the Southside Singers. 8-11 p.m. June 25. Laurel Church of Christ, 7111 Cherry Lane, Laurel. Free. 240-375-4229.

HARD BARGAIN FARM -- Concerts in the Woods, 8 p.m. Saturdays except as noted. 2001 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. $12 per person, $5 for children 12 and under. 301-292-5665.

July 9: Singer-songwriter Randy Barrett.

Aug. 6: Hammer dulcimer player Jody Marshall and friends.

Sept. 17: Folk, blues, jazz and pop mix from the Amazons.

SHOW PLACE ARENA -- Aug. 6: Patti LaBelle, the Gap Band and Evelyn King. 8 p.m. 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. $65-$75. 202-397-7328.

-- Compiled by ARUNA JAIN


SOURCES: Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission; Prince George's County Parks and Recreation Department; county municipalities; Bowie Baysox; and Six Flags.

Fireworks will burst forth on the Fourth in Laurel, as seen in this 2004 photo, and at least five other locations in the county, which also will offer parades and music. Mathew Whelan, left, and Anthony Harvey, with Maureen Whelan, were in their red-white-and-blue best for last year's Fourth of July parade in Laurel. Basketball star Allen Iverson, left, warms up for his annual Celebrity Softball Classic, scheduled this year for July 16, to benefit disadvantaged children in urban neighborhoods. Above, a slightly rougher brand of athleticism is required for the annual Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, a touring black rodeo set for Sept. 24-25.