Your last chance for Jazz in the Garden in 2012 comes Friday. (Lavanya Ramanathan/The Washington Post)

Free? Easy? These items from the week ahead are both.


Show with an Idol

Former “American Idol” contestant James Durbin, who placed fourth in the reality show’s 10th season, plays a set of heavy rock at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

6 p.m. 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.


‘Dirty Dancing’

Watch the romantic classic about a teenage New York girl vacationing in the Catskill Mountains who falls in love with the resort’s dance teacher — featuring one of Hollywood’s most memorable duos, Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze.

8:30 p.m. Bethesda Row, Bethesda and Woodmont avenues, Bethesda. .


Concert for kids

Peter McCory brings his one-man band to downtown Silver Spring to play familiar and original children’s songs.

6 p.m. 916 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring. .


Military lecture

Christopher H. Hammer, author of “Enduring Battle: American Soldiers in Three Wars, 1776-1945,” will discuss the experience for troops on the ground during the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and World War II.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Arlington County Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-228-5990. .


Last Jazz in the Garden

Every summer, we get pretty excited about the opportunity to take in jazz music with the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden as a backdrop. Alas, with summer coming to an end, so, too, must the series. The Dixie Power Trio has been tapped to end this year’s schedule.

5 p.m. Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-289-3360. .


Greenbelt Labor Day festival

The city of Greenbelt celebrates the long weekend with a carnival that includes exhibits, a parade, the Miss Greenbelt Pageant, rides, music, food and more.

Saturday 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday noon-11 p.m., Monday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 6-11 p.m. 101 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-474-8000. Free admission.


Classical music under the stars

On the eve of Labor Day, head to the west lawn of the Capitol for a performance by the National Symphony Orchestra. Before the show, watch an open rehearsal at 3:30 p.m.

8 p.m. 100 Constitution Ave. NE. .