THU 16

ArtFest Arlington Artists Alliance’s annual week-long celebration offers daily workshops and an ongoing art show and sale of work by more than 30 Arlington artists. Continues Thursday 10-4 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-noon. Hendry House, Fort C.F. Smith Park, 2411 N. 24th St., Arlington. 571-483-0652. Free.

D.C. Design House The eighth annual interior design showcase house to benefit Children’s National Health System is an 8,869-square-foot farmhouse built by Artisan Builders and designed by Harrison Design. No high heels or children younger than 8 permitted. Continues Thursday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Saturday-Sunday noon-5 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Through May 10. D.C. Design House, 956 Mackall Farm Lane, McLean. 301-807-0910. $30.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson hosts “Legends,” a circus show that brings together animals, acrobats and clowns with mythical characters. Continues Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 11: 30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m., and closes Sunday with shows at 1 and 5 p.m. George Mason University, Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Cir., Fairfax. 800-745-3000. $15-$75.

Fatoumata Diawara The Malian singer-songwriter will answer questions after her concert. 8 p.m. Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 888-841-2787. $24.

FRI 17

College of the Ozarks band The 50-member band plays patriotic tunes. 9:30 a.m. National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Triangle. 877-635-1775. Free.

The Average White Band The Scottish funk and R&B band performs. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. $45.

Asaph Dance Ensemble The ballet company performs “Civil War Letters,” based on letters written by soldiers, “Petite Suite,” “Lanterns,” and “A Symphony for Fun.” 8 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. $30, seniors and children 12 and younger $20.

Birds of Chicago The roots-rock band anchored by husband and wife JT Nero and Allison Russell performs. With Korby Lenker. 8 p.m. The Falls Church Episcopal, 115 E. Fairfax St., Falls Church. 202-656-2748. $20, seniors and students $10.

SAT 18

Live Well Festival In honor of Earth Day, the festival includes a 5K race, recycling and environmental exhibitors, health screenings, fitness classes, a paper-shredding truck, art activities, entertainment and a sidewalk sale. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Loy E. Harris Pavilion, 9201 Center St., Manassas. 703-361-6599. Free.

Alexandria Historic Homes and Garden Tour The 82nd annual event features privately owned homes and gardens, plus historic properties such as the Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, Carlyle House Historic Park, George Washington’s Mount Vernon and George Mason’s Gunston Hall. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets and information available at the Alexandria Visitors Center (221 King St.) and the Lyceum (201 S. Washington St.). 703-684-3284. $40 in advance, $45 day of tour, $25 each for single sites.

Middleburg Spring Races The 95th running of the races, rain or shine. Seven steeplechase races take place, one every half hour. Gates open at 10 a.m.; post time at 1 p.m. Glenwood Park, Route 626, Middleburg. 540-687-6545. $30, age 12 and younger free.

Model Trains and Thomas Too Thomas the Tank Engine makes an appearance at this open house hosted by the Northern Virginia Model Railroaders, featuring a permanent operating model railroad. 1-5 p.m. Historic Vienna Train Station, 231 Dominion Rd. NE, Vienna. 703-938-5157. Free.

Russian National Ballet Theatre The company performs Prokofiev’s “Cinderella” Saturday at 8 p.m. and Tchaikovsky’s “The Sleeping Beauty” Sunday at 4 p.m. George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 888-945-2468. $34-$56.

SUN 19

Restoration celebration Tours, grinding demonstrations, children’s activities and light refreshments using mill products celebrate the recent restoration of a historic 1810 flour mill. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Colvin Run Mill. Colvin Run Mill, 10017 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls. 703-759-2771. Free.

“Rara Avis” Beverly Ress’s ornithological drawing/sculptural compositions are shown with Langley Surlock and Martin Tarrat’s imagined bird folio, “The Winged Bestiary, an Abcdearium of Feathered Nonsense.” Opens Thursday, reception Sunday 4-6 p.m. Through May 31. Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. 703-548-0035. Free.

James McMurtry The singer-songwriter performs with his band from the recent album “Complicated Game.” With Allen Kitselman and Mike Jewell of Bitter Liberals. A benefit for the preservation of historic Waterford. 5:30 p.m. Waterford Old School, 40222 Fairfax St., Waterford. 540-882-3018. $30.

MON 20

Feed God Cabbage The local reggae and rock band performs. With FeelFree, Squad Inc, IAMZOMBI3, Jaxxparrow and DJ DreadDrop. 6 p.m. Empire, 6355 Rolling Rd., Springfield. 703-569-5940. $10.

TUE 21

The Waterboys The Celtic folk and rock band released a new album, “Modern Blues,” this month. With Connor Kennedy & Minstrel. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. $35.

WED 22

“Hands Up” Composer Ben Model and film historian and preservationist Bruce Lawton present the silent-film comedy starring Raymond Griffith as a Confederate spy. 7:30 p.m. McLean Community Center, Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-0123. $12, McLean Community Center district residents $8.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan