Correction: The price range of the Capital Fringe Festival has been corrected from an earlier version.

“A Capitol Fourth” features fireworks and an outdoor concert by the National Symphony Orchestra, the Beach Boys and others. (J. Lawler Duggan for The Washington Post)

Capital Fringe Festival The event celebrates its 12th year with drama, dance, and musical and physical performances at the Logan Fringe Arts Space and other venues. Opens with “Home,” a multimedia home-themed group exhibition curated by Sheldon Scott (Thursday and Friday; opening reception Thursday at 7 p.m.). Festival runs through July 30. Logan Fringe Arts Space, 1358 Florida Ave. NE. Some events are free; ticketed shows $17 plus the one-time purchase of a Fringe button, $5-$7.

Capital City Burlesque and Vaudeville Festival A three-night celebration of the country’s first “pop-culture” entertainment: burlesque, sideshow and vaudeville. First night at Gallery O on H; nights two and three at Black Cat. Opens Thursday at 8 p.m. Through Sunday. Gallery O on H, 1354 H St. NE. 202-649-0210. $20-$50.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival The 50th annual festival highlights international and American cultures with craft exhibits, live music, cooking demos and vendors. This year, the themes are circus arts and migration. Opens Thursday 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Through July 9, but closed July 5. The Mall, between Seventh and 12th streets. Free.


Friday Night Concert Series The Capitol Riverfront series continues with Jah Works. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. Free.

“One Life: Sylvia Plath” Plath’s artwork and letters, family photos, and other objects from the Plath archives at Smith College and Indiana University’s Lilly Library examine the writer’s two personalities: “brown-haired” and “platinum.” Opens Friday. Through May 20. National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.


Happy Birthday, America! Outdoor Independence Day activities include traditional games, garden tours, patriotic-themed crafts and sweets. 10 a.m.-noon. Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400.

Joel Harrison with Anthony Pirog and Jarrett Gilgore The Americana singer-songwriter plays an album release show for “The Other River.” 7:30 p.m. Bossa Bistro, 2463 18th St. NW. ­202-667-0088. $12.

“Parallax Gap” The site-specific installation, designed by architectural design practice FreelandBuck, consists of drawings of ceilings from nine iconic American buildings that can be viewed from various vantage points. As viewers move underneath, the layered images create a parallax (the effect of shifting depth or distance). Opens Saturday. Through Feb. 11. Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Free.


“The Return” The play, which centers on the conflicted relationship between a Palestinian mechanic and an Israeli Jewish woman, closes Sunday at 3 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. ­202-399-7993. $20-$60.


Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra The singer and trombonist leads the D.C. orchestra in the program “The Big Band Sound of WWII.” 8 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-337-4141. $27.50.

’Murrica: Part Theme Party, Part Comedy Show, All American Patriotic attire is requested for this event with local comedians, games and drinks. 8 p.m. Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW. 202-293-1885. $10.


Palisades Parade and Picnic The Palisades Citizens’ Association sponsors a small community parade open to floats, music, bicycles and more, ending with a picnic featuring live music and moon bounces. The parade steps off from Whitehaven Parkway, goes down MacArthur Boulevard, turns left on Edmunds and left on Sherier, and ends at the Palisades Rec Center. 11 a.m. Palisades Recreation Center, 5200 Sherier Pl. NW. 202-363-7441. Free.

Patriotic brass The U.S. Air Force Band Ceremonial Brass Quintet performs ­
20-minute sets at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000.

Independence Day Parade The annual parade includes marching bands, fife-and-drum corps, floats, military and equestrian units, and giant balloons. 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Constitution Avenue NW from Seventh Street to 17th Street NW. Free.

A Capitol Fourth John Stamos hosts an outdoor concert by the National Symphony Orchestra with the Beach Boys, Blues Brothers, Sofia Carson, the Four Tops, Chris Blue, Trace Adkins, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” Herald Trumpets and Presidential Salute Battery. Gates at 3 p.m., concert at 8 p.m., fireworks at 9:09 p.m. West Lawn of the Capitol, 100 Constitution Ave. NE. 202-226-8000. Free.

“Hive” An installation of more than 2,700 wound paper tubes varying in size from several inches to 10 feet high creates three interconnected, domed chambers. The smaller chambers feature instruments such as drumlike tubes and chimes. Opens Tuesday. Through Sept. 4. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Free-$16.


Kids in Canal The children’s entertainment series continues with Rainbow Rock Band. 10:30 a.m. Canal Park, 200 M Street SE. 202-465-7012. Free.

Caravan Palace The French electro-swing band is best known for the hit “Lone Digger.” 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. $35.

Lincoln Summer Movie Series: “Do the Right Thing” In Spike Lee’s 1989 film, racial tensions in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood escalate on the hottest day of summer. 7 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202-888-0050. $10.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports