Campers from Washington Performing Arts' Step to the Beat! summer camp at their 2013 performance with Step Afrika! (credit: Fritz PhotoGraphics)

The Going Out Guide recommends free or low-cost things to do this week. (Events are free unless otherwise noted.)


District Karaoke citywide finals

Amateur crooners compete in District Karaoke’s citywide finals. Admission is free and there are drink specials on Heineken and something called “Karaoke Kourage,” which sounds sufficiently dangerous.

7 p.m. Penn Social, 801 E Street. NW. 202-697-4900.


Silk Road Dance Company

The award-winning company brings its blend of contemporary and traditional dances from Central and Southern Asia, the Middle East and the Caucasus to the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Founded by SRDC’s Artistic Director (and George Washington University world dance professor) Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray in 1995, the internationally known dance ensemble has performed in Canada, Singapore, Uzbekistan and Qatar.

6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F Street. NW. 202-467-4600.


Jane Austen Outdoor Film Series

For the final installment of its three-part Jane Austen film series, the Dumbarton House is showing 2005’s “Pride and Prejudice,” which stars Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen as Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Based on Austen’s 1813 novel of the same name, the film was nominated for four Oscars in 2006, including a Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role nod for Knightley's portrayal of the playful and intelligent Bennet.

7:30 p.m. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q Street. NW. 202-337-2288. Donations encouraged.


Arlington County Fair

Need some rural-themed fun? The Arlington County Fair has got you covered, with pony rides, racing piglets, a Cows-N-Corn milking demo and more. There are also rides and games, which require purchased tickets. All of Thursday’s fair events are outdoors, but there are indoor activities taking place Friday through Sunday.

5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 Second Street South. Arlington.


Montgomery County Agriculture Fair

Because you can never go to too many fairs in one week. MoCo's Agriculture Fair also offers pig racing, as well as horse and pony demonstrations, a chainsaw demo and Old MacDonald’s Barn & Mooo-ternity Ward, where guests can squee over baby animals. The fair schedule is subject to change, so be sure to check the schedule before you go.

3 p.m. to 12 a.m. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut Street. Gaithersburg.  (301) 926-3100. $10. Free for children age 11 or younger.


Violins for Douglass – Remembering Freedom Summer

The Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association, the Prince George’s County Philharmonic Kid’s Program and the Coalition of African Americans in the Performing Arts are hosting an event celebrating Frederick Douglass’s bicentennial and the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer. Featuring musical performances, mini-violin tutorials, crafts and a petting zoo, the afternoon will be capped off by an appearance by 1964 Freedom Rider, Rev. Reginald M. Green.

1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Avenue. SE. 410-905-2670.


Step to the Beat!

Young steppers from Washington Performing Arts’ Step to the Beat! summer camp perform with professional step troupe, Step Afrika!, in the campers’ final performance of the summer.

2 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F Street. NW. (202) 272-2448.