Take a turn on the Ferris wheel at the Loudoun County fair, or choose between a demolition derby and a rodeo. (Lisa Bolton/The Washington Post)

Monday, July 24

Loudoun County Fair opens: The Loudoun County Fair is basically everything a city slicker (or suburban dweller) could want: carnival rides and games; a demolition derby; goat showmanship and hopping competitions for rabbits; pie and corn-on-the-cob-eating contests; a professional rodeo with bull riding; a livestock obstacle course; petting zoos; a pig-kissing contest; live music; clog dancing; and monster trucks. The fun goes through Saturday. 9 a.m. $12 per day for adults, or $25 for the week; $5 per day for children age 6 to 12, or $15 for the week.

Bootleg Shakespeare: 'Henry VI, Part 2' at the Folger Theatre: The Shakespeare Theatre's Free for All might be the best-known free Shakespeare in Washington, but it’s not the only one — or the most fun. That honor goes to Taffety Punk's annual Bootleg Shakespeare, a seat-of-their-pants production that involves only one rehearsal on the day of the show, D.I.Y. costumes and improvised staging. The troupe is performing “Henry VI, Part 2,” the sequel to last summer’s “Henry VI, Part 1,” which sets the stage for the War of the Roses on the hallowed stage of the Folger Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Free. Tickets will be given away (two per person) at the door at 6 p.m.

WWE ‘Raw’ at Verizon Center: Expect brooding banter, fistfuls of adrenaline and plenty of pyrotechnics as professional wrestling's biggest stars start setting the table for next month's Summerslam, one of the biggest events on the WWE calendar. Former champions Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins, as well as title contender Samoa Joe, are scheduled to appear, so plan your signs and chants accordingly. 7:30 p.m. $20-$115.

[Beat the heat wave with one of these refreshing piña coladas]

Tuesday, July 25

Farmers Market Cocktails at Cotton and Reed: Wondering what to do with the random herbs and vegetables that show up in your CSA bag or at the local farmers market? For veteran bartender Lukas B. Smith, the answer is simple: Use them in a drink. Smith teaches the basics of turning seasonal produce into seasonal cocktail ingredients at Cotton and Reed's bar. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $100.

Diana Ross at Wolf Trap: During Motown Records’ golden age, Diana Ross led one of the biggest girl groups in music history. The Supremes released such classics as “Baby Love” and “Stop in the Name of Love” before Ross kicked off her highly successful career as a solo artist and actress, with songs like “I'm Coming Out” and “Upside Down.” Expect to hear songs from all eras at Wolf Trap. 8 p.m. $35-$85.

Wednesday, July 26

Washington Kastles Happy Hour at Kastles Stadium: The Washington Kastles may play in the Mylan World Team Tennis league, but they also did pretty well at Wimbledon: Venus Williams made it to the final, which she lost in two sets, while teammate Sam Querrey reached the semifinals after knocking out defending champion Andy Murray. The Kastles are back in action against the New York Empire at George Washington's Smith Center, and Querrey is a special guest at a pre-match happy hour. In addition to the meet-and-greet, tickets include an open bar, appetizers, tailgate games and a grandstand seat for the match. 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. $25.

[These patios offer cold happy hour drinks without the crowds]

Thursday, July 27

Reagan Bombs album release party at Songbyrd Music HouseReagan Bombs blends the sounds of D.C.'s raucous past and vibrant present, mixing percolating go-go rhythms with driving house beats. Producer Tittsworth used a variety of sources to create the 13 tracks on Reagan Bombs' self-titled debut, including vintage samples and snippets of interviews with Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown and a German news report on “Chocolate City.” But he also drew on new recordings, including percussion by Smoke and Stomp of go-go legends Northeast Groovers, which slide organically into place. The official LP release of “Reagan Bombs” includes a DJ set by Tittsworth, featuring Northeast Groovers' Rapper Dude, who provides vocals on the album. 9 p.m. $10.

Havana Nights at the Graham: The Graham Hotel's rooftop bar promises to transport guests from Georgetown to Cuba during its second Havana Nights party, with rum tastings and cocktails, a cigar-roller, Cuban music and a domino tournament. Tickets include a pork platter with rice and beans, one drink and a hand-rolled cigar; proceeds benefit Cuba Skate, which supplies skateboards and equipment to Cuban youth. 6 to 10 p.m. $35.

Newseum Nights: Rock OnThe Newseum's music-focused “Louder Than Words” exhibit — home to Lady Gaga's meat dress and Jimi Hendrix's guitar — closes on July 31, so the museum is throwing a special '80s-themed bash in its honor, with Day-Glo local cover band the Reflex, free '80s-style makeovers, period boardgames and curator-led tours of the exhibit. The open bars pour '80s-inspired cocktails, and chef Wolfgang Puck's menu includes mac and cheese balls with a Cool Ranch Doritos crust; Pop Rocks cupcakes; and honey mustard chicken sliders. Rocker attire of the decade is encouraged — all the better for the photo booth. 7:30 to 10 p.m. $60.

Friday, July 28

'Found Footage Festival: Cherished Gems' at Arlington Cinema & DrafthouseFor more than 25 years, Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher have been collecting hilarious and weird “found videotapes”: forgotten infomercials, unseen public access TV shows, 1980s video dating clips, vintage office and school training videos, and Jazzercise tapes donated to Goodwill. Then they package them up and show the results to audiences, complete with running commentary. The Found Footage Festival is on its way to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival next week, but not before Pickett and Prueher play their latest finds and all-time favorites for a crowd at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. 8 p.m. $13.

Rooftop taco extravaganza at the Liaison hotelDoes relaxing at a rooftop pool with beers and tacos sound like the perfect end to your workweek? (Join the club.) Douglas Alexander, the executive chef at the Liaison hotel's Art and Soul, is hosting a taco pop-up at the hotel pool, preparing five kinds of tacos, including braised chicken mole and cochinita pibil. Tickets include a choice of three tacos, a beer and access to the pool. Frozen margaritas ($8) and more snacks will be available for purchase. 5 to 8:30 p.m. $20.

— Fritz Hahn, Macy Freeman and John Taylor

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