Art on 8th. All ages (family-friendly event). Art on 8th continues until October, featuring music on Thursday evenings, interactive dance concerts and dance sessions on Friday evenings and arts/crafts workshops on Saturdays. FREE The Arts Plaza, Monroe Street Market, NE, Washington, DC.

August 28 U.S. Navy Band - Cruisers. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. This elite group has engaged and excited audiences of all ages throughout the U.S. and abroad with world-class musicianship and high energy, fun-filled performances. Contemporary, pop, classic rock and more! Rain or shine. FREE Glen Echo Park, Bumper Car Pavilion, Glen Echo, MD.

August 29 Farewell to Summer Campfire. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 8:30 p.m. As summer comes to an end, many of our animals and plants are ready to undergo changes. From trees losing leaves to birds flying south, we will celebrate the end of summer through songs, stories, games and most importantly, a yummy snack! Reservations required by Aug. 26, email naturecenter@reston.org. $$ Walker Nature Center, Campfire Ring, Reston, VA.

August 30 8th Annual Lake Anne Jazz & Blues Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 8 p.m. This all-day event will showcase a variety of talented regional and national jazz & blues artists. Headlining this year is the drenching New Orleans sounds by the Adrian Duke Project. Another artist performing is Reston hometown favorite Sam Gunderson. Rain or shine. FREE Lake Anne Plaza Waterfront, Reston, VA.

August 30 and 31 Brookeville: United States Capital for a Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Experience life in 1814, witness the arrival of President Madison, accompanied by the mounted Presidential Guard, and watch costumed living history demonstrations with a traditional Quaker supper this evening. Special tours, technology exhibits, children's activities, a military encampment, craft demonstrations, period food and libations, shopping and so much more! FREE Brookeville, MD.

August 30 Library of Congress National Book Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The festival will feature authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite poets and authors, get books signed, hear special entertainment, have photos taken with storybook characters and participate in a variety of activities. FREE Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.

August 30 Udvar-Hazy Center Summer Concerts. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 7 p.m. Each concert stars an energetic ensemble from the U.S. military or the local community. No tickets are required and parking is free after 4 p.m. Blankets are encouraged; lawn chairs and picnic snacks permitted but may not be brought inside the museum. Concerts will be held inside if it rains. This week: Quantico Marine Corps Rock Band. FREE Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA.

August 30 and 31 Outdoor Classroom Explore-a-Thon. Kids ages 3 to 12. 3:30 to 4:40 p.m. Want to jump like a frog? Dig a hole to China? Search for spineless wonders? Then join us in the outdoor classroom exploration areas. Staff will guide children through a variety of activities that are sure to be fun and inspiring. Dress for outdoor weather and pack a snack and water. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

August 30 Tiny Tots @ 10:00. Kids ages 4 and under. 10 a.m. This Puppet Co. program is designed for the youngest theater patrons. The shows are shorter, the lights stay on, the doors stay open, and everyone has a great time! Today's performance: Animal Crackers. Pre-Purchases are strongly recommended. $$ Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, MD.

September 1 Labor Day with Rocknoceros. Kids ages 2 to 7. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a family-fun show on an awesome day off! Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.


Pam Rynkowski