Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week will take place August 14-20 at select venues throughout the area. Visitors can have a 3 course lunch for $22 or brunch for $22 and a 3 course dinner for $35. Presented by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, this year’s summer restaurant week will have 250 participating restaurants in DC, Maryland and Virginia.
Brookside Gardens in Wheaton is displaying their annual Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit thru September 17. The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia as they soar among colorful flowers. Visitors can “learn about their amazing metamorphoses, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens.”
Imagination Stage is presenting Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure, directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer, in the Lerner Family Theatre, thru August 13. The show, with book & lyrics by Rachel Rockwell and music & lyrics by Michael Mahler, is based on the classic tale by Lewis Carroll.
All of the familiar characters “have been transformed into live guitar-toting Rock ‘n’ Roll musicians, and even Alice joins in a battle of the bands, performing on keyboard and drums! The writers “have successfully translated Carroll’s irrational Wonderland to our own times and added lyrics and a beat that will make you want to twist and shout!” The production is considered best for ages 5+.
Imagination Stage is presenting ¡Ratón en Movimiento! – a new bilingual version of Mouse on the Move! – in the Reeve Studio Theatre, thru July 30. The show was originally developed and directed by Janet Stanford and Kathryn ChaseBryer and has been adapted and translated by Nick Vargas and Maribel Bustamante. The story of two adventurous mice who explore the world outside their little mouse-hole, is performed in both Spanish and English! The audience becomes part of the story through multi-sensory activities.
Adventure Theatre MTC is presenting Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook, directed by Rick Hammerly, based on the book series by Barbara Park, thru August 14.The show, which is recommended for all ages, is about “Junie B. Jones, who, with her two bestest friends in the world, loses her new furry mittens to some "stealers," and she has to investigate.
But Junie B. might have something she forgot to return, too.”
Image below: Elliot Kashner & Megan Graves in a scene from "Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook" ”
The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park is presenting The Wizard of Oz, thru July 23.The production “follows closely the original story in L. Frank Baum's first, best-known and best-loved of the classic Oz tales.
There are more adventures than included in the film: more of Baum's original dialogue is included: and, the witch plays only a minor (less scary) role.”
Strathmore’s Backyard Theater for Children is open on Thursdays during July, and little ones can “romp, run, roll, and make music on the green hills. Families can enjoy performances by top-notch kindie rock musicians and entertainers under the tented Backyard Theater Stage."
Future performers will include illusionist The Amazing Max, Falu’s Bazaar, who combines classical Indian music with American pop in interactive concerts, and Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights, who perform positive, original music for young listeners. Strathmore’s Backyard Theater Stage is adjacent to the historic Mansion at Strathmore.
The Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival will take place on the lawn near the historic Mansion at Strathmore and Gudelsky Gazebo, August 24-27. There will be live music, visual art displays, and games. Barbecue, and beverages, including wine and beer, will be available for purchase from Ridgewells.
Recent blockbusters will be shown “on the only nine-story tall, 52-foot-wide inflatable movie screen within 1,000 miles. Guests will enjoy an unrivaled outdoor movie experience with digital cinema projection." The screening schedule is:
Thursday, August 24:Moana – PG Friday, August 25:Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - PG-13
Saturday, August 26 – The Lego Batman Movie – PG Moviegoers are encouraged to bring picnic blankets, low beach chairs & small coolers.
The free event is underwritten by Comcast and produced by DTA Global with Strathmore, and benefits NIH Children’s Charities.
In the event of severe weather, the screenings will be cancelled.
Image below: A view of a previous Comcast screening.
The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair will take place in Gaithersburg, Maryland, August 11-19. The popular event includes entertainment, food, music, arts & crafts, carnival rides, animal shows, a KidZone, and many competitions.
The Maryland State Fair will take place August 24-September 4 at The Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD.The fair features thousands of home arts and agricultural exhibits, daily livestock and horse shows, food, entertainment, a wide variety of midway rides and games, thoroughbred horse racing and free concerts.
There’s also a 4-H/Home Artsexhibit and a Farm & Garden Exhibition.
Image below: Views of a previous Maryland State Fair - Photo by Edie M. Bernier
The Annual Maryland Renaissance Festival will take place on select days, August 26-October 22 in Revel Grove in Crownsville, which is just outside Annapolis, Maryland.On arrival, visitors are greeted with “a map of the realm listing all of the locations and attractions the festival has to offer.
With 8 stages, jousting, street entertainment and pub/tavern performances all included with your admission, there is so much to do and see, that not all of it can be experienced in one day.”