- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The world’s children

Wolf Trap officially ends its summer concert season at the Filene Center this weekend when it once again hosts the annual International Children’s Festival. For two days, children from all over the world will entertain with singing and dancing on multiple stages. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 3 to 12. Children under 3 can enter free. 1624 Trap Road, Vienna. Information 703/938-2404. Tickets 703/218-6500.

Opera’s golden anniversary

While one concert season ends, another begins when the Washington National Opera kicks off its 50th anniversary season Saturday with Verdi’s “I Vespri Siciliani.” The Kennedy Center Opera House raises the curtain at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 to $290. Performances continue on select dates through Oct. 4. F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

A musical awakening

On Saturday, four of contemporary Christian music’s biggest acts take to the stage for the Awakening music festival at Bull Run Park. Dove award-winning artist Jeremy Camp headlines the day-long event, while up-and-coming acoustic songstress Bethany Dillon plays some new tracks from her latest release, “Imagination.” Proceeds from the festival benefit the Joe Gibbs Youth For Tomorrow organization. Gates open at noon. Tickets are $12.50 to $15. 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville. 800/965-9324.

No corking fee

Maryland shows off its finest reds, whites and blends this weekend for the annual Maryland Wine Festival at the Carroll County Farm Museum. More than 16 wineries will feature 180 vintages along with a host of seminars, food options and a guided tour of the museum’s 19th-century farmhouse. Festival times are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for ages 7-20. 500 S. Center St., Westminster. 800/654-4645.

Knock, knock

Ever wonder what those stately embassy homes along Washington’s Embassy Row look like inside? During Sunday’s 21st Annual Kalorama House and Embassy Tour you can get an up-close-and-personal look at where foreign diplomats live and where they entertain Washington’s elite. This year’s tour features the residences of the ambassadors of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Austria and Iceland. The tour also include several private homes and the Woodrow Wilson House. Tickets are $18 to $25. The tour runs from noon until 5 p.m. For tickets or more information call 202/387-4062 ext. 18.

Zoo fiesta

Lions, tigers and dancers? The National Zoo welcomes a new kind of activity when it celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with “Fiesta Musical.” The day-long festival’s features range from animal demonstrations and Latin American food tastings to salsa lessons and plenty of Latin music. The gathering runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW. 202/633-4800.

Handmade at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon goes back nearly 300 years this weekend for its annual 18th Century Craft Fair. Artisans specializing in stone cutting, gunsmithing, soap making and other trades will be on hand to teach and to sell their wares. And what would the 18th century be without entertainment from groups like the West Potomac Colonial Singers, The Martin Family Band and many others? The fair runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $5 to $11. At Mount Vernon, at the south end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. 703/780-2000.

Thomas Walter

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