Summer is sizzling, so step outside to enjoy festive county fairs and evenings filled with free concerts and outdoor movies. Here are some area events you won’t want to miss.
Downtown Bethesda, Maryland presents Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. Now in its seventh year, the series transforms Woodmont Triangle into a blockbuster experience for the community, bringing you five evenings of hit films. Limited seating will be available, so moviegoers are encouraged to bring along lawn chairs. The movies roll July 26 through 30, 2011. Classics to be shown include The Breakfast Club (PG) The King’s Speech (PG-13) and Rocky (PG-13). For more information, visit www.bethesda.org/node/147.
You’ll be singing and dancing all summer long in Delaware, as Delaware State Parks bring you the 2011 Summer Concert Series,now through the end of August. With shows taking place at several state park locations, it’s easy to find entertainment almost any night of the week. Wilmington’s Bellevue State Park is the place to find live music on Sundays and Thursdays, so head to the band shell where you’ll enjoy upcoming performances from Swing City Big Band, the Barbone Street Jazz Quartet and many others. Wilmington State Park, also in Wilmington, hosts shows on Monday evenings; scheduled performers include acts like Alfred James who performs Rock Cello, and the Witchdoctors who will spellbind you with their classic blues and rock numbers. Concertgoers will also be granted access to the park’s impressive Rockford Tower during the shows. White Clay Creek State Park, located in Newark, hosts concerts on Wednesday nights. With a mix of musical offerings, there’s sure to be something that suits your style. On Friday evenings, Killens Pond State Park in Felton hosts concerts, as does Trap Pond State Park, located in Laurel. Upcoming Friday shows at Killens Pond State Park include such acts as The Johnny Cash Experience, a tribute to the music of “the man in black.” Many venues encourage lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets while some offer refreshments for sale. Park entrance fees apply, but the concerts are free. For more information, visit www.destateparks.com/summer-concerts/index.asp.
If you’re looking for some fun, you can count on the Loudoun County Fair
in Leesburg, Virginia to provide you with plenty from July 25 through 30, 2011. The fair offers plenty of activities and events – from the incredible Masters of the Chainsaw carving show, featuring an elite group of the nation’s best professional chainsaw sculptors to acrobatic shows to “Agricadabra,” an agricultural-themed magic show and more. Great contests include a corn on the cob eating, pie eating, bubble gum blowing and more. Kids under 15 are admitted free on Children’s Day, July 27, before 4:00 P.M. Children can enjoy a Firefighter Training Show just for them, as well as free games offered by the Leesburg Optimist Club. Seniors are the guests of honor on July 28 when those 62 and over are granted free admission before 4:00 P.M. and can enjoy Bingo for Senior Citizens and so much more. For more information, visit www.loudouncountyfair.com.
Summer fun is waiting, get out there and make some fond memories.