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September 08, 2005|By Lori Sears

Kennedy Center Open House

The Kennedy Center is having its 34th birthday and is opening its doors for a day of free events Saturday. The Kennedy Center Open House Arts Festival features more than 30 performances, events and activities geared toward the whole family.

Visitors can enjoy live music (including the National Symphony Orchestra), dance (such as the Suzanne Farrell Ballet), a taste of the 2005-2006 season and more. A parade at 11:30 a.m. features the Wong Chinese Lion Dancers, the Bond Street Theater's Shinbone Alley Stilt Band and others, proceeding from the Hall of Nations entrance to the new Main Plaza area.

The open house is 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday throughout the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia and New Hampshire avenues Northwest, Washington. Free. Some events require free tickets. Call 800-444-1324.

`America's First Fair'

The York Fair first took place in 1765, making it the oldest fair in the nation and preceding the nation's birth by 11 years. No wonder it's long been dubbed "America's First Fair."

And while this year's York Fair in York, Pa., tomorrow through Sept. 18, boasts top-notch music, rides, crafts, cooking demonstrations and agricultural exhibits, just as most fairs do, it has its roots as an agricultural market on the town commons. And this year's fair is rooted in agriculture. But that doesn't mean it won't be a contemporary, cool and rockin' fair, especially with Michael Bolton tomorrow, Hank Williams Jr. on Saturday, Rascal Flatts on Monday, 38 Special with the Allman Brothers on Tuesday, Tim McGraw on Wednesday and Gretchen Wilson on Sept. 16.

The York Fair takes place tomorrow through Sept. 18 at the York Fairgrounds, 334 Carlisle Ave., York, Pa. Admission $5; $2 ages 6-11; free for ages 5 and under. Concert tickets extra. Visit for fair hours, schedule of events and to purchase concert tickets. Call 717-848-2596 for information or 717-848-2033 for concert tickets.

Alexandria Festival

Discover, browse and shop for art from more than 200 regional and national artists at the Alexandria Festival of the Arts in Virginia this weekend. See sculptures, paintings, photography, jewelry, glass works and more, displayed along King Street, from Washington Street east to Union Street. This outdoor gallery of sorts features works from more than 20 regional artists.

Visitors will also see a Regional Artists Juried Exhibition and performing artists on Old Town's historic Market Square, and enjoy a children's festival, a history-learning event, art demonstrations and hands-on activities nearby.

The Alexandria Festival of the Arts takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday on the streets of Old Town in Alexandria, Va. Free. Call 800-388-9119 or visit

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