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Weekend Guide: Beer festivals, town fairs, dance days

Friday - 8/16/2013, 8:28am  ET

Feeling up for some bluegrass and baked goods? The annual Lucketts Fair will take place Aug.17-18. (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON - Don't let the empty Hill and deserted roads fool you. The D.C. area is not all vacant this weekend. There is plenty going on in the D.C. area for those who are sticking around in August. From fairs and festivals, to live music events, there's plenty to do Aug. 17-18.

The Lucketts Fair

Bluegrass, baked goods, hay rides and antiques -- it's all happening at the Lucketts Fair this weekend, Aug. 17-18. The 41st annual event will take place at the Lucketts Community Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5. Don't forget to bring your pie-baking skills. There will be contests.

The Family Friendly NoMa Beer Fest

This free outdoor beer festival falls, conveniently enough, on the last weekend of D.C.'s Beer Week. NoMa Beer Fest features a variety of local food and beer vendors, plus live music. No need to get a babysitter -- there are plenty of activities to keep the kids busy, such as face painting, sprinklers and arts and crafts. The festival takes place on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 2-8 p.m.

End-of-Summer Ice Cream Sunday

On Sunday, Aug. 18, the Dumbarton House is saying "goodbye" to summer with one of the season's best treats. Guests of the Dumbarton House will get a chance to make their own ice cream, and then taste the fruits of their labor. The cost is $8 and the event starts at 1 p.m.

Relive Late 90s Soft Rock at the Birchmere

Edwin McCain's "I'll Be" was a staple on the airwaves in the late 90s. Fifteen years later, McCain is still making music, and he's playing live at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Va., Aug. 17 with Justin Trawick. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Nine Hours of Dancing at Trillectro

If dancing for nine hours is on your to-do list this weekend, you're in luck. Trillectro is at the Half Street Fairgrounds in Southeast D.C. The festival, happening Aug. 17 from 1-9 p.m., bridges together hip-hop and electronic music for the second year in a row.

Big Jazz Band in Reston

Catch the Navy's premier 18-member jazz ensemble this weekend. The U.S. Navy Band Commodores will play a free outdoor concert on Saturday, Aug. 17, as part of Reston Town Center's summer series, Concerts on the Town. The music will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Reston Town Center Pavilion.

A Taste of Barbados

The Embassy of Barbados is giving Washingtonians a taste of its country's culture on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 3-8 p.m. The outdoor event will have food (an authentic Bajan meal), music, games and dancing. Tickets for the day are available online.

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