June 26
Columbia Festival of the Arts: Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo. From “Down Under.” Feed, water and care for prehistoric creatures. In partnership with Howard County Conservancy (venue, too). 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. $15  columbiafestival.com and hcconservancy.org 

June 27
Columbia Festival of the Arts: A reading & conversation with Edith Pearlman discussing her newest, “Binocular Vision.” In partnership with HoCoPoLitSo and Town Center Community Association. Historic Oakland. 7:30 p.m. $20. columbiafestival.com

June 28
Columbia Festival of the Arts: The Teacher Behind the Work. Celebrating Howard County Art Teachers exhibit with wine and cheese reception. Columbia Arts Center Galleries, 5-7 p.m.; HCC Rouse Company Foundation Gallery, 6-8 p.m. Free. columbiafestival.com

June 28
Howard County Conservancy: What’s Bugging Your Yards? Learn how plants and insects interact — in a good way. 7 p.m. Register. $10/family; $12 after June 26. Hccconservancy 

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June 29
Sunset Serenades: Centennial Park. Columbia Orchestra does Broadway, film & classical. 7 p.m. BYO blanket and picnic

June 30
Columbia Festival of the Arts: 25th Anniversary Finale. MOMIX BOTANICA presents dance to a score from birdsong to Vivaldi. Rouse Theatre. 8 p.m. $35-$55. columbiafestival.com



Through June 10
Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” directed by Aaron Posner. Folger Shakespeare Library’s Elizabethan Theatre. 201 E. Capitol St. SE,Washington, D.C. 202-544-7077 or www.folger.edu/theatre

June 1-2
Classical Concert. Shepherd’s Blue Blazes; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, in A major, Op. 92, and Strauss’ Suite from Der Rosenkavalier. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-467-4600, 800-444-1324 or www.kennedy-center.org/nso

June 1-2
Riverdance. Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric. 110 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore.  410-547-SEAT or www.Modellpac.com

June 2
Tommy Tune in “Steps in Time”: Nine-time Tony Award winner celebrates 50 years on the Great White Way. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $28-$58. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda, Md. 301-581-5100 or www.strathmore.org

June 3
Walk-In Tour: The Arts of Asia. Walters Museum of Art. 1-2 p.m. Free. No reservations; just walk in. 600 N.Charles St., Baltimore. 410-547-9000 or thewalters.org

June 5
Karen Colins and The Backroad Band. Retro honky-tonk and classic country. Mansion at Strathmore.  7:30 p.m. $15. 10701 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Md. 301-581-5100 or www.strathmore.org

June 7-9
Classical Concert, Lalo performed on cello by Claudio Bohorques. Also Berlioz’s Overture, The Roman Carnival, Op. 9, and Tchaikovsky’s Syphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-467-4600, 800-444-1324 or www.kennedy-center.org/nso

June 8, 12 and 15
2012 June Chamber Festival: The American Chamber Players. 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). The Kreeger Museum. 2401 Foxhall Road NW, Washington D.C. 202-338-3552,  visitorservices@kreegermuseum.org or www.kreegermuseum.org

June 13-19
Star-Spangled Sailabration: The National War of 1812 Bicentennial Launch. International parade of ships sail into Baltimore. More than three dozen ships, including U.S. Navy, British and Canadian “grey hulls” and tall ships. Public tours, activities for land-lubbers, too. Air show, featuring the Blue Angels. Ships located in the Inner Harbor, Fell’s Point, Canton and Locust Point. www.starspangled200.com

June 13
Strathmore Art After Hours: Veronneau, World Music. Latin jazz, gypsy swing, American song and world music performed in English, French and Spanish. 7:30 p.m. $15. Mansion at Strathmore. 10701 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Md. 301-581-5100 or www.strathmore.org

June 23
Solstice: Maryland Science Center 35th annual fundraising gala. Gourmet foods, signature cocktails and live dance floor-filling pop hits from Eli “Paperboy” Reed and the True Loves. 8-midnight. $105, members; $125, non-members. Proceeds support the center’s educational programs and outreach to Maryland schools and community. 601 Science Center. 601 Light St., Inner Harbor, Baltimore. 410-545-5894 or www.marylandsciencecenter.org. 



July 8  
Sunset Serenades: Centennial Park. Uncle Jack, Classic Rock. 7 p.m. BYO blanket and picnic

July 13
Sunset Serenades: Centennial Park. Drew Stevyns, America’s Got Talent top 10 finalist on acoustic guitar. 7 p.m. BYO blanket and picnic

July 14
Howard County Maryland Pow-Wow: Arts, crafts, food and entertainment.Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship. Begins at 10 a.m.

July 20
Sunset Serenades: Centennial Park. Rocknoceros — Kids’ concert.7 p.m. BYO blanket and picnic

July 22
Kidz Triathlon: Columbia Triathlon. Ages 7-14. 410-964-1246 or info@tricolumbia.org 

July 27
Sunset Serenades: Centennial Park. David Bach Consort — Contemporary Jazz. 7 p.m. BYO blanket and picnic