18 things to do this week: July 2-8

Country band Midland presents an Austin-inspired Electric Rodeo, Party Like a Patriot at Rustico Ballston’s beer garden and the Brook Ledge Great Meadow International event.

Brook Ledge Great Meadow International // Photo by Kira Topeka

ART EXHIBITS
Fruity Influences
Monday-July 29
Celebrate the colors and shapes of summer in this exhibit with Ceramic Guild. The pottery and ceramics are based on fruits and vegetables, creating an augmented reality. // Scope Gallery at Torpedo Factory Art Center: 105 N. Union St., Alexandria

MUSIC
Barenaked Ladies
Monday, 7 p.m.
Experience the sounds of Fake Nudes, the 15th studio album from the Toronto-based quartet. The pop-rock band, which has sold over 14 million albums worldwide and acquired a slew of Grammy nominations, celebrate their 30th anniversary. Better Than Ezra, the band behind “Good,” and “Suddenly I See” singer KT Tunstall will accompany the band. // The Filene Center: 1551 Trap Road, Vienna

FOOD & DRINK
League of Most Interesting Gentlemen Wine Tasting
Wednesday, noon-3 p.m.
Want to spend your Fourth of July surrounded by wine and historic figures? Spend the day talking to famous, patriotic gentlemen about topics such as liberty, America and wine. Take the time to take a Historic Tour and Tasting and indulge at the El Charrito food truck. // The Winery at Bull Run: 15950 Lee Hwy, Centreville

HOLIDAY
Party Like a Patriot
Wednesday, noon-7 p.m.
Rustico is ushering in its newly opened beer garden with some all-American backyard favorites, including hot dogs, burgers, potato salad, cotton candy, snow cones and local craft beers. Entertainment will include corn hole, ping-pong, foosball, face painters and balloon sculptors. // Rustico Ballston: 4075 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

HOLIDAY
Public reading of the Declaration of Independence
Wednesday, 1 & 3 p.m.
Hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the steps of the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop. // Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop: 1020 Caroline St., Fredericksburg

PERFORMING ARTS
National Symphony Orchestra: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert
Thursday & Friday, 8:30-11 p.m.
Enjoy the third film in J.K. Rowling series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, accompanied by live music provided by the National Symphony Orchestra. The movie will be projected in-house and outside on the lawn. Attendees are encouraged to get in character and dress the part. // The Filene Center: 1551 Trap Road, Vienna

SPECIAL EVENTS
Rec on Wheels Summer Fiesta Kickoff Event
Friday, 6-8 p.m.
Arlington County is bringing the fun to you with its Rec on Wheels program, which is at a different location Monday-Thursdays through August. The first of three special Friday events will begin with a Summer Fiesta that will offer inflatables, games and fiesta themed crafts. // Penrose Park: 2200 6th St. S., Arlington

ART
Getting Back to My Glass Roots
Friday, 6 p.m. opening night reception, open through July 29
Artist Lisa Gillen is welcomed to Art First Gallery for an opening reception of her show Getting Back to My Glass Roots, which showcases her nature-inspired glass techniques in the form of copper foil stained glass, kiln-formed glass and jewelry. // Art First Gallery: 824 Caroline St., Fredericksburg

MUSIC
Electric Rodeo
Friday & Saturday
Country band Midland presents an Austin-inspired Electric Rodeo weekend. There will be a concert on the lawn, a meet and greet, pig roast and an acoustic show. Bring your kids and grow out your mustache for a fun-filled weekend. // Airlie: 6809 Airlie Road, Warrenton

SPORTS
Brook Ledge Great Meadow International
Friday-Sunday, Times vary
Come watch the most talented horses and equestrian riders from all over the world compete in the Great Meadow International Nations Cup of Eventing. As a scenic spot in the heart of horse country, Great Meadow is hosting the international event for the third year in a row. // Great Meadow: 5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains

SPECIAL EVENT
MOViE NiTE—Fitness, Film & Family Fun
Friday, 7-9 p.m.
Sponsored by My BodYoga, grab a yoga mat and a bag of popcorn and relax with a yoga session followed by a movie—it’s a perfect end to a stressful work week. // My BodyYoga: 2570 Dynasty Loop, Woodbridge

PERFORMING ARTS
Why is Eartha Kitt Trying to Kill Me?: A Love Story
Saturday-July 14, Times vary
The peculiar connection between a legendary starlet and a troubled young man is explained in the form of a one-act opera, backed by a jazzy contemporary soundtrack. A mysterious murder and a tour de force love story make for one captivating production. // Signature Theatre: 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington

PARKS & REC
Kids Fishing Tournament   
Saturday, 9-11 a.m.
Calling all young fishing proteges—think you have what it takes? Kids ages 2-15 are invited to showcase their skills and see what they can catch in this fun tournament at Marina Lot #1. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment. // Leesylvania State Park: 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge

FOOD & DRINK
Bubbles and Caviar Pairing Class
Saturday, 2 p.m.
For $79, Salamander Resort & Spa’s Beverage Director will introduce guests to multiple kinds of caviar, each paired with a champagne that should bring out its distinct flavor. // Salamander Resort & Spa: 500 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg

MUSIC
The Legwarmers at Tarara Winery
Saturday, 5-9 p.m.
Rock on to this ‘80s tribute band for $20 if over 21, $10 if under 21, and don’t be afraid to bring the kids since those under 7 are free. // Tarara Winery: 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg

SPECIAL EVENT
USA/Alexandria Birthday Celebration
Saturday, 6-10 p.m.
While the U.S. may be turning 242 this year, the city of Alexandria is even older at the ripe age of 269 years. Attend this joint birthday celebration complete with good food, dazzling fireworks and a patriotic performance by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. // Oronoco Bay Park: 100 Madison St., Alexandria

FOOD & DRINK
Al Fresco Summer Dining
Sunday, 1 p.m.  
Need an all-around tutorial about capturing summer flavors at your next barbecue? Chef and food historian Nora Burgan will give a run-down of hosting the perfect summer gathering, complete with cooking demonstrations and helpful decorating hacks. // Green Spring Gardens: 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria

SPECIAL EVENTS
Stand Up, Speak Out: A Music & Spoken Word Showcase for Everytown for Gun Safety
Sunday, 1 p.m.
Embrace and support local high schoolers as they perform music and spoken word pieces that advocate for gun safety. All the proceeds go to the organization, Everytown for Gun Safety. // Jammin Java: 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna

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