Amaluna – Cirque du Soleil - Through September 21, 2014, National Harbor, MD.  The unique show features signature Cirque gravity-defying acrobatics coupled with cutting-edge technology.

Redskins Training Camp - Through August 11, 2014. Redskins Park, Richmond, Virginia. Fans are invited to watch the Washington Redskins gear up for the season. Fan Appreciation Day is August 2.

Virginia Sales Tax Holiday - August 1-3, 2014. Shoppers will save 5 percent on purchases of school supplies costing $20 or less per item, or clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less.

Howard County Fair - August 2-9, 2014. Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD. The event includes livestock exhibits, carnival rides and games, musical entertainment, educational demonstrations, an animal petting zoo and more.

Fairfax County 4 H Fair - August 2-3, 2014. Frying Pan Park, 2709 W. Ox Rd., Herndon, Virginia. (703) 324-5203. Farm animals, children’s rides and a pie-eating contest. Free Admission. For information on more upcoming fairs,  see a guide to Maryland and Virginia County Fairs.

Friendship Firehouse Festival - August 2, 2014. Alexandria, VA. Bring the kids to explore the firehouse museum in Old Town  and enjoy crafts, live musical entertainment, free giveaways and more.

National Harbor Fireworks - Through August 30, 2014, 9:30 p.m. Gaylord National Resort,  National Harbor, MD.  The free fireworks show over the Potomac River is displayed on select Saturday nights throughout the summer.

Citi Open Tennis Classic - Through August 3, 2014. William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center, 16th & Kennedy Streets, NW Washington, DC. This is an annual men’s tennis tournament held each summer in Washington, DC.

Howard County Restaurant Weeks - Through August 4, 2014. Howard County, Maryland. Summer dining specials offer a great opportunity to enjoy locally grown products while trying new restaurants and supporting local farmers and food and beverage purveyors.

PLUS...

Tyson's Corner Center free outdoor movie: Aug. 2, "The Great Gatsby", 8p at the new outdoor plaza.