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The Now List: Summer in Northern Virginia

Discover Northern Virginia and take your pick from local events offering arts, stage productions, historic re-enactments and even an astronaut academy.

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

This summer’s lineup at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is a who’s who of entertainment, says the concierge at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. From Lionel Richie to Sing, the B-52s to Wilco, the musical guests are many. Events featuring writers David Sedaris and Neil Gaiman are also part of this summer’s lineup.

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Independence Day at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon annual Independence Day celebration includes made-for-daytime fireworks over the Potomac and historic re-enactments. But the day’s highlight? A naturalization ceremony for new citizens and, of course, a “Happy birthday, America!”

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Tysons Corner Summer Concert Series

All throughout the summer, enjoy this free concert series at the nearby Tysons Corner Center. From country to ‘90s jams, every musical taste is represented.

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Photo Cruise of Mount Vernon and the Potomac

See Mount Vernon from a different perspective aboard a sightseeing cruise of the Potomac. The 40-minute narrated excursion offers insight on the river’s history and how it contributed to George Washington’s business ventures. Through October 31.

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“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” at 1st Stage

This play, from Pulitzer, Tony and Academy Award-winning playwright, August Wilson, is inspired by real life legendary blues singer, Gertrude “Ma” Rainey. You won’t want to miss this “Best Play” Tony-nominated theatrical experience. June 1-25.

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Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

From Charles Lindbergh’s historic flight to the modern spacecraft of today, discover the major aviation milestones that have transformed our world as we know it. See the iconic Spirit of St. Louis, the Viking Lander and more at the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall.

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