The 19th Jewish Folk Arts Festival a biennial event celebrating Jewish art, music and culture throughout Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Virginia will be held from 1-6 p.m. Sunday at B’nai Israel Congregation, 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville.
Founded by Rabbi David Shneyer, in 1977, festival highlights include several synagogue choirs and cantors, nationally known Klezmer bands, university and youth a cappella groups, and favorites such as the Fabrangen Fiddlers.
Judaic arts and crafts will be exhibited. Also planned are a teen lounge and music jam, Israeli dancing and the Klez Café, featuring international kosher food.
Slated workshops include “Using Family Treasures to Create Art” and “History of Jews and Chocolate: A Love Story,” among others.
Admission is $10, $5 for seniors and students. Preschoolers are admitted free.
The festival is sponsored by Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Center, an independent community organization devoted to Jewish life and outreach in the Jewish and general communities.
For more information, visit www.jewishfolkartsfestival.com.
The Rockville Concert Band will present “Ciao! Italia!,” a celebration of Italian composers from Rossini to Puccini and beyond at 3 p.m. Sunday at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. Suggested donation is $5. For more information, visit http://www.rocknet.org/leisure/band/index.html.
Also in Montgomery County, Class Acts Arts will present its third annual “FIESTA! Feasting and Feting the Arts,” from 6:30-9:30 p.m. tonight at Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. The fundraiser will feature collaborative artistic performances, delicacies from around the world, puppet demonstrations, an auction and more.
Class Acts Arts, of Silver Spring, is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization designed to deliver arts to the community via workshops in the performing and visual arts to children “in school, after-school and out-of-school.” For more information, visit www.classactarts.org.
In Frederick, the Maryland Shakespeare Festival’s youth company, Riotous Youth, will present the Bard’s classic romantic mischief, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” at 8 p.m. tonight and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Frederick Cultural Arts Center, 15 W. Patrick St., Frederick.
The Riotous Youth program places classic theater into the hands of Maryland performers ages 11 to 18.
Tickets are $10. For more information, visit www.mdshakes.org.
Also this weekend in Frederick, The Hood College Choir will be joined by the U.S. Naval Academy glee clubs for two performances of Handel’s “Messiah.”
The Frederick tradition will be staged 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday at Hood’s Coffman Chapel, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick.
The 65th anniversary of the first performance of the famous oratorio by the Hood College Choir will feature soloists Nola Richardson, soprano; Katelyn Jackman, mezzo-soprano; Adam Caughey, tenor and Peter Tomazewski, bass.
Lynn Staininger, director of choral activities at Hood, will conduct the concert.
Doors open an hour before each performance. Tickets are $25 for adults and $18 for students and seniors ages 62 and older.
For more information, visit www.hood.edu/messiah.
Finally, ICE! returns to the National Harbor this weekend, featuring characters from DreamWorks’ “Shrek the Halls.”
The interactive world of colorful ice sculptures and incredible 20-foot-tall ice slides was carved entirely from two-million pounds of ice.
The fun continues until Jan. 6. Visit www.nationalharbor.com.