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Italian entertainment company Cirque Italia and its Aquatic Spectacular Show kicks off this weekend at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg. Launching today, the fun continues weekends to June 23 at the fairgrounds, before heading to the Prince William Co. Fairgrounds in Manassas, Va., from June 28 to July 7.

Talented performers from across the globe will perform above the troupe’s custom-made water stage, which holds 35,000 gallons of water and tours from city to city. From aerial acts to hand balancing, high wire to contortion, the European-style circus combines art, drama and quirkiness in a production that has been hailed “Broadway meets Bellagio.” For more information, visit www.cirqueitalia.com.

On Saturday, the City of Gaithersburg, in partnership with the Bel Cantanti Opera Company, will present Johann Strauss II’s comic opera “Die Fledermaus,” at the City Hall Concert Pavilion, 31 South Summit Ave.

Set in 19th-century Vienna, and sung in German with English dialogue, “Die Fledermaus” (“The Bat”) is a tale of revenge gone awry, leading to an evening of mistaken identities and deceit. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov/onstage.

The Crazy Quilt Music Festival returns to Prince George’s County this weekend, with a total of nine bands rocking out at the Roosevelt Center in Greenbelt. The music begins at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Bele Bele Rhythm Collective drum circle, followed by a diverse program of entertainment featuring sets by African Roots and world music group Sahel, improv comedy troupe Penthouse Basement, singer and storyteller Ace Elijah, and many more. At 8 p.m., the music moves indoors at the New Deal Cafe, for more jamming courtesy of The U-Liners, For more information, visit www.newdealcafe.com.