Events, Festival Fill Up the Weekend

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    NEWSLETTERS

    What’s happening this weekend in the area?

    21st Annual Bluebird Blues Festival

    Great music, featuring Diunna Greenleaf, will be echoing at the Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Md., on Saturday.

    There will be two stages of acts, music workshops, activities for the kids and lots of food. The festival starts at 11 a.m. Saturday and ends at 6 p.m.

    News 4’s Jim Handly will host the event.

    National Book Festival

    Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, the National Book Festival will take place on the National Mall.

    The annual festival brings more than 100 authors together for free book signings, one-on-one chats and other events. The festival runs until 5:30 p.m., and will start Sunday at noon.

    Last year, more than 200,000 people turned out for the festival.

    Red Bull Flugtag

    The Prince George’s County Fire Department will take some of their hard work and hurl it into the Potomac River.

    Engine 842 is participating in the worldwide Red Bull Flugtag. Teams will steer human-powered flying machines off a 30-foot deck in hopes they take flight.

    However, their efforts end up being more comedic than successful. The event opens up at the National Harbor at noon on Saturday. Take-offs begin at 2.

    Strut Your Mutt

    The Best Friends Animal Society is hosting its second annual Strut Your Mutt festival in Jessup, Md., at Blob’s Park.

    There will be pet contests and activities like Belly Rub Hub, and Ruff and Relax. The festival runs from 10 a.m. Saturday until 1 p.m.

    Proceeds benefit animal welfare groups in the Baltimore/D.C. area.