Theater fest: The 22nd season of the Contemporary American Theater Festival kicks off Friday, but for those who can’t wait to see the five plays in this year’s repertoire, make plans to head to Shepherdstown tonight for the “Pay What You Can” preview shows. For details or to reserve seats, call 800-999-2283 or go to www.catf.org.
Fireworks, symphony: The Fourth may be over, but you haven’t missed your chance at a big fireworks display. The Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s free annual “Salute to Independence” concert at Antietam National Battlefield is set for Saturday. The evening begins with music at 7:30 p.m. The fireworks start around 9:45 p.m. Go only if you don’t mind crowds: the tradition typically draws 30,000 or more visitors and exiting after the show can take 90 minutes or so. Take a roundtrip shuttle for $2. For details, go to www.nps.gov/anti/salute.htm.
Art event: Visit with 25 outstanding local artists including Nancy Streeter, Doug Kinnett, Elaine Mosel and Pat Langerhans later this week during the Over The Mountain Studio Tour’s summer preview show in the War Memorial Building on German Street in Shepherdstown. New this year, the show happens from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Book event: Local author Bob O’Connor will sign copies of his latest Civil War novel “A House Divided Against Itself” and other works from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Four Seasons Books, 116 W. German St. in Shepherdstown.
Market, concert: The music starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at Morgan’s Grove Market on W.Va. 480 outside Shepherdstown. Morgan’s Grove Market is offering a summer-long concert series to benefit Jefferson County non-profits. The market is open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Concert tickets cost $8 in advance (and are on sale at Morgan’s Grove Market and the Blue Moon eatery in Shepherdstown) or $10 at the door. Anyone 21 or younger gets in free. For details, visit www.morgansgrovemarket.com.