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Baltimore Grand Prix: Driver sightings, giveaways, discounts

Baltimore offers events, deals for IndyCar fans, locals

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9:42 PM EDT, August 31, 2011

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If you're in Baltimore for the Grand Prix or you're simply a local looking for something to do, there's plenty to keep you occupied: driver appearances, concerts, attractions and more.


Racer sightings

Adobe Road Wine Dinner: With champion driver Marc Bunting and others competing in the Baltimore Grand Prix. Preview the Team Baltimore Racing show car. Wednesday, Morton's The Steakhouse, 300 S. Charles St. $125. mortons.com

Al Unser Jr. and other IndyCar series racers: Appearing 7 p.m. Wednesday; chance to win tickets with Izod purchase. Macy’s, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. macys.com

Danica Patrick and Mike Conway: Appearing 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Buffalo Wild Wings, 10391 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills.

Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay: Appearing 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Buffalo Wild Wings, 8200 Perry Hall Blvd., White Marsh.

Dario Franchitti: Appearing 6-9 p.m. Friday at Radcliffe Jewelers, 1848 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville. He’ll be promoting the TW Steel line of watches. The event will also feature an auction benefiting The Herman & Walter Samuelson Children's Hospital at Sinai. RSVP required; email name, phone and any guests to rsvp@radcliffejewelers.com

Concerts

Free concerts at Power Plant Live: Race week kickoff party with Lost in Paris, the Philly party band, on Thursday. HyJinx (rock/dance cover band): Friday (gates open 6 p.m.). 34 Market Place. powerplantlive.com

Grand Prix Meet and Greet at Hard Rock Cafe: Doug Rockwell, Planeside, 8 Ohms and a DJ performance by Chris Vrenna; IndyCar driver meet & greets; silent auction to benefit Al Unser Jr. Children’s Charitable Foundation and the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Friday, 601 E. Pratt St. Free. hardrock.com/baltimore

Grand Prix Kickoff: Olivia Newton-John & Terrell Owens co-host Pink and Blue for Two: Performances by Newton-John and Kelly Bell Band; auctions. Benefits cancer awareness. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; meet-and-great 6:30 p.m. Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. $45-$500. pb42.com


Random goodness

Race to Little Italy Street Celebration: Bocce tournaments, music, food. Friday-Saturday. Free admission. littleitalymd.com

Grand Prix Child Race Car Giveaway: You can enter to win a pint-sized Grand Prix race car through Sept. 6 at the Baltimore Visitor Center, 401 Light St.

“Super Speedway” IMAX screening: About Indy Car racing and the Andretti family. Friday-Sunday, Maryland Science Center. mdsci.org

Discounts and free admission

Free admission: 10-11 a.m. Wednesday: Baltimore Museum of Industry; American Visionary Art Museum; Reginald F. Lewis Museum; Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Museum; Maryland Science Center; Geppi’s Entertainment Museum; others.

IndyCar exhibit: Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. The Sports Legends Museum. Discounted $5 admission (and extended hours) Thursday-Sunday. baberuthmuseum.com

Zoo Prix (corrected): Drive Out the Animal in You!: Racing-themed events at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Saturday-Sunday. Buy-one-get-one-50-percent-off admission (discount not available to general public). marylandzoo.org

National Aquarium: $5-off discount Thursday-Monday. Enter promo code: GRAND at aqua.org.

Free Historic Fell's Point Walking Tours: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. through Sunday. Fell's Point Visitor Center. starspangledtrails.org

Happy hours and prix-fixe meals: Nearly 50 happy hours and prix-fixe menus are being offered in conjunction with the Baltimore Grand Prix. baltimore.org/race-week/deals