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Balloons, a Broadway star and 'Raiders of the Lost Ark': the best of Baltimore's arts and entertainment scene this week

Balloons, a Broadway star and 'Raiders of the Lost Ark': the best of Baltimore's arts and entertainment scene this week

Preakness Balloon Festival

Short of the horses themselves, this may be the most beautiful thing about the Preakness, as more than a dozen hot-air balloons float their way into the Howard County sky. You can come and look (it’s especially photogenic after dusk, when the balloons are all lit up), and for an extra fee, even ride in one (trust us, the view can’t be beat). Includes food, a beer and wine garden, a kids’ zone and live music. 4 p.m.-9 p.m. May 11, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. May 12, plus early-morning viewing and balloon rides from 6:15 a.m.-9 a.m. May 11-12, 6:15 a.m.-8 a.m. May 13. Balloon rides are $20 (tethered) and $225 (untethered). Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210...

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