Artscape 2012 highlights

Brian McKnight is one of the headliners at this year's Artscape.

As cool as Artscape's Roadside Attractions corridor sounds, it's far from all Baltimore's free arts festival has to offer for 2012. Here are six more reasons not to stay home this weekend:

Music, music, music R&B singer Brian McKnight headlines the main stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday night. Clutch, a rock band whose members hail from Germantown, perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. And the Rebirth Brass Band, which won a Grammy this year, closes out the festival at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. But these three acts barely scratch the surface of all the music at this year's festival.

Art Cars Show & Parade You think polishing your car every week shows how much you love it? Here are some people who love their cars so much, they turn them into traveling works of art. The parade begins about 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, and heads north. It's scheduled to hit the intersection of North and Mount Royal avenues at 11 a.m. Many of the cars will be on display throughout Artscape, which doubles as the site of the 19th annual Art Car and Other Wheeled Vehicle Show.

Squonk Opera Equal parts traveling circus, mummer's parade and old-time medicine show, Squonk Opera presents a combination music and video production, all from a custom-built monster truck. Performances are set for noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. daily at Charles and Preston streets, with each show preceded by a parade.

Face Forward At a festival featuring outstanding examples of visual art, this one may stand out the most. New Mexico artist Christian Ristow's 16-foot-tall androgynous human face is controlled by a series of levers that can be manipulated by Artscape visitors. Look for it in Lyric Park, west of the Lyric Opera House.

Artists' Market Nearly 100 artists, in all manner of media, will be offering their work for sale along Mount Royal Avenue. Go ahead, take a piece of Artscape home with you.

War of 1812 commemoration Each day at 11 a.m., Artscape will open with performances of "The Star-Spangled Banner" from all three music stages. On Friday, the Dan Meyer Choir will present "The War of 1812: A Choral Commemoration" at 4 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church, 110 W. Lafayette Ave. On Saturday and Sunday, the New Old Theater will present " 'The Star-Spangled Banner' and all Its Children," a concert of music dating from the War of 1812 period, at 11 a.m. in Falvey Hall of the Maryland Institute College of Art's Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.