LatinoFest, Weird Al, Crab & Beer Festival and more of the Baltimore area's top events this week


LatinoFest continues its 36-year tradition of giving Charm City a decidedly Latin favor. Expect music and dance (including merengue, bachata, cumbia, reggaeton, duranguense, mariachi, salsa and doubtless a few other kinds we're forgetting to mention), plus plenty of seriously good food. Also crafts, cultural displays and kids' activities (face painting and a rock-climbing wall). Noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday in Patterson Park, Eastern and Linwood avenues. $10, free for kids under 12 with a paying adult. Sponsored by Education Based Latino Outreach.


Aberdeen Ironbirds home opener

The Orioles short-season Single A affiliate, under second-year manager Luis Pujols, opens its 2016 home season against the Auburn Doubledays. Here's your chance to see some Orioles stars of the future (Ironbirds alums include Nick Markakis and Manny Machado). Maybe you'll even spot O's great Cal Ripken Jr. in the owner's box. 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium, 873 Long Drive in Aberdeen. $11-$27.


Baltimore Dragon Boat Challenge

A fleet of colorful dragon boats take on one another in a series of 500-meter and 2,000-meter races. The people on the boats will be working hard to win, but watching from the shore is just simple fun. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday on the waterfront at the Under Armour headquarters, 1010 Hull St. in Locust Point.

Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival

You've got steamed crabs. You've got beer. Seriously, what's not to love? 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at the Inner Harbor's Rash Field, 610 Light St. $29-$89.

The Big Show & The Little Big Show

A Creative Alliance favorite: Members — all of them — are able to show off a visual creation in a salon-style setting. Visitors can look and linger, or even buy and take some art home with them. New this year: a performance night, scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, where members can show off their talents on stage. Everything goes on view Saturday (an opening reception is set for 6 p.m.-8 p.m.), and remains up until July 30. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Free. 3134 Eastern Ave.

'Independence Day: Resurgence'

Twenty years on, and those nasty outer-space aliens from "Independence Day" are back. And they're no less nasty, or lethal. Director Roland Emmerich is back, as are actors Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, Judd Hirsch and probably a few others. In theaters Thursday.


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The gospel great brings his retrospective "20 Years in One Night" tour to Baltimore. 7:30 tonight at the Modell Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $29.50-$146.50.

Rock the Ring

The Reagan Years will perform in the first of a series of free concerts this summer, sponsored by Smyth Jewelers. With food and drink from area food trucks and brewers. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday at Smyth, 2020 York Road in Timonium. Future concerts are set for July 21 (Drivin' Muzzy) and Aug. 18 (As If).

Weird Al Yankovic

Wonder if he'll delve back as deep into his playlist as "Another One Rides the Bus" or "My Bologna"? Silly stuff, and that's the point. 8 p.m. Wednesday at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. $58-$85.50.


Fit+ Festival

Free fitness instruction from lululemon athletica, Maryland Athletic Cluband Under Armour Brand House. Plus music, food, a photo both and other stuff, all designed to make you look and feel better. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in Harbor East, along Aliceanna Street. Free.