No bicentennial to celebrate this year (guess we'll have to wait for 2112 for the next big War of 1812 commemoration), but that shouldn't make this any less of a good time. Look for a dozen Navy ships, plus plenty of other sailing vessels (including some from our friend to the north — despite what happened to the Orioles Tuesday — Canada) and aircraft, like those daredevil Blue Angels that everyone loves. The festivities officially start on Monday, but the real fun runs Thursday-Sunday, when many of the visiting ships, docked at the Inner harbor, Fells Point and Locust Point, will be open for free tours from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. (the Locust Point ships will not be open Saturday), and when the Fleet Week Festival, with food, vendors, displays and other celebratory stuff, takes over the Inner Harbor, also from 1 p.m.-6 p.m.. And on Saturday and Sunday, Air Show Baltimore will feature the Blue Angels and other aircraft flying over Fort McHenry and Middle Branch from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. mdfleetweek.com.
Baltimore Running Festival
The signature event here is the annual Baltimore Marathon, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at Russell and Camden streets ($125 to register), then continuing for 26-plus miles through Druid Hill Park, Patterson Park, Clifton Park, Federal Hill and all points in between, before finishing in the shadow of M&T Bank Stadium. There's also a Half Marathon (9:45 a.m., Conway and Light streets, $115), 5K (7:30 a.m., at Paca and Pratt streets, $45), team relay (8 a.m., Russell and Pratt streets, $265) and kids' Fun Run (9 a.m., Eutaw Street, near Oriole Park at Camden Yards, $15). Always free to watch, though. thebaltimoremarathon.com.
Food, souvenirs and entertainment. Bet you'll hear some balalaikas ringing out. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, noon-9 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. next Sunday. $2. Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, 1723 E. Fairmount Ave. russfest.org.
Maryland Home & Garden Show
Home improvement contractors, antique appraisals, home technology experts and all those plants you'll need for your fall gardens. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-next Sunday at the state fairgrounds, 2200 York Road in Timonium. $7-$9 (free for kids under 12). mdhomeandgarden.com.
'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'
Transvestites, hunchbacks and Dr. Frank-N-Furter. A more delightful troupe of miscreants has never been assembled (outside of John Waters' films, of course). Watch the movie, sing the songs, feel free to come dressed in your favorite "Rocky Horror" costume. And be ready to do the "Time Warp," again. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. $12-$18. creativealliance.org.
'Supergirl' season premiere
Season 2 debuts with a network move (from CBS to the CW) and the arrival of cousin Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) in National City – leaving Supergirl's sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), feeling a little conflicted. 8 p.m. Monday, locally on WNUV, Channel 54.
Weekend in the Country
Merriweather Post Pavilion closes its 2016 season with music from Little Big Town, Rodney Atkins, Dustin Lynch, Old Dominion and more. Thanks, WPOC. Music starts at 2 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday at Merriweather Post, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. $55-$175. Merriweathermusic.com.
"A radical variety of international, independent short animations." Includes works from the U.S., Canada, Germany, Estonia, the U.K. and Slovenia. Prepare yourself. 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Maryland Institute College of Art's Brown Center, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave. $5. sweatyeyeballs.com.
'The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology'
The autobiography of Thomas Dolby, musician ("She Blinded Me with Science"), technology innovator and professor at Johns Hopkins University, hits bookstores (real and virtual) on Tuesday.
If this is your idea of entertainment... Regal Cinemas will be showing tonight's second presidential debate, live from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. It's free, and you also get a free small soda with any popcorn purchase. Fact checkers will be watching. 9 p.m. at the UA Snowden Square Stadium 14, 9161 Commerce Center Drive in Columbia, and the Regal Bel Air Cinema Stadium 14. 409 Constant Friendship Road in Abingdon. regmovies.com/promotions.