A Ferris wheel, bumper cars, carnival midway and lots of food — does anything say "summer" more joyously than the classic town carnival? The folks at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association have been putting on one of the area's best for over 100 years, and this year's edition promises to follow suit. More than 20 rides in all, plus wheels of chance, bingo, a dime pitch (we all need more plates, right?) and more. Plus all the hamburgers you could possibly want. Opens Friday and runs through Aug. 5 (except for Sunday) on the association grounds, 19 Crain Highway South. 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Free admission. gbia.org.
Baltimore Restaurant Week
Some 100 city restaurants are anxious for you to give them a try, and as an inducement, are offering fixed-price menus for dinner (three courses, $20-$35) and lunch (two courses, $12-$20). Eat hearty, and a little bit cheaper. Starts Friday and runs through Aug. 6. baltimorerestaurantweek.com.
About 40 food trucks, offering a little bit of everything when it comes to food, will gather at the state fairgrounds, 2200 York Road in Timonium. And, as if the food wasn't enough, there'll also be live music, vendors of all sorts, even a mechanical bull and kids' area, too. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. $15-$60, free for kids 12 and under. missiontix.com/trifecta.
So much great music to choose from. We're betting he does some stuff from "La La Land." 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (rescheduled from June 20) at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. $59-$349. merriweathermusic.com.
Baltimore's Birthday Bash
Wish Charm City a happy 288th with food and libations from local brews and bakers (including Monument City Brewing, Peabody Heights Brewing, Baltimore Whiskey Company, Dessert Fantasies, Dooby's, Points South, Diablo Doughnuts and Batch Bake Shop), plus music and amazing views of the birthday city itself. Benefits Live Baltimore. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday at the Top of the World Observatory, on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St. $65. livebaltimore.com.
'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' in concert
The second Harry Potter film, from 2002, with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams' score live. Muggles welcome. 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $39-$79. bsomusic.org.
"Wickedest Tales of All" highlights the best of this Orlando-based theater troupe's horrific shows, with nods to Charles Dickens' "A Madman's Manuscript," the Hindu "Tale of the Churel," Edgar Allan Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death" and more. Sounds positively creepy. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. next Sunday. Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. $15-$25. theatreproject.org.
Learn about the history of rum, learn how rum is made, even enjoy a tasting or two (maybe an umbrella drink?). Guided by Ben Lyon of Maryland's own Lyon Distilling Company. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday at the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St. $55-$60. mdsci.org.
Martin Sheen's Capt. Willard must push through the physical and psychological morass that is the Vietnam War in search of Marlon Brando's renegade Col. Kurtz and the heart of darkness he's established upriver. Francis Ford Coppola's nightmare opus is one of the greats, and a movie that must be seen on the big screen to be appreciated. 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road. $9-$10. thesenatortheatre.com.
'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and 'Love's Labour's Lost'
Two Shakespearean comedies get the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory treatment. The "Midsummer" tale of a magical night in the woods will be staged indoors at the Great Hall Theater at St. Mary's Community Center, 3900 Roland Ave., at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. next Sunday. "Labours," the story of a king and his three companions as they (unsuccessfully) struggle to forsake women for a three years, premieres Friday and runs through Aug. 13 outdoors in the Meadow at Johns Hopkins Evergreen Museum & Library, 4545 N. Charles St. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays. $15-$20 (free for kids 12 and under). baltimoreshakespearefactory.org.