The best Baltimore events this week: Maryland State Fair, Cirque du Soleil and Goo Goo Dolls

Maya Howard, 13, of Westminster, with her horse, Clark Kent, at the equestrian competition at the Maryland State Fair in 2016.
Maya Howard, 13, of Westminster, with her horse, Clark Kent, at the equestrian competition at the Maryland State Fair in 2016. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)

Maryland State Fair

Journey to Timonium and check out the best Maryland has to offer: livestock, agriculture, crafts and food. So much cool and wonderful stuff to peruse, and when you're done, it's time to hit the midway and ride some rides, win some silly prizes and chow down on a corn dog or two. Don't forget the fair's two big concerts, both taking place this week: Pennsylvania rockers Halestorm (8 p.m. Friday, with opening act Fatally Yours) and teen sensation Sabrina Carpenter (8 p.m. Saturday, opening act Alex Aiono). Concert tickets are $40-$50. The fair runs 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Thursday (rides and Midway only), 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Sept. 4 at the fairgrounds, 2200 York Road in Timonium. $3-$8, free for kids 5 and under. marylandstatefair.com.


Baltimore Art, Antiques & Jewelry Show

The country's largest indoor summer fine art, antiques and jewelry show — which means that if it's old, you'll probably find it here. A Baltimore tradition since 1980, this year featuring some 250 exhibitors. You know you want this stuff. Noon-8 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. next Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. $20, good for all four days. baltimoresummershow.com.

Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil(Rob Davis / Handout)

Cirque du Soleil

Proving you don't need elephants and tigers to make a circus, as scores of the world's most lithe, limber bodies twist themselves in ways as astonishing as they are entertaining. "Ovo," this year's production, finds its inspiration in the world of insects, which sounds enticing. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday at Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. $38-$153. royalfarmsarena.com.


Enjoy some music to accompany your visit to the Walters Art Museum, as electronic artist Jimmy Joe Roche creates sounds in sync with the museum's Baroque galleries, while Raw Silk (violin and sitar) teams with Jonna McKone in the Ancient Greek galleries. 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Walters, 600 N. Charles St. $7-$10. thewalters.org.

The Goo Goo Dolls perform at Pier 6 Pavilion on Tuesday.
The Goo Goo Dolls perform at Pier 6 Pavilion on Tuesday.(Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Goo Goo Dolls

Did you know they got their name from an ad in True Detective magazine? Not sure that'll increase your joy at hearing such classics as "Iris," "Name" and "Give a Little Bit" live, but it's an interesting factoid. With opening act Phillip Phillips. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Pier 6 Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave. $31-$179. livenation.com.

Outdoor movie nights wrap for the season

Two of Baltimore's premier outdoor film festivals end their season this week. At 9 p.m. Thursday, the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, concludes its Flicks From the Hill series with Steven Spielberg's "E.T. the Extra Terrestrial" (avam.org). And at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the corner of High and Stiles streets, Little Italy's Cinema al Fresco series presents its annual season-closer, Giuseppe Tornatore's "Cinema Paradiso" (littleitalymd.org). Both are free, and lots of fun to watch.

David Bowie in "Labyrinth."
David Bowie in "Labyrinth."(Handout)

'Labyrinth' quote-along

Check out David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly and some amazing puppet creations in Jim Henson's 1986 fantasy, about a young girl (Connelly) given 13 hours to save her brother from the wicked Goblin King (Bowie). Thanks to onscreen subtitles, you even get to sing and shout along (all together now, "You have no power over me!"). 7:30 p.m. Thursday at The Senator, 5904 York Road. $9-$10. thesenatortheatre.com.

Variations on Magic

Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., presents 12 10-minute plays, all world premieres from local playwrights, all dealing in some way with magic. 3 p.m. today, Saturday and next Sunday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. $20. theatreproject.org.

People dance together at the final day of the 2016 Maryland Renaissance Festival.
People dance together at the final day of the 2016 Maryland Renaissance Festival.(Joshua McKerrow / Capital Gazette)

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Lords and Ladies from far and wide will be gathering in Maryland weekends through Oct. 22 to do all things Elizabethan — maybe joust a bit, recite a few lines of iambic pentameter, wear some 16th-century outfits, maybe even devour a leg or two of roast mutton. Not exactly a time machine, but surely the next best thing. Commences Saturday, then continues 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 22 (plus Labor Day, Sept. 4) at the festival grounds, 1821 Crownsville Road in Annapolis. $8-$25, kids under 7 free. rennfest.com.

'Fight the Power'

Gilded Lily Burlesque presents a racy, raunchy satire on the state of the world, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Innocence Project. Performers include Red Bone (the "Cyclone of Burlesque"), Gilded Lily founder Maria Bella, Mourna Handful, Gigi Holliday, Nona Narcisse and more. 8 p.m. Saturday at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. in Highlandtown. $23-$26. creativealliance.org.

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