Caribbean Festival Charm City takes on a distinctly island flavor (at least for a weekend) for the 29th annual Caribbean Carnival Festival, running today through Sunday in Druid Hill Park. Amid all the summer swelter, try imagining a cool island breeze as you view the many arts and crafts, try the food (enjoying a coconut or two couldn't hurt) and listen to music by Daddy O, Mr. Muzik, Jam Down, The Image Band and Triffik Jam. There's even a costume parade, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Quantico and Park Heights avenues, complete with colorful dancers and vibrant steel-drum bands. Admission to the festival is $10 and the hours are 5 p.m.-9 p.m. today, noon-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Information: promotionandarts.com.
World Cup viewing It might be hard to find a bar or tavern Sunday where TVs aren't tuned to the Netherlands-Spain World Cup final, but for an even more inclusive experience, how about watching the game outdoors at the Inner Harbor on a giant digital screen? Not only that, but you get to watch alongside and meet players from the Baltimore Blast, Chesapeake Charge, Washington Freedom and DC United. What more could a crazed footballer want? Well, maybe the United States could have advanced a little further, but let's not get greedy. The screen will be set up between the Visitor Center and the Science Center. The free Inner Harbor World Cup Viewing Party, sponsored by the Waterfront Partnership, runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., with the championship game scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Information: baltimoresoccerfestival.com.
Counting Crows For nearly two decades, Counting Crows have been channeling Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Band and their own unique sensibilities into such rock classics as "Round Here," "Hard Candy" and everyone's favorite "Shrek" song, "Accidentally In Love." They've also proved to be one of the best touring bands around, thanks largely to the energy and charisma of frontman (and Baltimore native) Adam Duritz. For the Traveling Circus & Medicine Show tour, which stops at Pier 6 for an 8 p.m. show Monday, the band will be joined onstage by Augustana and other acts, mixing up their set lists, playing alongside one another and keeping things loose in the best sense of the word. Tickets run $35-$80. Information: 410-783-4189 or piersixpavilion.com.
Adventure Park USA New Market's Adventure Park USA celebrates its fifth birthday tomorrow with a trifecta of family friendly activities. From 8 a.m.-10 a.m., it's breakfast with the world's favorite absorbent cleaning tool, as SpongeBob SquarePants stops by for some early-morning fun. Then, throughout the day, Robert Bradley, better known by his alias, "The Apache Kid," will be moseying through the park along with three of his fellow gunslingers, stopping on occasion to do what gunslingers do best — shoot at each other. The celebration closes with a giant fireworks display. All this, of course, is in addition to the park's other attractions, including the Wildcat roller coaster, bumper boats, miniature golf and go-carts. Admission to the park is free, with attractions priced individually. The park is at 11113 West Baldwin Road, just off Interstate 70. Hours are 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Information: 301-865-6800 or adventureparkusa.com.
Shore Leave 32 For more than three decades, area sci-fi fans have been gathering to obsess over their favorite movies, TV shows and books. This year's 32nd annual Shore Leave convention runs today through Sunday at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road. Featured guests include actors Edward James Olmos ("Battlestar Galactica"), Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Galactica"), Torri Higginson ("Stargate SG-1"), Kevin Sorbo ("Hercules: The Legendary Journeys") and Catherine Hicks ("Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home"). Ticket prices range from $15-$85, depending on how old you are and now much you want to see. Information: shore-leave.com.
A Day of Fashion Billed as "free to the fashionable and open to the public," A Day of Fashion offers Baltimoreans a free taste of haute couture, courtesy of some of the area's finest boutiques. This year's festivities at Mount Vernon Place, kicking off what organizers hope to make an annual event, are organized as a tribute to the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen. They include designer shows every half-hour on a multilevel runway, a display of pieces inspired by McQueen and a host of family activities, including face painting, necklace beading and hair and makeup demonstrations. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Saturday. Information: adayoffashion.com.
A tuneful Big Mac attack For those who didn't catch Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks when they played 1st Mariner Arena last year – or who never get enough of "Rhiannon," "Go Your Own Way" and "Tusk" — may we suggest Meetwood Flack? It's an evening of Fleetwood Mac music, covered by area bands the Bellevederes, Wye Oak, Egg Babies, Desert Boys and Infinite Honey. The tune-making begins at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave. Tickets are $8, and you must be 21 or older. Information: 410-244-8855 or thewindupspace.com.
'Despicable Me' The title of this animated feature describes Gru, a loathsome creature (well, he's certainly not nice), with plans to steal the moon because … well, because he can. But then three adorable orphans enter the picture and have at his heart (supposing he has one). With the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews and Kristen Wiig. Opens today at area theaters.
-- Chris Kaltenbach