Get Out: Top Baltimore events Sept. 3-10

Maryland State Fair Our state fair is a great state fair (thanks, Rodgers & Hammerstein, for that intro), as this weekend should prove to any doubters. Running through Monday, the annual Free State gathering in Timonium brings together stomach-churning carnival rides, foods fried in ways you'd never thought possible and buildings filled with farm animals (including the always-popular racing pigs). Oh yeah, and there's this little concert Sunday featuring a kid named Justin Bieber; maybe you've heard of him? If you haven't, your daughter probably has. But even if you struck out getting Bieber tickets (the concert sold out ages ago), the fair has plenty to offer. Fair admission is $3-$8 (children 6 and under are free). Hours are 9 a.m.-10 p.m. daily at the fairgrounds, 2200 York Road. Information: 410-252-0200 or

Antiques show The Baltimore Summer Antiques Show celebrates its 30th year by squeezing more than 550 dealers from all over the world into the Baltimore Convention Center for the weekend. Organizers claim it's the country's largest indoor antiques show, with row upon row of fine art, furniture, Asian art, American and European silver, jewelry, porcelain, glass, textiles, American folk art and more. In addition, talks and discussions are scheduled throughout the weekend. Runs 11 a.m.-7 p.m. today and Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at the Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Tickets are $12 and are good for all days. Information:

Magooby's grand reopening Magooby's Joke House moves into its new, roomier digs in Timonium this weekend via a show hosted by comedian Marc Unger (brother of Magooby's owner Andrew Unger), with 98 Rock's Mickey Cucchiella as the headliner. In addition, Rain Pryor, daughter of the legendary Richard Pryor, will be performing selections from her one-woman show, "Fried Chicken and Latkes," and telling stories about her dad. Flanking each side of the stage in the new Magooby's will be giant portraits of Richard Pryor and George Carlin; audio clips featuring the two performers will be playing throughout the weekend. Showtimes are 8 p.m. today and Saturday, with an additional 10:30 p.m. show Saturday. Tickets are $17. The new Magooby's is at 9603 Deereco Road. Information: 410-252-2727 or

Pat Benatar and REO Speedwagon As the first lady of '80s rock, Pat Benatar scored with such pounding hits as "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "Heartbreaker" and "Love Is a Battlefield," while REO Speedwagon, after years of middling success, scored huge with its 1980 album "Hi Infidelity" and its anthemic single, "Keep on Loving You." The hits may have stopped coming, but both acts continue to cater to their fan base: Benatar recently published her memoir, "Between a Heart and a Rock Place," while REO has announced plans for a 30th anniversary edition of "Hi Infidelity." Saturday, they'll be at Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., for a 7 p.m. show. Tickets are $32.50-$85. Information: 410-783-4189 or

'Machete' Reviving a character from a fake movie trailer that was part of 2007's "Grindhouse," Danny Trejo is Machete, a renegade Mexican federale out for explosive revenge on those who done him wrong. Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba and Steven Seagal also star. Robert Rodriguez directs.

'Deadliest Catch' Short of heading for Alaska and going out on the high seas yourself, this may get you as close to the crews of the Northwestern and the Time Bandit as you'll ever get. This event's a lot less dangerous, too, and tidier: Capt. Sig Hansen of the Northwestern and brothers Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand of the Time Bandit will be onstage in the landlocked confines of the Lyric Opera House, telling stories (a few undoubtedly will be about the late Capt. Phil Harris of the Cornelia Marie, who died in February after suffering a stroke at sea), answering questions and otherwise revealing what goes on behind the scenes of the Discovery series. 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tickets are $31.90-$79.15. Information: 410-547-7328 or

Beatles tribute Abbey Road on the River, billed as "the world's largest Beatles-inspired music festival," runs through Monday at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Prince George's County. There's music from an endless stream of national and international Beatles tribute acts (including Baltimore's own The Bristols, Germany's Lucy in the Sky and the Norwegian Beatles), guest speakers on various aspects of Beatles lore, even an appearance by original Beatles drummer Pete Best (he was unceremoniously drummed out of the group in 1962). Tickets range from $15-$70, depending on how much you want to do and when you want to do it. Activities begin at 2 p.m. today, 11 a.m. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Sunday and noon Monday at the Gaylord, 201 Waterfront St. Information:

— Chris Kaltenbach

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