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THE INNER HARBOR'S hopping this weekend:FUN AND...


THE INNER HARBOR'S hopping this weekend:


Round up the kids and have some lighthearted fun at the 26th annual Fell's Point Fun Festival, tomorrow and Sunday in historic Fells Point. Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Information: 675-6756.

If you have kids, highlights include clowns, bagpipers, kids shows, pony rides and face painting.

If you don't have kids, go anyway. You'll find live big band, jazz and country/western music, as well as a beer garden and more than 250 vendors. The Pride of Baltimore II, back in Baltimore after a summer of being elsewhere, will be at Broadway Pier.


Free concerts and dolphin shows for just a buck at the National Aquarium's 11th annual Dollar Day tomorrow. The doors open at 9 a.m. Shows will run all day at the Marine Mammal Pavilion, and popular music bands, including Swing Central and Downtown Jazz, will entertain visitors.


A choir of 1,000 will perform at OPACY this weekend during what two large city churches are billing as "The Revival Crusade." That's a free -- no tickets needed -- service of spiritual renewal run by the city's New Shiloh Baptist and Bethel AME churches. Big crowds, with attendance from as far away as Toronto, are hoped for.

Sponsors also are conducting a canned-food drive to benefit the Maryland Food Committee and Bea Gaddy's organization for the homeless and poor. Services begin at 7 p.m today and tomorrow and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Information: 383-7777.


Plan a shopping spree this weekend -- at the Virginia Slims Fall Fashion Fling, where designer and other styles are 50 percent off. Where: Festival Hall. Beneficiary: Lifesongs for AIDS Inc. Admission: $5. Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and tomorrow, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.


Fort McHenry is the place to be to witness world-class yacht racing all next week. Five America's Cup challengers -- including skippers from the United States, France, England and Japan -- will be vying with other competitors for the Columbus Cup trophy.

Racing begins at 1 p.m. Monday and at 11 a.m. each day thereafter. Winners determine teams for the semifinals and finals scheduled for next Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9 and 10. Each day the public is invited to a "Meet the Skippers" forum at 5:30 p.m.

Preliminary events this weekend include the Baltimore Regatta for the Vision Impaired tomorrow and the Mount Gay Race to Save the Bay Sunday, both at 11 a.m. A public seafood feast at the HarborView Marina and Yacht Club follows the Mount Gay Race at 5 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Free spectator boats allow for up-close viewing, but reservations are required. Information: 385-2930.

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