Fair-weather season is the season for local fairs Let's Get Feastive!

THE BALTIMORE SUN

In Sunday's Arts and Entertainment section, the wrong phone information number was printed for the Preakness Celebration, May 13-21. The correct number is (410) 837-3030.

The Sun regrets the errors.

When carnival rides and festive banners begin to sprout on the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University, you know the season has arrived -- festival season, that is.

Baltimore-area residents traditionally view next weekend's Spring Fair, now in its 23rd year, as the first of several dozen community-based festivals that draw thousands of visitors throughout the spring and summer.

Emilie Salama's introduction to the student-run event at Hopkins came a few years ago, when she was a high-school senior visiting the campus from her Houston home on a "pre-frosh" tour.

"I walked onto campus and it was the week before Spring Fair and I thought, 'Something big is going on here,' " Ms. Salama says. A junior majoring in material sciences engineering, she is co-chair of the 1994 edition of the annual spring event.

The fair offers midway rides, arts and crafts and community booths, a children's area and food in a variety of ethnic flavors. It usually draws more than 100,000 visitors.

"It kind of gives us a chance to say 'Thank you for letting us invade your city for four years,' " Ms. Salama says of the fair, which is planned and operated by some 300 student volunteers. Her co-chair is junior Edward Tobin, a political science major from New York.

A portion of receipts is donated to the Catholic Charities Family Treatment Program.

The planners went to work before Thanksgiving on the 1994 fair, which has been titled Carnaval '94, after the pre-Lenten festival celebrated in many nations. "We were looking for something with a little more color, a little more spice," says Ms. Salama.

Opening ceremonies are planned for noon Friday, with WMAR-TV anchor Beverly Burke as host.

Acoustic guitarist Dave Wilcox headlines the Friday night concert, at 8 o'clock at Shriver Hall. This is the only general public event for which admission is charged; tickets are $16.50 and are available through TicketMaster, (410) 481-7328.

Nighttime entertainment for area college students with valid identification, for a $3 cover charge, is scheduled from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday in the University Union.

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Spring Fair kicks off the season, but spring and summer offer a wide variety of festivals held in the Baltimore region. Mark your calendars for some of these events. Many are free, while others charge nominal admissions. Call ahead for details:

Anne Arundel County Fair Spring Festival, Saturday and April 24, at the fairgrounds on Route 178 in Crownsville. Craft show, horse shows, tractor pulls, pony rides and band concerts. Hours: 8 a.m. breakfast both days; grounds open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: (410) 923-3400.

Garden Day/Celebrate Towson With the Arts, April 28-May 1, in Towson. This new event is sponsored by Maryland Cultural Arts, an organization seeking to bring a cultural-arts center to Towson.

Garden Day, April 28, includes events from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Towson Courthouse, and performances from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Towson Commons.

A fashion show is scheduled at noon April 29 at Paolo's, 1 W. Pennsylvania Ave. Weekend events include displays in a number of York Road storefronts, a Baltimore Film Forum showing April 29 and May 1, and musical performances at Towson Commons May 1. Information: (410) 823-ARTS.

Annapolis Waterfront Festival, April 29-May 1, at the Yacht Basin. Renamed this year, the event combines the city's annual arts festival with nautical events and ethnic foods.

More than 100 artisans display and sell their work. Maritime events include boat rides, displays of antique wooden yachts, a schooner race and a visit by the Norfolk Rebel, the world's only "tugatine," or sail-assisted tugboat.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 29 and 30; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 1. Information: (410) 269-0661.

Arts Fest, April 30, Essex Community College, 7201 Rossville Blvd.

Nationally known jazz and classical flutist Paula Hatcher, a faculty member at the Peabody Institute, is the featured artist performing with the college jazz ensembles. Other performances include the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra, Baltimore Symphonic Band, Baltimore Chamber Singers and Dimensional Dance Media.

The festival includes an arts and crafts show, food sales and an open rehearsal by the Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre. Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. Information: (410) 780-6572.

Montpelier Spring Festival, May 1, Montpelier Mansion, on Route 197 in Laurel. Four performing stages offer music, dance and children's programs. Other events include arts and crafts, clowns, animals and food. Hours: noon to 6 p.m. Information: (301) 776-2805.

Baltimore Flower Mart, May 4, Mount Vernon Place. The traditional Women's Civic League event, now in its 78th year, blooms with plant sales, from ornamentals to vegetables.

A variety of city bands and performing groups are featured on stage, the annual Clean City Awards are presented to city employees, the Engineering Club offers a historical architecture tour, the Baltimore Zoo's educational van will be on hand with live animals, and food sales are highlighted by the traditional crab cakes and lemon sticks.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and his wife, Dr. Patricia Schmoke, presiding over the opening. Information: (410) 837-5424.

Cruisin' Ocean City Springfest, May 5-8, Ocean City. Music and art presentations of the four-day pre-summer season festival are highlighted by country artists Collin Raye (8 p.m. May 5), Martina McBride (8 p.m. May 6) and rock 'n' roll revivalists Sha Na Na (8:30 p.m. May 7).

Other events include a grand opening parade May 5, classic- and custom-car displays, arts and crafts and food sales. Information: (800) OC-OCEAN.

Towsontown Spring Festival, May 7-8, surrounding the courthouse square in the Baltimore County seat.

More than 400 vendors and five stages of live entertainment are scheduled at this annual event, sponsored by the Towson Business Association. Also included: an antique-car show, flea market, baseball-card show, a juried photographic exhibit and a variety of ethnic foods.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 7; 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 8. Information: (410) 825-1144.

Ellicott City Arts Festival, May 7, on Main Street in the Howard County seat. Local artists and galleries are featured in the 13th annual festival, sponsored by the Ellicott City Business Association.

Also included are special events for children, music, games and food. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Information: (410) 461-0870; (410) 750-2803.

Roland Park Elementary/Middle School May Mart, May 7, at the school, 5207 Roland Ave.

Events include entertainment, featuring jazz artists Carl Grubbs and Jim Jones, storytelling with Tunki Baku, pony rides, food treats, a flea market, art displays and a book sale. Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: (410) 366-3349.

Preakness Celebration, 1994, May 13-21. Here are a few highlights of the annual assemblage of events tied to the running of the Preakness Stakes (the 119th, this year) at Pimlico Race Course (May 21):

* Hot air balloon events: Four competitive flight events this year include: a 7 p.m. flight May 13 from the Timonium Fairgrounds; the annual 6:30 a.m. launch May 14 from Druid Hill Park; a 6:30 a.m. liftoff May 15 from Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville; and, a 4 p.m. liftoff May 15 from Sandy Point State Park, off U.S. 50 near Annapolis.

* The Great Living Festival, including a variety of food, home and other product displays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 13 and 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 14 at the Cow Palace of the Timonium Fairgrounds.

* Bud Light Nights, including live entertainment in the 110 block of Water Street downtown, 5:30 p.m. to midnight May 13-22 (except May 15).

* Children's Zoo Festival, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14 (after balloon launch) at Druid Hill Park.

* 21st Annual Preakness Parade, back this year after a one-year hiatus, at 10 a.m. May 14, along Charles and Pratt Streets.

* Worldfest, a multicultural festival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 14 and noon to 7 p.m. May 15, at 34 Market Place (formerly the Brokerage Plaza).

* Big Balloon Bash, a festival from noon to 8 p.m. May 15 at Sandy Point State Park.

* Pee Wee Preakness, for kids 3 to 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 17, at Rash Field.

For more information on all Preakness Celebration events: (410) 837-3042.

Eighth Annual Baltimore Herb Festival, May 28, at Windsor Mill Road and Forest Park Avenue in Leakin Park, West Baltimore. Vendors, speakers, musicians and cooks celebrate the ancient art of herb-ology, and a wedding is even scheduled during the day. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: (410) 448-0406.

SoWeBohemian Arts Festival '94, May 29, in and surrounding Hollins Market, at South Arlington and Hollins streets in West Baltimore. Artists, musicians, poets and other performers display their work in an event aimed at promoting SoWeBo, the city's southwest neighborhood arts community. Hours: noon to 10 p.m. Information: (410) 576-7767.

Greek Festival, June 10-12, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 520 S. Ponca St., and community center, 701 S. Ponca St. in East Baltimore.

The first of the annual Showcase of Nations ethnic events includes food, music, dance and other traditional events. Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Information: (410) 633-5020.

Lithuanian Festival, June 11-12, Hopkins Plaza.

The second Showcase of Nations gathering is one of four traditional festivals relocating this year because of the closing of Festival Hall to make way for a Convention Center expansion. The event includes a variety of

Lithuanian entertainment, food and culture. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information: (410) 747-9628.

Sykesville Music Festival, June 11 at Millard Cooper Park, on Cooper Drive off Route 32 (southern Carroll County).

Live bands, balloon art, crafts, face painting for kids and food launch a Concert in the Parks series. Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Information: (410) 795-8959.

Deer Creek Fiddler's Convention I, June 12, Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St. in Westminster.

The first of two annual gatherings of bluegrass and other traditional string players (the second is Aug. 7) includes a competition, crafts, farmhouse tours and food. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Information: (800) 654-4645; (410) 876-2667.

Columbia Festival of the Arts, June 16-26, in and around Columbia. Highlights include:

* Garrison Keillor, the well-known American Public Radio story-teller and author, with Roland Flint, at 7 p.m. June 19 at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

* Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company performs at 8 p.m. June 24 and 2 p.m. June 26 at Wilde Lake High School.

* Lakefront Festival, June 24-26 at Lake Kittamaqundi in the Columbia Town Center, including a variety of performances.

* Taj Mahal, the nationally known "roots" blues performer, 8 p.m. June 24, at Smith Theatre of Howard Community College.

* The Max Roach Double Quartet jazz combo, at 8 p.m. June 25, at Wilde Lake High School.

* The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, with David Lockington conducting and featuring the Beethoven Ninth Symphony, 7:30 p.m. June 26, at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

For information on all Columbia Festival of the Arts events, call (410) 715-3044.

Columbia City Fair, June 17-19, at Lake Kittamaqundi.

Includes entertainment, food, crafts, midway rides and games. Hours: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 17; noon to 10 p.m. June 18 and noon to 9 p.m. June 19. Information: (410) 715-3102.

Polish Festival, June 17-19, Patterson Park.

One of the original Baltimore ethnic festivals, launched in 1973, the Showcase of Nations event includes food, music and other cultural highlights of Poland. Hours: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 17 and noon to 10 p.m. June 18 and 19. Information: (410) 563-1800.

Fells Point Maritime Festival, June 18-19, Fells Point waterfront.

The nautical-flavored neighborhood welcomes visiting ships, and the waterfront area offers arts and crafts, food and entertainment, including sea chanteys and other salty fare. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information: (410) 327-8360.

Frederick Festival of the Arts, June 24-26, in historic Carroll Creek Linear Park in downtown Frederick.

Returning after a two-year hiatus, the event includes visual and performing arts, literature, dance, crafts and food. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 24 and 25; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 26. Information: (301) 694-9632.

July Fourth Weekend at the Inner Harbor, July 2-4, in and around Harborplace.

Events include concerts at the harbor amphitheater, an antique- vehicle rally, street performers and, on Independence Day, the annual pyrotechnic display over the harbor. Information: (800) 282-6632; (410) 837-4636.

Artscape '94, July 15-17, Mount Royal Cultural Corridor. In addition to the usual array of art displays and food varieties, here are some highlights of the annual arts festival:

* Pulitzer Prize-winning author Juan Williams ("The Eyes on the Prize") and Marita Golden ("And Do Remember Me") highlight a Celebrity Reading Series at 7:30 p.m. July 16.

* Cultural Compass International Dance Performances, at 1 p.m. July 16 at the Langsdale Auditorium of University of Baltimore.

* Asleep at the Wheel, Grammy-winning country swing band, performs July 16 (afternoon).

For Artscape information: (410) 396-45785.

Ukrainian Festival, a Showcase of Nations event, July 23-24, in 500 block South Montford Avenue, off Eastern Avenue near Patterson Park. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information: (410) 997-0853.

Italian Festival, a Showcase of Nations original participant, July 29-31, Patterson Park.

A variety of Italian cultural attractions includes pasta, pasta and did we say pasta? Hours: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 29; noon to 10 p.m. July 30-31. Information: (410) 837-6500.

Afram, Aug. 5-7, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Lot B.

Another festival displaced from Festival Hall, the annual African-American cultural festival takes up residence at the ballpark. Hours: noon to 10 p.m. Information: (410) 225-7896.

Hispanic Festival, Aug. 13-14, Hopkins Plaza. A Showcase of Nations event. Hours: noon to 10 p.m. Information: (410) 235-9231.

German Festival, Aug. 19-21, Carroll Park. Hours: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 19; noon to 10 p.m. Aug.

Information: (410) 792-4550.

Montgomery Country Agricultural Fair, Aug. 19-27, Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg.

The biggest county fair in the state includes livestock, home arts and arts and crafts, as well as midway rides and a carnival. Hours: 10 a.m. to midnight. Information: (301) 926-3100.

India Day, Aug. 20, Hopkins Plaza. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information: (410) 661-3932.

American Indian Festival, Aug. 26-28, Fifth Regiment Armory, Howard and Preston streets. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 26 and 27; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 28.

Maryland Renaissance Festival, Aug. 27-Oct. 16, in Crownsville.

A woodsy site near Annapolis is transformed each weekend into a Renaissance world, with wandering drama players, jousting tournaments and a variety of arts and crafts and food sales. Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Information: (800) 296-7304.

Maryland State Fair, Aug. 27-Sept. 5, Timonium Fairgrounds.

The annual end-of-summer agricultural celebration includes thoroughbred racing, a midway, livestock, crafts and home-arts displays. Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Information: (410) 252- 0200.

FIRST FAIR

What: The Johns Hopkins University Spring Fair

When: Friday through Sunday, April 22-24; noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Homewood Campus, 3400 N. Charles St.

Admission: Free, except for Friday 8 p.m. concert with Dave Wilcox, $16.50.

Information: (410) 516-7692

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