PORTS OF CALL:
PortFest '94 is the big deal all around the Inner Harbor this weekend, meaning you'll be able to visit many parts of the working port that normally are closed to the public.
This widespread, diverse, promotional event by various harbor organizations will showcase the port from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
You can park near any attraction and then travel all over the place via PortFest buses courtesy of the Mass Transit Administration. Look for literature about the possibilities and the buses at many locations around the harbor.
Tours will include the Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Canton Waterfront Park, Consolidated Coal Sales Co.'s terminal, the container-oriented Dundalk and Seagirt marine terminals, the CSX Intermodal's on-dock rail facility, Locust Point and the Domino Sugar plant, which can process more than 1 billion pounds of raw sugar each year.
The Baltimore Sentinel and Patriot tour boats will provide free passage between the Inner Harbor/World Trade Center and Dundalk Marine Terminal.
PortFest '94 is sponsored by Baltimore Operation Sail, the Maryland Port Administration, CSX Intermodal, Baltimore Propeller Club, Terminal Corp., Hobelmann Port Services Inc., the Belt's Corp., Maersk Inc., and WBAL radio and TV.
* Only on Sunday, starting at 8 a.m., ride your bike on either 10- or 20-mile loops around the harbor in what is being called the "Tour de Port," start at HarborView Marina and Yacht Club on Key Highway, near Federal Hill.
As of late yesterday, 830 people had registered for this first pedaling parade, with more than 1,000 expected to participate. This is a ride, suitable for families, not a race. Registration is $12 and helmets are required for all. Information: 539-3399.
THE SPOOKY OL' PORT:
Monday is Halloween, and the Inner Harbor has multiple events that could make it memorable. Among them:
* "Pirates of the Harbor" will inhabit the lightship Chesapeake, which has been moved to the West Wall, in front of Harborplace's Light Street Pavilion, from noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday.
* The Baltimore Museum of Industry's third annual Halloween show, the Haunted Factory on the Harbor, is fascinating in that it is based on gory industrial accidents, but take note: it's not for children under 6. The BMI is at 1415 Key Highway, and the shows run from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. today and 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow. Information: 727-4808, Ext. 112. Admission.
* Psychics, readers and soothsayers will, for a small fee, help you communicate with "the other side," or see your future, at all three buildings of Harborplace and The Gallery, from noon till 5 p.m. today through Monday.
* Something called "The Wild Thing" will lead a Halloween costume parade from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday from the Harborplace Amphitheatre through Harborplace and The Gallery. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. it will be trick-or-treating time as children 10 and younger dressed in costumes make the tour of the merchants in both Harborplace buildings and The Gallery.
* You'll find Halloween costume parties at participating Harborplace restaurants beginning at 4 p.m. Monday. At 7 p.m., revelers are encouraged to compete in a costume contest for adults at the Light Street Pavilion Centre Court, with a cash prizes.
* And at the National Aquarium, young visitors can take part Sunday afternoon in a scavenger hunt to find various sea creatures during what shamelessly punning promoters call calling their "Hallomarine Celebration." It's from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 576-3860.
On Tuesday, the former Maryland National Bank Building, nee Matheson Building, at Charles and Light streets, will be formally renamed the NationsBank Building with an evening of music, lasers and fireworks. Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a free jazz concert at nearby Hopkins Plaza, and the formalities start at 7 p.m.