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Baltimore Waterfront Festival

Celebrate life on the water at the Baltimore Waterfront Festival today through Sunday at the Inner Harbor's West Shore and Rash Field. The four-day event offers yacht racing, free boat rides, environmental exhibits, continuous entertainment, cooking demonstrations, a seminar theater, harbor excursions, plenty of food and a fireworks finale.

On-water activities include the finish of the Hemingway Cup Key West to Baltimore Race, Special Olympics Regatta, Chesapeake Catamaran Racing Regatta and the American Visionary Art Museum's Kinetic Sculpture Race.

The event kicks off with a grand opening celebration at noon today at the Harborplace Amphitheatre, featuring water-themed giant papier-mache puppets, stunt rider Lance Trappe, a cannon salute by the Pride of Baltimore and a fireboat display. Festivities close at 7 p.m. Sunday with the blessing of Baltimore's work boats and fireworks.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call 888-BALTIMORE.

Grand Civil War Encampment at Fort McHenry

More than 100 re-enactors will bring Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine to life with infantry demonstrations, artillery drills, period baseball and parades during a Grand Civil War Encampment Saturday and Sunday. Visitors can talk with participants about the lifestyle of a Union soldier or Confederate prisoner. And children can play period games such as hoop and stick and Jacob's ladder. A dress parade with colorful uniforms, military music and drill is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Visit the encampment from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is $5, free under 17. Call 410-962-4290.

Open Studio Tour

About 70 of Baltimore's visual artists open their workplaces to visitors from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday during the 12th annual Open Studio Tour. Downtown artists occupying studios below North Avenue will open their spaces Saturday, while those with studios above North Avenue will welcome visitors Sunday. An artists' reception kicks off the tour 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St. There will be music, a silent auction and refreshments. Before the tour, you can use the slide registry and resource file at School 33, which catalogs the resumes and slides of participating artists. Free admission. For maps of the studios, call 410-396-4641.

'La Boheme'

Puccini's "La Boheme," a portrait of love and poverty among the artists of 19th-century Paris, is the Baltimore Opera Company's final production of the season. Witness the romance of Bohemian life in the garrets and cafes Saturday through May 7 at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. 8:15 p.m. Saturday and May 5-6; 3 p.m. Sunday and May 7; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and May 4. Tickets are $25-$112. Call 410-727-6000.

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

Pottery, hand-made designer clothing, fine art, jewelry and leather work are among the goods offered by 380 artisans from 32 states and Canada this weekend at the annual Spring Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium. Demonstrations, entertainment, children's activities and food are also part of the festival. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday. Admission is $6, under 12 free. Call 800-210-9900.

BSO 'Tribute to American Music'

Enjoy a program of traditional spirituals and American songs when guest conductor Alan Gilbert leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a "Tribute to American Music" at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. The concert also features baritone Jubilant Sykes (pictured). Tickets are $22-$57. Call 410-783-8000.

House and Garden Pilgrimage

Maryland's 63rd annual House and Garden Pilgrimage kicks off 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today with a tour of Roland Park, a historic Baltimore City neighborhood. Through May 13, you can travel the state, visiting historic waterfront estates, churches, school houses, graceful mansions, elegant city houses, historic structures, and beautiful gardens. In addition to today's visit to Roland Park, there are six other tours scheduled -- each from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Saturday, Queen Anne's County; Sunday, Talbot County; May 6, Anne Arundel County; May 7, St. Mary's County; May 9, Harford County; May 13, Ruxton, Baltimore County. Tickets for each tour are $20. Call 410-821-6933.

Decorators' Show House

Area designers and interior decorators have transformed the 19th century, three-story Loveton Mansion, York Road in Sparks, into the 24th Symphony Decorators' Show House. From Sunday through May 28, you can tour the stately historic landmark, built in 1804. Show house hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Parking is on Loveton Farm Road with shuttle service to the site. Tickets for the self-guided tour are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. For directions, call 410-472-4955.

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