AROUND THE HARBOR
Square dancers from around the country as well as Australia, Asia and Europe will do-si-do from 11:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. today, and 11:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at the Harborplace Amphitheatre as part of the 49th National Square Dance Convention. Demonstrations include modern western square dancing, round dancing, clogging and line dancing -- all cued by international professional callers. The dancers also square up from noon to 2 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at the International Festival at Market Place. Admission is free. Call 410-644-7923.
Motown Wine Festival
Listen to Motown sounds, sip Maryland wines and sample traditional fare this weekend at Linganore Winecellars' annual Motown Wine Festival, 13601 Glissans Mill Road in Mount Airy. The concert, headlined by Tony Berry and New Money, also features the Prime Time band. Festival-goers can also tour the winery and find plenty of activities for children. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7.50. Call 301-831-5889 or 800-514-8735.
Starting tomorrow, you can sail the high seas to faraway lands without ever leaving Baltimore's harbor. Just board any of the more than 30 tall ships docked along the city's waterfront -- the Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Locust Point and Canton -- and learn about the culture and heritage of the country represented by each vessel. Though some of the picturesque ships from Europe, South America, Asia and the United States are already moored in Baltimore, the wind-powered flotilla will officially be welcomed in ceremonies at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Harborplace Amphitheatre. You can generally tour the vessels from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (hours vary by ship) Saturday through Wednesday. The tall ships depart between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. next Thursday in a grand parade from the Inner Harbor to the Key Bridge. A variety of events and activities are scheduled during OpSail 2000, including an International Festival this weekend and a "Learn the Ropes" educational program for children. Ship tours and most other activities are free. Call 800-800-5679.
Annapolis Waterfront Arts Festival
Examine hand-thrown pottery, unusual jewelry and a broad range of artwork tomorrow through Sunday at the Annapolis Waterfront Arts Festival on the St. John's College campus. The juried arts and crafts show also includes live music and dance, dogs performing water-rescue demonstrations, food and a children's area with a carousel, face-painting and storytelling. Park at the Navy/Marine Corps Stadium on Taylor Avenue, off Rowe Boulevard, and ride a shuttle bus to the festival site. The bus also stops at the City Dock for sightseeing in Annapolis. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6, $3 children. Call 410-268-8828.
Enjoy a play-within-a-play when the Maryland Arts Festival continues with Michael Frayn's comedy "Noises Off," Saturday through July 15 at Towson University's Main Stage Theatre in the Center for the Arts, Osler and Cross Campus drives. The production centers on the actors in a third-rate British theatrical company. Look for 73 flubbed lines, 17 false entrances, 46 miscues, one dramatic highlight, 28 double entendres and 11 regular entendres. Show time is 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and July 13, and 2 p.m. July 9. Tickets are $18. Call 410-830-2787.
Learn to dance the salsa, mariachi and merengue, tap your feet to the beat of Latin jazz, applaud dancers in colorful costumes and sample Hispanic cuisine from the Americas and the Caribbean this weekend at the Latino Fest at Patterson Park, Eastern and Linwood avenues. You can also admire traditional arts and crafts, and children will enjoy clowns and face-painting. Hours for the festival are noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2. Call 410-783-5404.
Rotterdam Boys Choir
They've performed in Paris, Salzburg and Moscow, and Sunday the Rotterdam Boys Choir makes its U.S. debut in a full concert at 4 p.m. at the Cathedral Church of St. Matthew, 3400 Norman Ave. in Northeast Baltimore. The 26 singers from the Netherlands, ages 8 to 20, are guests of the Maryland State Boychoir. Sunday's concert includes music by Arcadelt, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Faure and Copland. The choir is also scheduled to sing at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Harborplace Amphitheatre and at 8:15 p.m. at the International Festival at Market Place. Admission to Saturday's performances are free; tickets to Sunday's concert are $12 in advance, $14 at the door and $6 for seniors. Call 410-296-0732.
BSO Summer MusicFest
Swiss conductor Mario Venzago (pictured), the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Summer MusicFest artistic director, has planned an eclectic array of programs for the five-concert music festival that kicks off Wednesday with "Mediterranean Breezes." The festival continues with "Musical Magic!" June 30; "A Night in Old Vienna," July 7; "Devilish Delights," July 12; and "Symphonic Voyages," July 14. Festivities for each concert begin at 5:30 p.m. outside the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., with live entertainment, food and microbrews. Each concert starts at 7:30 p.m., and after the performance there's dancing under the stars to live bands. Tickets are $10-$25. Call 410-783-8000.