The 126th running of the Preakness Stakes takes place next Saturday. Several events are planned in the days leading up to the race. Here are this weekend's events:
BB&T; Hot Air Balloon Festival, 6 a.m., Druid Hill Park (near the Baltimore Zoo, Exit 7-A off I-83).
Cosamin Digital Harbor Dash Preakness 5-K. 9 a.m. starting from the Can Company, Boston Street, Canton. $25 race day.
Cingular Wireless Preakness Parade, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. along Pratt Street, between Eutaw Street and Market Place.
BalloonGlow and concert, 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Oregon Ridge Park. (exit 20-B off I-83). A day of entertainment by local bands. Dozens of hot-air balloons provide a glowing backdrop beginning at dusk.
BB&T; Hot Air Balloon Festival, begins 6 a.m., Oregon Ridge Park.
All Preakness Week events are free, except the 5-K Digital Harbor Dash. For more information, call 410-837-3030 or visit the Web site www.preakness celebration.org.