Choices, choices at Merriweather Post Pavilion this weekend. Oh so "Smooth" Grammy-winning guitarist Carlos Santana performs tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Rusted Root, a sextet known for its world-music songs, opens. Tickets are $25-$59.50. On Saturday, folk singer / guitarist / Grammy winner Bonnie Raitt performs at 7:30 p.m. Country star Lyle Lovett opens. Tickets are $33 and $53. Merriweather is located at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Call 410-481-SEAT.
Pat Boone in Pikesville
He was one of America's first teen idols. Only Elvis sold more records in the '50s. He's Pat Boone, and he'll be in town Sunday for two concerts at the Hilton Hotel in Pikesville, 1726 Reisterstown Road. Boone's first hits include "Love Letters in the Sand" and "Tutti Frutti." In the '60s, he began heavily promoting his Christian faith in his music. In the '70s, he performed with his wife and kids as the Boone Family. In 1997, he released In a Metal Mood, an album of easy-listening arrangements of heavy-metal hits, including a cover of Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train," which appears on the soundtrack The Osbourne Family Album. So, which Pat Boone is coming to Pikesville? You'll have to buy a ticket to find out. The shows start at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets cost $30. Call 410-580-6800.
No quackery at the Duck Derby
Get your duckies in a row at the Great Maryland Duck Derby Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at the HarborView promenade pier off Key Highway. Ten thousand rubber ducks are all set to race a short distance in the Inner Harbor to raise money for the University of Maryland Hospital for Children. Here's where you come in: Adopt one or more ducks for $10 each and you win a prize if one of your picks turns out to be among the 15 or so speediest in the flock. Prizes include airline and cruise tickets, a spa gift certificate and sports memorabilia. To claim your duck, visit www.umm.edu / pediatrics or call 410-576-8343. Ducks also may be adopted at the event up until 1:30 p.m. In addition to the race, there also will be a free Duck Fest, featuring games, fun and food.
Hula in the park for a good cause
Dust off your Hawaiian shirt, your grass skirt and your lei. It's time for "Tiki Torches at Twilight," an outdoors hula fest and tropical luau at Patterson Park, Linwood Avenue and Pratt Street. On Saturday night from 7 to 11, sway to the sounds of the Hula Monsters band, enjoy a floor show with the Fluid Movement starlets and friends, bid on art and bite on barbecue. Tickets are $65, $120 a couple. Proceeds benefit the Creative Alliance, a community-based nonprofit organization that promotes the arts and humanities. Call 410-276-1651.
Many cultures, one Baltimore
"Celebrate One Baltimore" at the seventh annual International Festival tomorrow and Saturday at War Memorial Plaza, in front of City Hall. The idea is for people of all colors and backgrounds to celebrate the various cultures that make up Baltimore. Events and activities include a naturalization ceremony, ethnic dancing and musical entertainment by local performers as well as big-name national acts, including Jean Carne, Norman Connors and Harold Melvin's Blue Notes (pictured). The festival is free. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. both days. Call 410-396-3141.
Pig races and tractor pulls
For a rip-roarin', hog-racin', hand-clappin' good time, stop by the 57th annual Howard County Fair. The festivities start Saturday and run through Aug. 10. Hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day; rides open at 1 p.m. Musical entertainment includes performances by the nationally known Fabulous Hubcaps and Grandstaff, as well as local acts such as the Young Columbians and Baltimore's Marching Ravens. You can see pig races and barrel horse racing, tractor pulls, livestock shows, the farm-queen contest, arts-and-crafts exhibits and lots more. The fair is located at 2210 Fairgrounds Road in West Friendship. Admission is $2 and $4. Call 410-442-1022 or log on to www.howardcountyfair.com.
A corny festival in Carroll
If you haven't had enough local corn this summer, get thee to the 32nd annual Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival taking place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Union Mills Homestead in Carroll County. For $10 ($5 for children under 12), you get a quarter fried chicken, applesauce, sliced tomatoes, roll and butter, iced tea or lemonade and all the roasted corn you can eat. (Ice cream is extra.) There also will be bluegrass music by the Salem Bottom Boys and a display and sale of works by members of the Carroll County Artists Guild. Union Mills Homestead is located on Route 97, seven miles north of Westminster. Call 410-848-2288.
GET A GRIP
If wrestling's got a hold on you, plan to be at the World Wrestling Entertainment event at the Baltimore Arena at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The card is subject to change, but as of now the scheduled wrestlers include Triple H (pictured), the Undertaker, Trish, Ric Flair, Booker T, the Hardys and Chris Benoit. Tickets are $20 to $40. Call 410-481-SEAT.