7 Great Things Not to Miss

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1 ”THOMAS & FRIENDS: EX­PLORE THE RAILS!” > THROUGH MAY 7 In this ex­hibit at Port Dis­cov­ery Chil­dren’s Mu­seum, fans of the tank en­gine and his lo­co­mo­tive pals get hands-on by fix­ing wheels, pulling levers, play­ing train con­duc­tor and climb­ing aboard Thomas him­self. $14.95, un­der 3 free. Hours vary sea­son­ally. 35 Mar­ket Place, port­dis­cov­ery.org 2 RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAI­LEY CIR­CUS > APRIL 20-30 On its farewell tour, the famed trav­el­ing troupe presents the space-themed “Out of This World” at Royal Farms Arena. $7-$134. Times vary. 201 W. Bal­ti­more St., roy­al­farm­sarena.com 3 MARY­LAND FILM FES­TI­VAL > MAY 3-7 This cel­e­bra­tion of cinema re­turns with 50 fea­tures and 75 shorts from around the world, plus pre­sen­ta­tions by film­mak­ers (in past years: John Wa­ters, Barry Levin­son, Lena Dun­ham). $12/screen­ing. Times and venus vary. md­film­fest.com 4 KI­NETIC SCULP­TURE RACE > MAY 6 Pow­ered solely by peo­ple (known as “kinetinauts”), out­ra­geous art­works hit the streets—and the wa­ter, sand and mud—dur­ing a 15-mile ob­sta­cle course through the city. The re­ward? Prizes for en­gi­neer­ing and art, plus the next-to-last fin­ish and best bribes. Free for spec­ta­tors. 10 a.m. De­parts from the Amer­i­can Vi­sion­ary Art Mu­seum. ki­net­icbal­ti­more.com HONFEST > JUNE 10-11 Tak­ing its name from a lo­cal term of en­dear­ment, this Ham­p­den neigh­bor­hood fes­ti­val draws revel­ers in 1960s-style bee­hive hair­dos and cat-eye glasses who vie for the ti­tle of “Bal­ti­more’s Best Hon.” Free. Sat. 11 a.m.10 p.m., Sun. noon- 6 p.m. Cen­tered along W. 36th St., honfest.net

IN­DE­PEN­DENCE DAY > JULY 4 At the In­ner Har­bor, bands play in the am­phithe­ater and then spectacular fire­works, chore­ographed to mu­sic, light up the city’s night sky. Free. 7-10 p.m. pro­mo­tio­nan­darts.org

IDINA MENZEL > JULY 18 The star singer who played El­phaba in “Wicked” and voiced Queen Elsa in “Frozen” stops by The Lyric. From $69. 8 p.m. 140 W. Mt. Royal Av­enue., mod­ell-lyric.com

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