Maryland's weeklong festival building up to the Preakness Stakes next Saturday is under way. Today's events:
Hot Air Balloon Race. The weekend-long race continues with hot-air balloons, including the official Maryland State Balloon, filling the hills of Druid Hill Park, 6: 30-8 a.m. Free.
5th Annual Fila 5-K Run. More than 800 runners race from Rash Field through South Baltimore beginning at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $20.
25th Preakness Parade. Michael Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens, Chessie Skipper George Collins and Arthur the Aardvark join marching units, floats and balloon characters in the parade along Charles and Pratt streets. 11 a.m. Free.
Pimlico Special. The nation's top older thoroughbreds compete in the 33rd running at Pimlico Race Course at 12: 30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Details: (410) 889-9400.
Baltimore Sun BalloonGlow and Country Concert. Neal McCoy (7 p.m.) headlines a day of country music at Oregon Ridge Park (13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville) topped off by a glowing hot- air-balloon finale. 1 p.m.-9 p.m. rain or shine. Tickets: $20. Children under 12 free. Details: (410) 889-9393, Ext. 62.
Bud Light Nights. 92Q presents a "Saturday Night Fever" tribute at 7 p.m. as part of the concert series on Water Street. $3 admission, 21 and over only. For more information and to confirm times: (410) 837-3030.
Pub Date: 5/09/98