Pilot to speak
Norman Birzer, a retired Navy fighter pilot, will discuss the A-7 Corsair II aircraft at 7 p.m. at the Lockheed Martin Auditorium, 2323 Eastern Blvd., Middle River. The talk, sponsored by the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, is free, but photo identification is required for admittance. 410-682-6122.
Transportation Advocates will meet from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Maryland Secretary of Transportation Robert L. Flanagan will discuss goals for public transit and vehicular traffic. 410-995-0125.
The Annapolis business community will hold "A Night Out for New Orleans" to raise money for Red Cross hurricane relief efforts on the Gulf Coast. Participating restaurants and bars have pledged to donate at least 50 percent of their profits from the evening to the cause, and local businesses are joining in. For a list of participants and activities, call 410-295-3205, 410-295-3295 or 410-295-3201.
Anne Arundel County Fair
The Anne Arundel County Fair's opening day will run from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals Highway, Crownsville. It will continue from noon to 11 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. 410-923-3400 or www.aacountyfair.org.
Irish Festival of Baltimore
The Irish Festival of Baltimore will take place from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the 5th Regiment Armory, Howard and Preston streets. The event, one of Baltimore's Showcase of Nations ethnic festivals, will continue from noon until 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for ages 18 to 64, $7 for those age 65 and older, $5 for those 12 to 17, and free for those age 11 and younger. www.irishfestival.com.
The African American Cultural Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in at the Courthouse Plaza in Towson. It will include historical exhibits, music, food, storytelling and musical performances. Admission is free. Parking lots are located off Susquehanna Avenue.
The 22nd annual Maryland Wine Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster. It also will run from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The event features 15 Maryland wineries, crafts, food, seminars and entertainment. Admission is $20 for age 21 and older with valid identification; $5 for ages 7 to 20; and free for age 6 and younger. 410-386-3880.
Festival in Hampden
Hampdenfest will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on 36th Street (The Avenue) between Falls Road and Chestnut Street. The free event will include music, entertainment, a flea market and an art exhibit. www.hampdenfest.com.
Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club will present Going to the Dogs Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Equestrian Center in Bel Air. The event will include demonstrations of sled-dog races, search and rescue, grooming and weight-pulling. There also will be agility, rally and obedience activities. Admission is free. 410-378-3201.
Jones Falls Valley Celebration
The eighth annual Jones Falls Valley Celebration will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Cold Spring Lane ramp to the northbound Jones Fall Expressway. Six miles of the northbound lanes of the JFX will be closed to traffic to allow for walking, bicycling and skateboarding during the free event. 410-261-3515 or www.jonesfalls.org.
Arts festival in Bel Air
The Bel Air Festival for the Arts will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Shamrock Park on Hickory Avenue. It will feature arts and crafts booths and live entertainment. Admission is free. 443-616-6708 or www.belairfestival.com.