The Grand Prix of Baltimore isn't for racing alone

As if fast cars weren't enough, organizers have lined-up other diversions for the hard-to-satisfy

August 30, 2012|By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun

The beach volleyball won't be back this year (boo!), but the second Grand Prix of Baltimore will still be offering a handful of activities that don't involve hurtling through the streets of Charm City at normally illegal speeds.

The Sunoco Victory Stage, set up next to Camden Station, will offer music for everyone. Three local bands are set to perform: The Perfects (12:30 p.m. Friday), Sweet Leda featuring Ron Holloway (3:45 p.m. Friday) and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (1:15 p.m. Saturday).

Race fans with V.I.P. tickets or other paid access will be able to enjoy live music in the Andretti Lounge, which will be set up inside the convention center. Performers there will include Matt Green (11 a.m. Friday), Say Chance (noon and 3 p.m. Friday), Nelly's Echo (11 a.m. Saturday), Wayna (12:30 p.m. Saturday) and Carolyn Malachi (1 p.m. Sunday).

Kids, and perhaps even their parents, should check out the Family Fun Fair, located near the intersection of Pratt and Light streets. Besides a Ferris wheel, which should offer wondrous bird's-eye views of the Grand Prix landscape, the fair will feature a rock climbing wall, bounce houses and an assortment of interactive displays, including a Spider Wed Climb, an Army Hummer and an Indy race car.

Throughout the Grand Prix, musicians, temporary tattoo artists and other street performers will be roaming the area.

The Family Fun Fair will open at 9 a.m. daily. There will be no additional charge for admission.

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