The Preakness Stakes in Baltimore is about so much more than just a horse race. Preakness Week 2010 begins on May 8 and rolls down the stretch until the race on May 15. Here's your guide to the best events happening around town.
Saturday, May 8, 2010, 10 a.m.
Benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Preakness 5k start and finish at historic Pimlico Race Course. Walk or run the course, which starts the first mile on the same dirt track the horses use on Preakness Day. After visiting the quaint neighborhoods of Mt. Washington, the race finishes in the infield. Each runner will receive a 10% discount on one regular infield ticket to the 2010 Preakness InfieldFest. Register online by May 4th. Registration is $35.
MECU's Pee Wee Preakness
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 11 a.m.
Tiny tots bounce their way to the finish line on roly-poly Hippity Hops. The "Mini Preakness" will take place at the Federal Hill Park in downtown Baltimore. For more information call: 877-BALTIMORE
Preakness Frog Hop
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at noon
Three days before the horses race to the finish, the frogs hop toward it. Held at Patterson Park. Admission is free. For more information call: 410-396-6136. Registration will be accepted on the day of the Frog Hop from 11 - 11:45 am.
Preakness Crab Derby
Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 12:00 p.m.
Local celebrities serve as "jockeys" as crabs shuffle toward the finish line. The winner will receive $500 to be donated to the charity of choice. Held at historic Lexington Market. For more information call: 410-685-6169.
Hot Air Balloon Festival at Turf Valley
Thursday and Friday, May 13-14, 2010, 3 p.m.
Events include craft vendors, tethered balloon rides (for a small fee), walk through balloon, balloon glow (at dusk), children's pee wee Preakness and other games, specialty food and drinks, and live music. Admission is free.
37th Annual Preakness Parade
Friday, May 14, 2010 at 8:30 p.m.
Ravens' running back Willie McGahee MCs the parade, which takes place on Pratt Street in the heart of the Inner Harbor. Colorful floats, helium-balloon characters, equestrians, marching bands, and military units will all take part. The p begins on Howard and Pratt streets, proceeds down Pratt Street, and ends at Market Place. For more information call: 1-877-BALTIMORE.
Black-Eyed Susan Day
Friday, May 14, 2010 at 10 a.m.
Maryland's second-largest day of racing, featuring the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes - the middle leg of the filly "Triple Crown." For more information: 410-542-9400. Gates open at 10:00 a.m.
Balloon Launch at Turf Valley
Saturday, May 15, 2010, 6:30 a.m.
Balloons take to the air bright and early. Don't forget your camera.