BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore Grand Prix is less than three weeks away, but festivities start earlier than Labor Day weekend.

Andrea Fujii has more about all the free activities during Baltimore Race Week. 

About 100,000 people are expected to come to Baltimore for the Grand Prix Labor Day weekend.

For those who come earlier, there is lots to do…for free.

“We want to make sure it’s not just the Grand Prix that does well and all the festivities inside the track, but as well as all of downtown,” said Tom Noonan, Visit Baltimore CEO.

The Maryland Science Center is offering free admission Wednesday, Aug. 31 before 11 a.m.

“We’ll still be blowing things up and dropping things off the roof and sliming people, and so come on down and check that out as well,” said Chris Cropper, Maryland Science Center.

Other deals include an hour of free admission for Port Discovery on Aug. 30 and B&O Railroad Museum on Aug. 29 and 30, and $5 off admission to the National Aquarium Sept. 1-5.

“On top of that you have restaurants and nightclubs that are also giving thematic menus or drinks for the week,” said Tom Noonan, Visit Baltimore CEO.

Tourism experts say not many people come to Baltimore during Labor Day weekend. Average hotel prices run about $100. But this Labor Day, prices are up to $300 a night.

The race will be broadcasted to 200 countries around the globe, and organizers hope all of Baltimore gets noticed.

Baltimore Race Week kicks off Aug. 28 with a celebration at Harbor East.  To see a complete list of all the free activities, click here.


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