The Maryland State Fair returns this year Aug. 26-Sept. 5, to the state fairgrounds, in Timonium. As always, there will be lots of midway rides, 4-H contests and live entertainment. Highlights include performances by Selena Gomez (Aug. 26), Blake Shelton (Sept. 3) and the area's hometown heroes, the Timonium-bred punk band All Time Low (Sept. 4). Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for children ages 6-11. Call 410-252-0200, or go to http://www.marylandstatefair.com.

Renaissance redux

The Maryland Renaissance Festival will be staged again, weekends from Aug. 27 through Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., on Crownsville Road, off Route 97. The popular fair recreates the environment of a 16th century English village and also features jousting matches, magicians, jugglers, craft vendors, period food and a children's area. Admission at the gate is $19 general, $16 for seniors, $9 for kids ages 7-15 and free for anyone younger. Call 410-266-7304. For a rundown of events, go to http://www.marylandrenaissancefestival.com.

Jousting in Calvert

Maryland's state sport will be in full bloom when the 145th Calvert County Jousting Tournament happens Sat., Aug. 27, noon, at Christ Church at 3100 Broomes Island Road (Route 264). Besides jousting, the day will offer a church bazaar at 10 a.m. and a country supper at 2:30 p.m. Donations are requested for admission. Call 410-586-0565 or go to http://www.christchurchcalvert.org.

Dance comes alive

The Baltimore-based modern dance troupe the Collective will perform a concert called aLIVE! Fri., Aug. 26, 8 p.m., at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson at 3134 Eastern Ave. The Collective's dance includes elements of hip hop, swing, capoeira, and salsa. Also performing will be the rock band the Water and DJ Relax. Admission is $15 general and $12 for students. Call 410-276-1651 or go to http://www.collective-dance.com.

Cool sounds

Linganore Winecellars will hold a Cool Beats and Summer Heat Festival Sat. and Sun., Aug. 27 and 28, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., at Berrywine Plantations in Mount Airy. Featured musical guests include the Bossa Brothers and Big Cam and the Lifters. Admission is $20 (21 and older), $15 (ages 18-20) and free for anyone 18 and younger who is accompanied by an adult. Call 410-795-6432.

Train excursion

The B&O Railroad Museum will host a Train Ride to Mount Clare Museum House Saturday, Aug. 27, 11 a.m., at 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore City. While riding, passengers can learn the story that connects the two sites. Tickets for two-hour round trip run $8 general and $7 for children ages 2-12 (in addition to paid admission). Call 410-752-2490.

Live the good life

The Good Life Thursdays happy hours continue at Boordy Vineyards in Hydes Thu., Aug. 25, 4-8 p.m., with a performance by Kaydance. Visitors can enjoy wine on the patio, grilled burgers and organic treats as well. Tumblehome will play next Thursday, Sept. 1. Admission is free. Call 410-592-5015.

October in August

The town of Hagerstown will pay tribute to its German heritage with its annual Augustoberfest, happening Sat., Aug. 27, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sun., Aug. 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., in downtown Hagerstown's Central Parking Lot. This event, which is now in its 16th year, is a large Bavarian festival with live entertainment, and areas for crafts and children's activities. Admission is $5 general and free for children ages 12 and younger. Go to http://www.augustoberfest.org.

Rockville wine and song

The Montgomery County town of Rockville will hold an Uncorked Wine and Music Festival Sat., Aug. 27, noon-6 p.m., in the Rockville Town Square. On the bill will be wines from across the state, cooking demonstrations, plus performances by the Sons of Pirates (noon) and the Nighthawks (2:30 p.m.). The cost to participate in the wine tasting is $15 and includes a wine glass for the first 3,000 paid attendees. Call 240-314-8620.