Race, Party, Tradition

More than 150 sailors will line up along the mouth of the Severn River in the Chesapeake Bay tomorrow for the 31st annual Governor's Cup Yacht Race. The event -- one of the area's longest races -- begins at 6 p.m. in Annapolis and ends Saturday morning in St. Mary's City. Former St. Mary's College students J. Russell Baker, Pete Sarelas and Dale Rausch founded the event in 1973 to honor the state's two capitals, St. Mary's City (the capital from 1634 to 1695) and Annapolis (the capital from 1695 to today). About 45 boaters entered the first year. This year, 165 sailors are scheduled to compete. A post-race party Saturday at St. Mary's College will include live music, food and drinks. The race's start can be seen from the Naval Academy bridge, the Naval Academy's Rip Miller and Farragut fields, Hackett Point (off Holly Beach Farm Road) and Tolly Point in Annapolis. Race, free; party, free; charge for food and drinks. 240-895-4381.

Skits by Children

Children 5 to 16 will perform skits during Easton's First Friday gallery walk and Sunday at the Avalon Theatre. Students wrote, produced and directed the skits during the theater's two-week Camp Cricket. The young thespians studied set design, scene and character development, stage and film techniques, improvisation and script writing. 5:30-7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Thompson Park, corner of Washington and Dover streets. 2 p.m. Sunday, Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover St., Easton. Free. 410-820-8822 or www.avalontheatre.com.

Student Ballet

Ballet Theatre of Maryland students ages 9 to 24 will perform at 1 p.m. Saturday. The performance, by pre-professional, intermediate and advanced students in intensive summer classes, will also feature a preview of "The Nutcracker" by the theater's professional members and excerpts from "Carmen," "Italian Symphonette," "Grande Tarantella," "Clarinet Concerto," "Vestiges" and "A Chorus Line." Pascal Theater, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. $10. 410-486-6178 or www.balletmaryland.org.