The race may be the main event of the Grand Prix, but don’t worry if you’re not a fan of race cars — there will be a number of celebrations throughout the city over the entire weekend, and it seems all of race car driving’s top names will be in Baltimore to attend.

The festivities start tonight with the Adobe Road Wine Dinner which will feature driver Marc Bunting and other Prix competitors.  The dinner, which takes place at Morton’s The Steakhouse, will feature a preview of the Team Baltimore Racing show car.

Thursday night, Danica Patrick and Mike Conway will be appearing from 6-8 pm at Buffalo Wild Wings in Owings Mills.  Racers Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay will be appearing at the same time at the White Marsh location of Buffalo Wild Wings.  There will also be free concerts at Power Plant Live featuring Lost in Paris and the Philly Party Band.  

Things really get going Friday night.  First, Radcliffe Jewelers and TW Steel will be hosting an in-store event with special appearance by reigning Indy 500 champion (and actress Ashley Judd’s husband), Dario Franchitti.  Franchitti, who currently holds first place in the 2011 IndyCar Series Standings, will be showcasing TW Steel’s extended watch line.  What’s more, the event will feature a live auction to raise money for The Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai.

If you want to see some live music, there will be more live concerts at Power Plant Live, as well as a Grand Prix Kickoff Party hosted by Olivia Newton-John and Terrell Owens at Rams Head Live.   

As the weekend continues, the Budweiser Block Party brings performances by Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, and the Infield Party Zone will feature performances by Collective Soul, Big Bad Voodoo Daddies, and more.