The showers of April may have been few and far between but Charm City isn’t going to let a little lack of rain keep the flowers {or fun} of May from blooming. Our round-up of Baltimore family events this weekend is bursting with a bouquet of fun and creative ways to play.

Field days, farmers markets and festivals… oh, my! Take it to the streets for the Kinetic Sculpture race. Hit FlowerMart and bring spring home with you. Create seasonally inspired mini-masterpieces or add to that epic comic book collection. There is a lot of (cool) to be had out and about this weekend.

Don’t let all that fun tire you out before you have a chance to checkout our ways to treat yourself for Mother’s Day!

baltimore family events this weekend

FlowerMart at Mt. Vernon
May 7 , 2016 | 11 AM – 8 PM

Mount Vernon Place will be blossoming once again when FlowerMart returns to fill the parks with merriment, food and lovely gifts and flowers.  The festival, held on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, from 11AM – 8PM both days is family-friendly and admission is free. Entertainment:  An array of performers will entertain on two stages all day, each day. MORE

AVAM Kinetic Sculpture Race 
May 7 , 2016 | 10 AM – 5 PM

From the American Visionary Art Museum—a race of wacky, imaginative, totally human-powered works of art, designed to travel on land, through mud, and over deep harbor waters, constructed out of used bicycles, gears, and parts, created by a lunatic genius who tinkers around in the garage or backyard (do you know this person?)! The machines can be simple, small crafts, piloted by only one brave soul, or they can be over 50 feet long, extremely well-engineered, sophisticated vehicles powered by a team of pilots. MORE

National Aquarium Fort McHenry Field Day 
May 7 , 2016 | 10 AM – 1 PM

Volunteers will give a day for the Bay as they join the Aquarium Conservation Team (ACT!) for a field day at the Fort McHenry wetland. Attendees will maintain the butterfly and rain gardens, remove debris from the wetlands, and much more. Data collected from this event will contribute to the regional Project Clean Stream effort. MORE

Garden Festival at Ladew 
May 7 , 2016 | 10 AM – 4 PM

Ladew’s 8th annual Garden Festival is among the most anticipated specialty plant, garden ornaments, and antiques sale in the region. Shop from an exclusive collection of 40 vendors from throughout the eastern seaboard, offering hard to find perennials, rare annuals, unique small trees, unusual exotics, container specialties, decorative furniture, urns, statuary, architectural treasures, and more. MORE
 

Free Comic Book Day at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum
May 7 , 2016 | 10 AM – 6 PM

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum at it again! First things first, as the name implies, we will be giving out TONS of FREE COMICS! Special guests so far are Charm City Roller Girls, DC Anime Club and Art Way Alliance. MORE

Spinning and Weaving Workshop at Mt. Clare Museum
May 7 , 2016 | 11 AM – 1:30 PM

The Mount Clare Museum House Living History series presents a hands-on weaving workshop and spinning demonstrations. Recommended for families with young learners age 8-12. As tension between the American Colonies and Great Britain rose, weaving took on a new level of importance. MORE

Apple Blossom Festival  
May 7 , 2016 | 12 PM – 6 PM

Millstone Cellars presents their Apple Blossom Festival Spring Celebration. Come enjoy Spring with cider, live music & outdoor activities! Support local vendors, artisans & organization, such as Dizzy Cow Pizzeria, HEX Ferments, Prigel Creamery and more – including hula hoops and henna for the kids! MORE

DunFest  
May 7 , 2016 | 11 AM – 3 PM

DunFest is free family festival celebrating community in Dundalk! Visit all the activity ‘zones’: Green for environmental resources, Community for local social service resources, Wellness for health info and Kids for fun activities. DunFest also includes a special performance from Ms Laz of Planet UPtune. MORE

Ruth & Betty’s Women’s Empowerment Benefit   
May 7 , 2016 | 5 PM – 8 PM

Ruth & Betty’s – A Women’s Empowerment Benefit will be a night of food, drinks, fitness, fashion, and giving back.  Four local Baltimore businesses – 3Clothing, Flavor Restaurant Bar & Lounge, INLINE Fitness, and Sloop Betty Vodka are hosting a fundraiser event to raise money for House of Ruth Maryland – an organization that provides services for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. MORE

Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar    
May 8 , 2016 | 7 AM – 12 PM

Maryland’s largest producers-only market offers an assortment of produce, meats, dairy, breads, flowers, collectibles and crafts on Sundays between April 17, 2016 and December 18, 2016 from 7am to sell out (typically noon).  Many Sundays also feature live music performances and cooking demonstrations. MORE

Girl with Diamonds in Her Eyes: A Cowgirl Musical    
May 8 , 2016 | 1 PM – 2 PM

Caroline “Buttons” McGee has a chip on her shoulder and eyes on a fortune in the silver mines of Nevada. Armed only with a sling shot, she runs away from her orphanage in Baltimore and sets out for the Wild West. Along her journey, Buttons finds an unlikely ally in Tom “Smudge-Nose” Parker, a gruff old prospector and his horse, Sally. This Pumpkin Theatre production is a great introduction to the performing arts for the whole family. MORE

BMA Free Family Sunday: Spring Inspiration     
May 8 , 2016 | 1 PM – 2 PM

Join the Baltimore Museum of Art to create a unique piece of art together! This workshop will have you producing Relief Bouquets together that are inspired by spring. MORE