Everybody’s workin’ for the weekend… especially when it’s a three-day weekend! Celebrate getting back into the school year groove with Baltimore family events this weekend. 

Hit the midway and farm barns at the 135th Maryland State Fair with all the euphoria of Charlotte’s pal  Templeton. Learn to cook by campfire, watch the Monarch migrate or stargaze in the park watching Cosmos. Better yet give your alter ego the weekend off and wear your favorite cape to Comic Con. That would give ya some great practice for NEXT weekend’s Super Hero Social! {you’ve got your tickets, right?}

Whatever you do relax and enjoy Labor Day weekend, you’ve earned it.

baltimore family events this weekend

Summer Sounds at The Square
September 2| 6 PM – 9PM

You won’t want to miss the last concert of the season. Head to Belvedere Square this Friday evening as Belvedere Square closes their thirteenth season of music and community fun. Enjoy live music treats from the restaurants and market merchants of Belvedere Square. Savory some ice cream, a final Summer Shandy (lemonade and wheat beer) from Atwater’s, crawfish boil from Tooloulou, kombucha by the glass and fermented snacks from Hex and chocolate ice tea and Mexican Chocolate Paletas from Jinji. The kids will love the Kids’ Zone with family activities too. MORE

Baltimore Comic Con
September 2 – 4 | Times Vary

Grab your capes and decoder rings the 17th annual Baltimore Comic Con is here! The ultimate convention for comic book collectors, fans and geeks alike melds cosplay with expert speakers, gives fans of all ages the chance to lend their fandom flag fly and more. There is even a special section just for the kiddos. So break out your favorite costume {we know you’ve got some (cool) ones} and enjoy fun and storytelling at its finest. MORE

Maryland State Fair
September 2 – 4 | Times Vary

The 135th MY Maryland State Fair presented by Toyota is a fun and educational destination complete with daily home arts, farm & garden, livestock & horse exhibits, rides, games, live entertainment & more that’s sure to captivate visitors of all ages. No other event provides so much food, fun, family entertainment and education for so little. MORE

Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory On the Big Screen
September 2 – 4 | Times Vary

In loving memory of Gene Wilder (1933 – 2016). Join The Senator Theatre this weekend as they pay tribute to the great Gene Wilder with screenings of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) all weekend long on the Big Screen. MORE

9th Annual DIY Fest
September 3 | 12 PM – 6 PM

DIY Fest 2016 (Do It Yourself Festival) will be the 9th DIY Fest to be held in Baltimore City. The event is free and is open to anyone wanting to learn a new skill, teach or present one of their skills/hobbies or just check out what goes down at a DIY Fest. Past Fests have had workshops such as (though this is nowhere near a complete list): bike repair, beer making, drywall repair, hula hoop making, intro to yoga, environmentally friendly screen printing, animal skinning, infant care, urban composting, basic pet care, knife making, cordage & friction fires, urban foraging intro to pop up card making, kombucha making, candle making and MORE.

Arts and Crafts with J
September 3 | 10 AM – 5 PM

Get your creative on and enjoy “Arts & Crafts with J” at the Baltimore Visitor Center Saturday, September 2. This week’s them is “School Begins”. Participants will using a picture of a school bus to color and make their own by adding personal information about school. MORE

Healthy First Saturday @ Port Discovery
September 3 | 10 AM – 2 PM

Fun, family and a healthy start to the month. Port Discovery presents a community health fair in the way that only they can. Enjoy yoga, KinderFit, Tiger Tales and more. Go, play and be well! MORE

Drop-In Art @ The Walters
September 3 & 4 | 11 AM – 4 PM

The Walters is the place to every weekend for fun in their studios creating artful projects related to the collection and special exhibitions. This month the them is; Ancient Artifacts. They are kicking things off with Masked Marvels. No registration required—drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home with you! MORE

Turtle Time at Benjamin Banneker Park
September 3 | 1 PM

It’s all about turtles at Benjamin Banneker Park. They’ll have a turtle story, turtle craft and a chance to meet Banneker’s resident turtles up close and personal. Designed for Children ages 3 – 6 .$2 members / $4 non-members / $10 family rate. Advance registration required. 410-887-1081 or BannekerMuseum@BaltimoreCountyMD.gov. MORE

Box Turtle 500
September 3 | 1 PM

Start a new Labor Day tradition by joining Bear Branch Nature Center for a turtle race! Meet captive box turtles and cheer them on as they race to the finish line. Learn what you can do to help declining populations of wild box turtles. Enjoy lemonade and other treats to mark the unofficial end of summer. Please note: captive box turtles are part of this event. Please leave your pet turtle at home; never take turtles from the wild. All ages. Registration required. Call 410-386-2103 or ccrecpark.org. $7/pp. MORE

Cooking by Campfire @ Otter Creek
September 3 | 5:30 PM – 7 PM

No oven? No problem! Learn how to make several foil wrapped meals right in a campfire. Perfect for camping or backyard bonfires. MORE

Seafarer’s Tour: Toil, Trouble, Tradition & Macabre
September 3 | 8:30 PM – 11 PM

Go aboard USS Constellation for an after-hours, lantern light tour of all four main decks including the ship’s hold and the Brig! Hear the highlights of the Ship’s Service history with stories of hardship, occasional tragedy and strange occurrences from the 1862-1865 Diary of ship’s Yeoman Moses Safford. MORE

Raiders of the Lost Ark 35th Anniversary @ The Senator
September 4 | 10 AM

It’s been 35 year since Steven Spielberg brought dashing archeologist Dr. Indiana Jones to the silver screen. What better way to mark the occasion than seeing it up on the screen again in classic style at The Senator.  Renowned archeologist and expert in the occult, Dr. Indiana Jones, is hired by the U.S. Government to find the Ark of the Covenant, which is believed to still hold the ten commandments. MORE

Mount Vernon Cultural Walk
September 4 | 10 AM – 11:30 AM

The Cultural Walk explores the fine architecture and world-renowned institutions along the Charles Street National Scenic Byway. Impressive buildings and monuments line the corridor, from Benjamin Latrobe’s Basilica to the sophisticated minimalism of Mies van der Rohe’s One Charles Center. The nation’s first monument to George Washington stands tall in the center of Mount Vernon Place, just steps away from some of the nation’s foremost cultural institutions, including the Walters Art Museum, Enoch Pratt Free Library, and the Peabody Institute. Tour co-sponsored by the Baltimore National Heritage Area. It begins at the Inner Harbor Visitor Center and ends at the Monument. MORE

Tails & Tots
September 4 | 1 PM – 1:30 PM

Explore nature through a story at the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center. Listen to a tale about an animal or a habitat. Story time may include meeting a live critter, a simple craft or acting out the story. MORE

Monarch Watch @ Irvine Nature Center
September 4 | 1 PM – 3 PM

The final weeks of summer mark the start of an amazing migration! Catch, tag and release monarchs at Irvine as part of an ongoing citizen science program – Monarch Watch – and find out how you can take an active role in helping these butterflies survive their incredible journey. This program includes a tour of Irvine’s Butterfly House! MORE

Cosmos in the Park
September 4 | 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Come out to Roosevelt Park in Hampden to watch an outdoor screening of two episodes of the original Cosmos: A Personal Voyage series! What better way to wrap up a relaxing summer weekend than appeasing your inner (or outer) nerd and desire to be outdoors with a program that takes you on a journey of scientific discovery. This screening will be the last of the season so don’t miss it. Please bring your own blanket or chairs. MORE

Sunday Munch Music & Brunch
September 4 | 9 AM – 10 PM

After you’ve claimed your share of the late-summer harvest at the Farmer’s Market & Bazaar (don’t forget to go early, they open at 7 AM) head across the way for Sunday for Sunday Munch Music and Brunch!  Featuring Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas, music, food and more. Relax, nosh and enjoy a Sunday social with the family and neighbors. MORE