Where can make your own masterpieces, see amazing works of art, catch a dance performance — and bring the kids? At one of The Walters Art Museum’s Fall Family Festivals! Several times a year, the Walters hosts museum-wide family festivals and they never disappoint.
This fall, the museum team has planned three festivals that will delight the littles and bigs in your life! Join them to immerse your family in medieval culture, celebrate Día de los Muertos, or to welcome the holiday season during their Monument Lighting Festival.
Whipped-cream-with-a-cherry-on-top news? They’re all FREE.
The Medieval Life Family Festival takes place this Saturday, October 22nd from 11 AM – 4 PM. Inspired by their special collection, A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe, , the museum invites the community to go on a multi-sensory journey while celebrating the arts and cultures of medieval Europe. Enjoy performances by Peabody Harpist Students, Choregraphie Antique of Goucher College, and Ballet Theater of Maryland. Kids will love playing a giant game of chess board, tell stories with hand bells, make a perfumed pomander, and more.
The Walters’ Día de los Muertos Community Celebration takes place on Sunday, October 30th from 12 PM – 3 pM, but you can see the museum’s community ofrenda, or altar before the event. It’s on display the two weeks leading up to the celebration. Artist Edgar Reyes created this year’s altar and is inviting all members of the public to bring items to place on the altar in honor of loved ones who have passed away. During the family festival, attendees are invited to create a small Día de los Muertos altar that they can take home with them, make paper marigolds, or cempasúchil, and view traditional Mexican folk dances performed by Bailes de Mi Tierra, a local dance troupe.
The Monument Lighting Celebration is a Walters tradition — and the warmest place in Mt. Vernon that night! Celebrate the holiday season and the annual lighting of the Washington Monument during this free, family-friendly event. Enjoy seasonal performances, music, refreshments, and winter-inspired art activities. Later, watch as the Washington Monument is set aglow, followed by a spectacular fireworks display and laser show. This year the festival takes place on December 1st from 5 PM – 7:30 PM.
(cool) tip: The Walters Art Museum is located at 600 North Charles Street in Baltimore’s historic Mt. Vernon Cultural District. A staffed parking lot is conveniently located across the street from the museum at Centre and Cathedral streets. Museum members are eligible for reduced rates and should stop by the Ticketing and Information Desk to get parking tickets validated.