It’s the last weekend before fall routine sets in (yikes/hooray — school starts on Monday!). If you’re not headed down the shore, here are a few things to keep you and the kids busy, hon.

The Gathering – McHenry Row
Your fav city foodtrucks are all headed to McHenry Row tonight for a rally! $15 for unlimited adult beverages (does not include food). Don’t forget from down town B’more you can Hop on the Banner Route of Charm City Ciruculator and get there for FREE! Live music, too. MORE INFORMATION

Maryland State Fair
The 11 best days of summer kick off today! The Maryland State Fair—a summertime staple—returns for another dose of stomach-flipping rides, seizure-inducing lights and adorable, furry farm animals. Milk the cows between 11 AM and 3 PM this week, catch the pig races, ride the rides, see the animals and MORE. MORE INFORMATION

Children’s Author Stephanie Guzman at Greetings & Readings
Maryland author and second grade teacher will be at Greetings & Readings signing her new book on Saturday at 11:00 AM! Stephanie works for Harford County Public Schools as a second grade teacher. As she began her teaching career, she noticed there were not many books available to children addressing the many character development issues that are important today. The Adventures of Oliver the Clownfish: Invitation Slip-Up is the first in her series of inspiring children’s books. The Adventures of Oliver the Clownfish: Acting Cool is the second book in the series. MORE INFORMATION

Maryland Renaissance Festival
Hear ye, hear ye — the Maryland Renaissance Festival opens this weekend in Crownsville, Maryland. 16th-century English festival, 10 stages, 5,000-seat jousting arena, 140 food and craft shops and more! Runs every weekend through September 30th. Discounted admission (no coupon needed!) for the first nine days of the Festival. MORE INFORMATION

Cromwell Valley Arts Festival
The Towson Arts Collective presents two days of arts, crafts, writers, musicians, wine, food, craft beer, classic cars and kids activities. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m. The event is free, but the collective asks for a $5 per car donation for parking. MORE INFORMATION

Go Fly a Kite at Oregon Ridge
Ever wanted to fly? Join an Oregon Ridge Naturalist on Saturday or Sunday from 2 PM – 4 PM to make your own kite out of natural and recycled materials. Then glide away on a gentle breeze. Ages 5+ MORE INFORMATION

LIVE Reggae Music at Boordy Vineyards
Enjoy a unique concert experience at Boordy! Start your evening with your own picnic or purchase food from Carl’s Catering – and spread your blanket or folding chairs on Boordy’s lawn, under the trees or in the open grass. You can try the wines to find one you like – and purchase cold bottles to share with your friends. Before you know it, the stars are out and you are dancing with the happy crowd! Mystic Vibrations performs this Saturday night from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM. MORE INFORMATION

Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance Day at the Orioles Game
Spend a fun-filled Sunday afternoon rooting for the Baltimore Orioles while supporting downtown family life! For each ticket purchased, $5 will go to DBFA to support our mission of making Baltimore a place where families thrive. MORE INFORMATION

Fall Open House at Coppermine Fieldhouse
FREE! Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4 PM. FREE CLASSES, FUN AND SNOBALLS! Coppermine Fieldhouse knows kids love to be active! Head to their Open House on Sunday to learn about their non-competitive child development programs for boys and girls ages 14 months to 16+ years. Your kids will have a blast learning the fundamentals of Soccer, Gymnastics, Dance, Lacrosse, Baseball, Movement Education, plus a whole lot more! MORE INFORMATION


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