Spelling bees, brats, floating ballerinas and live music — must be July in Baltimore! Here are our top picks for ram-friendly weekend fun.

Baltimore Family Events

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by Summer Stock at Friends.
Summer Stock at Friends will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” on Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26 at 7:30 pm, with 2 p.m. matinees scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27. The production will take place in the Upper School Band Room (4B on the campus map). Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. MORE INFO

Fluid Movement “Star Spangled Swimmer” Water Ballet at Druid Hill Park
Ever wonder what makes Federal Hill so… Federal? Or why the flag at Fort McHenry has 15 stripes? Or what 80 people in the same pool swimming to the 1812 Overture looks like? Good! Because Fluid Movement wants to take you to summer school with “Star-Spangled Swimmer!: A War of 1812 Water Ballet.” Using their patented immersive technique, they will transport you back to a time when the colonies were newborns, Baltimore had dozens of independent newspapers, and it rained militiamen. Come to “Star-Spangled Swimmer!: A War of 1812 Water Ballet,” a magical place where learning is fun and history comes alive — with flotation devices & glitter! The show takes place at Druid Hill Park Pool, July 26th at 5:00 PM (for $5!) and July 27th at 5:00 and 7:00. MORE INFO

Believe in Music Festival
Believe in Music is a Living Classrooms program that aims to uplift underprivelidged Baltimore City students academically, culturally, and spiritually, while promoting self-expression and community awareness through music education. Catch their concert and community gathering (kids 12 and under are FREE!) this Saturday at Oregon Ridge Park. MORE INFO

Maryland German Festival
Marylanders of German descent — or those who simply like a good beer and wurst — celebrate their heritage with bands, folk dancing, choral singing, vendoers, children’s activities, food, beer and, wine. This year the festival remains indoors in the air conditioned Exhibition Hall. Entertainment will be local German bands, traditional folk dancing and choral singing. There are imported and local crafts and collectables, and, for kids, wall climbing, puppet shows, face painting. Saturday and Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. MORE INFO

Get Muddy at Oregon Ridge Nature Center
Get down and dirty in some muddy fun! Make mud pies, mud sculptures, mud paintings, and more! Then Oregon Ridge will let the mud monsters slide down a mud slide and run through their hoses and sprinklers to become human kids again. Saturday and Sunday, 1 PM – 3 PM. $5 for non-members, $2 for members. MORE INFO

Drop In Art: Aquatic Art
Peek through a porthole, row your boat, and dive deep into waves as your explore the deep blue sea! Design colorful steer ships and push shells into clay to explore texture. Sail through the Walter’s ollection to discover creatures of the deep! Head to the Walters on Saturday or Sunday from 10 AM – 3 PM for Drop In Art and make maritime flags. MORE INFO

Cardboard Tube Fighting TOURNAMENT
Bust out your cardboard armor DMV’ers! The tubes have been welded and a cardboard dagger, valued at less than a dollar, will be awarded to Baltimore’s CTFL Champion in Fells Point this Sunday! This is an all ages event. Cardboard costumes–any costume really–is encouraged. Tournament Format: A CTFL tournament includes 48 participants. Each participant duels at least once. The winner of the duel is the person whose cardboard tube is not broken and the loser is he whose tube is bent. (Even if you don’t want to participate, this is probably a fun one to watch!). Sunday at 4 PM. MORE INFO