Holiday festivities kick off all over Charm City this weekend! Santa arrives at the B&O with a Lego Block party, Holly Fest happens at Friends School and more. If you’re not quite ready for the jolliest season of the year, explore landscapes at The Walters, make fairy houses at Oregon Ridge, listen to the BSO Youth Orchestra and more. Here are our best bets for fam-friendly fun in Charm City this weekend.

baltimore family events this weekend

St. James Academy Children’s Dinner Theatre: Musical Fun with Mr. Hyson
Music, dancing, singing, clapping, running, jumping, screaming, laughing and so much more by Mr. Hyson. Every child will leave feeling better about themselves and will remember to treat others with love and respect. A casual dinner is served in Macdonald Hall at 5:30 PM followed by the evening’s performance at 6:15 PM in the Susan Tucker Moore Theatre. Dinner is $6 per person and the show is $6 per guest. Children under 2 are free and $48 max cost per family. Friday night. MORE

Cirque Dreams Holidaze in Baltimore
Now in its 7th year of  multiple simultaneous touring productions, Cirque Dreams lights up the 2015 holiday season with its critically acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza… Cirque Dreams Holidaze…a new cirque show…Broadway musical… and family Christmas spectacular all in one! Hailed by The New York Daily News as a “delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleighload & so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil.” Friday and Saturday at the Lyric. MORE

Drop-In Art Activities: Landscapes
Explore landscapes, cityscapes, and seascapes at The Walters! Paint places you wish to visit, create a city, and make a collage of the world around you. Every weekend join The Walters Art Museum in their studios and create artful projects related to the collection and special exhibitions. Check out  monthly themes and visit often to participate in a different project each weekend. No registration required—drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home with you! Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM – 3 PM. MORE

Holly Fest Artisan Market & Holiday Fair
The Friends School Parents Association welcomes everyone to the 30th annual Holly Fest Artisan Market and Holiday Fair on Saturday, November 21from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the school’s gymnasiums, located at 5114 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, 21210. Admission is free. Holly Fest features more than 85 local artisans and merchants. Kids can visit the Elf Booth to make a craft or the Estimation Station to play the guessing game and win prizes. A Children’s Dollar Shop lets the kids purchase gently-used gifts for parents, siblings, grandparents, friends. Parents can shop for jewelry, crafts, home wares, baked goods and holiday greens – all from local artisans. So come shop for the holidays and support small businesses in the Baltimore community! MORE

Waldorf Fair
A Magical Family Experience! Join the Waldorf School of Baltimore at their annual Waldorf Fair Saturday, November 21st from 10am–4pm. This event promises to offer a variety of family-friendly activities, such as jump-rope making, beeswax candle rolling, and marionette shows, along with over 20 local vendors and live music. MORE

Magic Holiday Express – Santa’s Lego Block Party
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive November 21 at 10:30 a.m. to kick off the holiday season. Train Rides with Santa, LEGO operating model train layout by the Washington DC LEGO Train Club and more model trains, LEGO Man appearances, LEGO Building Zone, indoor carousel rides, kids’ crafts and more. Free with paid admission. Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 AM – 4 PM. MORE

Pioneer Days
Build miniature log cabins, create corn husk dolls, play colonial games, and dip your own candles to learn how early American pioneers lived at Lake Roland. Ages 6 and up.  At 12 noon and 2 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations Required. $7 per person ($5 members) MORE

Open to families and kids of all ages! Tour the galleries and design unique art projects linked to the exhibitions. Stop in for a quick visit or stay for the entire afternoon. Explore art materials and let your creativity soar. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Creative Alliance. Saturday 12 PM – 3 PM. MORE

Fairies and Elves at Oregon Ridge Park
Learn all about these mysterious inhabitants of the forest and search for their presence at Oregon Ridge Park. Enjoy crafting houses for them and make a craft to take home. Ages 3+, $5 ($2 members).   Saturday and Sunday,  1 PM – 3 PM. MORE

Zoo Zoom 8K
Here’s your chance to RUN WILD through the Zoo! Whether you have the speed of a cheetah or pace of a tortoise, join The Maryland Zoo for this wildly popular annual event. Choose from either an 8K race or 1 Mile Family Walk/ Fun Run.  Both courses run right through the center of the Zoo alongside the animals and right by the Zoo’s new Penguin Coast exhibit.  Registration also includes all-day admission to the Zoo! Sunday. MORE

Who Sleeps? Who Freezes? Who Moves?
What happens to the animals of Leight Park in the winter? Find out who does what and explore the Estuary Center and beyond for signs of winter. Hot refreshments provided. Registration required. Families, under 13 w/adult. Sunday, 10 AM – 11:30 AM. MORE

Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra
aunched in 2012, the BSYO comprises three orchestral ensembles of 235 of the region’s most talented musicians. The BSYO serves as ensemble-in-residence at the state-of-the-art George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson, MD.  All tickets sold at the door will be $25 CASH ONLY. Ticket prices shown above are for advance purchases only. Sunday, 1 PM. MORE