The weekend is nearly here  friends and it’s a big one! From big trucks to little heroes, fun festivals to the BIG race,there are some epic Baltimore family events happening!!

The Preakness forecast may be calling for rain but don’t let a soggy track put a damper on the fun. Check out our (cool) Preakness Party ideas — they’re triple-crown-worthy… rain or shine. 

baltimore family events this weekend

Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival @ Turf Valley
May 19 + 20 | 4 PM – 9 PM

Turf Valley’s Preakness® Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival  in Ellicott City, Maryland brightens the skies again this year as the Centerpiece Venue for hosting the long running balloon festival. Spectators will enjoy the wonder of hot air balloons, specialty crafts, entertainment, and good food during this fun, family-friendly festival. The Hot Air Balloon Festival has a long and colorful tradition going back 40 years. MORE

Summer Social at West Shore Park
May 20, 2016 | 5 PM – 8 PM

Hosted by Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, Summer Socials are a favorite way to kick off weekend fun in the city. Family-friendly music (not kid music, but you won’t have to worry about anything NSFP — not safe for preschool). Great food. Kid fun. Amazing views at West Shore Park. Libations from Dooby’s. Super casual and laid back. After all, it’s summer, hon. The series kicks off on Friday, May 20th with the Kelly Bell Band from.  Don’t miss The Charmery’s Ice Cream Truck or playing with the Imagination Playground. If temps are warm, your kids will definitely want to take a run through the Walter Sondheim Fountain. Be sure to pack extra clothes and a towel! Better yet, pack pajamas. Hopefully they’ll nod off on the stroller or car ride home.  MORE

No Child Wet Behind 5K and Family Fun Run @ Gywnns Falls Trail
May 21, 2016 | 9 AM

On Saturday, May 21, 2016, Doulas of Baltimore will host the 1st Annual No Child Wet Behind Diaper Drive and 5k on the beautiful Gwynns Falls Trail. In addition to children’s activities, a shopping boutique, food and more, this community event will bring together our many supporters and partners in order to raise awareness about the many babies in need of clean, dry diapers throughout the greater Baltimore area. Race proceeds benefit ShareBaby’s DiaperSHARE. MORE

Big Truck Day @ the Baltimore Museum of Industry
May 21 | 9 AM – 1 PM 

Big trucks are just plain (cool) no matter how old you are. Kids and their grownup sidekicks will dig this event at the BMI. Climb aboard fire engines, police cars, work trucks, and more cool rides that come from the Baltimore City Department of Public Works. It all takes place in the museum’s parking lot. MORE

Down on the Farm Festival @ Port Discovery
May 21 | 10 AM – 5 PM 

Old MacDonald himself would even think this festival was (cool). Join Port Discovery for a special day dedicated to learning about Maryland Farms! Explore their newest exhibit, Here We Grow!, and enjoy farm-themed activities, like; making chicken noise makers, hanging out for a barnyard circle time, music with Mr. Norman and MORE.

Wine in The Woods
May 21 & 22 | 11 AM – 6 PM & 11 AM – 5 PM

Find a sitter for the kids then grab your favorite grownups for Wine in The Woods. Over 35+ wineries will be offering tastings as the centerpiece to this premier wine festival that also includes the works of  nearly fifty artisans, musicians on two stages and over twenty food vendors. MORE

Cool Kids Campaign Courageous 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run
May 22, 2016 | 8 AM – 12 PM

The Cool Kids Courageous Run includes a family friendly 5K and a 1-mile fun run/walk that begin at 8 am. This hilly cross country course on the grassy fields at Oregon Ridge Park will be professionally timed by Charm City Run and is perfect for walkers and families. This course may be a challenge at times, but remember, it’s easier than one round of chemo! All registered participants will receive a cotton race t-shirt before the start and receive a cold wash cloth at the finish line. All children will also receive a medal at the finish! After the races, everyone is welcome to join in the fun festival that features a live DJ, food spread, and outdoor games for the entire family! MORE

Little Heroes @ Geppi’s Entertainment Museum
May 22 | 1 PM – 4 PM

At Geppi’s Entertainment Museum they know that all little boys and little girls are just superheroes in disguise. During their annual superhero themed event kids are encouraged to let their capes wave! This fun event brings kids together with Geppi’s staff in games, crafts, and lots of fun. MORE

Seussical The Musical 
May 22 | Performances at 2:30 and 6:30 PM 

Seussical The Musical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! The J’s Children’s Theater Production Company has brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, and lazy Mayzie. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. MORE

Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar 
May 22 | 7 AM – 12 PM

The ultimate Movable Feast the Farmers Market is a thrill for all the senses. Fresh veggies, flowers, meats, cheeses and OH MY the baked goods. Many Sundays also feature live music performances and cooking demonstrations.  The market is located below the Jones Falls Expressway at Holiday & Saratoga streets.   Cooking demonstrations are now a part of the experience at the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar. MORE