Lots of fun to be had thanks to a lineup of Baltimore family events this weekend that is packed with magic, movies, and more!

The crabs are getting all dusted up, ready for feasting and the messy just doesn’t stop with cracking crustaceans. Muggles and messy fun lovers will delight in the events going on around Charm City! Mess Fest, muddy celebrations, Harry Potter fun, Little Mermaid, and more. Get your history on at Fort McHenry, see what’s up under the Big Top at the B & O, whip up some hand pies, take in a puppet show, and more. There is tons happening including one of our fit-favs: Fit+ Festival at Harbor East.

Get out and ENJOY your weekend!

baltimore family events this weekend

Under The Big Top @ The B & O Railroad Museum
June 24 | 10 AM – 3 PM

Join the B & O Railroad Museum under the big top for a topsy-turvy, wildly wacky, fun-filled time. Jump through “flaming” hoops or walk the “high wire” in the center ring. Try your luck at the ring toss. Show off your creative side at the craft station. There’s fun for all under the big top! MORE

The Magic of Harry Potter @ Barnes & Noble
June 24 | 7 PM – 8 PM

Join Barnes & Noble for an event that is sure to conjure a magical experience for the most modest Muggles and wisest Wizards! Customers can enter the Harry Potter Limited Edition Cover Print Sweepstakes, and activities include a coloring station (send an exclusive Owl Post Postcard), trivia, and the opportunity to participate in the assembly of a Wrebbit 3D Hogwarts Astronomy Tower, an 875-piece 3D puzzle. The Barnes & Noble Café will be offering special Harry Potter themed treats. MORE

Star Wars The Force Awakens @ The Shops at Kenilworth
June 24 | Sundown (8:30-ish)

Family fun, there will be at The Shops at Keniworth’s Summer Moonlight Movie – The Force Awakens. Admission is FREE. Movie starts at dark – 8:45ish – come early for dinner, prizes, games, and FUN! MORE

Tales & Tails @ Irvine Nature Center
June 24 | 10 AM – 1:45 AM

Join Irvine for a few animal stories followed by an animal meet & greet! We have this award-winning program every Friday. Get an up-close and hands-on experience with Irvine’s animals. All ages. No need to register–just show up! Get here early to get the best seats, since this program often has quite a crowd. MORE

Blue Sky Puppet Theater @ Village of Cross Keys
June 24 | 10 AM – 10:30 AM

Summer just got cooler at the Village of Cross Keys with a Puppet Show Series. The Blue Sky Puppet Theatre will perform weekly in the Court Yard. All ages are welcome! MORE

Fit+ Festival @ Harbor East
June 25 | 9 AM – 1 PM

Fit+ brings your workout to the streets of Harbor East with a morning of free fitness instruction from lululemon athletica, Maryland Athletic Club and Under Armour Brand House. Each session will showcase a unique fitness offering – from yoga to boot camp and beyond – perfectly timed so guests can sample multiple disciplines. This is not your average health expo, FIT+ takes your exercise routine to the next level with a DJ, health food & drinks from Whole Foods Harbor East, a photo booth, giveaways, and so much more! MORE

Jr. Chef & American Girl @ Williams Sonoma
June 25 | 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

What’s better than a cherry pie? Your own personal cherry pie! In this exciting American Girl class, you’ll learn how to make picket pies using our new pie molds. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if you like, and enjoy! MORE

Lil Stars @ Robinson Nature Center
June 25 | 11 AM – 11:30 AM

Let your little one discover outer space through views of the stars and planets, stories and song. Each month we focus on a different theme. For the month of June, our Lil’ Stars will explore galaxies and nebulae! Check out views of galaxies, and create your own spin-art galaxy to take home! Preregister to secure your seats. MORE

Family Festival Lancaster
June 25 | 10 AM – 4 PM

As always, this FREE event will feature live music and stage performances, a petting zoo and pony rides, Atomic bounce houses, storytime corner, and lots of exhibitors with child-friendly activities. Children are also invited to dress up and walk in the costume parade or bring their favorite stuffed animal for a check-up. Bring a picnic lunch or get something from our food court and spend the day enjoying everything this festival has to offer for local families. MORE

Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival
June 25 | 11 AM – 9 PM

Baltimore’s largest crab feast! Taking place at Rash Field, the festival is an all-you-care-to-taste extravaganza complete with over 30,000 crabs, tons of beer, arts and crafts, live music, family fun and much more! There are two session times for this event; 11:00 am – 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Kids three and under are free. MORE

Story Time @ Barnes & Noble
June 25 | 11 AM – 11:30 AM

Just because you’re extremely cute, doesn’t mean you can’t operate a bulldozer! From author-illustrator David Gordon comes a funny, whimsical take on believing in yourself and telling bullies who’s boss. Join Barnes & Noble (Power Plant) for a fun-filled story time. MORE

Mud Day @ Oregon Ridge Nature Center
June 25 & 26 | 11 AM – 12 PM

Get down and dirty in some muddy fun! Make mud pies, mud sculptures, mud paintings, and more! Then we’ll let the mud monsters slide down a mud slide and run through our hoses and sprinklers to become human kids again. MORE

Mess Fest @ The Maryland Science Center
June 25 | 12 PM – 4 PM

It’s time for the third annual Maryland Science Center Mess Fest! And you know what that means? Find some old clothes—this year is going to be our messiest one yet! Run, slip, and slide though our slop-stacle course, race different sticky slimes down three stories, witness a mega-messy explosion, and much more! Festivities will take place inside and outside (weather depending), and the event will go on rain or shine. Be prepared for a day of ooey-gooey, gloppy-sloppy, slimy science activities! MORE

Star Wars Night with The Bowie Baysox
June 25 | 5 PM – 9 PM

See Storm Troopers, Darth Vader, Star Wars collectibles and more. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character too. Enjoy light saber battles and meet your favorite Star Wars heroes & villains in movie quality costumes. Want to be a padewan for the day? Visit www.baysoxshop.com for a special ticket package. PLUS stick around after the game for fireworks! MORE

Civil War Weekend @ Fort McHenry 
June 25 & 26 | times vary

It’s Civil War weekend and the ramparts of Fort McHenry will  resound with the sounds of drums, fifes, bugles and marching feet . Dressed in Civil War reproduction uniforms, and coming from across America, over 100 reenactment actors will breathe life into the old fort once again. The National Civil War Field Music School will be hosting its annual muster at Fort McHenry.  On Saturday and Sunday, the finest fifers, drummers and buglers in the hobby will be performing on the parade ground.  These musicians are comprised of instructors with over 30 years of experience literally in the “field.” MORE

The Little Mermaid by Charm City Players
June 25 + 26 | times vary

Join Ariel, Prince Eric, Sebastian, King Triton, Flounder, Scuttle and all their underwater friends as the Charm City Players brig to life their journey Under the Sea in a magical musical about a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find love. Add to the magic as Princess Ariel and her Friends host a special pre-show Royal Tea Party where you can greet them, take pictures and get autographs.  Special combo ticket price includes reservations at one of Ariel’s Royal Tables, Light Fare food and drinks PLUS premium seating for the show. MORE

Nature Edventure at Irvine Nature Center with (cool) progeny
June 26 | 1-3 PM, must register in advance

Join (cool) progeny for an afternoon of butterfly exploration + creativity! Participating kids will have a butterfly encounter at Irvine Nature Center and then paint a butterfly canvas guided by the creativity gurus from The Painted Palette! This edventure is designed for kids ages 7-12. Space is limited and $35 edventure pass includes nature encounter, all painting supplies and instruction, and snack! Parents are invited to stay onsite with their painter and explore the grounds! MORE

Animal Enrichment Day @ The Maryland Zoo
June 26 | 10 AM – 4 PM

Come to the Zoo for a day of special animal enrichment! Watch as the Zoo’s animals receive special treats, such as bags filled with hay and produce, icy fish and fruit treats, as well as paper mache toys filled with fruits and nuts, and listen as zookeepers explain the importance of enrichment activities. Guests can also help make some of these amazing treats. MORE