Is summer really winding down? Not judging by the variety of (cool) outdoor and awesome indoor fun to be had at Baltimore family events this weekend.

Squeeze every moment you can out of those summer vibes before you have to start really prepping for back-to-school. Pick some peaches, get your groove on at a free concert, bring the dog along to a block party in their honor. Grab your favorite scoop for brunch at the Farmers market, go really old school by checking out a silent movie, and explore backyard science.

Another summer favorite is on its way out as well. Held here in Charm City since 1999, Otakon – the largest Anime convention in the country- will be making it’s last Baltimore appearance before moving to Washington, DC next year. Friday-Sunday an estimated 30,000 fans of the genre will be at the convention center and out and about. If you’ve always wanted to see what it’s all about, or maybe just snap a pic with some of the awesome cosplay artists, now’s the time to do it.

baltimore family events this weekend

Half Price Friday @ The National Aquarium
August 12 | 5 PM – 8 PM

Hooray for Friday! Why? Because it means half-priced access to their award-winning exhibits! Save big on general admission and still make a huge splash in the family fun department. Say “Hi,” to Calypso for us.  MORE

Peach Festival @ Weber’s Cider Mill Farm
August 13 – 14 | Times Vary

Weber’s Cider Mill Farm’s second annual Peach Festival will offer a wide selection of mouthwatering peach food and drink items, and lots of fun activities too. MORE

Patio Party @ The Science Center
August 12 | 5 PM – 8 PM

Join the Maryland Science Center this Friday for their super-fun Patio Party. Bring the family, neighbors, and your friends for adult beverages, family-friendly live bands, activities for the kids, and light fare outside on the Science Center’s waterfront patio. Performing this week: Last to Fire. This Baltimore-based Soul/Funk/Rock band features sweet, sultry, soulful vocals that are intertwined with funky leads from a trumpet and guitar. MORE

Summer @ The Square
August 12 | 6 PM – 9 PM

Celebrate summer with the folks from Belvedere Square. The Square is bringing the fun to to Friday nights in Baltimore, featuring live music from the region’s top and newest bands and the restaurants and market merchants of Belvedere Square. MORE

Baltimore Hoop Love @ East Square
August 13 | 10 AM – 11 AM

Gather up the crew and heat to East Square for free Children’s programming featuring Baltimore Hoop Love. Come watch the crowd engaging hoop performance. Children of all ages are welcome. MORE

Backyard Science Days at the Maryland Science Center
August 13 + 14 | 12 PM – 4 PM

Science can happen in a lab, science can happen in space and science can happen in your own backyard! Head to the Maryland Science Center’s 11th annual Backyard Science Days for a day of animal encounters and hands-on activities. Build a custom nature racer, meet live backyard animals native to Maryland, start seedlings, and much more. Explore all the science that lives right outside your back door! Free with paid admission. MORE

En Vivo Latino Music Festival @ Power Plant Live!
August 13 | 10 AM – 11 AM

The En Vivo Latino Music Festival is a celebration of music, culture and living lively! Enjoy a full day of great DJ’s and bands, food and cocktails, dance lessons, games and more! Family friendly, this is the only Latino based music festival located in the heart of Baltimore city just two blocks from the world famous Inner Harbor. MORE

Southwest Partnership Back-to-School Clean Up Day
August 13 | 9 AM – 4 PM

Join community members and volunteers in Southwest Baltimore as they work together to organize a Back-to-School Clean up Day for James McHenry Elementary/Middle School (31 S. Schroeder St.) and Steuart Hill Academy (31 S. Gilmor St.). The clean up day begins at 9:00am and ends at 4:00pm and will include cleaning and painting the schools’ cafeterias, libraries and hallways to show the returning students some love. MORE

Tortoise and the Hare @ Port Discovery
August 13 | 10 AM – 3 PM

Does slow and steady really win the race? Find out at Port Discovery’s famed annual Tortoise and the Hare Day! Enjoy even more fun at the museum with Hare headband and paper bag Tortoise making. MORE

August 13 | 12 PM – 8 PM

Come out and celebrate the first B’more blockparty PARK FEST! Experience the best of Mount Vernon, featuring amazing street food, libations, art and live music by Caleb Stine and The Brakemen DJ Palombo aka Vacanthaus Jordan August Band Landis Expandis OSLO Acoustic Soul Music. Where is this epic soiree going down? The corner of Park Ave and Centre St. When? Saturday, August 13th from noon to eight PM, rain or shine! MORE

Author Talk @ the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
August 13 | 2 PM – 3 PM

Join Dr. Lamarr Darnell Shields for an insightful book conversation on What I Learned in the Midst of KAOS: The Making of An Ubuntu Teacher. The book contains strategies to motivate, uplift, and empower boys of color. It is in part a coming-of-age story about how Dr. Shields responded to the chaos in his life, first as a young man and student growing up on the South Side of Chicago, then as a college student and community leader, and finally as a man who became an Ubuntu teacher.  A book signing follows. MORE

Silent Movie: The Navigator @ The Engineers Club  
August 13 | 2 PM – 3 PM

Come enjoy a fun-filled afternoon for all ages as this summer’s Organ Concert and Silent Movie Series concludes with Buster Keaton’s ‘The Navigator’. Michael Britt, organist & Artist in Residence, will provide atmospheric accompaniment in the Mansion’s beautifully restored Ballroom. Its theme of civilized man versus the machine (seen as making life difficult for modern man because we have become so dependent on it and it’s not always reliable), was never used more effectively in cinema. MORE

Dog Days of Summer Block Party @ The Creative Alliance 
August 13 | 4:30  PM – 8:30 PM

The Dog Days of Summer Block Party is BACK! The street in front of the Creative Alliance will close down for this free community block party to honor our 4-legged best friends and fury family members. ACTIVITIES: Doggy pools for swimming, TONS of tennis balls & treats! Free art activities for the whole family! Have your face painted like your pet. MORE

Fantastic Mr. Fox @ The Senator  
August 14-15 | Times Vary

Fantastic Mr. Fox is visionary director Wes Anderson’s first animated film, utilizing classic handmade stop motion techniques to tell the story of the best selling children’s book by Roald Dahl (author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach). The film features the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray and others. Mr and Mrs Fox (Clooney and Streep) live an idyllic home life with their son Ash (Schwartzman) and visiting young nephew Kristopherson (Eric Anderson). But after 12 years, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr Fox’s wild animal instincts. MORE

Maryland Tax Free Week Kicks Off
August 14 | Times Vary

This weekend marks the kick-off of the annual Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week.  So break out your lists of back-to-school clothes to stock up on. Tax Free week 2016 runs August 14th through 20th. Qualifying apparel and footwear purchases of $100 or less are exempt for the 6% state sales tax. Sadly accessories aren’t included. The state has published a detailed list of what is taxable and what is exempt during this week-long event. MORE

Sunday Munch Music & Brunch
August 14 | 9 AM – 1 PM

Come on down this coming Sunday for Sunday Munch Music and Brunch!  Featuring Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas, music, food and more. Relax, nosh and enjoy a Sunday social with the family and neighbors. 9am – 1pm- in conjunction with the Farmers Market Brunch with The Gathering Food Trucks with The Hollywood Diner Brunch Bar. MORE

Caribbean Beach Party @ Power Plant Live!  
August 14 | 1 PM – 5 PM

Summer Sundays just got more fun for Baltimore families thanks to Power Plant Live! and their new Family Fun Series featuring SFP (safe for preschool) live music and entertainment, themed activities, movies on the big screen, bubble machines, photo booths, face painting and more! Hey Mom and Mon it’s island time. Groove to the tunes of Strykers Posse. Enjoy beach games and even a limbo contest. How low can YOU go? MORE

BikeJam @ Patterson Park   
August 14 | 12 PM – 5 PM

BikeJam is a day long festival of cycling and fun for the whole family. In addition to the exciting, colorful and (cool) bike race there will be tons of free family fun. MORE


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