Fleet Week, PumpkinFest, Taco Fest, Mini MakerFaire, and more! There are lots of fun things to do with the kids this weekend in Charm City!

Where to Play: Fun Baltimore Family Events This Weekend, October 5-7

MD Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore
Friday, October 5 – Tuesday, October 9 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Inner Harbor

Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore celebrates the rich maritime traditions of the Chesapeake Bay and the contributions of Marylanders to the defense of the nation. Experience Fleet Week Festival at the Inner Harbor October 5-7. Enjoy special displays, live music, local food and beverages, and performers. Visit Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine for ranger talks, living history demonstrations, food, and entertainment. Tour visiting U.S., Canadian and British Naval Vessels, catch soaring jets, including the U.S.A.F. THUNDERBIRDS as they fly over many points around Baltimore’s Harbor during the Air Show. Watch performing aircraft take off from Martin State Airport and participate in the Fleet Week 5K Run alongside U.S., Canadian and British sailors. MORE

Mt. Washington Kid’s Halloween Craft Night
Friday, October 5 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Amazing Glaze – Mt. Washington

Drop your child off for a fun craft night with Amazing Glaze! Make glass fused Halloween night lights & Ceramic Spider Candy bowls. Fun & Festive event for kids! Ages 6 & up. MORE

Family Fridays Under the Dome
Friday, October 5 | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Robinson Nature Center

Treat your family to unique shows at Robinson Nature Center’s NatureSphere planetarium. Each program features a full-dome movie preceded by a family-friendly planetarium presentation. This months film will be Astronauts. For this showing, wear your Halloween attire for their special “Constellations and Costumes” presentation. MORE

Kids Cook
Saturday, October 6 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM | Emma’s Tea Spot

Chef Jane Parker leads a cooking/baking class for children ages 4-12 years old. MORE

Music Box: 1,2,3 Count With Me
Saturday, October 6 | 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Sing, bounce, and dance to the rhythms of everything from Ragtime to Mozart and Latin music. Give your budding music lover the chance to explore music through this highly engaging and interactive performance. The half-hour lobby concert features the musical talents of a small ensemble of musicians of the BSO performing classical and children’s songs to develop musicality, creativity, coordination and literacy. 30 minutes prior to the concert the lobby fills with a range of musical, creative and fun activities for babies and families. For children ages 6 months-3 years. MORE

Healthy First Saturday
Saturday, October 6 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Hop, skip or jump over to Healthy First Saturday and find ways to get active as a family! Take part in programs that encourage children to get active, make healthy choices, and understand how our bodies work! Plus learn about health, fitness, and other topics during the interactive UMBC Health Fair. MORE

27th Annual Teddy Bear Visit
Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7 | 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM | Clark’s Elioak Farm

Tony McGuffin has been the host of the Teddy Bear Farm Visit for 27 years! Join in the Teddy Bear Contest at 1 PM and 3 PM. Folk singing with Tony Noon to 4 PM both days. Rides, Maze and gem mining, too. Food vendors, pumpkins, local cider. Enjoy CJ’s Pit Beef, delicious baked treats from Touche Touchet and fresh local cider. MORE

Babes in Backpacks
Saturday, October 6 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Robinson Nature Center

For the tiniest visitors and their parents/guardians, this program provides infants with the chance to become familiar with the sights, sounds, smells and textures of the great outdoors. This program includes a short walk on unpaved trails. All infants must be carried in a baby backpack or carrier, ages 1-13 months. MORE

Honey Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Celebrate all things honey at the 38th annual Honey Harvest Festival. Learn about honeybees from the 2018 American Honey Princess, Jenny Gross. Activities include open honeybee hive demonstrations, honey extractions, mead making, honey ice cream making, food trucks, puppet shows, animal encounters, face painting, local honey product sales, vendors, crafts and more. MORE

1st Annual Canton Fall Festival
Saturday, October 6 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Patterson Park

Enjoy all the sights and sounds of Fall including live music from local bands, food trucks, dozens of local craft vendors, a kids zone and more! Free and open to the public. MORE

The International Edgar Allan Poe Festival
Saturday, October 6, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Sunday, October 7, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum

Poe Baltimore invites you to darken Poe’s chamber door at the 1st Annual International Edgar Allan Poe Festival and Awards. This free, two-day outdoor event will feature Poe-themed performances, family-friendly activities, art, booksellers, music, vendors, and food, celebrating Poe’s life, works and his influence in the arts. MORE

Pumpkinfest
Saturday, October 6 | 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Irvine Nature Center

PumpkinFest is a fun event for families and communities to celebrate the delights of autumn. Each October, hundreds of families from Owings Mills, Baltimore, and the surrounding areas, gather at Irvine to enjoy a wholesome day of fun. Activities include hayrides, live music, magic shows, jugglers, pumpkin painting, face painting, cooking demos, pumpkin bowling, sack races, haybale slides and more. MORE

Pumpkin Painting
Saturday, October 6 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM | Marshy Point Nature Center

Decorate mini pumpkins and make a tasty treat at Marshy Point Nature Center. MORE

Earth – We’re All On This Together
Saturday, October 6 | 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Robinson Nature Center

Join staff from the Port Discovery Children’s Museum to examine our world through art, drama, magic and circus arts. Enjoy a comical magic performance that focuses on animals in our world (both helpful and hysterical). This program series is supported by the Howard County Council of the Arts. Ages 3-9 years old with an adult. Tickets for this program are on a first-come, first-served basis. MORE

Chef Egg Live: Farmers’ Market Family Cook Off
Sunday, October 7 | 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM | Baltimore Farmers’ Market and Bazaar

Join Baltimore’s own Chef Egg at the Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar for the last Chef Egg Live: Family Cook Off. The chef will take you on a quick tour of the market to visit local producers and makers. Then you will prepare easy recipes made with farm fresh ingredients from the market. Chef Egg wants to give you and your family the skills they need to succeed in the kitchen and lead a healthy lifestyle. MORE

Trucks For Tots
Sunday, October 7 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Big trucks are coming to the Zoo! A variety of big trucks and emergency vehicles will be “on exhibit” at the top of Buffalo Yard Road, inside the Zoo. Kids of all ages are welcome to come to visit the trucks, take pictures, touch, and even go inside some of these amazing vehicles! MORE

Downtown Columbia Mini MakerFaire
Sunday, October 7 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Merriweather Park At Symphony Woods

Downtown Columbia Mini MakerFaire will a festival of inspired creativity and technology on October 7th! Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects.We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. MORE

Fall Festival
Sunday, October 7 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Howard County Conservancy

It’s harvest time – ideal for the annual, old-fashioned Fall Festival at the Conservancy! Watch blacksmiths hammering iron in their shop, listen to bluegrass music, join the square dance, and explore the historic three-century-old farm. Visit pygmy goats, chickens, Onyx the snake, and Ranger the barred owl, and many visiting farm animals. There are children’s crafts and pumpkin decorating. Browse the craftsmen’s stations to admire chair caning, wool-spinning, woodturning, gourd decorating, and more. MORE

Spooky Batty Fun!
Sunday, October 7 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM | Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Are bats spooky or cool? Decide for yourself. Discover fun facts, play a game about bat communication, and make a “batty” Halloween craft. All ages, under 13 w/adult. MORE

Baltimore Taco Fest
Sunday, October 7 | 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Power Plant Live!

Taco heaven returns to Power Plant Live! At the Baltimore Taco Festival, you’ll find over 25 of the area’s best restaurants, food trucks, and food purveyors dishing out a variety of $3 tacos (sold separately). There will be bars and beverage stations serving margaritas, tequila flights, ice cold beer, water, soda & more. Also, giant nacho bar, chili pepper eating contest, live entertainment and a kids zone featuring a bounce house and rock wall. MORE

DISCLAIMER: Hey Parents, as we well know, things change day to day… and even hour to hour (think newborn sleeping patterns or the food preferences of toddlers!). Please check the specific event website for time changes, rain dates and event cancellations before you pack up the whole crew.