Fall festivals, kid-friendly fables, story times, and MORE! There are so many fun things to do in and around Charm City this weekend with the kids! Here are our favorite family-friendly ideas.

We can’t wait to see everyone at Fall on the Farm on Saturday at McDonogh School! We’ll have pumpkin picking, apple pressing, animal encounters, snacks, crafts, a corn maze, and MORE! Just $5 for the whole family, inclusive of all activities and snacks. YES! The coffee will be hot. Walk-ins welcome but it’s quicker if you purchase your pass online in advance.

Family Events in Baltimore This Weekend, October 18-20

Carnivorous Plant Display featuring Pitcher Plants (Nepenthes)
October 18 – 20 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens

The plants, many of which live in nutrient-poor soil, like in bogs and mossy cloud forests, have adapted to attract, trap, and kill prey to absorb nutrients. View the wide variety of trap shapes and colors, and features such as sticky surfaces, digestive enzymes, and hairs that trigger movement. Specimen plants will be on display in the Orchid Room. Admission is free. $5/person donation appreciated. MORE

Baltimore Comic-Con 2019
October 18 – 20 | Times Vary
Baltimore Convention Center

Returning for 3 days of comics guests, media guests, retailers, publishers, exhibitors, costume contests, panel discussions, scavenger hunts, show exclusives, annual yearbook, art auction, VIP events, Ringo Awards, and more, the 20th annual Baltimore Comic-Con takes place October 18-20, 2019 at the Baltimore Convention Center. MORE

SUPERHERO Saturday! Create Your Own Superhero Mask
October 19 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Grab your cape and stop by the Lewis to create your own superhero mask with KidzArt! In conjunction with EMPOWERED! Black Action Figures, Superheroes and Collectibles exhibition. Free with museum admission; free for Baltimore Comic Con cosplayers. MORE

Story Time with Rachel Kolar
October 19 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Children’s Bookstore

Rachel Kolar will be at The Children’s Bookstore to read and sign her book, Mother Ghost: Nursery Rhymes for Little Monsters. From “Mary, Mary, Tall and Scary” to “Wee Willie Werewolf,” this collection of classic nursery rhymes turned on their heads will give readers the chills–and a serious case of belly laughs. With clever rhyme and spooky illustrations, Mother Ghost is perfect for getting in the Halloween spirit. Boo! MORE

Annual Harvest Festival in Reservoir Hill
October 20 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Whitelock Farm

The Reservoir Hill Harvest Festival is an annual event to celebrate the fall harvest at Whitelock farm and promote community health and community. Activities include the famous annual Kugel and Greens Cook-off, family yoga, live performances, DJ, moon bounce, face painting, wellness services, food and more, with something for the whole family. MORE

Baltimore County

Read Across Maryland Festival
October 18 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Baltimore County Public Library – Randallstown

In honor of Read Across Maryland month, celebrate literacy with story times, face painting, crafts and costumed characters Piggie and Elephant. Special guest story timer County Executive John A. Olszewski Jr. and other elected officials stop by to join in the festivities. Refreshments served. MORE

Children’s Playhouse of Maryland Family Movie Night: Ghostbusters
October 18 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CCBC Essex

Gather your family and friends and join Children’s Playhouse of Maryland in the CCBC Essex Administration Building Lecture Hall on Friday, October 18th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm for CPM’s Family Movie Night. We will host game time from 6 – 7:00 pm followed by a showing of our featured film “Ghost Busters”. Bring your family to meet ours and join us for fellowship and fun. All are welcome. Admission is FREE. Concessions and Raffles will be for sale in the Lobby. MORE

Fall on the Farm | A (cool) progeny Play Date

Fall on the Farm: A (Cool) Progeny Play Date at Roots Farm
October 19 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
McDonogh School

A corn maze, apple pressing, and chickens — oh my! Join us for some ‘down on the farm’ fall fun at McDonogh School’s Roots Farm on Saturday, October 19th! Just $5/family includes all activities, snacks, and pumpkin picking! MORE

Hawks Hollow Family Farm Festival
October 19 and 20 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Hawks Hollow Farm

Head to Hawks Hollow Family Farm Festival and have some fun, with good atmosphere, great people , and things to do for everyone! There will be pony rides, miniature horse decorating, pumpkin decorating, a petting zoo, vendors, riding demonstrations and more! October 19th and 20th from 10 am to 4 pm both days. $3 entry including petting zoo, free parking. MORE

Hereford Fall Festival
October 19 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hereford Volunteer Fire Company

Live Music. Over 150 food and craft vendors. A Wide Variety of Things to See & Taste for all Ages! Sample Fine Wine of local Wineries including Basignai, Boordy, Royal Rabbit Vineyards, Dejon Vineyards. Grab a cold beer at the Beer Truck. Purchase Chocolates, Food, Ice Cream, and more. Be sure to pick up a HVFC fresh baked Bread Loaf before you leave! Kids under 12 are FREE with paying adult. MORE

Harvest Day
October 19 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hampton National Historic Site

Join Hampton National Historic Site for their annual Harvest Day on the Lower Farm! Experience Antebellum era traditions and farming techniques. Enjoy ongoing farm activities from cider pressing and ice cream making demonstrations, as well as corn shucking contests. National Park Service staff and volunteers, dressed in period attire, will demonstrate farming techniques and play music on the fiddle and banjo. Learn more about the enslaved and indentured individuals who worked on the Hampton estate. MORE

Apple Cider Please!
October 19 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Have you ever wondered how apple cider is made! A naturalist will read a short children’s story, then participants will use an apple press to help make cider and learn about the history of apple cider making. Participants will receive a sample to take home. Apples and container will be provided but feel free to bring three or more apples per person, more apples means more cider! All ages. $8 per person ($5 for ORNCC Members). Advance Registration Required. MORE

Towson Rock Block
October 19 | 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Get ready for the 3rd annual WTMD Towson Rock Block, presented by Fidelity Investments and Tito’s Handmade Vodka On Saturday October 19th, the street in front of WTMD will be closed down for an afternoon of family friendly music, food, art vendors, beer and fun. This free music festival features live performances from: D.C. rockers EX HEX, Baltimore alt rockers Post Pink Rising, and indie rock stars Jealous of the Birds. MORE

Garden Glow at Ladew Gardens
October 19 and 20 | 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ladew Gardens

Ladew is delighted to announce the 2nd annual Garden Glow, a magical celebration of fall featuring illuminated sculptures. Enjoy theWoody Pines bluegrass band, Crank Puppet Show,Glowing stilt walkers, jugglers and hoopers, and more! MORE

Hoot’s Halloween Party
October 20 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Irvine Nature Center

BOO! Join Hoot as Irvine Nature Center celebrates Halloween! Come in costume as you enjoy party games, crafts, and maybe even the Monster Mash! You’ll even get to go trick-or-treating for Hoot’s very own Hoot-errific Trail Mix. Fun for all ages! Sunday, October 20, 2019 1:00 – 3:00 pm $5 for Members, $10 for Non-Members. MORE

Harford County

Harriet’s Happiest Halloween
October 19 – 20 | Times Vary
Harford Community College

For over 30 years, Harford Dance Theatre has been thrilling audiences with tales of young Harriet as she searches for the perfect Halloween Costume. Join us for an all new adventure as Harriet stays after school to work on a project and discovers a new world of crazy characters lurking in the science lab, skulking in the spooky boiler room, and more! Slip on your favorite costume and join her…if you dare! MORE

Food Trucks in the Park
October 19 | 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Festival Park

Food Trucks in the Park is a free family-friendly festival featuring a variety of food trucks, live entertainment, craft vendors, children’s games and activities, and a beer garden featuring local vendors! This event is BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket!) MORE

Pumpkin Fest 2019 at Falling Branch Brewery
October 19 and 20 | 10 am – 6 pm
Falling Branch Brewery

PumpkinFest is back Saturdays & Sundays September 28th – October 27th! Once again this year there is FREE ADMISSION! Live music, U-Pick Pumpkin/Gourd Patch, hay rides, corn maze, scarecrow building, face painting, pumpkin painting, farm animals, and more. MORE

Pumpkin Chunkin Hike
October 20 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Head out on the Discovery Trail to examine the jack-o-lanterns left from the Halloween Hike. Look closely to see what critters have taken up residence. Then, let the biodegradable pumpkin chunkin’ begin! MORE

Monster Cake Kids Decorating Class
October 20 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Greene Turtle Bel Air

Head to The Green Turtle for an evening of creating your own Spooky…well not so scary monster cake! Whether your monster has spooky dripping fangs or a glittery fairy monster it’s something glitter everyone! Complimentary goody bags will also be giving out! They will also have items for purchase. Including our Salted Caramel, Apple Pie and Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes. Tickets are only $25 per person and available through the website. MORE

Howard County

October Kids Night In
October 18 | 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
My Gym Columbia

Kids night is an action packed evening of fun. Children will participate in tumbling, games, relays, obstacle courses and other fitness based activities. Friday night has never been so much fun!  MORE

Friday Night Rox at Earth Treks
October 18 | 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Earth Treks Columbia

Get a night out on the town while the kids are enjoying vertical games, age-appropriate coaching and tons of climbing—all under the supervision of our qualified instructors. Advanced registration required. No experience necessary! MORE

Halloween Tricks, Treats and Trees
October 19 and 20 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Robinson Nature Center

Join a self-guided adventure where nature’s “tricks” are revealed at delightful stations among the trees. Inside the nature center, make a potion with a witch, delight in Halloween-inspired music and puppet shows. Make crafts and take part in tot-friendly challenges. Meet live animals and enjoy healthy treats from our sponsors (MOM’s Organic Market and David’s Natural Market). All participants must call 410-313-0400 to register. MORE

First Responder Appreciation Day
October 19 and 20 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sharp’s at Waterford Farm

Join Sharp Farm in learning more about the men and women helping to serve our community. They will have a police car and fire engine from the Howard County Glenwood station at the farm to offer safety advice and special gifts for the kids! They will be offering all first responders $2.00 off their pumpkins all day. Dress up as a police man or fireman and get $1.00 off a pumpkin! MORE

Floating Pumpkin Patch
October 19 | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Roger Carter Community Center

Join Howard County Rec and Parks for a thrilling time with your family and friends. Jump into their heated pool to find your floating pumpkin. Enjoy games, crafts and refreshments. Children can come dressed in their favorite costume; but don’t forget their bathing suit! Preregistration is required; children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration/info: 410-313-2764. MORE

2nd Annual Made Marketplace: Elkridge Fall Festival
October 20 | 11 am – 4 pm
Elkridge Furnace Inn

Festival lovers, locavores, and supporters of the buy local movement will converge in Elkridge, MD for the 2nd Annual Made Marketplace: Elkridge Fall Festival. A Maryland Artisan Market and Festival that will take place at the historic Elkridge Furnace Inn on the Garden House grounds along the picturesque Patapsco River, at the corner of Race and Furnace Roads. This rain or shine festival will also feature live music and food celebrating all things Maryland. MORE

Games in the Meadows
October 20 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mt. Pleasant

Looking for something active, fun, and new to get the whole family outside? Join the Howard County Conservancy and Medomak Family Camp communities in a day of fun and light fall lunch at the Conservancy! SCAG – Soccer, Croquette And Golf is a game played with a soccer ball, kicked through croquet style-hoops, and scored like golf. Advanced registration required. MORE

Anne Arundel County

Story time with Celesta: Fairy and Harpist
October 18 | 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Old Fox Books

Foxes, pirates, and now fairies! The magic of Old Fox brings lovely storytellers to their shop! Bring the little ones, enjoy the beautiful, gentle sounds of the harp and be enchanted by Celesta. Wings are encouraged but not mandatory… MORE

The Snow Queen Ballet at Maryland Hall
October 18 – 20 | Times Vary
Maryland Hall

A world premiere ballet based on the famous Hans Christian Anderson fairytale. Mystical trolls, a powerful enchantress, mischievous goblins, ice sprites, and a gypsy caravan combine to help fearless Gerda battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom and free those she loves. Attend the Ice Palace Tea Party one hour prior to the Sunday Matinee at Maryland Hall or stay for the Meet and Greet with the dancers onstage immediately following the Friday performance at Maryland Hall. MORE

AACLC 4th Annual Walk for Family Literacy
October 19 | 8:30 am – 10:00 am
B&A Trail

Celebrate family literacy with your friends, family, and leashed dogs at AACLC’s 4th Annual Literacy Lights the Way 5K Walk-a-Thon! This fun family event will begin at 8:30 a.m. (10/19) on the beautiful B & A Trail (Marley Station Mall trail entrance). Walkers will set off at 9 a.m. after a short Walk-a-thon kick-off. MORE

Mason Jar Jack-o-Lantern Workshop
October 19 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Chesapeake Arts Center

Create a jack-o-lantern from a mason jar and other supplies! It’s glow can be re-lit and enjoyed from year to year. Drop-in anytime between 9-11am. ALL AGES! This family event is FREE, but donations are appreciated. Please RSVP in advance. MORE

Maryland Renaissance Festival Closing Weekend
October 19 and 20 | 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Maryland Renaissance Festival

The Maryland Renaissance Festival is a Renaissance fair located in Crownsville, Maryland. Set in a fictional 16th-century English village named Revel Grove, the festival is spread over 27 acres. Food, fun, fine-crafts and frivolity. MORE

Harvest Hootenanny and Silent Auction
October 19 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Chesapeake Children’s Museum

Live music from the Weems Creek Jammers, petting zoo from Running Spring Farm, games, and fall crafts. Bid on great prizes , 100% of proceeds benefit Chesapeake Children’s Museum. Free with $5 admission. Free for members. MORE

Art @ the Park 21019
October 19 and 20 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Quiet Waters Park

Art @ the Park, presented by The Friends of Quiet Waters Park and sponsored by Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks is located in the magnificent setting of Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, MD. Featuring original art work from over 70 exhibitors in 14 categories, both locally and throughout the country, it includes music, art demonstrations, plein air painters, face painting, specialty food, wine and beer. Guava Jelly performs at 1 PM on Saturday. MORE

Friendlier Fables and Thoughtful Tales
October 19 at 10:30 a.m. | October 20 at 1:00 pm
Annapolis ArtFarm

Building Better People’s hit original play is back! Join them for a collection of updated versions of some of your favorite kid stories, told with kinder twists. Cheer on friends like our not-so-ugly duckling and a boy who cries wolf for reasons you might not expect as they learn to respect themselves and others in a funny, touching, engaging show for all ages! MORE

FALL Festival: Halloween on the Avenue
October 20 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Maryland Avenue and State Circle Association

50 years strong–Maryland Avenue’s Fall Festival hits the Avenue on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20th! Food, Vendors, Music, Entertainment, and the Halloween Pup Parade. MORE