Looking for a way to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Here’s our round-up of kid-friendly MLK Day events happening in Baltimore…

MLK Day Celebrations in Baltimore 2020

Be The Light: Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 18 – 20 | During Museum Hours | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Join Port Discovery Saturday, January 18 – Monday, January 20th to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy during their “Be the Light” event! Experience the strength of celebrating differences in our community and learn how you too can become a Change Maker. Take part in interactive programs and performances designed to educate, inspire and help children understand the positive impact that their actions can have, inspired by Dr. King’s message of promoting fairness. Activities are planned daily throughout the entire weekend! Check the Event Calendar for a daily schedule. Check website for museum hours. MORE

Bridge to Freedom Kids Workshop
January 18 & 19 at 12 PM | Monday, January 20 at 11 AM & 2 PM | B & O Railroad Museum

Young students of history will construct their own bridges as they learn about the role African American bridge-builders and railroad workers played in securing the Union’s victory in the Civil War. Free for B&O members and $6 for non-members plus admission. Advance registration is required, and registration closes January 16. MORE

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Remembrance 
January 19 | 12 PM – 2 PM | Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum

Join the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum for a special day of remembrance. Enjoy a special musical program by the Bain Center Gospel Choir, presentations about Dr. King’s legacy as well as local Civil Rights activists in Howard County. Please bring a nonperishable food item to donate to a local food back. MORE

Jewish Volunteer Connection’s MLK Day of Service
January 19 & 20 | Times and Locations Vary

Join JVC and the wider community and help move forward Dr. King’s vision of a Beloved Community on this national day of service. Volunteers from across Baltimore will engage in hands-on volunteer projects and inspiring educational opportunities that will impact our community not just on this holiday, but year-round. Check their website to register for a volunteer project (be sure to look at age minimums). MORE

CityFam’s Day of Service 
January 20 | 8:30 AM – 12 PM | Real Foods Farm

Join Cityfam for our 5th annual MLK Day of Service. Cityfam is partnering with Civic Works to celebrate and serve the city of Baltimore and honor the legacy of Dr. King. On January 20th volunteers will go to multiple locations to serve and join the millions of Americans throughout the country that will be giving back. At Real Foods Farm (a project open to all ages), volunteers will be clearing and landscaping the new entrance to the farm, pruning vines on fences, mulching a new mushroom crop, and more. MORE

Fee-Free Day at Fort McHenry
January 20 | 9 AM -5 PM | Fort McHenry National Historic Park

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, National Park Service sites across the country will waive admission fees on January 20, 2020. Visit Fort McHenry, the birthplace of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ for free and explore centuries of military and cultural history. Visitors can assist a park ranger with changing the morning flag at 10 am or the evening flag at 4 pm. Scheduled ranger programs will take place throughout the day. MORE

MLK Dare to Dream Day
January 20 | 10 AM – 5 PM | American Visionary Art Museum

You’re invited to a FREE celebration honoring one of history‘s greatest visionaries. Enjoy birthday cake, a Power Patch printmaking workshop, an artist talk by exhibiting artist Kyle Yearwood, a Poetry Slam and Open Mic, and more, at this FREE, fun-filled day! See AVAM’s latest exhibition “The Secret Life of Earth” with FREE admission all day. MORE

MLK Day Celebration at The Lewis
January 20 | 11 AM – 4 PM | The Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. King at the Lewis Museum! Special $5 admission all day long. Stop by A Ride To Remember Story Hour and Mural Art Project to explore the story of the desegregation of a local amusement park and carousel. Join Dr. Traci Parker, Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as she discusses Department Stores and the Black Freedom Movement. Enjoy an Urban Theatrical Presentation and Talkback session of the Voices of Carmen, examining escalating conflicts among young people Prepare to be wowed by selections by Baltimore City College Choir. View the Annual High School Juried Art Exhibition. MORE

20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade 
January 20 | 12 PM – 2 PM | Downtown Baltimore

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is proud to present the 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade alongside the City of Baltimore. The parade commemorates the life of civil rights leader and icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 20, 2020 starting at noon. Spectators are welcome to view the parade along the route on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard between Eutaw Street and Baltimore Street. MORE