Labor Day Weekend Family Fun in Baltimore


Maryland State Fair, Zoo Bop, Ring the Bells for Rosies, $1 Admission to the B&O Railroad Museum and MORE! Here’s our round-up of Labor Day Weekend Family Fun in Baltimore.

Parents, please be sure to check the host organization’s website for their registration and safety policies — as well as the most up-to-date information about the event — before venturing out.

Planning ahead? Check out our 45 Things To Do with Kids in Baltimore this September!

Labor Day Weekend Family Fun in Baltimore

All Weekend

Visit the Maryland State Fair
Through September 6th
Timonium Fairgrounds

The Maryland State Fair will be back in full swing for its 140th year. For more information and list of events, please visit their website. If you’re looking for a fun horse experience, check out the FREE backstretch tours on one of the racing days! MORE INFO

Exploring Workin’ on the Railroad During the B&O Railroad Museum’s Labor Day Weekend Festivities
September 4-6
The B&O Railroad Museum

There’s no better place to celebrate the legacy of American labor than the Birthplace of American Railroading! B&O workers laid the very rails which sparked the spread of industry across the United States, and the nation would have never been the same without them. To honor these railroaders and the many working-class heroes on which we all depend today, they’re hosting track-laying demonstrations, giving “Working on the Railroad: The B&O and the Labor Movement” Tours, and offering $1 admission on Labor Day, Monday, September 6. MORE

Friday

Highlandtown First Friday Art Walk
September 3 | 5 PM – 9 PM
Highlandtown

Head to Highlandtown for their First Friday Art Walk. Times vary from earlier in the day until 8pm. Venues feature COVID-safe activities including gallery tours, artist pop-ups, tastings, shopping, carry out dinner and more! **Some galleries and venues require appointments, please be sure to check venue links for details** Remember to wear your mask, keep your distance and have fun! MORE

Saturday

Parent & Child Donuts Workshop
September 4 | 9 AM – 12 PM
Culinary Craft Workshop

Many family traditions start with cooking. Skills are passed from one generation to the next…from parent to child. These workshops are designed to carry on that tradition, to add to the repertoire of family recipes, enhance both the parent and child’s skills and techniques and to encourage family cooking as a shared activity. Through Chef lead hands-on learning in the Donut Workshop, both parent and child will work together to prepare traditional Baked Cake Donuts and Donut Holes as well as a variety of donut glazes and toppings, such as Apple Cider Glaze, Vanilla Glaze and Chocolate Ganache. Come hungry, ready enjoy America’s favorite sweet treat! This class will last approximately 3-hrs…come ready to learn and be ready to enjoy the food you prepare at the end of class! Register in advance. MORE

Day’s Cove Kayak
September 4 | 10 AM – 1 PM
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Explore the waters of the Gunpowder Falls while searching for eagles above, beavers below, and the changing foliage all around! This is an approximately 4-mile round trip paddle; recommended for experienced kayakers. Participants meet at Mariner Point Park. This program is for ages 8 – adult, under 13 w/adult. $15/pp. MORE

Groove at ZooBOP!
September 4 | 10 AM – 2 PM
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Kids, get your dancing shoes on and singing voices ready! Zoo Bop is BACK! Families will enjoy two performances by kid-approved rock stars – Baltimore’s own Baby Beats (featuring Max and Root) and Grammy-nominated band, Milkshake. Plus, bop around to kids’ vendors, inflatables, food trucks, and more. You won’t want to forget to explore the Zoo, too – your tickets include all-day admission! MORE

Enjoy An Outdoor Puppet Show at Robinson Nature Center
September 4 or 25 | 10 AM or 11 AM
Robinson Nature Center

Delight in nature-themed, outdoor puppet theater presentations! Each show portrays a different nature story. Afterwards, enjoy an interactive activity or craft. Please dress for the weather and bring a blanket to sit on. Fee includes admission to nature center after program. Cancelled in the event of extreme weather. Seating limited. No online registration; call 410-313-0400 to register. $5/per person. MORE

Hampton National Historic Site’s Outdoor Ranger Programs
September 4 | 11:00 am – 1:45 pm
Hampton National Historic Site

Hampton National Historic Site is offering free outdoor ranger programs on Saturdays and Sundays! MORE

Festival of India: A Taste of All Things Indian
September 4 | 12 PM – 8 PM
Howard County Fairgrounds

On September 4th, 2021, all roads lead to Howard County Fairgrounds for a TASTE OF ALL THINGS INDIAN! Get ready for the festival season during this pre-Diwali celebration. Enjoy classical & Bollywood Dances, Fashion Show, Tons of DESI Shopping – Clothing, Jewelry, Gifts, Handicrafts, Art Competition, Kids Corner, and more! The Festival will feature a BAZAAR of exquisite Indian Clothing, Jewelry, Accessories, Handicrafts, and more. The showstopper will be the FASHION SHOW, back on popular demand! MORE

Explore Stream-ers at the Benjamin Banneker Park and Museum
September 4 | 1 PM – 3 PM
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Is the stream healthy? Hike with park staff to learn about the species that live in and around the stream at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum in Catonsville. Rain boots are a must! Adults and kids 4+, FREE! Registration required. Call 410-887-1081 or email BannekerMuseum@BaltimoreCountyMD.gov. MORE

Grasses and Meadow Branch Weaving
September 4 | 1 PM – 2:30 PM
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Discover the adaptations and importance of grasses while hiking. Finish the program with a fun meadow branch weaving craft and light snack. This program is for ages 5—adult, under 13 w/adult. MORE

Gardening for Wildlife
September 4 | 1 PM – 3 PM
Cromwell Valley Park

Tour the Children’s Garden to see a dazzling array of native plants that provide food for wildlife. Design your own seed envelopes and take native seeds home to plant in your own backyard. Ages 5+. $3 members /$5 non-members. Registration required. MORE

A Labor Day Saturday Tribute: Ring the Bells for Rosies
September 4 | 1 PM – 2 PM
Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum

The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum at Martin State Airport will once again participate in Ring a Bell for Rosies gathering on Labor Day Saturday, September 4 at 1pm. During Labor Day weekend, bells will ring throughout the country and internationally in honor of the women who worked on the homefront during World War II. MORE

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with Sounds of the Marimba
September 4 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Baltimore County Public Library – Essex

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) by listening to the wonderful sounds of the marimba! Hear the beauty of this massive mallet percussion instrument performed by percussionist Matt Keown. This program features classical music written especially for the marimba that blends concert music with the inescapable folk sound of this instrument. MORE

Monster Jam
September 4 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Royal Farms Arena

Monster Jam® is an action-packed motorsport with world-class athletes locked in intense competitions of speed and skill. Witness heated rivalries, high-flying stunts and fierce head-to-head battles for the Event Championship. Engineered to perfection, these 12,000-pound monster trucks, including the legendary Grave Digger® and Monster Energy®, push all limits in Freestyle, Skills Challenge and Racing competitions. This is full-throttle family fun. MORE

Gordon Outdoors: Back to the Future Part III
September 4 | 8 PM – 10 PM
Gordon Center for the Performing Arts

Enjoy “Back to the Future Part III” on the big, drive-in screen at Gordon Center for the Arts! They’ve saved the biggest trip for last as the most popular time-travel adventure ever comes to a rousing conclusion! MORE

Sunday

Picnic and Paddle
September 5 | 10 AM – 12 PM
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Celebrate the end of Summer with a relaxing paddle on the lake. Bring your picnic lunch to enjoy by the lake and let Oregon Ridge’s ACA Canoe Instructors teach you the basics of paddling safely as you explore the Oregon Ridge Lake. Adults and children 8+; children ages 4 – 7 only as a third person non-paddler $10 per person ($6 for ORNCC Members). Register via email at info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org. MORE

CORNIVAL at Hopkins Farm Brewery
September 5 | 12 PM – 10 PM
Hopkins Farm Brewery

Join Hopkins Farm Brewery on Sunday, September 5th for a corn-themed party! Play cornhole with Play Action Sports, corn-themed games, food specials, and more! They’ll also have music all day with Will Thompson starting us off at noon and Justin Patterson and The Foundry at 5PM! MORE

Meet a Critter
September 5 |12:30 PM – 1 PM
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Check out one of the Nature Center’s live critters up close while discovering what makes that animal special. This free program is for all ages and registration is required. MORE

It’s a Bomb…a Seed Bomb!
September 5 | 1 PM – 3 PM
Cromwell Valley Park

Join a Naturalist as you have an EXPLOSIVE good time making seed bombs out of clay with native seeds. Be careful throwing these “bombs” in your garden, they may explode into beautiful native flowers! Ages 8+. $3 members /$5 non-members. Registration required. MORE

Paw Paw: the Wild Banana
September 5 | 1 PM – 2 PM
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Take a hike to the orchard, grab a paw paw, and enjoy the natural flavors of this fruit in a primal way! What do you think it tastes like? How can you use this fruit in your home? Adults and kids 4+, $5 per person. Registration required. Please call 410-887-1081 or email BannekerMuseum@BaltimoreCountyMd.gov. MORE

Monday

Rosh Hashanah Under the Stars: 2021
September 6 | 4 PM – 8 PM
Oregon Ridge Park

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation’s signature service Rosh Hashanah Under the Stars is BACK for Baltimore’s favorite Rosh Hashanah Service! You do not have to be a BHC member to enjoy our community wide service at Oregon Ridge. Bring your own picnic dinner, snacks, and activities to enjoy in advance. Register in advance. 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… EVEN BEFORE THE TIMES OF COVID). PLEASE CHECK THE SPECIFIC EVENT WEBSITE FOR TIME CHANGES, RAIN DATES, COVID POLICIES, AND EVENT CANCELLATIONS BEFORE YOU PACK UP THE WHOLE CREW OR GATHER AROUND THE LAPTOP TO LOG ON.

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