Looking for a way to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.? Check out these virtual and in-person family-friendly celebrations in Baltimore!

As always, please check with the host location for the most up-to-date info and their health/safety policies.

Kid-Friendly MLK Day Celebrations in Baltimore

MLK WEEKEND: DOERS AND DREAMERS
January 15 – 17 | 10 AM – 5 PM
Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Get inspired by incredible Doers and Dreamers throughout history during MLK weekend. Use speech bubbles to explore the words of Dr. Martin Luther King. Listen to tales of unlikely heroes that defy the impossible. Read stories of innovators, activists and pioneers. Learn about the history of African Americans in baseball with the Baltimore Negro Baseball League. Port Discovery will be open on Monday, January 17th. MORE

VIRTUAL | HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DR. KING WITH CULTURE QUEEN
January 15 | 2 PM – 3 PM
Hosted by Baltimore County Public Library

Teaching artist Culture Queen hosts the “Happy Birthday, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.!,” a family-friendly party celebrating his life and legacy with a fun and interactive civil rights-themed show and hands-on crafts. Your royal children also celebrate the legacies of the kings and queens of social justice. Registration closes one hour before the start of the program. A valid email address is needed at registration to send a Zoom link to the program 30 minutes before scheduled start. MORE

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. WEEKEND: A CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM
January 16 – 17 | Times Vary
The B&O Railroad Museum

In celebration of the Museum’s designation as a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Site, and in honor of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the B&O is hosting special programming exploring the concept of freedom on Sun, Jan. 16, and MLK Day, Mon, Jan 17. Programs include their From Slavery to Civil Rights tour, kid-focused educational activities, a presentation on the history of the B&O and the Underground Railroad, and choir recitals & youth readings from Baltimore’s historic Union Baptist Church. See full schedule of events for both days of the MLK celebration on their website. MORE

JEWISH VOLUNTEER CONNECTION’S MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAYS OF SERVICE
January 16 and 17 | Times & Locations Vary
Hosted by Jewish Volunteer Connection

Join JVC in a National Day of Service that transforms Dr. King’s life and teachings into community action and learning for volunteers of all ages. Make MLK Day a day “on”, not a day “off.” Register today at jvcbaltimore.org/mlkday. MORE

MLK DARE TO DREAM DAY 2022
January 17 | 10 AM – 5 PM
American Visionary Art Museum

A celebration in honor of the life and dreams of one of the greatest visionaries in America’s history. The American Visionary Art Museum will be open and FREE for all – but reserve your tickets now! Tickets are limited. During your visit on MLK Day, learn more about AVAM’s Visionary Artists of Color, grab a take-home Wear Your Dream button art kit, hear MLK’s famous “I have a dream” speech, and more! MORE

VIRTUAL | VIRTUAL MLK DAY WITH REGINALD F. LEWIS MUSEUM
January 17 | 12 PM – 1:30 PM
Hosted by The Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day virtually this year with the Lewis Museum as part of your day of reflection. Virtual programming includes a conversation with Civil Rights historian Taylor Branch with Dr. Izetta Autumn Mobley, Director of Interpretation, Collections and Education; an MLK Children’s Theater Read Aloud with oratory speeches and sing along with the CFA Repertory Theatre Company; a viewing of the annual HS Juried Art Show: Changemakers along with spoken word raps by Dewmore Baltimore poets; and a musical homage to the movement performed by jazz saxophonist Benny Russell, trumpeter Brandon Woody, pianist Justin Taylor, drummer Jay Moody and bass player Blake Meister. MORE

VIRTUAL | HISTORY ALIVE! REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: THE LAST FIVE YEARS
January 17 and 24 | 1 PM – 2 PM
Hosted by the African American History and Culture Museum

Honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with living history interpreter John W. McCaskill as he chronicles the last five years of King’s life and shares other stories of the individuals who fought to end racial segregation and discrimination in the United States. MORE

 

Worth the drive…

MLK DAYS POSTER PARTY AT ANNEMARIE SCULPTURE GARDENS
January 15 – 17 | Times Vary
Annemarie Sculpture Gardens

Join Annemarie Sculpture Gardens for an uplifting community art event and exhibit inspired by the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr! Join visiting artist,&nbsp;<strong>Sarah Matthews</strong>, and learn how to create your own stamps to design and print uplifting posters to hang in your community. Make two posters: one to leave here and one to hang in your favorite gathering spot.&nbsp; This project is inspired by Dr. King’s quote, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” FREE! Register in advance. Times vary. MORE