Summer Fair in the Square
Head to Cross Keys for a fun-filled weekend including face painting, puppet shows, live music, kids crafts and more!
June 16-18 at The Village of Cross Keys.
Columbia Festival of the Arts
The huge summer arts festival kicks off with LakeFest Free Weekend June 16-18! Check out the whole awesome lineup here.
Free. June 16-18 in Columbia.
Feet on the Street
Towson’s weekly summer celebration returns with live music, food, drinks, a moonbounce, facepainting and more. This week’s band: Crushing Day.
6:30-9:30 p.m. on Alleghany Avenue.
Summer Sounds at the Square
This fun, family-friendly weekly concert series has become a Baltimore classic. Enjoy food, drinks, a Kids’ Zone, vendors and more while listening to the sounds of a fantastic performer. Bonus: On select Fridays, the Bookmobile will park in the Square and offer each child a chance to select their own free book.
Fridays at Belvedere Square. 6-9 p.m. Free.
Where better to experience Shakespeare’s tumultuous tale of the forces of nature (and human nature) than the great outdoors? See The Tempest in Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s outdoor theater at PFI Historic Park in Ellicott City. If you’ve never attended an outdoor show, “be not afeard; the isle is full of noises, sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not”—well, at least according to the Bard.
June 16-July 23 at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in-the-Ruins Outdoor Theater.
What & Why
Explore more than 50 items that span four centuries of donations, including Eubie Blake’s practice pianos, period clothing, silver, portraits, and more!
At Maryland Historical Society. Free with admission. Mdhs.org
Family Nature Explorers: Pond Search
Now’s your chance to get down and dirty in the pond at Ladew Gardens. Search for frogs, tadpoles, dragonfly babies all of the garden’s other water-bound residents.
At Ladew Gardens 10:30-12, June 18 1:00-2:30p.m. Free. Ladewgardens.com
Icky, Creepy, Slimy Tour
Take a closer look at some of the Aquarium’s most creepy, crawly, and bizarre creatures
At the National Aquarium, 9:00-11:00a.m. Tickets $65. Aqua.org
I Wouldn’t Have Changed a Thing
Based on the memoirs of Luther S. “Ludie” Tall, I Wouldn’t Have Changed a Thing chronicles life in Baltimore in the early 1900s. Written by Tall’s granddaughter, local author Holly Lewis Maddux, the book explores the development of Roland Park in the 1900s and 1910s, from Roma encampments to the burning of downtown Baltimore in 1904. Hear her read from the text and have your copy signed.
At Greetings & Readings. Free. greetingsand readings.com
Since 1975, Baltimore Pride has served as a highly visible weekend of advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals and their allies. Welcoming more than 30,000 people each year, the festival (a program of the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore) promises parades, block parties and plenty of fun.
June 17-18 at Old Goucher.
Maryland Lavender Festival
Perhaps the summer’s most fragrant fest, the Maryland Lavender Festival at Springfield Manor offers guests the chance to wander among their massive lavender fields (featuring more than 2,500 plantings) while listening to live music, shopping for artisan crafts and sipping handcrafted wine and spirits. Bonus: A “lavender luncheon” ticket entitles you to a lavender chicken salad croissant, grapes, chips, lavender lemonade and a lavender cookie. Yum.
June 17-18 at Springfield Manor.
Father’s Day Dinner at Schola
Get a little fancier than grilling with this special Father’s Day cooking class, featuring confit duck, juicy filet, and s’mores bread pudding.
5 p.m. at Schola.
Fall in love with Just Married! Wedding Stories from Jewish Maryland, a new exhibit at the Jewish Museum of Maryland featuring all things nuptial. Artifacts, photographs and more explore the intersection between religious and secular traditions in Jewish weddings past and present, an a complementary online exhibit (cutely called “Marrying Maryland”) allows Jewish Marylanders to contribute their own wedding documents.
June 18-Sept. 17. Tickets: $10. 410-732-6400. jewishmuseummd.org
Juneteenth: Remembering & Celebrating Freedom
Celebrate African-American freedom and achievement with “Juneteenth” at Hampton National Historic Site. Storytelling in the African oral tradition will occur from 1:00-2:15p.m., followed by African drumming and dancing by the Kuer Khaleyi African Dance Company.
At Hampton National Historic Site Farm, 1:00-3:00p.m. Free. Nps.gov/hamp
Groovin’ in the Grass
Stop by Ladew Gardens for the first of 8 magical evenings in their summer concert series. To celebrate Father’s Day, the Crawdaddies are presenting a rockin’ evening combining Louisiana’s Cajun, Zydeco and Blues sound with North Eastern’s Roots Rock, American and Ska influences.
Sundays June 18-August 6 at Ladew Gardens. 6:00-8:00p.m. Tickets $5-15. Ladewgardens.com
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