B’More Social: Sept. 7-10 Enjoy the first weekend of fall!

THURSDAY

Web of Life
This new program aimed at homeschoolers teaches them the way that nature intersects plants, animals and elements from a master naturalist.
Cockeysville Branch, Baltimore County Public Library, 1p.m.-2p.m., register at bcpl.info

FRIDAY

Madonnari Arts Festival
The streets of Little Italy will transform into stunning works of art at the Madonnari Arts Festival, named after the 16th century Italian traveling street artists dubbed “i madonnari.” The festival pays homage to the transient tradition with professional and student artists from around the world creating works of art on pavement, each inspired by this year’s theme: Freedom. As always, the street art will be surrounded by plenty of food and wine, as well as live music and other performance art highlighting Baltimore’s creative community. Just make sure to watch your step!
Free. Sept. 8-10 in Baltimore’s Little Italy. 

Chestertown Jazz Festival
Break out your lawn chairs for this year’s Chestertown Jazz Festival. Expanding this year into a four-day affair with four different Kent County venues, the festival will feature storied genre professionals like percussionist Chuck Redd, vocalist Lena Seikaly and blues band The Sherman Holmes Project. Local food vendors and a beer truck will be set up throughout the park, along with Crow Winery, which hosts its second all-day Crowfest on Sunday.
September 8-11 at Wilmer Park in Chestertown, MD.  Tickets $25 advance, $30 at the gate.

Arts and Story Time
Join the Chesapeake Children’s Museum for this fun and interactive story time. Children can share puppets, flannel boards and their favorite stories. The museum also provides arts and crafts, as well as an opportunity to act out stories in a creative way.
Chesapeake Children’s Museum, 10:30-11:30 p.m., Free with admission, theccm.org

Story Time with Mr. Bob
Join Mr. Bob as he sings songs, reads stories and teaches great lessons in conjunction with the theme of the day!
Perry Hall Branch, Baltimore County Public Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m., free, bcpl.info

Belvedere Square Summer Sounds Concert Series
Bring the whole family out to this summer concert series finale with the Kelly Bell Band. No tickets are required and the music can be heard from the restaurants in the area. Celebrate the end of summer with a bang!
529 E. Belvedere Ave, Baltimore MD, 6-9 p.m., free, belvederesquare.com/events/

 Shakespeare Abridged.
If Shakespeare wasn’t fun enough already, get ready the lightning round. Featuring 37 plays in 97 minutes, this production is certain to be as hilarious as it is clever.
Friday, Sept. 8-Sunday, Oct. 1 at Maryland Ensemble Theatre, marylandensemble.org

SATURDAY

Baltimore Ukrainian Festival
A tradition since 1976, this arts festival is a celebration of the Ukrainian community in Baltimore and includes traditional music and dancing, authentic food, Ukrainian folk arts, novelties and information on the history of Ukraine.
St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church Grounds, 12-6 p.m., free, baltimoreukrainianfestival.com

Lego Zipline
Join the Baltimore County Public Library for an exercise in creativity and crafts. Kids will build their own Lego Zipline under the guidance of a librarian. This DIY session will help your child explore problem solving with their building blocks.
Catonsville Branch, Baltimore County Public Library, 3-4 p.m., free, register at bcpl.info

Zoo Snooze Family Overnight
Join the Maryland Zoo at Baltimore for an overnight adventure! Guests will tour the zoo in a completely new way, with nocturnal animal sightings and even some campfire songs. The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 6 p.m.-9:30am, $50 members, $65 non-members, ages 6 and up, marylandzoo.org

Hampdenfest
Hampdenfest returns for its 14th year with tons of its trademark quirk. Catch the uniquely Baltimore tradition of toilet racing, cheer on a pie-eating contest, peruse a selection of arts and craft vendors, or sample some mouth-watering local dishes, from pit beef to crab cakes—all while enjoying a daylong soundtrack of live music from both national and local artists.
Sept. 9 on West 36th Street. Free.  

Motor Muster 
Enjoy “big trucks and big fun” at the Fire Museum of Maryland!
Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

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