Light City Baltimore returns this weekend, promising to be bigger and better than its predecessor. Expect new nightly events such as fireworks, a themed food and beverage program, an assortment of new neighborhood light installations, parades, music and more.
Tickets required for conference, but the festival is free. March 31-April 8 in the Inner Harbor.
Robots and Mazes
Children ages 7-14 can learn to navigate a maze with robots, how to steer them around obstacles and more.
Free. 2:30 p.m. at the Mount Airy Branch
Animal Care Experience
Ever wondered what it’s like to be a veterinarian? Learn from staff at the National Aquarium and experience a one-of-a-kind tour of the animal hospital. (Children must be at least 8 years old to participate.)
Tickets: $65. 3-5 p.m. at the National Aquarium.
Teens and Adults
Friday Night Laughs
Spend your Friday night laughing with Baltimore Improv Group! Recommended for adults and older teens.
Tickets: $5. 8 p.m. at Single Carrot Theatre
Fairy Tale Extravaganza Put on your glass slippers! The Enoch Pratt Free Library hosts the 15th annual Fairy Tale Festival, kicking off a magical month of Pratt libraries as “Pratt Kingdom.” Crafts, magic, face painting, a Fairy Tale Ball and much more. Free. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Maryland Historical Society.
April Fools and Fairies Walk
Join the Cylburn Arboretum Association on a magical scavenger walk in search of fairies and other forest dwellers! Costumes are encouraged for this mystical experience, and children will collect materials to make their own special fairy house!
Free. 2-3 p.m. at the Cylburn Arboretum.
Traveling food market Emporiyum features a smorgasbord of multicultural fare from established national, regional and local artisans such as Duck Donuts, Route 11 Potato Chips, Swizzler Gourmet Hotdogs, Slingshot Coffee, Nutty Novelties and dozens of others. Enjoy music (courtesy of a DJ), sampling, sipping and gift shopping for yourself and others as you expand your knowledge of top-quality comestibles.
Tickets: $15-$40. April 1-2 at 600 E. Pratt St.
Magic, wizardry, romance and adventure all coalesce in Excalibur, a dramatic musical interpretation of the King Arthur legend that dates to the 12th century.
Tickets: $27-$47. 7 p.m. at the Lyric.
Parade: Light City Parade of Fools
What better way to celebrate April Fool’s Day than with Baltimore’s largest kazoo band and the April Fool’s Hats Brigade?
Free. 8 p.m. in the Inner Harbor.
10th Annual Edible Books Contest
Readers 9 to 17 can frost and decorate an already-baked cake in the style of their favorite book.
Free. 3:30-5 p.m. at the Howard County Library’s Miller Branch.
Dance: The Firebird
Towson University Community Dance and the Columbia Orchestra team up to perform “The Firebird,” the iconic 1910 ballet highlighted by Igor Stravinsky’s original score and Michel Fokine’s choreography. The Firebird and Other Heroic Tales also boasts music from another popular fairytale: “Star Wars.”
Tickets: $11 (children), $16 (adults) in advance; $14 (children), $19 (adults) at the door. 3 p.m. at the Gordon Center.
Run: Red Shoe Shuffle
Gear up for a 5k run/walk to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore.
Registration: $45 for adults, $10 for children. 9 a.m. at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore on West Lexington Street.
Glow Day at Port Discovery
Come celebrate Light City and create glow-in the dark art, bracelets and a holographic projector.
Free with general admission. Daylong at Port Discovery.