This is Maryland Science Center’s last “First Friday” of the season, so don’t miss out! Enjoy discounted admission, planetarium presentations are at 6:00p.m. and 7:30p.m. and an IMAX presentation at 7:00p.m.
At the Maryland Science Center, 5:00-8:00p.m. Tickets $10. Mdsci.org
Summer Sounds at the Square
At this weekly concert series, enjoy food, drinks, a Kids’ Zone and more while listening to the sounds of a fantastic performer. This week: Nelly’s Echo (Pop & R&B).
At Belvedere Square. 6-9 p.m. Free. belvederesquare.com
Put your architectural skills to the test with LEGOvans Fridays, an opportunity to build and play with friends and neighbors.
At the Govans Branch Library, 3:30-4:30p.m. Free. Prattlibrary.org
Celebrate Black Music Month with Floetic Friday, a series of open mic nights at Reginald F. Lewis Museum featuring spoken word poetry, hip hop and other performances by poets and artists. After the open mic night, a featured performer will take the stage. Participants may register at the show, and the sign-up will be on a first-come first-served basis.
At the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 7:30p.m. Tickets $8. Lewismuseum.org
Abandon your traditional take on theater with Promenade: Baltimore, an innovative dramatic experience from Single Carrot Theatre and Stereo AKT. In the roving production (seriously, audience members follow the actors around on a bus), the city is both the setting and a main character, with actors sharing stories and music to shed light on Baltimore’s “complexities, struggles and beauty.”
June 2-25 at Single Carrot Theatre. Call for ticket information. 443-844-9253. singlecarrot.com
Annapolis Irish Festival
Explore Leprechaun Land, enjoy live music and celebrate your Irish pride at the Annapolis Irish Festival. With plenty of activities to keep kids busy (a bouncy castle, special shows and face-painting, to name a few), this family-friendly day will bring the Irish out in everyone. No little lambs in tow? Check out the Mass Pipe Band and Drum Competition, Guinness on tap and one of many great Celtic rock bands taking the stage, like Gaelic Storm and Scythian.
June 2-3 at Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds.
Capital Jazz Fest
The multistage festival features tons of jazz and soul, naturally, but is also the perfect spot to people-watch, enjoy festival food, shop and more.
June 2-4 at Merriweather Post Pavilion.
Feet on the Street
Towson’s weekly summer celebration returns with live music, food, drinks, a moonbounce, facepainting and more. This week’s band: That’s What She Said.
6:30-9:30 p.m. on Alleghany Avenue.
Join Pets on Wheels and read to a furry friend! The featured book for this session is “How Rocket Learned to Read” by Tad Hills. Drop-ins are welcome, but registration is suggested.
At the Light Street Branch Library, 2:00-3:00p.m. Free. Prattlibrary.org
Interrobang presents Bully, a loose adaptation of Lord of the Flies written by Amina Henry and directed by Baltimore theatre artist Tara Cariaso that explores the complex roles of and relationships between women in society.
June 2-18, Thursdays-Sundays, at the Strand Theatre. Interrobangbaltimore.org
National Trails Day
According to National Park Service/ Chesapeake Conservancy partnership Find Your Chesapeake, Baltimore boasts “almost 6,000 acres of parkland, three stream valleys and miles of bike and natural surface trail”—perfect for celebrating National Trails Day, a countrywide initiative to encourage hiking and other fresh-air activities. In honor of the event, the Department of Recreation and Parks has coordinated numerous outdoor programs over the course of the weekend, from a Middle Branch canoe tour to bike rides around Lake Montebello. (P.S. Most counties are participating, too, so be sure to check your local Parks & Rec site.)
June 3-5 citywide. Free.
Is there anything more summery than strawberry shortcake? Join the Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church for their annual Strawberry Festival, featuring games, pony rides, a silent auction, craft and antique vendors, and lots and lots of strawberries. (In the 26 years since the festival began, festival vendors have sold more than 40,000 pounds of the juicy red fruit.)
June 3 at 6680 Sykesville Road.
Annapolis Arts Week
New this year, this festival celebrates work by local artists with block parties, live music, classes and workshops, and more.
Tickets: vary based on activity. Through June 11 throughout the city.
Red Sox v. Orioles
See the O’s take on the Sox in an afternoon of fun for the whole family!
At Camden Yards, 1:35p.m. Tickets start at $15. Mlb.com
Step right up for the greatest show on Earth…with a twist. The UniverSoul Circus, which celebrates people of color, has been bringing its unique brand of diverse entertainment to the big top for over 20 years. See circus staples like trapeze artists, fire breathers and clowns perform alongside daredevils, dancers, and, of course, clowns—all to the tune of the latest kid-friendly hip-hop, rap and R&B.
May 31-June 18 at the Security Square Mall. Tickets $16-25. universoulcircus.com
Community Block Party
Join the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC for inflatables, photo booths, face painting, carnival games, crafts, music and more!
Free at the Owings Mills JCC.