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B’More Social: August 17-20 End your summer with a bang!


Animal Craft Safari
Spend your morning on the wild side! Sit for a reading of “Stand Back,” Said the Elephant, “I’m Going to Sneeze!” by Patricia Thomas, meet a resident zoo animal and make a wildlife-inspired craft.
The Maryland Zoo, 11-11:45 a.m. $5 plus cost of admission. 

Anime Club
Get inspired with fellow teen Anime enthusiasts. Work on your art, play video games and watch an anime film. Anim-azing!
Savage Branch, Howard County Library, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. 

Twilight Thursdays on the Row
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and kick back at this weekly concert series. Buy a beer or glass of wine at the Beer & Wine Garden Station, and be prepared to abandon your seat to move to the music.
Free. 6:30-8 p.m. Foundry Row

Thursday Night Concert Series
Head to Ellicott City’s Turf Valley Towne Square for a free weekly concert series. This week: The 1974
Free. 6:30 p.m. at Turf Valley Towne Square. 

AVAM’s beloved Flicks from the Hill returns with Moonstruck. Bonus: Catch the “Fit Before Flicks” pilates class before the movie, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the plaza outside of the Jim Rouse Visionary Center.
Free. 9 p.m. on Federal Hill. 


Kid’s Night Out
Parents get a night off while their children get a night out! Kids enjoy the great outdoors with crafts, animal meet-and-greets, nature games and pizza while parents enjoy some well-deserved adult time.
Irvine Nature Center, 6-9 p.m. $40. 

Friday Night Stargazing
Make a wish from the rooftop Observatory at the Maryland Science Center, using their refracting telescope to pick the perfect star.
Maryland Science Center, 5 p.m. Free. 

Library Karaoke
Singing? At the Library? You bet! Take part in a kids karaoke session and enjoy being loud in the quietest place on Earth.
Southeast Anchor Branch, Enoch Pratt Free Library, 3 p.m. Free. 

Ocean’s Eleven
Head to Little Italy for their famous Open Air Film Festival, featuring live music, popcorn and the 1960 original Ocean’s Eleven.
Free. Movie starts at 9 p.m. on the corner of Stiles and High Street. 

Music on Main Street
Reistertown’s annual outdoor concert series continues with Dave DeMarco Band.
Free. 7-10 p.m. at 33 Cockeys Mill Rd.

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.
Fridays at Belvedere Square. 6-9 p.m. Free.


Storytime with Softies
Join Ravens, Baltimore Blast players and a host of adoptable furry friends for this special storytime benefiting Show Your Soft Side and Animal Allies Rescue Foundation.
Free. 1-3 p.m. at Wee Chic Boutique.

The Lights Fest
Spend an evening outdoors eating grub from delicious food trucks and grooving to live music. Every attendee gets a lantern to make a wish on and send into the night, lighting up the sky alongside thousands of other participants’ hopes and dreams.
Mason Dixon Fair, PA.

Family Nature Explorers: Butterflies and Caterpillars
Find out how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly and observe these beauties in their natural habitat! Get a tour of the Butterfly House and go on a stroll through the meadow.
Ladew Gardens, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free with admission. 

18th and 19th Century Child’s Play
Ditch the computer screen and go back in time. Play old school games like Jax and Jacob’s Ladder, and even race in potato sacks on the historic farm.
Hampton National Historic Site, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.


Dolphin Explorer
Spend your Sunday with the ocean’s smartest species and you travel through interactive research stations that’ll teach you all there is to know about dolphins. You’ll even get to meet the resident mammals themselves!
National Aquarium, 8:30 a.m. $55. 

Nature Fairy Exploration & House Design
Let your imagination run—or fly—wild with this magical event. After a story reading, young dreamers (and their parents) are invited to hike through Irvine’s trails, collecting natural materials for use in designing their very own fairy house. Mystical snacks will be provided!
Irvine Nature Center, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $30 for non-members. 

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