Cirque du Soleil
Spending a few hours staring at bugs isn’t most people’s idea of a good time, but when Cirque du Soleil is involved, there’s not much we can’t get behind. In this quirky, visually fascinating production, a colony of insects of all kinds “work, play, fight and look for love in a nonstop riot of energy in motion.” Creepy-crawlers never looked so cool.
Aug. 23-27 at Royal Farms Arena. Tickets: $36-$161.
Maryland State Fair
What’s more summery than the Maryland State Fair? Get your quintessential quaintness on with animal exhibitions, petting zoos, music, great food (well, if you consider fried Oreos great—and we do), carnival rides, arts and crafts vendors, horse racing and so much more.
Aug. 24-Sept. 4 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.
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: Misspent Youth.
Free. 6:30 p.m. at Turf Valley Towne Square.
AVAM’s beloved Flicks from the Hill returns with E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial. Food trucks will also be on hand for the final flick of the season. Bonus: Catch the “Fit Before Flicks” bike ride before the movie, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Race Pace.
Free. 9 p.m. on Federal Hill.
Pollinators of Maryland
History meets biology, but it’s more fun than it sounds. Explore the sprawling landscape and meadow of this War of 1812 battlefield as naturalists point out the pollinating critters that live there. You’ll even get to check out some Monarch caterpillars and butterflies up-close before releasing them.
North Point State Battlefield, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. dnr.maryland.gov.
Stroller Safari @ the Zoo
Every month, this event for toddlers takes on a different theme. August’s? “Mammals and Reptiles and Birds, Oh my.” Enjoy animal-centric stories or songs, a guided stroll through the zoo and newfound knowledge of wildlife.
The Maryland Zoo, 11-11:45 a.m. $5 per child. marylandzoo.org.
Head to Little Italy for their famous Open Air Film Festival, featuring live music, popcorn and the quintessential film about film.
Free. Movie starts at 8:30 p.m. on the corner of Stiles and High Street.
Murder Mystery Dinner Party
Bring the whole family on board for a pirate-themed night o’ intrigue. In this interactive game, you’ll be investigating the grisly crime or hiding your own guilt. Either way, you’re guaranteed a good time. Swashbucklin’ costumes encouraged but not required.
Baldwin’s Station, 7-9 p.m. $60. baldwinsstation.com
Music on Main Street
Reistertown’s annual outdoor concert series continues with Different Sisters.
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: That’s What She Said.
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.
Sabrina Carpenter at Maryland State Fairgrounds
Visit the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium to see Disney Channel Star Sabrina Carpenter. Your tween will love seeing their favorite Girl Meets World star!
Maryland State Fairgrounds, 7 p.m., ticket prices vary, www.marylandstatefair.com
While the words “soul food” usually elicit visions of fried foods and Memphis-style ribs, Vegan SoulFestproves that healthy living can be just as delicious. The celebration of vegan living, created by Brenda N. Sanders and Naijha Wright, merges great food, cooking demos, music, vendors, speakers and more for a day that’s as happy as it is healthy.
Free. 12-7 p.m. Aug. 26 at Baltimore City Community College.
Maryland Renaissance Festival
Hear ye, hear ye! Travel back to the 1500s to the Maryland Renaissance Festival and into the stunning village of Revel Grove, where adventures aplenty await. Wander among the shops of glassblowers, swordsmen and more, catch a jousting match, grab a turkey leg and some hot apple dumplings or listen to a minstrel play a spellbinding tune. Costumes are encouraged!
Tickets: $19-$25. Weekends Aug. 26-Oct. 22 in Crownsville.
Animal Craft Safari
Join animal ambassadors at The Maryland Zoo for a fun and immersive craft experience. Children will meet an animal ambassador, create crafts and learn more about animal conservation from the experts!
The Maryland Zoo, 11-11:45 am, $5, www.marylandzoo.org
Come out to Hagerstown for their annual Augustoberfest featuring food for all ages, live entertainment and a wide variety of adult beverages.
Hagerstown, MD, $5 per day for guests 13 & up, guests 12& under free, ID required for purchase of adult beverages, augustoberfest.org