Our team visited the Harford County Farm Fair last week and had a blast meeting people, giving away some fun things, and spending some quality time with the animals. Were you at the farm fair last week? If so, we would love to see your photos! Tag us on social media with #funlivingstartshere.
It’s the first day of autumn and we’re so excited! (Hellooooo, pumpkin spice!) The Baltimore area is home to some great fall festivals and events. Here are a few you should check out!
· October 20 – OctoBEARfest at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is a fun way to visit the zoo and sample 50+ seasonal beers, enjoy live music, and great food. Tickets are $49 now through October 19 and $59 at the door. VIP tickets are also available. Purchase your tickets at marylandzoo.org/special_events/octobearfest/
· October 28 - ZooBoooo! Celebrate Halloween with the animals at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Dress up in your costume and trick or treat around the zoo. Enter one of two costume contests during the day, and see live entertainment. For more information and to purchase tickets, visti marylandzoo.org/special_events/zoobooo
Cockeysville, Timonium, & Hunt Valley MD
· September 23 – Family Farm Day at the Maryland Agricultural Center is a great fall activity to take part in with the kids in your life. The event is host to food, music, tractor rides, crafts, games, local vendors, and educational programs. There is a $20 per car entry fee. Most activities are free, but some may require an additional charge.
· October 5 – Fortnite Halloween Pary at SkyZone in Timonium combines the Fortnite craze with bouncing fun! Show off your Fortnite emote dances on the trampolines. Reserve tickets at skyzone.com.
· October 12-14 – Start your holiday shopping early at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Each year this event brings some of the most talented artisans to Maryland. This year’s live entertainment includes an ironforging demonstration, handmade paper art, wheel-thrown pottery, metal spinning, and wood turning. Middle Earth Studios will be performing an interactive children’s show during the festival, too. Tickets are $8 online and $10 at the door.
· October 31 – Halloween on the Farm at the Maryland Agricultural Center includes trick or treating, a bonfire, yummy treats including hot apple cider, face painting, a haunted maze, bonfire, and more. The first child registered is $10 with a discounted $7 admission for each additional child. You can sign up at marylandagriculture.org/Halloween-on-the-farm
· August 26 – October 21 - The Maryland Renaissance Festival is a short drive from the Baltimore area and is one of Maryland’s biggest fall traditions. The festival begins each year in late August and runs each weekend through October 21. Enjoy entertainment, games, and food (including mac & cheese on a stick and turkey legs) at this outdoor celebration. For more information and tickets visit rennfest.com.
Harford County, MD
· September 29 & 30 – Come to the Steppingstone Museum in Havre de Grace for their annual Fall Harvest & Craft Festival. Make a scarecrow, take a hayride, listen to live bluegrass music, and participate in fun games & activities around the museum. Admission is $10 for adults and children 12 & under are free. Visit steppingstonemuseum.org for more information.
· September 29 – Sip your way through the Harford County Wine Festival. Enjoy wines from around the world, as well as many made locally here in Maryland. Taste great food and browse shopping booths from local artisans and vendors. Live music will be played throughout the day and non-wine lovers can enjoy the Oktoberfest beer garden. Visit harfordcountywinefestival.com for tickets and more information.
· October 6 – Do you love apples? Be sure to attend the Darlington Apple Festival! In addition to great apple food & drinks, you can take pony rides & hay rides, view artwork from local artists, compete in the cornhole tournament, and watch live entertainment. View the list of vendors & entertainment at darlingtonapplefestival.org.
· September 22-23 – Visit the Johnny Appleseed Festival at Weber’s Cider Mill Farm and take a hayride through the farm, play in the outdoor activity area, wander through the straw maze, and enjoy live Bluegrass by the Satyr Hill Band.
Perry Hall, MD
· Weekends, September 22 – October 28 – Fall Festival Days at Chapel Hill Farm & Nursery is a great way to spend the brisk fall weekends. The festival includes face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, and hay rides. Enjoy fresh apple cider and purchase fall decorations for your home. Visit chapelhilsfarmandnursery.com for more information.
· October 7 – The Pikesville Fall Festival is held annually at Pikesville High School and is a free event. Fun, local vendors, and food all converge to celebrate fall in Pikesville. Visit business.pomchamber.org for information and the latest news about this event.
There's no better place to celebrate July 4th than the birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner (it was written by Francis Scott Key at Fort McHenry in 1814. Here are the places you can enjoy great fireworks displays in and around Baltimore this year.
Bel Air: Independence Day celebrations beginning at 6:45 am with Flag Raising Ceremonies, fun events throughout the day in Shamrock Park, a parade on Main Street starting at 6:00 pm, and concluding with fireworks set from Rockfield Park and viewable throughout Bel Air at approximately 9:30 pm.
Ports America Chesapeake 4th of July Celebration: Come to the Inner Harbor to celebrate Independence Day with live music and a huge fireworks display. You can also view these fireworks from the Federal Hill, Locust Point, Canton, Harbor East, and Fell's Point neighborhoods.
Fullerton / Overlea: Spend the evening at Fullerton Park (4304 Fullerton Avenue, Nottingham) is sponsored by local businesses and hosted by the Fullerton Fireworks Association. The festivities begin at 5 PM and include a variety of food, beer, wine, and fun. Fireworks begin at 9:15pm.
Middle River: Saturday, June 30 at Wilson Point in Middle River, MD is the annual Marine Trades Association Fireworks. A variety of local vendors will be on site during this great community event. Fireworks will be launched form a floating barge in Middle River.
Oregon Ridge Park: Enjoy a scenic setting under fireworks at Oregon Ridge located in Cockeysville, just a short drive from Hunt Valley. Picnic in the park, take a walk through the nature trails and then enjoy the show.
Pikesville: Fireworks are set off at the Woodholme Country Club and are viewable in most of the Pikesville area. No date for 2018 has been officially set at the time of publication, but these have been historically set off on July 2. Another display is set from the Suburban Golf Club on July 3.
Towson: Loch Raven Technical Academy is home to the Towson-Area fireworks display. Fireworks are launched from the school, which is located across from the Ravenwood Shopping Center near Taylor & Goucher Roads.
It’s that time of year again for pumpkin spice (like it or not), campfires, apple cider, and all types of fall fun. Don’t miss out on the festivities! Mark your calendars for these great Charm City events.
Yoga at the Zoo (September 23) – Find your lion’s breath near the lions and perform Ustrasana (Camel Pose) with the camels at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. This is an all-levels class that takes place outside Penguin Coast at the zoo. $20 for non-members, $10 for zoo members. All tickets include zoo admission for the day. Visit marylandzoo.org to register.
Free Fall Baltimore – There are hundreds of local events around Baltimore that are free in October. This is an annual event that includes performances, workshops, family and children’s activities, music, and more. This year, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company will be performing Julius Caesar, Franco Platino will be teaching a Guitar Master Class at the Cohen-Davidson Family Theatre, and the National Aquarium will be hosting a Free Fall Friday Night on October 27. These are just a few of the many activities!
Note that all activities are free, but many do require advanced registration. Visit freefallbaltimore.org for more details and registration information.
Oregon Ridge Honey Harvest (October 7-8) – Celebrate all things honey at Oregon Ridge. This year’s events include mead making, beeswax candle making, puppet shows, and demonstrations by various craftsmen. For more information visit oregonridgenaturecenter.org.
Fells Point Fun Festival (October 7-8) – Visit local vendors and enjoy live music at this free event in Fells Point. The event is held on Broadway, parking is available at garages on Caroline Street & Thames Street. For more information visit fellspointfest.net.
Sugarloaf Craft Festival (October 13-15) – The Sugarloaf Craft Festivals’ fall tour stops at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium this October. Here you can browse the art of hundreds of artisans working with all types of mediums including sculpture, furniture & woodworking, pottery, paint, clothing & accessories, glass blowing, and more. This is a great place to get a jump-start on your holiday shopping! Information can be found at sugarloafcrafts.com.
Baltimore Beer Week (October 13-22) – For the ninth year, Charm City celebrates its craft brews. Enjoy samples and tastings and events throughout the week. For up-to-date information visit baltimorebeerweek.org.
Harbor Harvest Children’s Festival (October 15) – Have fun picking pumpkins, riding ponies, and making crafts at Rash Field. New for 2017 are a costume contestand parade. The festival is free, but many activities require a small charge. Information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/981283785344647.
Baltimore Running Festival (October 21) – Lace up your shoes and hit the streets of Charm City with this annual event. Choose from distances from 5K to a full marathon or join a team of friends for the relay. Following all races is a post-race party with beer, live music, food, and local vendors. To join the fun visit thebaltimoremarathon.com.
Zoo Boo! (October 27-29) – Trick or treat around the zoo, play games, show off your costume, and enjoy entertainment & food (and, of course, the animals) at this fun annual event at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. This event is free with zoo admission. Visit marylandzoo.org for information and to register.
Spooky Science (October 29) – Create slime, watch a pumpkin launch, and decorate pumpkins at the Maryland Science Center. These special events around the Science Center are free with paid admission. For information and to purchase tickets, visit mdsci.org.
Power Plant Live’s Annual Bacon Jam (November 11) – Sample bacon dishes from local restaurants, drink a few bacon-inspired cocktails, and enjoy music, games, and activities. This is a family-friendly event benefitting Volunteering Untapped. More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/296242580784472/.