Connect with American Indian culture at a traditional Pow-Wow, re-enact the American Revolution, dress up as a pirate or a fairy, or spend Halloween with wild animals at some of Maryland’s fun family events.
Magic, Mutiny, and Majesty
Exercise your imagination at the Maryland Faerie Festival held in in Darlington each spring, or the pirate-themed Fells Point Privateer Festival in Baltimore (costumes are encouraged!). Another popular escape is the Renaissance Festival, which brings medieval merriment to Crownsville from late August through mid-October.
Fun, Music, and Arts
Go fly a kite! No, really—Ocean City’s Maryland International Kite Expo is sheer springtime fun in April. Or, get the kids engaged with music at the Western Maryland Blues Festival in Hagerstown in May, where a Family Blues Picnic and harmonica lessons for children are just a couple of highlights. In June, the Columbia Festival of the Arts presents a two-week smorgasbord of dance, music and visual arts for kids of all ages.
For a blend of history, culture and fun, check out the American Indian Festival and Pow-Wow, which showcases the traditions of the Piscataway American Indians in Waldorf each June, or the Chestertown Tea Party Festival on the Eastern Shore, where costumed Colonials reenact the dumping of British tea into the Chester River each May.
Wild and Wooly Animals
Animal lovers will delight in ZooBOOO!, a Halloween tradition at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. (Don’t miss the ever-popular elephant pumpkin smash!) Animals also are in the spotlight each May at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium and the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival in West Friendship.
Fall and Winter Family Fun
Get your fill of autumn’s bounty at the Darlington Apple Festival in Darlington and Butler’s Orchard Pumpkin Festival in Germantown. Other October standouts are Upper Marlboro’s Kinderfest; a kid-centric Oktoberfest; and the Autumn Glory Festival in Oakland: once a community turkey dinner, it’s blossomed into a four-day festival featuring tons of family fun, including crafts, a farmers' market, car show, and fiddle, banjo and mandolin championships. The town of Oakland also plays host to the popular Winter Fest in conjunction with a great Small Town Christmas, where you and the kids can marvel at ice sculptures, ice slides, and take a horse-drawn sleigh ride.