Plan your trip around the "11 Best Days of Summer" at the Maryland State Fair.
Mitch Lebovic

Family-Friendly Fairs and Festivals

Thrill your kids and make lifetime memories at these amazing Maryland events.

Plan your trip around the "11 Best Days of Summer" at the Maryland State Fair.
Mitch Lebovic

Re-enact the American Revolution, dress up as a pirate, or spend Halloween with wild animals. For kid-friendly entertainment, here are a few ideas throughout Maryland to get you started planning an awesome family adventure. And for even more fabulous family-focused events, check out our events calendar.

Winter Fest
Oakland, February
Enjoying the Ice Slide during the Oakland Winter Fest

The town of Oakland hosts the popular Winter Fest over Presidents Day weekend in February. It’s chock-full of musical performances and activities for kids. Everyone will marvel at illuminated and intricately carved ice sculptures. Try the ice slides and horse-drawn carriage rides!

Maryland International Kite Expo
Ocean City, April
Maryland International Kite Expo

Go fly a kite! No, really, the Maryland International Kite Expo is sheer springtime fun. Each April, watch colorful giant kites fly high for both applause and prizes. Kids can even learn how to make their own kite.

Upper Marlboro, April
Wizard of Oz themed playground at Watkins Regional Park
Landscape Structures

Kids are the focus at Kinderfest at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro. They’ll love the sweet treats, midway amusements and Main Stage entertainers.

Chestertown Tea Party Festival
Chestertown, May
reenactors on ship
Chestertown Tea Party Festival

On the Eastern Shore, costumed Colonials reenact the dumping of British tea into the Chester River during the three-day Chestertown Tea Party Festival each May. Children will love making Colonial crafts, learning to clog to music by a jug band and listening to lively storytellers.

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival
West Friendship, May
A sheep peaking from a stall at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival
Howard County Tourism and Promotion/Federal Hill Photography

Step right up and find out absolutely everything you never knew about sheep at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival in May in West Friendship. You’ll see more than 800 sheep, watch them get shorn, and see how their wool gets transformed into fiber arts and warm, comfy garments.

Columbia Festival of the Arts
Columbia, June
A crowd listening to music performers at the Columbia Festval of the Arts
Columbia Festival of the Arts

The Columbia Festival of the Arts returns to the Downtown Columbia Lakefront with its FREE LakeFest Weekend featuring three days of live music, an invitational fine arts & crafts show, kids’ entertainment and crafts, a variety of activities for all ages, and fabulous festival food fare.

Maryland Renaissance Festival
Crownsville, August
Spectators enjoying the jousting event at the Maryland Renaissance Festival
Maryland Renaissance Festival

A perennially popular escape is the Renaissance Festival, which brings medieval merriment to Crownsville, near Annapolis, from late August to mid-October. Wander through a forest setting, listen to merry minstrels, barter with a merchant, meet a king and laugh out loud at a comedy show.

Maryland State Fair
Timonium, August
Anight out at the Maryland State Fair
Baltimore County Tourism

Animals are in the spotlight each May at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium. Wander through barns to look at livestock and other farm animals. Watch thoroughbreds race, see a newborn piglet and pick up some skills at the U-Learn Farm.

Frederick’s Oktoberfest
Frederick, September
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In addition to the traditional bratwurst, German music and beer, Frederick’s Oktoberfest features plenty of activities for kids that are just plain fun—like decorating pumpkins and making scarecrows. As a bonus, you can learn a bit about German heritage at this traditional festival each fall.

ZooBOOO! at the Maryland Zoo
Baltimore, October
Costume contest during ZooBoo at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Animal lovers will delight in ZooBOOO! During this Halloween tradition at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, kids can collect candy at trick-or-treat stations throughout the zoo. Don’t miss the ever-popular elephant pumpkin smash!

Darlington Apple Festival
Darlington, October
Baskets of Darlington Apples at the Darlington Apple Festival

Get your fill of autumn’s red, yellow and green bounty at the Darlington Apple Festival in Darlington. It’s all about the double-crust and crumb-top pies at this October staple. Go on a pony ride or a hay ride, listen to bands and face tough competition in the cornhole contest.

Butler’s Orchard Pumpkin Festival
Germantown, October
LIttle girl pushing a wagon with pumpkins
Butler's Orchard

Delight in the hayrides, apple cider and pumpkins galore in September and October at Butler’s Orchard Pumpkin Festival in Germantown. Kids will love jumping in the hayloft, winding through the corn maze and playing on pedal tractors.

Autumn Glory Festival
Oakland, October
This festival held over 4 days in fall has tons of family-friendly things to do.

Formerly a community turkey dinner, the Autumn Glory Festival blossomed into a four-day festival in Oakland. You’ll find tons of family fun, including crafts, a car show, farmers market, and fiddle, banjo and mandolin championships.