46 FREE family events in June


Looking for some summer fun that won’t cost a dime? Here are a number of events in the Annapolis/Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area from festivals to concerts to puppet shows that are totally free. So grab the family and get ready to have some fun that won’t break the summer budget.

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Authentic Australia
Interactive program about Australia. Animals, art, music and more. For ages 2-7. Free. 11am. Edgewater Community Library, Edgewater. 410-222-1538, aacpl.net/location/edgewater

5 Friday

Frederick Festival of the Arts
June 5-7. Juried fine arts festival featuring over 110 artists from across the country, live entertainment, artist demonstrations, children’s activities, food and more. Free. Fri., Special Meet-and-Greet from 6-9pm; Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., 11am-5pm Sunday. Carroll Creek Linear Park, Frederick. frederickartscouncil.org.

6 Saturday

Bark B Que and Meow Mixer
Blessing of the animals, pet demonstrations, ask the trainer and more. Free. 10am-3pm. Calvert Animal Welfare League, Prince Frederick. cawlrescue.org

Anne Arundel County Historical Society Strawberry Festival
Crafts, demonstrations, strawberry wine, shortcake, children’s entertainment and more. Free. 10am-4pm. Benson-Hammond House, Linthicum. aachs.org.

Cape St. Claire Strawberry Festival
Parade, music, food, games, contests, children’s activities, live demonstrations, beer garden and strawberries in every form. Free admission. 10am-7pm. Cape St. Claire Firehouse, Cape St. Claire. cscstrawberryfestival.com/2015-strawberry-festival-overview

Rides, performances, contests, food and drink, arts and crafts fair, business expo, local organizations and more. Free. 11am-6pm. Allen Pond Park, Bowie. cityofbowie.org.

Community Family Day
Music, crafts, kid’s games and more. Free. Noon-4pm. Downs Park, Pasadena. facebook.com/FriendsOfDownsParkInc

7 Sunday

Children’s Day at the Farm
Oxen cart and pony rides, tractor parade, face painting, magic show and more. Free. 11am-5pm. Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, St. Leonard. 410-586-8501, jefpat.org.

Annapolis First Sunday Arts Festival
Arts and craft show featuring 100 local and regional artists, live music, dance, street performers, food and more. Free. Noon-5pm. Calvert and West streets, Annapolis. firstsundayarts.com.

9 Tuesday

Puppet Show: A Fox Tale
Learn about the nighttime world of animals at Patuxent Research Refuge. All ages. 10:30am and 11:30am. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel. fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/NWVC.html

10 Wednesday

Nano Small Wonder Experience
Hands-on activities to teach science, engineering and technology. Free. 10:30am-12:30pm. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia. 410-313-4700, Howardcountymd.gov

11 Thursday

Summer Reading Kickoff Evening Story Time
Evening story time helps kick off Summer Reading Program. Free. 6:30-7:15pm. Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2411, calvert.lib.md.us/twin.html

12 Friday

OC Air Show
June 13-14. Air show featuring military jet demos, aerobatic performers, formation flight teams and parachute teams. Free; premium beach viewing and VIP seating tickets available for $19-219. See website for schedule. Beach near the Show Center, Ocean City. ocairshow.com.

Colonial Market Fair
June 13-14. Event features costumed craftsmen, tradesmen and musicians; children’s games and crafts and more. Free, $5 per car parking fee. 10am-4pm. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, Catonsville. benjaminbanneker.wordpress.com/colonial-market-fair

African American Family Community Day
Live entertainment, exhibits, children’s arts and crafts, games and more. Free. 11am-5pm. Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, St. Leonard. 410-535-2730, jefpat.org.

Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival
A celebration of traditional arts, music, crafts, and foods. Free. 11am-7pm. Creative Alliance, Baltimore. msac.org/folklife-festival

Celebration of end of slavery in U.S. with live musical, dance performances, exhibits, food vendors, children’s activities and more. Free. 1-5pm. Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro. pgparks.com/juneteenth.htm.

Summer Block Party
Moon bounce, balloon artist, autographs by a Bowie Baysox player and their mascot and more. Free. 11am-2pm. Festival at Riva Shopping Center, Annapolis. facebook.com/shopriva

14 Sunday

Maryland Avenue and State Circle Irish Festival
Old-fashioned street festival featuring vendors, food, children’s activities, dining and Irish music and dance. Free. 10am-5pm. Maryland Avenue and State Circle, Annapolis. marylandave.com

Frederick Summer Concert Series
June 14–Aug. 30, Sundays weekly. Weekly musical entertainment from a variety of artists, with food vendors available. See website for performance schedule. Free. 7pm. Baker Park Bandshell, Frederick. celebratefrederick.com/events/summer-concert-series.

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