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82 FREE events for the family in August

Looking for some late summer fun for your family that won’t require a dime? Here are tons of events in the Annapolis/Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area from concerts to festivals that are completely free for the whole family. Pick a few and make some memories before school starts back up again!

Ballet1 Saturday

Rainbow Puppets: Pirate Party
Dancing, puppets and more. Free. 9:30 and 11am. The National Theatre, Washington, D.C. 202-628-6161, thenationaldc.org

Ready, Set, Kindergarten!
An hour of special stories and fun activities designed to help ease the transition for children entering kindergarten this fall. Free. 10am. Edgewater Community Library, Edgewater. 410-222-1538, aacpl.net/location/edgewater

Paws
Meet Turbo the Flying Dog and learn what it takes to fly. Also pet adoptions and control line plane demonstrations. All ages. Free. 10am-2pm. College Park Aviation Museum, College Park. 301-864-6029, collegeparkaviationmuseum.com

First Saturday Family Fun
Story time and craft. Free. 1-3pm. Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park, Accokeek. 301-283-2113, accokeekfoundation.org

Summer Concert at Quiet Waters Park
Listen to U.S. Naval Academy Crabtowne Stompers. Free. 6:30-8pm. Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis. fqwp.org/summer-concerts

2 Sunday

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

Fairies in the Woods
Explore the forest as fairies. Learn how fairies and animals use the woods to hide. Free, donation accepted. 2-3pm. Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitor’s Center, Upper Marlboro. 301-888-1377, dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/southern/merkle.aspx

3 Monday

ECO Adventures presents The Incredibles!
Learn about animals and their super powers. Free. 9:30am. Linthicum Community Library, Linthicum. 410-222-6265, aacpl.net

Monday Morning Movies
Watch PBS’s Peg+Cat, enjoy story and have fun with a coloring sheet. Free. 10-11am. Calvert Library, Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291, 301-855-1862, calvertlibrary.info

Superhero Highway
Drive your super vehicle through the paint toward the villain and become a superhero. Stories and music. Ages 2-5. Free. 10:15-11am. Howard County Library East Columbia Branch, Columbia. 410-313-7700, hclibrary.org

Ravens Training Camp Family Practice
Post-practice player autograph session, fireworks/laser show, mascots, cheerleaders and more. Free. 7pm. M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore. baltimoreravens.com

4 Tuesday

Summer Fun-Mike Rose
Magic, mind reading and comedy. For ages 4 and up. Free. 10-11am. Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch at the Northeast Community Center, Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2411, calvert.lib.md.us/twin.html

National Night Out
Celebrate National Night Out to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness. Block party style events include police and fire vehicles, a K-9 demonstration, children’s activities, information kiosks and free refreshments. Free. 5pm. Crofton Community Library, Crofton. 410-222-7915, aacpl.net/location/crofton

Ready, Set, Kindergarten!
An hour of special stories and activities designed to help ease the transition to kindergarten this fall. Free. 6pm. Edgewater Community Library, Edgewater. 410-222-1538, aacpl.net/location/edgewater

5 Wednesday

Summer Fun MakerSpace
Children drop by to make crafts and projects of their own design before and after the Summer Fun Programs. Free. 1-4pm. Calvert Library, Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291, 301-855-1862, calvertlibrary.info

Wee Science
Explore simple science concepts through stories, songs and activities. Various food products may be handled. Ages 2-5 with adult; 45 min. Free. 7pm. Howard County Library System, Savage Branch, Laurel. 410-313-0760, hclibrary.org

6 Thursday

Minnie & Moo and the Potato from Planet X Puppet Show
The silly cow duo comes to the aid of a visitor from outer space. Families. Free. 2-2:30pm. Howard County Library System Central Branch, Columbia. 410-313-7800, hclibrary.org

Every Hero Has a Movie
“Dolphin Tale 2,” rated PG. Free. 2-4pm. Glen Burnie Regional Library, Glen Burnie. 410-222-6270, aacpl.net/location/glenburnie

7 Friday

Annapolis Towne Centre’s Concert Series
Fridays through August. The Kings of Crownsville. Free. 7-8:30pm. Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole, Annapolis. visitatc.com

8 Saturday

Weber’s Farm Peach Festival
Aug. 8-9. Children’s crafts, peach breakfast, arts show and more. Free. 9am-7pm Weber’s Cider Mill Farm, Parkville. weberscidermillfarm.com.

Navy Football Fan Fest
Giveaways, live music, autographs from players and more. Free. 10am-noon. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis. navysports.com

Wildlife Trafficking Awareness Day
Educational booths and activities, animal demonstrations and more. Free. 10am-2pm. The National Zoo, Washington, D.C. nationalzoo.si.edu

Saturday Flicks
Watch “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (1990), rated PG. Free. 1-3pm. Deale Community Library, Deale. 410-222-1925, aacpl.net/location/deale

Summer Concert at Quiet Waters Park
Listen to U.S. Naval Academy Electric Brigade. Free. 6:30-8pm. Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis. fqwp.org/summer-concerts

9 Sunday

Farmers Market Corn Roast
Free corn-on-the-cob at the Bowie farmers market. 10am-noon. Bowie High School Parking Lot, Bowie. cityofbowie.org

Nature Connections: Night Songs – Singing Insects
Learn about the world of singing insects. Free. 1-4pm. Natural History Society of Maryland, Baltimore. 410-882-5376, marylandnature.org

Full STEAM Ahead
Wonderful water. Preschool program allows children to explore and play. Free. 1-4pm. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons. 410-326-4640, annmariegarden.org

10 Monday

Franklin’s Toys Lego Expo and Building Contest
Aug. 10-30. Build a LEGO model at home and take it into the store where it will be displayed for voting. Voting is Aug. 24-30. Winners announced Sept. 1. 10am-5pm. Franklin’s Toys, Annapolis and Severna Park. franklinstoystore.com

Super Monday Movie
Watch “Big Hero 6,” rated PG. 2-4pm. Crofton Community Library, Crofton. 410-222-7915, aacpl.net/location/crofton

11 Tuesday

Hooray for Ballet!
Ballet lesson and performance. Open to boys and girls. Free. 9:30am. Crofton Community Library, Crofton. 410-222-7915, aacpl.net/location/crofton

Stay & Play Tuesdays
Enjoy tales and crafts with storyteller Marcus Zumwalt then stay, play and meet other parent/caregivers and children. Ages 5 and under. Free. 1pm. Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library, Annapolis. 410-222-1770, aacpl.net/location/eastport

Marvelous Mess
Explore art processes and create masterpieces. Dress to get messy and be outside, weather permitting. Ages 1-3 with adult. Free. 6:30-7pm. Howard County Library Miller Branch, Ellicott City. 410-313-1950, hclibrary.org

Friends of Patterson Park Concert
Listen to The Bumper Jacksons. Rain date Aug. 12. 6:30-8:30pm on Pagoda Hill. Enter park at S. Lombard Street and S. Patterson Park Avenue. Patterson Park, Baltimore. pattersonpark.com/fun-in-the-park/events/community-events/concerts-in-the-park

12 Wednesday

Nature Tots: Slithering Snakes
Learn about one of nature’s most mysterious predators. Ages 3-4. Registration required. 10-11am and 1-2pm. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel. fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html

13 Thursday

Movie Time
Watch “The Avengers,” rated PG-13. Movie and a snack. Free. 6:30pm. Brooklyn Park Community Library, Baltimore. 410-222-6260, aacpl.net/location/brooklynpark

Summer Concert at Maryland Hall
Listen to Craig Gildner and The Blue Sky 5 on the front lawn and labyrinth. Bring a chair or blanket. Wine, beer and food available to purchase. 6:30pm. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. marylandhall.org

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