August date night ideas: Events and things to do in Maryland


Maryland couples looking for a special date night or moms’ night out can enjoy a live concert, Zoo Paint Night, a Music Festival and other special events in the month of August.

Check out our top picks for events worth hiring a babysitter for below.

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‘The Second City’s Almost Accurate Guide to America’
Select days Aug. 1-13. Comedy theatre that takes a hilarious look at the divisions that have driven this country apart. $49-69. Check website for showtimes. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. 202-467-4600,

2 Wednesday

Zoo Paint Night
Guided paint instruction. One drink included with each admission. Ages 15 and older. Registration required. $45. 5:30-8pm. Maryland Zoo, Baltimore.

Dinner Under the Stars
West Street closes and is filled with cafe tables reminiscent of the open open air cafes in Paris and the piazzas of Rome. Live music, special art exhibits and canopy lights. Reservations at participating restaurants recommended. Wednesdays through Sept. 20. Prices vary by restaurant. 6pm. West Street, Annapolis.

3 Thursday

Date Night Movies on the Potomac
Thursdays weekly through September. Watch The Blind Side. Shown on the Plaza screen. Bring chairs. Thursdays thru September. Free. 7pm. National Harbor.

5 Saturday

Historic Sunset Dinner Cruise
90-minute cruise through history with Coby Treadway, historian and museum educator. See historic homes, landmarks and other points of interest. Short presentation and dinner to follow. $50. 5-7:30pm. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. 410-326-2042,

George Lopez Live: HBO Special
George Lopez’s is filming his new HBO Special live. $59-79. Performances at 7 and 9:30pm. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. 202-467-4600,

9 Thursday

‘Wet Hot American Summer’
Dress like your favorite camp counselor, play games, drink specials, prizes, watch the film “Wet Hot American Summer” and more. $12. 7:30pm. Creative Alliance, Baltimore. 410-276-1651,

‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’
Join Joel Hodgson, creator of the critically acclaimed “Mystery Science Theater 3000” TV show and its new host Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray) on the “Watch Out for Snakes!” Tour. $36-174. 8pm. The Modell Lyric, Baltimore. 410-900-1150,

11 Friday

Elvis In Concert
All-new concert production featuring Elvis Presley on the big screen accompanied by a live orchestra. $55-121. 8pm. The Modell Lyric, Baltimore. 410-900-1150,

12 Saturday

Moonrise Festival
Aug. 12-13. Music festival featuring bands, live DJs, special effects, lighting and more. All ages. 21 to drink. $159-174. Check website for schedule. Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore.

Here’s To The Night 90s Tribute
A night full of live music featuring songs from the nineties. Ages 21 and older. $20. 7pm. Rams Head on Stage, Annapolis. 410-268-4545,

13 Sunday

Yoga at the Zoo
60-minute Vinyasa style yoga class designed for both beginner and intermediate levels held outside in Penguin Coast. Ages 15 and older. $20. 8am. Maryland Zoo, Baltimore. 410-396-7102,

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