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Free fun for the family in August

Check out these activities for the family throughout the month of August all completely free. Keep boredom from setting in and your budget intact with this list of festivals, concerts, programs and more.

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Joe Romano’s “What is MAGIC?”
Secrets of magic are explained using science, math, and art during magician Joe Romano’s exciting interactive program, “What is MAGIC?” Please register. Free. 1:30pm. Severna Park Library. 410-222-6290, aacpl.net

3 Friday

Summer Fridays
Play cornhole, Connect Four, giant Jenga, hula hoops, hopscotch and more. Musical performances at 6pm. DJ starting at 7pm. National Harbor. nationalharbor.com

4 Saturday

Maker’s Market
Shop for handmade, homemade, or homegrown products, including crafts, hanging baskets, organic skincare products, farm fresh produce, cut flowers, baked goods, batik and fleece clothing, handmade soaps and candles, herbal teas, ornaments, folkart, handmade gifts, and more. Free. 9am-1pm. Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center. annmariegarden.org

Beach Party on the Square
Music, games, sand volleyball, fire truck hose-down, Annual Running of the Balls and return of historic buyboats to the wharf. Free. 4-9pm. Town Square, Leonardtown. leonardtown.somd.com

5 Sunday

Tiny Tots
Aug. 5–6. Learn about wildlife at the refuge through fun and interactive songs, stories and activities. Ages 18-48 months. Please register. Free. 10-11:15am. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel. fws.gov

Mayo Beach Park Public Open Days
Public open days, on most Sundays from Memorial Day until Labor Day, are free and open to the general public. Visitors on open days can pack a lunch, bring their canoe, kayak, windsurfer or paddleboard and enjoy a beautiful afternoon. A shallow beach area is available for water play and wading. 11am-5pm. Mayo Beach Park, Edgewater. aacounty.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

Historic London Town and Gardens Concert Series
Family-fun night featuring Milkshake. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase. No alcohol allowed to be brought on site. Pets are welcome. Rain or shine. Free, donations are appreciated. 5-6pm. Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater. 410-222-1919, historiclondontown.com

Sunday Sunset Concerts
Each Sunday evening from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend, enjoy a concert at the Robert V. Setera Amphitheater at Allen Pond Park. Free. 7-8pm. Allen Pond Park, Bowie. cityofbowie.org

Free Movie—Reynolds Tavern
Watch an outdoor movie under the stars. The Beer Garden will become your Neighborhood Outdoor Movie Theatre with Free Classic Movie Screenings. Free. 8:45pm, approx. Pub at Reynolds Tavern, Annapolis. 410-295-9555

7 Tuesday

Help the 3 Little Pigs Build A House!
Hear the story of the three little pigs, sing songs, do crafts and experiment with different objects to build a wolf proof house. Free. 10am. Annapolis Library. 410-222-1750, aacpl.net

National Night Out
Celebrate National Night Out to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness. Block party style events include police and fire vehicles, children’s activities, information kiosks, and refreshments. Free. 5-8pm. Crofton Library. 410-222-7915, aacpl.net

8 Wednesday

Weekly Sailboat Races
Weekly on Wed. Watch some 150 crews compete in midweek races that involve sailing around several marks in the Bay before heading back to Spa Creek for a finish in front of the Annapolis Yacht Club. Free. 6-8pm. Annapolis Yacht Club. visitmaryland.org/event/wednesday-night-sailboat-races

9 Thursday

Taste the Rainbow
Learn about healthy eating and taste colorful fruits and vegetables in this special class with Laura Norton from Annapolis Pediatrics. Free. 9:30am. Crofton Library. 410-222-7915, aacpl.net

Ready, Set, Kindergarten!
Come for special stories and fun activities designed to help ease the transition for children entering kindergarten this fall. Climb aboard a real school bus, meet the driver and learn about bus safety.Free. 9:30am. Odenton Library. 410-222-6277, aacpl.net

Learn to Fish
Learn the proper techniques of fishing and the types of species you may find on the refuge while having fun. Equipment provided. Ages 5-12. Please register. Free. 2-2:30pm. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel. fws.gov

Rock the Dock
Annapolis Art in Public Places Commission’s 2018 Summer Concert Series. If inclement weather, cancellations are made by 3 p.m. the day of the event. Jazlette Jazz will perform. 7pm. Susan Campbell Park in downtown Annapolis. 410-263-7958, annapolis.gov/summerconcerts

10 Friday

Family Fun: Feathered Friends
Aug. 10–11. Learn more about our feathered friends and what makes them special through hands-on activities, games and crafts for all ages. Meet a live owl at 10:30, 11:30 and 12:15. Please register. Free. 10am-1pm. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel. fws.gov

Maryland Hall Summer Concert Series: Encore Rocks!
Free concerts; wine and beer will be for sale. Check website for showtimes. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. marylandhall.org

Summer Socials at West Shore Park
Bring a blanket and enjoy a fun, family-friendly evening with live music by the Charm City Riffs, kids activities, food trucks, bar service, and the Walter Sondheim Interactive Fountain. Free. West Shore Park. baltimorewaterfront.com

11 Saturday

Multicultural Festival
Listen to music, learn to say hello in many languages, play games and enjoy making crafts as you fill out your special library passport. Food, music, crafts and more. Free. 11am-3pm. Glen Burnie Library. 410-222-6270, aacpl.net

Battle of Bladensburg Encampment
The encampment returns with a bang this year as War of 1812 troops ready the cannon and prepare for battle. Step back into 1814 with an afternoon of hands-on demos, and children’s activities. Free. Noon-4pm. Riversdale Historical Society. riversdale.org

Weekend Walkin’
Explore new creative territory and make a project inspired by a beloved visionary artist. Supplies provided. This week’s theme: beaded bunny. All ages welcome. $5. 1-4pm. American Visionary Museum, Baltimore. 410-224-1900, avam.org

12 Sunday

Family Movie Nights
Watch “The Little Mermaid” on the Plaza screen. Rated PG. Bring chairs. Free. 6pm. National Harbor. nationalharbor.com

Click next below for more events August 14-31.

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