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.

Beach party on the square1 Tuesday

Lakefront Summer Festival
Through Sept. 24. Concerts, movies, dancing and more. Free. Check website for full schedule. Downtown Columbia Lakefront, Columbia.

Rocket Science
Learn the basics of spaceflight by working in teams to build and launch a gas powered rocket. Ages 11-18. Free. 10-11:30am. Central Branch Library, Columbia. 410-313-7800,

2 Wednesday

Forensic Science: Chemistry
Learn the techniques forensic scientists use to crack a case. Learn about Document Analysis, Ink Chromatography, Fiber Identification and Trace Evidence. Registration required. Ages 11-18. Free. 2-4:30pm. Savage Branch & STEM Education Center, Laurel.

3 Thursday

WTMD First Thursday Concerts
Enjoy live music on the waterfront. No outside alcohol or glass containers. Free. 5:30pm. Canton Waterfront, Baltimore.

Twilight Thursdays on the Row
Through Aug. 24. Featuring popular musicians performing a wide range of genres. Bring chairs and blankets. Food available for purchase. Free. 6:30pm The Foundry Row, Owings Mills.

4 Friday

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.

Dog Days of Summer Block Party
To celebrate dogs. Pools for swimming, tennis balls, treats, family friendly activities and more. Dogs welcome. Free. 4:30-8pm. Creative Alliance, Baltimore.

First Free Friday
Museum is open and free to the public. Live music and dancing. Free. 5-8pm. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. 410-326-2042,

5 Saturday

Quiet Waters Park Concert Series
Through Sept. 3. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. No smoking or alcohol permitted and pets must be leashed. Plan to arrive early for parking. Free. 6pm. Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis.

6 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.

London Town and Gardens Summer Concert Series
Through Aug. 20. Drinks and snacks available for purchase. No alcohol is allowed to be brought but can be purchased. Concerts are dog-friendly. Free, donations appreciated. 5-7pm. Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater. 410-222-1919,

Gospel in the Park
High energy gospel music. Free. 7pm. Whitmore Park, Clay and Calvert streets, Annapolis.

8 Tuesday

Sea Squirts: Marsh Detectives
Aug. 8 and 10. Discover music through songs, stories and special activities. 1-3 years. Free. 10am. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons.

Block Party
Design and build with different kinds of blocks to create structures. Free. 6pm. Odenton Library. 410-222-6277,

9 Wednesday

Escape Room: Mad Scientist
A mad scientist has hidden his secret treasure in the library. Use clues, solve the puzzles and escape the room with your reward. Registration required. Free. 6pm. Severna Park Library. 410-222-6290,

10 Thursday

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Dress as your favorite witch or wizard. Free. 2pm. Glen Burnie Library. 410-222-6270,

11 Friday

Summer Social
Live music, food, children’s activities and more on the waterfront. Free. 5-8pm. West Shore Park, Baltimore. 410-243-3790,

12 Saturday

Annual Peach Festival
Aug. 12-13. Peaches, food, music, family activities and more. Free. 9am-7pm. Webers Cider Mill Farm, Parkville. 410-668-4488,

Archaeology Dig Day
Help the SERC Archaeology Lab excavate sites. Work alongside researchers and citizen scientists to excavate units, sieve sediment, and wash and sort artifacts. Free. 9:30am-3:30pm. Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater. 443-482-2200,

Solomons Island Kite Day
Bring a kite or make one. Free; kite kits $5. 10am-4pm. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. 410-326-2042,

13 Sunday

Science Sundays
Explore the natural world of science with hands-on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more. All ages. Free. 10am-noon. Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills. 443-738-9200,

Sundae Sunday
Spend an afternoon at the museum’s waterfront location. Play lawn games and eat ice cream. Free; sundaes cost extra. 1-4pm. Captain Avery Museum, Shady Side. 410-867-4427,

Full STEAM Ahead – Gears in Motion
For preschool children. Hands-on investigations and challenges that will help children explore, observe, ask questions and make predictions about the world. Free. 1-4pm. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons. 410-326-4640,

Free Family Sunday
Create a craft with family. Materials provided. Free. 2-5pm. Baltimore Museum of Art. 443-573-1700,

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