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Free fun for the family in September

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

greenbelt labor day festival1 Friday

National Hard Crab Derby
Through Sept. 3. Crab themed festival featuring crab races, crab cooking and picking contests, carnival rides, crafts, live entertainment, beauty pageants, parade, fireworks and more. Prices vary by event. Schedule TBA. Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield. Nationalhardcrabderby.com

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival
Sept. 1-4. Amusement rides, carnival games, live bands, entertainment, food, sports, art and photo contests, used book sale, Labor Day parade and more. Free admission; some activities are additional. Fri. 6-11pm; Sat. 10:30am-10pm; Sun. noon-11pm; Mon. 11am-6pm. Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt. greenbeltlaborday.com

2 Saturday

Kid Koders
Learn the basics of coding through game-based activities that challenge creative and logical skills while teaching core concepts of computer science and programming. Registration required. Free. Noon-2pm. Laurel Library. 301-776-6790, pgcmls.info

3 Sunday

Annapolis First Sunday Arts Festival and Parade
Arts and craft show featuring 100 local and regional artists, live music, dance, street performers, food and more. The parade will start on West Street and continue to Calvert Street. Free. Festival 11am-5pm; Parade 3pm Calvert and West Streets, Annapolis. firstsundayarts.com

Double Feature: Cinderella
Watch “Cinderella (1997) & Cinderella (1950)” on the Plaza screen. Rated PG. Bring chairs. Free. 6pm. National Harbor. Nationalharbor.com

4 Monday

Kensington Labor Day Parade and Festival
Parade, food, games, children’s activities and more. Parade begins at St. Paul Street and Plyers Mill Road. Free. 10am. tok.md.gov/events/labor-day-parade-and-festival

7 Thursday

WTMD First Thursday Concerts
Enjoy live music on the waterfront. No outside alcohol or glass containers. Free. 5:30pm. Canton Waterfront, Baltimore. wtmd.org/radio/first-thursday-concerts-in-the-park

Madonnari Arts Festival
Sept. 7-10. Street painting, art, food, music and more. Free. See website for full schedule. Little Italy Baltimore. Littleitalymadonnari.com

9 Saturday

Taste the Beaches Festival
A coming together of restaurants, breweries, beverage shops, and craft experts. Live music, kids zone and more. Free. 1-5pm. Kellam’s Field, Chesapeake Beach. tastethebeaches@gmail.com, chesapeake-beach.md.us

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Watch “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. Rated PG-13. Bring chairs. Free. 8:30pm. Lakefront, Downtown Columbia. Columbiaassociation.org

10 Sunday

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

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

11 Monday

Story Time at the National Postal Museum
Build important developmental and social skills through books, activities, songs, and self-guided gallery exploration. Story times at 10:30 and 11am. Free. National Postal Museum, Washington D.C. postalmuseum.si.edu

Click next below for more free events Sept. 13-30

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