Martin Luther King Day events in Maryland

Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of an America where people are judged not by what they look like but by who they are inside. Help your family learn to keep his ideals alive with a fun and educational activity in Maryland. Watch a parade, attend a party in his honor or help create a meaningful art project.

Head out to celebrate King's dream for a better America with these events around Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Updated for 2018

MLK Day Parade

January 11

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Learn about Martin Luther King's legacy through crafts, activities, a photobooth and more. Free. 5-8pm. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 410-547-9000,

January 13

Remembering Dr. King—A Community Celebration
Activities including music, health fair, arts and crafts and readings for all ages. Free. 10am-3:30pm. Oxon Hill Library. 301-839-2400,

MLK Days
Jan. 13-15. Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King with a community engagement project. Free. 11am-4pm. Annmarie Garden, Solomons. 410-326-4640,

I Have a Dream Weekend
Jan. 13-15. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy through fun, education activities, interactive programs and performances. Sat. 10am-5pm; Sun. noon-5pm; and Mon. 9:30am-5pm. Free with museum admission of $14.95 for ages 2 and up. Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Baltimore. 410-727-8120,

January 15

MLK Dare to Dream Day
Celebrate the life and dreams of one of the greatest visionaries. Guided tours, birthday cake, music, workshops, and special performances. Free. 10am-6pm. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore.

Not Just Another Day Off: On Civil Disobedience
Family-friendly performance featuring poets and actors performing excerpts from the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr., with poems by local poets. Free; will be accepting canned and dry food donations. 11am. Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C. 202-544-4600,

Baltimore Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
Parade celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with high school and community bands, honor/color guards, equestrian units, dance squads and civic organizations. Free. Noon-2pm. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Baltimore. 410-752-8632

Annapolis Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
Music, floats, bands, organizations and more. Begins on Amos Garrett Boulevard, travels down West Street, around Church Circle and ends at Market House. Free. Noon. 410-423-2368,

MLK Day Celebration
Cultural performances, craft activities and more. $5. Noon. Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore. 443-263-1800,

The Skin You Live In
Hands-on activities about skin color. Ages 7-12. $8; no charge for accompanying adults. Sessions at 10:30am and noon. Chesapeake Children's Museum, Annapolis. 410-990-1993,