This weekend will be pretty as a picture–even if rain clouds creep into the forecast. First, haul your crew to the King Street Festival where they can pour out their creative juices and get inspired by other artists of all ages. Then, find beauty in nature at a Monarch fest or a reptile showcase. This events combo is sure to become fuel for butterfly art galore. Watch!

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King Street Art Festival
Calling all art-loving kiddos (and their parents)! The quaint strip of King Street gets a temporary makeover into a free outdoor art festival, featuring over 200 of the nations top artists. Work up a sweat walking back and forth along King Street? No problem! The festival also plays host to an Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser sponsored by the Torpedo Factory. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Metro Center

Reptile World
Michael Schwedick and his extraordinary animal friends not only teach kids invaluable lessons about the ecology, but also thrill them with up close reptile encounters. Adults will be awed by Michael’s ability to present alligators, snakes, and other sometimes scary creatures without frightening even the youngest children. Sat. Event details.


Monarch Fiesta Day
Celebrate the monarch butterfly’s amazing and inspiring metamorphosis and incredible journey to Mexico. Fly by for music, food, dance, hands-on art, native plant sales, and plenty of opportunities to get up close with monarch butterflies. Participate in monarch tagging and learn about their habitats, and what you can do to make a difference. Sat. Event details.


Children’s Day: Honey Harvest Fest
Join Brookside Gardens, Brookside Nature Center and The Maryland State Beekeepers Association to celebrate honeybees and pollinators. Talk to beekeepers, watch honey being harvested, buy local honey and bee products, and enjoy family-friendly activities and crafts. We’ll be buzzing about pollinators all day long. Sat. Event details.


The Great Frederick Fair
Dating back to 1822 (whew!), this annual fair was once known as the Cattle Show and Fair. While it hasn’t lost it’s livestock expo, it has put more stock in other family-friendly activities, including live music, carnival rides, and food eating competitions. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Kidical Mass
Grab your kids and their wheels for the Kidical Mass Twinbrook ride! Kidical Mass rides are designed for families with young children, and parents with kids on their own bikes or cruising in the trailer, bike seat, or any other family biking set-up are welcome. Sat. Event details.

What’s on the top of your weekend to-do list? Tell us in the comments below. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady