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B’More Social June 24-26 Magic, mariachi, Mess Fest and more!


It’s the last weekend in June. Better make it a good one!


With a play recently opened in London, a new movie in November and the book release of the play next month, Harry Potter is having something of a resurgence—assuming you believe he ever went away. On Friday, don your wizard robes, grab your wand (oh, and I guess your kids can come along too) and head to Barnes & Noble Power Plant’s “Relive the Magic of Harry Potter” event. There will be activities, trivia, snacks, contests and more. Free. 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Power Plant.


For a weekend taste of culture, look no further than the 36th annual Latino Fest. With live music galore—salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, mariachi and more—dancing, face painting, clowns, rock climbing and, of course, delicious Latin food, the weekend is sure to be a true celebration of all things in Latin culture. Tickets: $10, kids under 12 are free. June 25-26 at Patterson Park.

Kids are bound to get dirty no matter what you do, so why not just let them do it for science! The Maryland Science Center is hosting its third annual Mess Fest this Saturday and it’s sure to be a hit with any child who loves to play in the mud. Kids will be able to run a messy obstacle course, race sticky slimes down walls, watch a gooey explosion, among other delightfully messy activities. And bonus: you’re not stuck with the cleanup. Tickets: $24.95 for adults, $18.95 for kids. 12-4 p.m. at Maryland Science Center.

If you’re from Maryland, chances are you love crab. So, grab the whole family and dedicate your day for all-you-can-taste of the best of the best in all things crab at the Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival. Don’t let the name fool you, this is an event for the whole family with delicious food, live music and arts and crafts. Tickets: $59 for adults, $29 for kids 4-20 (kids 3 and under free). 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 .m. at Rash Field in the Inner Harbor.


Visiting the Maryland Zoo is always a treat, but this Sunday, it can be a special treat for the animals too with “Wild about Enrichment Day.” Zookeepers will be providing enrichment activities for the animals to keep them healthy and mix up their routines. Be sure you have your camera handy—you’re bound to catch the animals at their most active. Go from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and your kids can take part in the craft enrichment activities. Tickets: $18 for adults, $13 for children 2-11. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Maryland Zoo.

Enjoy nice weather, beautiful scenery and great music at Ladew Topiary Gardens Summer Concert Series. This Sunday’s band, the soulful/rootsy/rock-n-roll Cara Kelly and the Tell Tale, is a local favorite. Pack up that picnic basket and blanket and settle in for a casual and delightful evening. Ticekts: $7 for members, $15 for adults, $13 for students, $5 for children 12 and under. 6-8 p.m. at Ladew Topiary Gardens.

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