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B’More Social: June 29-July 2 It's almost Independence Day!


Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Make the trip to D.C. for the 50th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a celebration of living cultural heritage in the nation’s capital. Programming aims to educate and entertain; offerings include song and dance, crafts and games, traditional recipes and cultural exchange. This year, check out special presentations such as “Circus Arts, American Folk: Celebrating the NEA National Heritage Fellows,” “On the Move: Youth, Culture, and Migration” and others.
June 29-July 4 and July 6-9 at the National Mall.

Finding Neverland
If you want to fly, all you need to do is believe … and grab a ticket to Finding Neverland, the 2012 Broadway sensation based on the film of the same name. Intertwining the classic tale of Peter Pan and the semibiographical one of its creator, J.M. Barrie, the award-winning musical promises mischief, magic and, of course, plenty of pixie dust.
June 27-July 2 at the Hippodrome. Tickets: $42-$106.

Music on Main Street
Reistertown’s annual outdoor concert series continues with Starcrush.
Free. 7-10 p.m. at 33 Cockeys Mill Rd.

Feet on the Street
Towson’s weekly summer celebration returns with live music, food, drinks, a moonbounce, facepainting and more. This week’s band: Josh Christina Band.
6:30-9:30 p.m. on Alleghany Avenue.

Summer Sounds at the Square
This fun, family-friendly weekly concert series has become a Baltimore classic. Enjoy food, drinks, a Kids’ Zone, vendors and more while listening to the sounds of a fantastic performer. Bonus: On select Fridays, the Bookmobile will park in the Square and offer each child a chance to select their own free book.
Fridays at Belvedere Square. 6-9 p.m. Free.

Dundalk Heritage Fair
Celebrate summer with this classic Baltimore fair, featuring rockers KIX, carnival rides, pig races a petting zoo and tons of other fun.
Tickets: $8. June 30-July 2 at 2717 Playfield Street in Dundalk.

“Radiant Child” Art Workshop
Bright StARTS from the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts presents their “Radiant Child” Art Workshop. Learn all about the book Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe, and explore the life and art of Basquait with collaborative collage making. Finished artwork will be displayed in the Clifton Branch library.
At the Clifton Branch Library, 3:00-4:00p.m. Free.


BSO Academy
Nicholas Hersh conducts a free concert featuring pieces from Verdi, Strauss and Mahler.
Free. 7:30 p.m. at the Meyerhoff.

Urban Children Foundation’s One-Miler
If you’re asking Baltimoreans to run a race on the first of July, you’d better have a good reason. Fortunately, The Urban Children Foundation’s One-Miler is a more-than-worthy cause. Supporting the Foundation’s mission to increase access to extracurricular activities for all Baltimore students, the race promises to be “flat and fast,” running through historic Fort McHenry.
Registration: $30-$35. Fort McHenry.

Yoga at Cylburn
Relax. De-stress. Find your Zen and learn from the best. This yoga session is led by Coppermine Racquet and Fitness Club instructors.
Saturdays, Cylburn Arboretum, 8:30 a.m., free.

Heathers the Musical
Enjoy this hilarious and heartfelt story of a teenage girl trying to fit into a school clique—the Heathers.
Maryland Ensemble Theatre, 8 p.m., tickets required, recommended 16+.

The Legend of Calypso’s Gold
Put on your sleuth hats in this fun, family-friendly experience, and help your guide solve riddles leading to Guardian Calypso’s treasure.
National Aquarium, 9 a.m. $55,

Mosaic Garden Stone Workshop
Get messy with this mosaic workshop, where you’ll create and decorate your very own mosaic garden stone and learn how mix, pour, and cast concrete to pave stones.
Maryland Science Center, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., $20, Ages 10+,

Make It Fly!
Join the Maryland Science Center and build aerodynamic objects (like kites and airplanes) that you can test in wind tubes.
June 27-July 3, Maryland Science Center, free with paid admission, Grades 2+,

Baltimore Farmers’ Market and Bazaar
Do you love fresh produce and food? Grab local foods (from poultry to seafood, dairy, and sweets) at this farmers’ market.
Jones Falls Expressway, 7 a.m.-12 p.m.,


Music: Groovin’ in the Grass
The beloved outdoor concert series returns with music from Trinidad and Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra.
6-8 p.m. at Ladew Gardens.

Morning Penguin Feeding
Have you always wanted to feed a penguin? Well, now’s your chance! Participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and help the Maryland Zoo staff feed their flock of penguins.
The Maryland Zoo, 10:30-10:45 a.m., tickets required,

Dolphin Explorer
Feed your connection with dolphins and follow your guide through an insightful and exciting tour that explores the lives of the friendly mammals.
National Aquarium, 8:30 a.m., $55,

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