Art is all around us in Baltimore, and there’s so much for creative types of all ages to explore. Autumn is traditionally when theater companies and museums stage new shows and exhibits. It’s also when our city will hold the Baltimore Book Festival, which will have a new glow to it this year. And there are some great concerts to attend this season as well. Here are 17 awesome events for your young artists. May they, and you, be inspired.
American Visionary Art Museum, avam.org
The Secret Life of Earth: Alive! Awake! (and Possibly Really Angry!)
This nearly year-long exhibit opens Oct. 5 and coincides with Earth Day’s 50th anniversary next spring as well as the museum’s 25th anniversary. The exhibit promises to be one part celebration of our Mother Earth and two parts information on our environment. Kids who love being green will find a lot here to focus on. Through Sept. 6, 2020.
Kids, $10; adults $16, under 6, free.
The museum hosts open workshops once a month, where visitors of all ages can create art inspired by some of their favorite visionary artists. Stop by on
Oct. 5 to make a beaded mosaic tree or on Nov. 30 to create a robot sculpture from recycled materials. $5 per person.
Baltimore Museum of Art, artbma.org
Every Day: Selections from the Collection
BMA’s first reinstallation of its contemporary collection explores the contributions black artists made to postwar visual art and features works from Isaac Julien and Amy Sherald, among many others. Through Jan. 5. Free.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, bsomusic.org
Music Box: Autumn Colors
It’s fall! The leaves are changing colors, the pumpkins are out, and the air is cooling. A trio of oboe, bassoon and piano musicians entertains with music befitting the season. Oct. 5 and 12. $12.
Music Box: Great Big Animals
The name says it all. The bigger they are, the more there will be to learn during this Music Box event, featuring a jazz quartet that will spotlight elephants, whales and rhinos for this show. Nov. 10 and 16. Tickets start at $12.
The Other Barn, theotherbarn.org
Jazz in the Mills presents the Eric Byrd Trio
As ambassadors of gospel, blues and jazz, the Eric Byrd Trio will put on a
show the kids will remember. Sept. 15. Tickets start at $20.
Baltimore Center Stage, centerstage.org
‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’
Combining music, language and dance, “Thoughts of a Colored Man” explores what it’s like to be a black man in the
21st century by following a community of men throughout a single day. Oct. 10-Nov. 10. Tickets start at $20.
Chesapeake Shakespeare, chesapeakeshakespeare.com
Horror and romance. Omens in a sanitarium. A legendary vampire revealed. The one and only “Dracula.” Oct. 4-Nov-2. Tickets start at $17.
Everyman Theatre, everymantheatre.org
‘August Wilson’s Radio Golf’
Real estate developer Harmond Wilks wants to transform his Pittsburgh neighborhood and, in doing so, become the city’s first black mayor. But it’s not that easy, he finds out. Oct. 15-Nov. 17. $25.
Gordon Center for Performing Arts, jcc.org/gordon-center
‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show’
The popular board book from Eric Carle comes to life on stage. Nov. 3, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets start at $18.
‘Layer the Walls’
Puppets, music and more are used in this dramatic production which tells the stories of the Irish, Italian and Jewish immigrants who lived in a New York City apartment. Nov. 17, 3 p.m. $23 in advance, $28 at the door.
The Hippodrome, france-merrickpac.com
‘Peppa Pig Live! — Peppa Pig’s Adventure’
Join Peppa Pig and friends as they travel outdoors for a camping trip, where singing, dancing, games and prizes abound. Sept. 27. Tickets start at $55.
Get lost in the magic of Disney’s “Aladdin,” as the wonder of the original movie is translated into theatrical performance with all the charm intact and where three wishes will change a young man’s fate. Nov. 13- Dec. 1. Tickets start at $87.
Baltimore Book Festival, brilliantbaltimore.com
Baltimore Book Festival and Light City
If you haven’t heard, this year the Baltimore Book Festival and Light City pair up for one festival of literary and lighted greatness. Children’s authors who have signed on include Jace Fennell, Brittany Backmon and Gean Brown, but there are great many authors of both adult fiction and nonfiction as well. As for Light City, among its many attractions are an illuminated art walk, music, and our favorite, those lantern carriages. Nov. 1-10. Free.
Baltimore Clayworks, baltimoreclayworks.org
Stop by the Clayworks for a night of creative fun including the Clay Olympics, food and drinks, raku firing and live music. Oct. 19. Tickets start at $25.
Columbia Art Center, columbiaassociation.org
Erase Hate through Art
Presented to promote acceptance rather than tolerance, Erase Hate Through Art explores hate crimes and bullying through the eyes of the 50 artists who contributed to the exhibition. Oct. 6. Free.
Creative Alliance, creativealliance.org
Great Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival
This event marks its 20th anniversary. The festival begins with hayrides, lantern-building workshops, food and more, all at Patterson Park, and ends with a large light-filled parade through the park, complete with floats and handmade lanterns. Oct. 26. Free.