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 2019

January 17

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with presentations by the Baltimore Urban Debate League. Plus, take part in special art-making activities, activities, and a free photo booth. Free. 5–8 p.m. Walter Art Museum, Baltimore.

January 18–21
I Have a Dream Weekend
Honor Martin Luther King Jr. through fun, educational activities, interactive programs and performances. Fri. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun. noon–5 p.m.; Mon. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free with museum admission, $5. Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Baltimore.

January 19
A Tribute to MLK
“A Tribute to MLK” is presented by Maryland Hall and Keith A. Rowel in collaboration with First Christian Community Church and the City of Annapolis. The event invites the young adult community to celebrate King’s message on Saturday, January 19 at 6 p.m. at Maryland Hall in the Bowen Theatre. will feature performances by Kirby Lane "The Voices of Harmony Soul," GMOS Band "Got My Own Sound, " William Rowel, Davonne D’Neil with Kojo – Dual Music Performance, and an Open Mic set for positive "MLK" message. The theme of the evening is “The Dream Will Never Fade.” Light refreshments will be served and beer and wine will be available for purchase. Admission is free; advanced registration at is requested. Doors open at 6 p.m.

January 19–21
MLK Days
Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King with a community engagement project. Free. 11 a.m–4 p.m. Annmarie Garden, Solomons.

January 21

MLK Day Parade

MLK Dare to Dream Day
Celebrate the life and dreams of one of the greatest visionaries with guided museum tours, birthday cake, music, workshops, and special performances. Free. 10 a.m–6 p.m. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore.

Let Freedom Ring
Celebrate Dr. King’s legacy at the Millennium Stage, with performances by award–winning artists Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell and the Let Freedom Ring Choir led by Music Director Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. Free. 6 p.m. Millenium Stage, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.

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–2 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Baltimore.

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.

The Skin You Live In
Hands-on activities about skin color. Ages 6–12. $8; no charge for accompanying adults. Sessions at 10:30 a.m. and noon. Chesapeake Children's Museum, Annapolis.

MLK Day Celebration
Cultural performances, craft activities and more. Call for times. Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore.


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