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Best Things To Do Labor Day Weekend In Baltimore

Labor Day weekend is the last opportunity for adults and children alike to enjoy summer activities before the fall season begins and life returns to the daily grind. This Labor Day, end your summer the right way by celebrating with any one of these fun activities that Baltimore offers its residents.
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"The Art of Sesame Street: From Pictures To Pages"
Port Discovery Children's Museum
35 Market Place
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 727-8120

Date: Through Sept. 1, 2014

Labor Day marks the sad day when summer vacation ends and children have to face the cold, hard truth that school is about to begin. Give your children one last moment of summer joy by letting them experience their favorite characters from the magical world of "Sesame Street." Of course, "Sesame Street" has been around for 40 years now, so even adults will be brought back to the wonderful days of childhood as they explore the street they grew up on.

Hosted by the kid-friendly Port Discovery Children's Museum, "The Art of Sesame Street" gives children and adults alike the thrill of seeing their favorite characters come to life by exploring the process of bringing the art from concepts on a page to live characters on the screen.

After touring this magical show, stay and enjoy the many other attractions and activities that Port Discovery has to offer. This children's museum has more than enough fun to fill your Labor Day, and your children will return to school with smiles on their faces.

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"Making Music: The Banjo In Baltimore And Beyond"
The Baltimore Museum of Industry
1415 Key Highway
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 727-4808

Date: Through Oct. 18, 2014

It's not a well-known fact, but Baltimore was the epicenter for the rise of music played on one of the best-loved instruments in the country and bluegrass tradition. This Labor Day, head on out to The Baltimore Museum of Industry and find out all about the roots, production, rise and triumph of the banjo and banjo music in America.

Now through October, the museum is offering a wide variety of exhibits, lectures and live concerts all centered around the well-loved banjo. Head to the museum website to check out events, and spend your Labor Day entranced with the lively music that made the 18th and 19th century a great time to be alive.

baltimore_museum_of_art.jpgFront Room: Seth Adelsberger
The Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, Md. 21218
(443) 573-1700

Date: Through Nov. 2, 2014

Baltimore has a great deal more culture than most people are aware of, and The Baltimore Museum of Art is committed to bringing that culture to the people of Charm City. If you're looking for an uplifting cultural experience without paying any money, head to the museum this Labor Day and enjoy the luminescent and textured paintings of local artist Seth Adelsberger.

Adelsberger's paintings have quickly gained renown for his unique style of acrylic Submersion Paintings and Border Paintings.

Graduating with a bachelor's in fine arts from Towson University, Adelsberger is a young artist and founder of the Nudashank Gallery, whose paintings have already been featured across the country. In 2008, the Maryland State Arts Council awarded him the top award for painting.

Whether or not you are schooled in the world of fine arts, this free exhibit will illuminate the local art scene and prove that Baltimore is a city that stands among the greats for the talent it produces.

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Fell's Point Haunted Pub Walk

Fell's Point Haunted Pub Walk
735 South Broadway
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(800) 979-3370

Date: Fridays and Saturdays through November

With the coming of Labor Day, the chilling nights of Halloween are close upon us. What better way to welcome the arrival of the autumn season than with two of America's favorite activities: bar hopping and ghost stories.

The Fell's Point Haunted PubWalk is a tour worth taking. Participants will be taken across the maritime neighborhood to several pubs, and with drink in hand, relax and listen to the haunting tales of ghost sightings that have occurred throughout these streets and in the very bars in which you sit.

While the actual adventure is a laid-back affair, you might want to register early, as this popular tour tends to fill up quickly. Allow yourself plenty of time to get to Fell's Point and find parking. The organizers suggest that participants show up at least 15 minutes before the tour departs.

fort mchenryFort McHenry Boat Tour
2400 E. Fort Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 962-4290

Date: Through Sept. 20, 2014

During the Battle of Baltimore, the famous Francis Scott Key sat in a boat in the waters outside of Baltimore and watched with anxiety as the British bombarded Fort McHenry from the water. As the gunpowder burst over the Fort, it afforded Key with brief glimpses of the American Flag flying over the fort. He knew that at any moment, that flag might disappear and be replaced by the British flag, signaling the loss of the Fort, and soon, of Baltimore.

Of course, the flag stood firm, and Key, in exaltation, penned a poem about the event that would become the National Anthem.

This Labor Day, relive this experience for yourself with the Fort McHenry Boat Tour, which takes participants across the waters looking upon the Fort and shares some of the history and the battle events that were immortalized in the lyrics of our Anthem.

Departing daily on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this fun sailing experience gives you a 35-minute excursion which makes for a fun Labor Day afternoon experience bringing Baltimore history alive.

Related: Best Late-Night Activities Beyond Bars In Baltimore

Joel Furches is a freelance writer and researcher for The Examiner and Logos Software, and also manages his own catalog of writing on Hub Pages. Joel is on the board of directors for Ratio Christi. He has a bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education.

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