From Books in Bloom to an Aperol Spritzer at the lakefront, there’s always something to clear your calendar for.
The must-see concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Date night at 18th and 21st. Enjoying wine tastings at Wine in the Woods. In DTC, you’ll have access to incredible events, as well as everyday adventures including dining, shopping, pampering, and exploring. Try an Aperol Spritzer on the patio at The Food Market. Hike, bike, or walk the Downtown Columbia Trail, which connects Howard County General Hospital and Howard Community College to DTC amenities and on to Blandair Park, a short distance away. Our local hotels offer a comfortable home base for your friends, family, and clients.
Movies and Theater
AMC Theatre featuring 14 screens
Professional theatre in residence at Howard Community College
Downtown Columbia’s New Cultural Center – Howard County’s new home for the visual and performing arts –- Coming Soon!
Downtown Columbia Trail for walking, running, and biking connects Downtown Columbia to Howard Community College, Howard County General Hospital, and surrounding villages
Lake Kittamaqundi pathway (built and maintained by the Columbia Association) is a one-mile loop through nature areas and Kennedy Gardens
Merriweather District Trail – multi-use pathway for walking, running, and biking, connecting the Downtown Columbia Trail through the Merriweather District!
Lake Kittamaqundi, an 11-acre, scenic amenity for paddle boating, kayaking, and canoeing
Lakefront Activities include dining, festivals, music, summer outdoor movie nights and other entertainment (provided by the Columbia Association)
Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods featuring the Chrysalis amphitheater, woodlands, and picnic areas
Metropolitan Promenade – A kid-friendly open space with interactive art and water features adjacent to dining, services, and retail at The Metropolitan
Color Burst Park – Located in the Merriweather District next to the Juniper building, this outdoor amenity is the site of seasonal events, like the outdoor ice ring from November through January, and other popular gatherings.
Lakefront Plaza – on the side of Lake Kittamaqundi, on any given day Columbia’s Lakefront is the place to go for a walk, a bike ride, or an out door lunch. The Lakefront is also the place to be for summer evening live events put on by the Columbia Association, for Lakefest, a weekend-long part of each year’s Columbia Festival of the Arts, and for the fireworks on the Fourth.
Downtown Columbia Bikeshare, a network of seven stations including Lakefront, The Mall in Columbia, Merriweather District, Howard Community College, Howard County General Hospital, Oakland Mills Village, and Blandair Park
Historic Oakland for meetings, receptions, and cultural programs
Horowitz Visual and Performing Art Center at Howard Community College for plays, concerts, exhibits, and other events
The Mall in Columbia
Five department stores and more than 200 shops (including Apple Store, Anthropologie, Athleta, and more), eateries, and restaurants including Cheesecake Factory, Seasons 52, Maggiano’s, PF Chang’s, ShakeShack, Zoe’s Kitchen, Chipotle, Uncle Julio’s, The Main Event, Barnes & Noble, Urban Plates, and The Walrus Oyster & Ale House
Whole Foods Market
45,000-square-foot specialty grocery store and café located in the iconic Frank Gehry-designed building on the shores of Lake Kittamaqundi
The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia
Ground floor shops, personal services and eateries—
Corner Bakery, MOD Pizza, European Wax Center, Floyd’s Barbershop, Village Nail Bar
TEN.M and m.flats
More than 30,000-square-feet of new shops, services, and eateries – Bonchon, Kung Fu Tea, The Halal Guys, Urban Hot Pot, and more to come
Lakeside Deli at 70 Corporate Center (11000 Broken Land Parkway
Merriweather Deli at One Merriweather (10980 Granchester Way)
Merriweather Lakehouse Hotel
10207 Wincopin Ci.
Columbia, MD 21044
410 730 3900
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Columbia
5485 Twin Knolls Rd.
Columbia, MD 21045
410 997 1060
Courtyard by Marriott Columbia
8910 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD 21045
410 290 0002
Hilton Garden Inn Columbia
8241 Snowden River Pkwy.
Columbia, MD 21044
410 750 3700