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 Clydes. 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.

Mid July and August – Various Days
Virtual Books In Bloom Festival

October 4, 2020
Discover Downtown Columbia 5K

Concert Stage

Live Music

Merriweather Post Pavilion is a nationally recognized outdoor amphitheater, site for concerts, festivals and other activities

Union Jack’s

18th & 21st speakeasy with live music 6 nights a week

Music at Lake Kittamaqundi – Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival

Movies and Theater

AMC Theatre featuring 14 screens

Columbia Film Society

Lakefront summer movie nights

Merriweather Post Pavilion movie nights

Rep Stage
Professional theatre in residence at Howard Community College

Toby’s Dinner Theatre

Downtown Columbia’s New Cultural Center – Howard County’s new home for the visual and performing arts –- Coming Soon!

Crowd Cheering
woman walking in the park

The Lake Kittamaqundi Loop


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)

Wilde Lake

Fourth of July


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

Lakefront Plaza


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

woman biking
library reading to children


Haven on the Lake wellness spa

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

Central Branch of the Howard County Library System


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

Mall in Columbia Courtyard


Sheraton Town Center 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

hotel parking