It's time

Prepare to be inspired

Columbia, Maryland’s new downtown is alive with activity. You’ll find new shops and eateries, an expanded Lakefront experience, and new paths and walkways that tie it all together. And that’s just the beginning. New construction is a sign of things to come as Downtown Columbia transforms into a special place to live and work, or to visit with friends and family.

What's now

There’s a lot to see and do in Downtown Columbia. Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening right now. View all that's happening.

  • Toby’s Sizzles w/South Pacific.


    Critics are raving, shows are selling out.

    Toby’s Sizzles w/South Pacific.


    Critics are raving, shows are selling out.

    “If you can’t get to your lonely island of choice this winter, shake off your snow doldrums and head over to Toby’s Dinner Theatre. At this South Pacific, the romance is as warm and sweet as a tropical breeze and twice as rejuvenating,” writes John Harding of DC Metro Theatre Arts in his review. It’s …

  • Beyond The Blues – The Winter Columbia Festival of the Arts


    Beyond The Blues – The Winter Columbia Festival of the Arts


    The Columbia Festival of the Arts brings us the Beyond The Blues, their winter edition of the Festival, in early February, providing ten dynamic acts that will surely warm things up. The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour headlines the Festival. The music of ‘Trane, Miles & Mingus with Vince di Mura and James Brandon Lewis. …

  • It’s the Downtown Columbia Eats App!


    Introducing a loyalty program at participating restaurants.

    It’s the Downtown Columbia Eats App!


    Introducing a loyalty program at participating restaurants.

    New loyalty app makes going out to dinner an extra treat in Downtown Columbia. The free app features 20 restaurants—ranging from the downtown area to inside the Columbia Mall—including Petit Louis Bistro, Union Jack’s, Seasons 52, Whole Foods, and the Nordstrom Café. The app is powered by Loyaltap and is available to download for FREE …

  • Ecological Restoration


    Environmental Improvements Along the Little Patuxent

    Ecological Restoration


    Environmental Improvements Along the Little Patuxent

    Take a walk along the Little Patuxent River just south of Lake Kittamaqundi and you are bound to notice a few things. The banks of the river have been reenforced in a number of places, protection from runoff and erosion, there are many newly planted trees shielded from deer with nibble-proof collars that run from …

What's next

Downtown Columbia is alive with opportunities. Here’s a snapshot of what’s around the corner. View all that's happening.

  • Beyond The Blues – The Winter Columbia Festival of the Arts


    Beyond The Blues – The Winter Columbia Festival of the Arts


    The Columbia Festival of the Arts brings us the Beyond The Blues, their winter edition of the Festival, in early February, providing ten dynamic acts that will surely warm things up. The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour headlines the Festival. The music of ‘Trane, Miles & Mingus with Vince di Mura and James Brandon Lewis. …

  • The Crescent Neighborhood


    A City Within a Garden

    The Crescent Neighborhood


    A City Within a Garden

    The 68-acre, half-moon shaped parcel of land cradling Merriweather Post Pavilion and Symphony Woods, known as the Crescent Neighborhood, is envisioned as an urban live/work community, uniquely situated in an environment of natural beauty and the focus of the next stage of the revitalization of Downtown Columbia. It is set to become a prime example …

  • It’s Midwinter and Merriweather is Booking Acts


    Next Summer is in the works

    It’s Midwinter and Merriweather is Booking Acts


    Next Summer is in the works

    Summer’s hardly on our minds at the moment, but it’s all the folks at Merriweather Post Pavilion can think about. While they are very excited to watch the new stage and other renovations speed into place, they are already booking acts for the 2016 concert season.   Here’s what’s up so far: It looks like …

  • Next Up: Science, Engineering and Technology.


    HCC’s SET building to open in 2017

    Next Up: Science, Engineering and Technology.


    HCC’s SET building to open in 2017

    Science, Engineering and Technology or SET will soon have its own, highly specialized building on the campus of Howard Community College. Ground was recently broken on the four story, 145,300 square foot project expected to open to students in 2017 after being completed later the prior year. The project, a $77 million dollar venture, is …