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.

  • The Symphony of Lights Returns


    Outdoor ice rink adds to the fun.

    The Symphony of Lights Returns


    Outdoor ice rink adds to the fun.

    Folks from all around the region will be happy to know the Symphony of Lights is back and better than ever with more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 250,000 bulbs. Now that’s something to brighten the holidays. After taking a year off, the holiday favorite returns to …

  • A ‘Best Place To Live’


    Columbia receives Money Magazine accolade.

    A ‘Best Place To Live’


    Columbia receives Money Magazine accolade.

    In its annual review, Money Magazine discovers what we all know: Columbia, Maryland, is a ‘Best Place to Live’. In fact, the magazine has awarded us the accolade of being America’s #1 Best Place to Live for 2016. Focusing on communities with populations between 50,000 to 300,000, Columbia tops the list of the country’s best …

  • 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 re-enforced 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.

  • It’s the Chrysalis


    Inner Arbor Trust Project Takes Shape in Symphony Woods

    It’s the Chrysalis


    Inner Arbor Trust Project Takes Shape in Symphony Woods

    Have you noticed? There’s a metamorphosis going on in Symphony Woods. It’s the Chrysalis, the first of a series of the Inner Arbor Trust’s* functional art elements for the park.  What has started to take shape is part sculpture and part amphitheater. It’s a mixture of form and function that will serve the community as …

  • Little Patuxent Square


    A place to live, work, play in the epicenter of Columbia.

    Little Patuxent Square


    A place to live, work, play in the epicenter of Columbia.

    Rising nine floors on the side of Little Patuxent Parkway to overlook Downtown Columbia, Costello Construction Company’s Little Patuxent Square will provide more than 140,000 square feet of office and retail space and 160 luxury apartments when it opens in phases later this year and early next. Designed to meet LEED Gold criteria, the building …

  • The Merriweather District


    A City Within a Garden

    The Merriweather District


    A City Within a Garden

    The 68-acre crescent-shaped parcel of land located adjacent to Merriweather Post Pavilion and Symphony Woods, known as the Merriweather District, 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. Developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation, it …

  • 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. The project, a $77 million dollar venture, is being funded by both the county and …