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 Crossland Festival Brings Cyclocross to Merriweather


    Bikes, brews, and more on October 1.

    The Crossland Festival Brings Cyclocross to Merriweather


    Bikes, brews, and more on October 1.

    Get that bike ready. The first ever Crossland Festival comes to the grounds of Merriweather Post Pavilion in just a few weekends on October 1. The best part? This is an event everyone! The festival will include all-day cyclocross races, recreational bike rides, great regional music, delicious local beer and food, family friendly activities and …

  • 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 …

  • Discover Downtown Columbia 5K & Fun Run


    3rd Annual Race is Set for October 2nd

    Discover Downtown Columbia 5K & Fun Run


    3rd Annual Race is Set for October 2nd

    The Downtown Columbia Partnership and Howard County Library System are excited to announce the third annual Discover Downtown Columbia Running Event, scheduled for October 2, 2016. This exciting run winds through many iconic landmarks of Downtown Columbia, both old and new, including The Mall In Columbia, Symphony Woods, Merriweather Post Pavilion, past the Howard County …

What's next

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

  • The Crossland Festival Brings Cyclocross to Merriweather


    Bikes, brews, and more on October 1.

    The Crossland Festival Brings Cyclocross to Merriweather


    Bikes, brews, and more on October 1.

    Get that bike ready. The first ever Crossland Festival comes to the grounds of Merriweather Post Pavilion in just a few weekends on October 1. The best part? This is an event everyone! The festival will include all-day cyclocross races, recreational bike rides, great regional music, delicious local beer and food, family friendly activities and …

  • Hops & Harvest Festival


    Quench that thirst.

    Hops & Harvest Festival


    Quench that thirst.

    Parched? Ready for a local brew? It’s time to quench that thirst and Downtown Columbia has just the event. The first ever Hops & Harvest Festival, featuring more than 25 Maryland breweries, is coming the the  Columbia Lakefront on Saturday, October 8th, rain or shine. Joining breweries like Flying Dog, Heavy Seas, Jailbreak, Union, and Columbia’s …

  • 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 …