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.

  • 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 …

  • The Paddle Boats Are Back!


    Slow down the day a bit.

    The Paddle Boats Are Back!


    Slow down the day a bit.

    Columbia’s paddle boats are back on Lake Kittamaqundi for the season, waiting to slow down the busy pace of your life and set things just right. Ride into relaxation while you drift away from shore and take in the view of downtown Columbia. It’s time to put a little play in ‘live, work and play’ …

  • Concert Season In Full Swing


    Merriweather provides the sounds of Summer.

    Concert Season In Full Swing


    Merriweather provides the sounds of Summer.

    The 2016 concert season at Merriweather Post Pavilion is here and what a great line up. The two-day M3 Rock Festival  started things off on April 29th.  Headlining were Tesla and Kix joined by a range of other acts, namely Vince Neil, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Night Ranger, LYNCH MOB, Quiet Riot, Slaughter, Britney Fox, L.A. …

What's next

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

  • Hops & Harvest Festival


    Hops & Harvest Festival


    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 …

  • 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 …