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.

  • Bikeshare comes to Columbia


    Seven stations connect through downtown.

    Bikeshare comes to Columbia


    Seven stations connect through downtown.

    Seven Bikeshare locations now connect the Hospital to Blandair Park through Downtown Columbia.

  • Merriweather Movie Nights


    Free movies at Merriweather.

    Merriweather Movie Nights


    Free movies at Merriweather.

    The Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission presents Merriweather Movie Nights. Like summer itself, the series kicks off on Memorial Day Weekend with the classic musical Grease on Saturday, May 27th, and follows thereafter with The Last Waltz in June, Moana in July, and School of Rock in August. Utilizing the amphitheater’s high-definition video screens …

  • 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 …

  • 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.

  • First Two Restaurants in Merriweather District


    Imaginative Dining and Live Music

    First Two Restaurants in Merriweather District


    Imaginative Dining and Live Music

    Wecker Hospitality Group will be opening two new additions this winter as part of the Downtown Columbia revitalization. Cured, an innovative restaurant that embodies the rustic elegance of the region’s recipes of the past with a modern new twist, as well as 18th & 21st, a cocktail lounge featuring both imaginative dining and live music …

  • Clyde’s to Open Music Venue


    Live music venue to open in Tomato Palace location.

    Clyde’s to Open Music Venue


    Live music venue to open in Tomato Palace location.

    Clyde’s Restaurant Group and The Howard Hughes Corporation have announced plans to open a live music venue in Downtown Columbia. Overlooking Lake Kittamaqundi, the yet-to-be-named space will be adjacent to Clyde’s of Columbia in the space formerly occupied by The Tomato Palace, which was recently closed to make way for the new venture. The state-of-the-art …

  • Two Merriweather


    Opening Autumn 2017.

    Two Merriweather


    Opening Autumn 2017.

    While  Columbia has been open for business for years, the scheduled opening of Two Merriweather in Downtown’s new Merriweather District in the fall of 2017 will allow more businesses to find a home in what Money Magazine’s touts the ‘Best Place To Live in America’. Surely, it won’t be long till Columbia is officially recognized …

  • Ten.M and m.flats


    Opening Summer 2017!

    Ten.M and m.flats


    Opening Summer 2017!

    Two new luxury apartment buildings are quickly rising into the landscape adjacent to The Mall in Columbia, namely Ten.M and m.flats. The complex, a joint venture between Kettler and The Howard Hughes Corporation, will contain 437 residential units and 30,000-square-feet of street level retail. More than 900 parking spaces will serve residents and retail customers. …