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.

  • 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 …

  • The Summer Columbia Festival of the Arts


    3 Weekends of Electrifying Performances

    The Summer Columbia Festival of the Arts


    3 Weekends of Electrifying Performances

    The Columbia Festival of the Arts returns for summer with Cross Currents, Three June Weekends of Electrifying Performances, June 12th through the 27th. The sixteen-day span features a diverse range of free and ticketed events including film, dance, comedy, theatre, art exhibition and a weekend of free outdoor activity. There’s something for everyone. Cross Currents …

  • The Paddle Boats Are Back!


    Slow down the day a bit.

    The Paddle Boats Are Back!


    Slow down the day a bit.

    Put a little play in ‘live, work and play’ — you know you want to! The paddleboats have returned and are great way to step out of busy and relax for a bit with a friend or two. Columbia’s paddleboats, a perennial favorite, are back on Lake Kittamaqundi for the season, waiting to slow down …

  • Metropolitan is Now Leasing


    Downtown Columbia’s exciting new residence.

    Metropolitan is Now Leasing


    Downtown Columbia’s exciting new residence.

    The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia will open to residents in this fall. The luxury, six-story residence, touting the largest resident clubhouse in town and a relaxing public promenade, is just steps from The Mall and AMC’s Columbia 14 Theater.

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 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 …

  • Fourth of July Fireworks


    It's time to celebrate our great nation.

    Fourth of July Fireworks


    It's time to celebrate our great nation.

    People from around the region will flock to Downtown Columbia on July Fourth for the annual celebration and, of course, the fireworks over Lake Kittamaqundi. The family friendly program starts off at 5 pm and runs till about 10 after the fireworks finale. (Program specifics to come.) Little Patuxent Parkway will close to traffic at …

  • Discover Downtown 5k


    2nd Annual Race is Set for September 27th

    Discover Downtown 5k


    2nd Annual Race is Set for September 27th

    The Downtown Columbia Partnership and Howard County Library System are excited to announce the second annual Discover Downtown Columbia Running Event, scheduled for September 27, 2015. 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 …

  • 2015 Concert Season Takes Shape


    Something for everyone at Merriweather

    2015 Concert Season Takes Shape


    Something for everyone at Merriweather

    We’re on the doorstep of summer and another wonderful concert season at Merriweather Post Pavilion. As the list of who is coming is starting to take shape, it is already evident that there’s going to be something for everyone. The great news is that we don’t even have to wait till summer to start. The …