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.

  • Symphony Woods on Display in For Greater Bands Fun Run


    Inaugural race supports region's school bands.

    Symphony Woods on Display in For Greater Bands Fun Run


    Inaugural race supports region's school bands.

    On Sunday, May 3rd, Symphony Woods will be filled with the rhythmic sound of runner’s feet drumming along in the first ever For Greater Bands 5k Fun Run/1k Walk. This sound will be sweet to the ears of area school instrumental music programs as the race is raising money to support their bands. The race …

  • 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.

  • Haven On The Lake Opens


    Recover. Reconnect. Rejuvenate.

    Haven On The Lake Opens


    Recover. Reconnect. Rejuvenate.

    Overlooking Lake Kittamaqundi from the Frank Gehry-designed Rouse Company Building, the Columbia Association’s new mind-body wellness retreat is opening this autumn. Is there a better place to relax and revitalize?

What's next

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

  • Time For Wine In The Woods


    May 16th and 17th

    Time For Wine In The Woods


    May 16th and 17th

    Thirty plus wineries, two stages featuring live bands and other entertainment, artisanal crafts, gourmet food, the idyllic landscape of Symphony Woods — it’s what draws more than 25,000 people each year to Columbia’s Wine In The Woods, a weekend long event that spotlights Maryland’s wine industry. Clear your calendar; this year’s not-to-be-missed event is just …

  • 2015 Concert Season Taking Shape


    Something for everyone at Merriweather

    2015 Concert Season Taking 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 …

  • Sweetlife Festival Returns


    Festival expands to two days!

    Sweetlife Festival Returns


    Festival expands to two days!

    Kendrick Lamar, Calvin Harris and the Weekend are coming to Merriweather! They’ll be part of this year’s 6th annual Sweetlife Festival which features more than 22 hours of music and 25 acts over May 30th and 31st. Produced by East Coast organic food chain Sweetgreen, the culinary lifestyle brand dedicated to smartly-sourced, seasonal food, and …

  • 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 after being completed later the prior year. The project, a $77 million dollar venture, is …