Chic art galleries, award-winning theatre, crowd pleasing concerts & outdoor Shakespeare

The arts come OUTSIDE to play in Howard County. A vibrant visual arts community hosts a Plein Air in historic Ellicott City and a sidewalk street chalk art contest in downtown Columbia each summer. Pack a picnic for outdoor Shakespeare perched high-above Ellicott City under the stars. FREE outdoor rock, pop and orchestral concerts, kid-friendly movies and even dance lessons are offered lakeside. Don’t miss docent-led or self-guided ARTsites outdoor sculpture and Frank Gehry architecture walking tours in Columbia. Join locals in springtime community events during Cherrybration Days.