Cultural Events in Howard County

Symphony of Lights

Mid November through New Year’s

Cars, vans and busses can drive-through this spectacular display of more than 70 larger-than-life light creations, both stationary and animated. Special nights for families with children under 5 and even dogs and their owners!

Location Info:

Symphony Woods at the Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD

Contact Info:

410-740-7840 Visit Website »

Howard Community College Classic Grand Prix

September

Columbia Classic Grand Prix

Watch world-class equestrians soar over obstacles and race against the clock – all for a good cause! Proceeds from this event benefit the HCC Educational Foundation, providing funding assistance to HCC students.

Location Info:

Western Howard County Columbia, MD

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Paint It: Ellicott City, A Juried Plein Air Paint-out

July

Artists are invited each summer to participate in an organized outdoor “paint-out” in Historic Ellicott City over two days. Festivities include street walking to see the artists at work, a welcome reception and a gallery reception at the Howard County Arts Council.

Location Info:

Historic Ellicott City Ellicott City, MD

Contact Info:

410-313-2787 Visit Website »

Columbia Festival of the Arts

Mid June

Columbia Festival of the Arts

An annual celebration of the arts in a broad spectrum of art forms and cultures, encouraging interaction among artists and audiences. A two week celebration featuring local and national artists with a free opening weekend at Columbia Lakefront.

Location Info:

Columbia Lakefront Columbia, MD

Contact Info:

410-715-3044 Visit Website »

Capital Jazz Fest

Early June

Tens of thousands of music lovers from throughout the country flock to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. to attend this weekend of cool jazz and soul — The Capital Jazz Fest. Started in 1993, this multi-day, multi-stage outdoor music festival, is more than just a concert, it’s an event! A place to people-watch, eat, drink, shop, mingle, relax, soak in the rays, and, of course, hear some of the coolest music performed by artists whom you won’t see anywhere else in the Washington-Baltimore area this summer.

Location Info:

Symphony Woods at the Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD

Contact Info:

301-780-9300 Visit Website »

Wine in the Woods

Mid May

Wine in the Woods

One of the premiere events in the region and a source of pride for Howard County for over 20 years. Voted Best Outdoor event by Columbia Magazine in 1997 and 1998 and awarded Best Annual Festival in Howard County by Howard Magazine in 2009. Live Music, food and samples from over 30 Maryland wineries.

Location Info:

Symphony Woods at the Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD

Contact Info:

410-313-4700 Visit Website »

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

Always the First Full Weekend in May

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

The largest sheep & wool show in the U.S. Shearing, spinning, weaving, working sheep dogs, gourmet lamb, sheep & goat breed shows & more. Free admission & parking at The Howard County Fairgrounds. The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival is sponsored by the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association, Inc. The Festival’s purpose is to educate the public about sheep and wool. The Festival is organized and conducted by volunteers from the sheep breeding and fiber arts communities.

Location Info:

Howard County Fairgrounds West Friendship, MD

Contact Info:

410-531-3647 Email » Visit Website »

Howard County Farm-2-Table Restaurant Weeks

Winter and Summer

July 17 – August 5, 2013. Twenty days of Great Food at Great Prices.  Howard County’s top chefs are serving up savings and local dining experiences at fabulous prix fixe chef’s menus from just $10.13 to $40.13. Check back soon for a list of particpatoin restaurants.

Location Info:

Throughout Howard County Ellicott City, MD

Contact Info:

410-313-1900 Visit Website »